HBA-AMW H.B. 1354 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1354 By: Noriega Criminal Jurisprudence 4/1/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law authorizes district and county court judges to order contributions by defendants to a crime stoppers organization. A crime stoppers organization is not allowed to spend more than 10 percent of the payments received from defendants on general administrative costs and the rest of the revenue is distributed as reward payments to individuals who anonymously provide information to help solve felony crimes. House Bill 1354 allows municipal courts and justice courts to order defendants placed on deferred disposition to make contributions in an amount no to exceed $10 to a crime stoppers organization as a condition of deferred disposition in a case. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 1354 amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to authorize a justice or municipal court that defers disposition in a case to require as a condition of the deferral that the defendant make one payment in an amount not to exceed $10 to a crime stoppers organization certified by the crime stoppers advisory council to receive payments. The bill amends the Government Code to add payments received by crime stoppers organizations from defendants placed on deferred disposition to provisions relating to the crime stoppers organization's use of the payments, the certification by the Crime Stoppers Advisory Council of a crime stoppers organization to receive the payments, and the review and audit of a qualified crime stoppers organization. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.