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Bill Detail: HB24-1099

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Title Defendant Filing Fees in Evictions
Status House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (04/12/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors M. Soper (R)
M. Lindsay (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Buckner (D)
B. Pelton (R)
House Committee Transportation, Housing and Local Government
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/25/2024
Summary

Current law establishes a schedule of filing fees for litigants in
civil actions in county courts. The bill eliminates the fee for a defendant
filing an answer in an eviction proceeding.
Current law permits a party to submit and a county court to grant
a motion to waive filing fees in a residential eviction action. The bill
removes the process for securing a waiver of these filing fees. Current
law prohibits a county court from assessing fees when indigent parties
e-file motions, answers, or documents in connection with evictions. The
bill removes the reference to indigent parties and instead prohibits a
county court from charging defendants fees for filing motions, answers,
or other documents in evictions. The bill requires a county court to timely
mail copies of any answers or other filings to a plaintiff on a defendant's
behalf. The bill prohibits the court from charging a fee related to the
mailing.

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