Five votes were required to pass the resolution but only four board members voted "yes." There were two board members who voted "no" and two others who declined to vote to or for the proposal.
Alvarez's friends and family sat front row during this executive session, all wearing matching red T-shirts with her name on them as the 17-year-old suspect in her case remains free on bond.
Alvarez's aunt, Blanca Mejia, said her family has been threatened and harassed since her niece was killed on Jan. 11.
In addition to victims’ families, bail bondsmen also gave public comments.
While most local bond companies collect 8 to 10 percent of a defendant’s bond, some collect just 2 percent and negotiate a payment plan for the remaining 8 percent. That allows those suspects to get out of jail for a fraction of that 10 percent down payment.
Bondsmen argue all this is political rhetoric with rising crime in an election year. Victims’ families argue it will improve public safety.
David Castro was shot in an apparent road rage incident after an Astros game last year. His father, Paul Castro, told the board the suspect's bondsman is known for accepting bonds as low as 2 percent.
"My son’s life was traded for $7,000," Paul said.
Bail bondsman Shaun Burns had a different take on the mandatory 10 percent proposal.
“We are no longer able to negotiate with the poor, we can only bond out those with money," Burns said. "Second of all, I want to say, I have yet to hear how this rule is going to make us any safer.”
Bail bondsman Ken Good argued Harris County doesn’t have the authority to make that change.
“You are acting as the Texas legislature," Good said, "If you want to set what we should charge that should be done, if it can, at the Texas legislature, not here.”
Bondsmen argue whether they collect 1 percent or 10 percent, they forfeit the entire bond if the defendant doesn’t show. They point out they are extremely motivated to get the suspect to appear for court dates.