Legislation authored by Rep. Tom Saunders' (R-Lewisville) to help cities and towns save money and improve efficiency within the local court systems has passed unanimously out of the House and Senate.
House Bill 1186 would allow a city or town that has not established a court or an ordinance violations bureau to enter into an interlocal agreement with a city, town or other municipal corporation that correctly has one in operation.
"Not only will legislation save money, but it would also increase courtroom efficiency which would save taxpayer dollars and allow cases to move forward with a shorter delay," said Rep. Saunders. "This will help avoid tying up valuable resources and work time of circuit courts by allowing the community to file within a city court."
The state General Fund would receive $38.50 in new court fee revenue for each new ordinance violations case enforced in city and town courts, under this legislation.
Since the bill passed out of the Senate unamended, it now heads to the governor's office to be signed into law.