HBA-TYH C.S.H.B. 2840 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisC.S.H.B. 2840 By: Keffer State Affairs 5/2/1999 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, only nonprofit organizations that provide human services may acquire salvage and surplus property through direct transfer. However, many groups associated with faith-based organizations who wish to offer human services do not qualify as nonprofit organizations. C.S.H.B. 2840 redefines "assistance organizations" to include any other group, including a faith-based group, that contracts with health and human services agencies. This will permit certain groups that contract with health and human services agencies to acquire the state's surplus and salvage property through direct transfer. 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 2175.001(1), Government Code, to redefine "assistance organization" to include as a fourth criterion a group, including a faith-based group, that enters into a financial or nonfinancial agreement with a health or human services agency to provide services to that agency's clients. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 2. Emergency clause. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE The substitute modifies the original bill by making changes to conform to Legislative Council format. The substitute modifies the original bill by adding a new SECTION 2 (effective date) and redesignating SECTION 2 (emergency clause) of the original bill to SECTION 3. The substitute modifies the original bill by changing the effective date from 90 days after adjournment to September 1, 1999.