HBA-SEB H.B. 291 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 291 By: Wise Public Education 4/19/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, this state mandates a curriculum for school districts that offer kindergarten through grade 12. Child safety issues do not appear in the curriculum. Educating children on methods of selfprotection may reduce crimes against children. H.B. 291 includes instruction on child safety issues as part of the required curriculum, falling under the subject area of health. 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 28.002(a), Education Code, to require school districts that offer kindergarten through grade 12 to provide to the students specific instruction concerning child safety issues, including methods of self-protection against abuse or abduction, as a part of the required health curriculum. SECTION 2. Provides that this Act will apply beginning with the 1999-2000 school year. SECTION 3. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.