HBA-MPM H.B. 2025 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2025 By: Pickett Higher Education 3/10/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE H.B. 2025 establishes the Border Health Institute (institute) in El Paso, Texas and sets forth the participating institutions and entities which will have representation on the institute's governing board. Additionally, this bill further describes the administrative duties of the institute, its funding sources, and the protocol regarding annual reporting. The purpose of the institute is to deliver health care or provide health education to persons living in the border region and conduct research in fields of study affecting public health in the border region, including research related to infectious diseases, diabetes, environmental health issues, and children's health issues. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the governing board of the Border Health Institute in SECTION 1 (Section 151.004, Education Code) of this bill. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subtitle H, Title 3, Education Code, by adding Chapter 151, as follows: CHAPTER 151. BORDER HEALTH INSTITUTE Sec. 151.001. DEFINITION. Defines "institute" as the Border Health Institute. Sec. 151.002. ESTABLISHMENT; PURPOSE. Establishes the institute in the city of El Paso. Sets forth the purpose of the institute. Sec. 151.003. INSTITUTE MEMBERSHIP. (a) Sets forth the institutions of higher education and other entities which initially compose the institute. Authorizes the governing board of the institute to adopt procedures for allowing additional entities to become members of the institute. Sec. 151.004. ADMINISTRATION. Provides that the governing board (board) of the institute is composed of the chief executive officer of each entity that is an institute member or the chief executive officer's designee. Provides that the board is responsible for the operation of the institute. Requires the board to adopt rules relating to its operation and deliberations and the operation of the institute. Authorizes the board to employ an executive director of the institute and any other officer or employee necessary for the operation of the institute. Requires the board to meet, at least once yearly, to review the institute's progress and to determine the institute's actions in the next year. Sec. 151.005. FUNDING. Authorizes the institute to apply for and accept funds from the federal government or any other public or private entity in addition to any amount appropriated by the legislature. Authorizes the institute or any of its members to solicit and accept pledges, gifts, and endowments from private sources. Requires the board to manage and approve all disbursements of appropriations, funds, pledges, gifts, and endowments and to manage any capital improvements constructed by the institute and any real property it acquires. Sec. 151.006. ANNUAL REPORTING. Requires the institute to provide an annual audited financial statement and a status report of each project it undertakes to each member of the board. SECTION 2. Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to prepare an impact statement examining the initial implementation of this Act and to deliver a copy to the chair of each legislative committee with primary jurisdiction over higher education or border health issues no later than January 1, 2001. SECTION 3.Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.