HBA-MPA H.B. 2657 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2657 By: Elkins Economic Development 4/11/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the state is lacking specific guidelines to define a work search by persons on unemployment. H.B. 2657 requires a person on unemployment to keep a log of daily contacts for two years in the case of an audit. 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 Section 207.047, Labor Code, by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (c), as follows: Sec. 207.047. FAILURE TO APPLY FOR, ACCEPT, OR RETURN TO WORK. (a) Provides that an individual is disqualified for benefits if during the current benefit year the individual failed, without good cause, to apply on a daily basis for available, suitable work regardless of whether, rather than when, directed to do so by the commission, or accept suitable work offered to the individual, including work offered before the date the claim was filed. (c) Authorizes the Texas Workforce Commission to direct the individual to maintain, for at least two years, records of the search for employment for the purposes of Subsection (a)(1), including a list of daily contacts and the signature of each prospective employer contacted. SECTION 2. (a) Effective date: September 1, 1999. (b) Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.