HBA-NIK H.B. 1897 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1897 By: Krusee State Recreational Resources 3/16/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, counties with a population under 20,000 may jointly construct and maintain auditoriums with municipalities. H.B. 1897 removes the population bracket and changes the definition of what can be jointly built from "auditoriums" to "recreational and cultural facilities." RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Chapter 301, Local Government Code, as follows: New title: CHAPTER 301. RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES JOINTLY ESTABLISHED BY COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES. Deletes "Auditoriums" from existing title. SECTION 2. Amends Sections 301.001-301.003 and 301.006-301.008, Local Government Code, as follows: Sec. 301.001. New title: AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH RECREATIONAL OR CULTURAL FACILITIES. Defines "recreational or cultural facility" as an auditorium, civic center, convention center, or exposition center. Authorizes the commissioners court of a county, rather than a county with a population of 20,000 or less, and the governing body of a municipality in that county, rather than a county with a population of 10,000 or more, to jointly erect, acquire, equip, maintain, and operate a recreational or cultural facility (facility). Makes conforming changes. Sec. 301.002. New title: FINANCING OR RECREATIONAL OR CULTURAL FACILITY. Makes conforming changes. Sec 301.003. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO BOARD OF MANAGERS; DONATIONS. Makes conforming changes. Sec. 301.006. AUTHORITY OF BOARD TO CONTRACT. Makes conforming changes. Sec. 301.007. FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND BUDGET. Makes conforming changes. (b) Authorizes the commissioners court of a county and the governing body of a municipality (governing body), on the basis of the financial statement and budget, to appropriate to the board of managers (board) an amount of money that the commissioners court and governing body consider proper and necessary for the operation of the facility. Makes a conforming change. Sec. 301.008. PERSONNEL. Authorizes the board to employ a superintendent or manager of the facility. Authorizes the superintendent or manager to employ permanent or temporary personnel that are necessary for the maintenance and operation of the facility. Makes a conforming change. SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 4. Emergency clause.