HBA-SEB H.B. 2336 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2336 By: Maxey Pensions and Investments 3/21/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Texas Integrated Enrollment Services project (TIES) involves privatization and staff reductions in some state agencies in order to improve the delivery of health, human, and employment services and to save money by integrating the eligibility and enrollment functions of the agencies. The Government Code provides a temporary service retirement option for certain members of the Employees Retirement System of Texas whose jobs in specific state agencies are eliminated by privatization or other workforce reductions. H.B. 2336 includes employees of the Texas Department of Health in the group of people eligible for the temporary service retirement option. It also makes the temporary service retirement option applicable to employees whose positions in those specific state agencies were eliminated before September 1, 2003, rather than September 1, 1999. 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 Sections 814.1041(a) and (f), as follows: (a) Provides that this section (Temporary Service Retirement Option for Members Affected by Privatization or Other Reduction in Workforce) applies only to members of the employee class of the Employees Retirement System of Texas whose positions in the Texas Department of Health, in addition to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Department of Human Services, and the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation are eliminated as a result of contracts with private service providers or other reductions in services provided by those agencies and who separate from state service at that time. (f) Establishes that this section applies only to positions eliminated by privatization or other reductions in workforce before September 1, 2003, rather than September 1, 1999. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.