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State Office of Administrative Hearings/Sunset - S.B. 330

by Senator Armbrister

House Sponsor: Representative McCall

§ Makes the State Office of Administrative Hearings subject to review under the Texas Sunset Act.

§ Requires the office to be reviewed in 2003.

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Texas National Guard Armory Board/Sunset - S.B. 352

by Senator Armbrister

House Sponsor: Rep. Hightower

§ Continues the Texas National Guard Armory Board, as recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission, makes certain modifications including changes affecting the board's composition, and transfers property to certain Texas cities.

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Department of the Adjutant General/Sunset - S.B. 353

by Senator Armbrister

House Sponsor: Representative Hightower

§ Continues the Department of the Adjutant General until 2009, as recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission, and makes modifications as recommended by the commission.

§ Sets out when an accused may petition the Texas Court of Military Appeals for review of a court martial conviction.

§ Requires the assets management division to notify the adjutant general before evaluating property under the management and control of the adjutant general or the Texas National Guard Armory Board.

§ Provides that if the adjutant general has submitted a report determining that real property under the management and control of the adjutant general or the Texas National Guard Armory Board is used for military purposes, the commissioner of the general land office may not recommend a real estate transaction involving that real property.

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Credit Union Commission/Sunset - S.B. 358

by Senator Brown

House Sponsor: Representative Telford

§ Provides for the continuation of the Credit Union Commission for a four-year period and makes various technical statutory modifications recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

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Sunset Review of Certain Agencies - S.B. 360

by Senator Armbrister

House Sponsor: Representative Stiles

§ Postpones the Sunset Commission review of several unrelated agencies to allow the commission to concentrate efforts on the state's health and human services agencies during the upcoming biennium.

§ Adds the State Office of Administrative Hearings to the sunset review schedule for 2003 and sets the Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies for review in 1999.

§ Adds the Texas Housing Corporation to the sunset review schedule for 2001.

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Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners/Sunset- S.B. 361

by Senator Madla

House Sponsor: Representative Gray

§ Continues the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners (board) after Sunset review.

§ Clarifies the definition of acupuncture to limit it to the nonsurgical, nonincisive insertion of an acupuncture needle.

§ Changes the eligibility requirements for board membership and the powers and duties of the board; and requires training for board members.

§ Changes the requirements to obtain a temporary license, and provides the license is valid for up to 130 days.

§ Adds standard language developed by the Sunset Commission regarding restrictions on advertising to prohibit false, misleading, or deceptive practices, and regarding the issuance and renewal of licenses.

§ Authorizes a license to be denied, suspended, probated, or revoked if the applicant is adjudged to be mentally incompetent, or has a mental or physical condition that renders the licensee unable to perform safely as an acupuncturist. Expands the list of actions which may result in penalties.

§ Sets forth procedures for the imposition of a nondisciplinary rehabilitation order.

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Department of Information Resources/Sunset - S.B. 365

by Senator Armbrister

House Sponsor: Representative Bosse

§ Provides for the continuation of the Department of Information Resources and makes various statutory modifications recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

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Texas Commission on Jail Standards/Sunset - S.B. 367

by Senator Brown, et al.

House Sponsor: Representative Hightower

§ Provides for the continuation of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards for a 12-year period and makes various statutory modifications recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

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Texas Commission on Fire Protection/Sunset - S.B. 371

by Senator Armbrister

House Sponsor: Representative Telford

§ Provides for continuation of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and adds provisions regarding functions of the commission.

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Purchasing Client Services by State Agencies - S.B. 1240

by Senator West

House Sponsor: Representative Maxey

§ Requires the Health and Human Services Commission (commission) to coordinate and adopt rules to govern the purchasing by state agencies of health and human services for their clients. These health and human services include medical care, nursing home care, adult day care, community-based residential care for children, substance abuse counseling, and mental health and mental retardation services.

§ Provides that the commission's rules adopted under this Act will apply directly to health and human services agencies. Requires other state agencies to adopt rules governing purchases of health and human services for their clients that are consistent with the rules adopted by the commission.

§ Requires the commission to preside over a working group to research the laws that govern the purchasing of health and human services by state agencies for their clients and to develop recommendations on the feasibility and advisability of merging those laws into a single comprehensive statute or otherwise clarifying the laws that governs those purchases.

§ Requires the comptroller, with the help of the commission, to study the costs and benefits of developing a statewide contract management information system for managing the purchasing of health and human services by state agencies for their clients.

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State Facility Leases - H.B. 733

by Representative Raymond

Senate Sponsor: Senator Shapleigh

§ Establishes a pilot program to develop private, commercial uses for certain state-owned parking lots and garages in the City of Austin. All of the proceeds collected under the pilot program would be deposited to the general revenue fund.

§ Allows the General Services Commission (GSC) to contract with a private vendor to manage the commercial use of state-owned parking facilities.

§ Removes limitations on leasing building space to private tenants and requires GSC or a state agency with charge and control of a state building to prescribe rules relating to short-term leases with private tenants.

§ Allows GSC or a state agency with charge and control of a state building to enter into a short-term lease for a period not to exceed seven days with a private tenant for use of certain facilities.

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Texas Public Finance Authority/Sunset - H.B. 1077

by Representative Telford

Senate Sponsor: Senator Armbrister

§ Provides for the continuation of the Texas Public Finance Authority (authority) for a 12-year period and makes various statutory modifications recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

§ Improves the authority's interaction with client agencies by requiring an early, plain language orientation to the authority's bond issuance process.

§ Adds the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority, Midwestern State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Texas Southern University to those agencies and institutions of which the authority has the exclusive authority to act on their behalf, in issuing bonds on their behalf.

§ Requires the authority to maintain a file about each written complaint, and to notify the person filing the complaint and the persons or entities complained about of the status of the complaint unless the notice would jeopardize an undercover investigation.

§ Sets forth qualifications of a board member. Requires the board to provide for public testimony.

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Sick Leave for State Employees - H.B. 1177

by Representative Hochberg

Senate Sponsor: Senator Ellis

§ Authorizes a state employee to use up to eight hours of sick leave each calendar year to attend parent-teacher conference sessions for the employee's child who is a student attending a grade from prekindergarten through 12th grade.

§ Requires an employee to give reasonable advance notice of the employee's intention to use sick leave to attend a parent-teacher conference.

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Automobile Theft Authority/Sunset - H.B. 1387

by Representative Gray

Senator Sponsor: Senator Armbrister

§ Provides for the continuation of the Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (authority).

§ Clarifies the relationship between the authority and the Texas Department of Transportation.

§ Sets an eight percent cap on administrative expenditures.

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State Agencies Electronic Mail Address on the Internet - H.B. 1556

by Representatives Greenberg and King

Senate Sponsor: Senator Armbrister

§ Recommends that every state agency establish an electronic mail address on the Internet and use electronic mail to communicate with the public.

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Funding of 911 Services and Regional Poison Control Centers - H.B. 1668

by Representative Junell

Senate Sponsor: Senator Cain

§ Requires the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) to monitor the establishment of emergency service fees and an equalization surcharge, including the allocation of revenue.

§ Establishes the terms by which the Advisory Commission on State Emergency Communications (ACSEC) will provide documentation to PUC each year regarding fee rates and revenue allocation, and by which PUC will review the documentation and allocations derived therefrom and also identified by ACSEC.

§ Requires PUC to provide certain comments to ACSEC, the governor, and the Legislative Budget Board upon determining that a recommended rate or allocation is not appropriate.

§ Establishes the terms by which PUC is allowed to review and make comments regarding a rate or allocation in an informal proceeding.

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Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education/Sunset - H.B. 1856

by Representative Telford

Senate Sponsor: Senator Armbrister

§ Provides for the continuation of the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education until September 1, 2009 and makes modifications as recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

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Texas Youth Commission/Sunset - H.B. 2074

by Representative Hightower

Senate Sponsor: Senator Brown

§ Continues the functions of the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) after Sunset Commission review.

§ Requires TYC to:

§ include clearly defined goals, sanctions, and reporting requirements in each contract for the purchase of residential program-related client services.

§ establish a formal program to monitor residential program-related client services contracts made by TYC that monitors compliance with performance requirements and evaluates program cost information.

§ apply for benefits under the federal Medicaid program if application is cost-effective in reducing incurred health care costs.

§ Updates current law to adopt standard language developed by Sunset Commission regarding the terms of service and appointment of TYC board members, state and federal program and facility accessibility laws, annual financial reports, professional information for members and employees, the separation of board policymaking responsibilities from the management responsibilities of the executive director, inter-agency career ladder program, service complaints, and public hearings.

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Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse/Sunset - H.B. 2119

by Representative Bosse

Senate Sponsor: Senator Madla

§ Extends the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA) for 12 more years, and sets forth statutory modifications recommended by the Sunset Commission.

§ Requires the Sunset Commission, in conjunction with its review of health and human service agencies for presentation to the 76th Legislature, to study whether treatment programs of TCADA should be transferred to MHMR and TDH.

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Functions of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs - H.B. 2577

by Representative Hill, et al.

Senate Sponsor: Senator Lucio

§ Redefines the powers, functions, and duties of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (department), and the renamed Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (corporation).

§ Provides that the purposes of the department are to provide for the housing needs of individuals and families of low and very low income and families of moderate income.

§ Sets forth provisions regarding the establishment of 501(c)(3) bonding authority by the legislature.

§ Requires the charter of the corporation to establish the corporation as nonprofit and specifically dedicate the corporation's activities to certain public purposes.

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Retirement Benefits for Texas Workforce Commission Employees - H.B. 2915

by Representative Oliveira, et al.

Senate Sponsor: Senator Ellis

§ Provides Texas Workforce Commission employees who are displaced by privatization of job training services currently provided by the state with additional retirement benefits.

§ Provides that a local workforce development board that contracts with a private entity to perform certain services to require as a term of the contract that employees of the entity employed under the contract be entitled to receive compensation and employee benefits comparable to those of state employees.

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Texas Energy Coordination Council - H.B. 3492

by Representative Holzheauser

Senate Sponsor: Senator Brown

§ Eliminates the Texas Committee on Energy Policy, and adjusts the responsibilities, duties, and powers of the Texas Energy Coordination Council to help coordinate energy research in Texas.