HBA-DMH C.S.S.B. 1171 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisC.S.S.B. 1171 By: Madla County Affairs 4/25/2001 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, counties are not allowed to charge more than a five percent fee to cover costs associated with processing credit card payments for fines, court costs, and other charges. However, a credit card company may charge a fee to use its services. As a result, any fee charged by the company in excess of five percent must be absorbed by the county. C.S.S.B. 1171 authorizes a commissioners court of a county to charge a fee equal to the amount the county is charged for using a credit card company's services. 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 C.S.S.B. 1171 amends the Local Government Code to provide that the commissioners court of a county may authorize a county or precinct officer to collect, in addition to the processing fee the commissioners court is required to set for a county to collect from a person making a payment by credit card, an amount equal to the amount of any transaction fee charged to the county by a vendor providing services in connection with payments made by credit card. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE C.S.S.B. 1171 differs from the original bill by removing the provision that the bill applies only to a county with a population of one million or more.