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New Texas Law Changes Approach to Court Costs, Fines, and Fees

The governor of Texas signed a bill into law that propels efforts to provide alternatives to the traditional court costs, fines, and fees that many are unable to pay. 
Texas Senate Bill 1913 was signed into law on June 15, 2017, and will become effective on September 1, 2017. The 32 sections of the bill include provisions such as allowing for the issuance of a citation instead of confinement for certain misdemeanors, increasing measures to assess an individual's ability to pay fines and costs, and providing alternatives for fines and costs, such as community service. 
Read Texas Senate Bill 1913 here, or its sponsor’s summary and a legislative analysis here.

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