Issue Date:
Revised Date: 2023-09-01

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1979 by S.B. 21, 66th Leg., R.S.


Used for payment of compensation to claimants and administrative expenses. If funds deposited in a fiscal year are in excess of compensation payments during that year, the attorney general may retain up to $10 million as an emergency reserve for the next fiscal year. Used to support private Texas non-profit corporations providing direct victim-related civil legal services. Also to reimburse health care facilities, sexual assault examiners or sexual assault nurse examiners for costs of a forensic medical exam.

Receives court costs from defendants convicted under certain sections of the Penal Code. Defendants convicted of a felony pay $185, defendants convicted of a Class A or B misdemeanor pay $147 and defendants convicted of a non-jailable misdemeanor pay $62. This account receives 24.6704% of total collections. Also receives juror donations made under § 61.003, Government Code.

Receives 50% of the proceeds from the disposal of surplus or salvage property by commissioners’ courts. Receives first $10 million, then 50% of all pay telephone commissions received by TDCJ, Agency 696.

May receive up to 50% of the excess balance that exceeds $5 million in GR Account 0494 - Compensation to Victims of Crime Auxiliary at the end of each fiscal year.

Receives civil penalties collected by OAG for violations by state agencies or political subdivisions of the license to carry a handgun laws.

Receives 25% of forfeiture money related to a racketeering offense after all valid claims are satisfied.

Classification Group 02: Constitutional Funds Expendable for a Specific Purpose [?]
Depository Interest Retained in fund.
Disposition of Balance Accumulative
Appropriation Technique General Appropriations Act

Administering Agencies


Previously administered by the Industrial Accident Board then the Workers’ Compensation Commission (453). S.B. 616, 72nd Leg., R.S. moved the administration of this account and program to the Attorney General (302).

Exempt from § 403.094, Government Code by H.B. 2178, 73rd Leg. R.S. Court costs re-exempt by H.B. 3050, 74th Leg. R.S.

Amended by H.B. 3062, 75th Leg., R.S.

S.B. 987, 75th Leg., R.S. permitted appropriations to state agencies that deliver or fund victim-related services or assistance (for the 2000-01 biennium only).

Became a constitutional account by S.J.R. 33, 75th Leg., R.S. passed by voters on 11-4-97, effective 1-1-98.

H.B. 3324, 76th Leg., R.S. added new private, non-profit use.

H.B. 131, 77th Leg., R.S. added new medical exam use.

H.B. 2424, 78th Leg., R.S. recodified art. 102.075, Code of Criminal Procedure to sec. 133.002, Local Government Code.

S.B. 1774, 81st Leg., R.S. added new revenue of 50% of surplus property from county commissioners.

S.B.1844 and H.B. 4583, 81st Leg., R.S. added new revenue from pay telephone commissions.

S.B. 1377, 81st Leg., R.S. added transfer of 50% of excess balance from GR Account 0494.

S.B. 273, 84th Leg., R.S. added concealed handgun civil penalties revenue.

H.B. 1866, 85th Leg., R.S. prohibited the 50% transfer from GR Account 0494 for the 2018-19 biennium. This prohibition expired 9/1/2019.

Effective 01/01/2020, S.B. 346, 86th Leg., R.S. increased court costs for felonies from $133 to $185, Class A or B misdemeanor from $83 to $147 and nonjailable misdemeanors from $40 to $62. S.B. 346 changed percentage from 37.6338% to 24.6704%.

H.B. 4173, 86th Leg., R.S. recodified Code of Criminal Procedure chapter 56 to chapters 56A and 56B, effective January 1, 2021.

Amended by H.B. 3607, 87th Leg., R.S.

Forfeitures related to racketeering added by H.B. 4635, 88th Leg., R.S.

USAS Values

Consolidated Fund 0001
USAS Status A
Created by the state's constitution or receiving constitutionally dedicated revenue and expended for a specific purpose.