HBA-NMO, DMD H.B. 149 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 149 By: Keel Criminal Jurisprudence 7/7/99 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 76th Legislature, state law allowed a clerk of a court to require an individual who filed an application or petition for a writ of habeas corpus to pay a filing fee. H.B. 149 prohibits a clerk of a court from requiring a person who files an application or petition for a writ of habeas corpus to pay a filing fee. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Chapter 11, Code of Criminal Procedure, by adding Article 11.051, as follows: Art. 11.051. FILING FEE PROHIBITED. Prohibits a clerk of a court, regardless of any other law, from requiring a filing fee from an individual who files an application or petition for a writ of habeas corpus. SECTION 2.Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.