HBA-MPA, GUM H.B. 2925 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2925 By: Bonnen Urban Affairs 7/12/1999 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 76th Legislature, the law did not allow a municipal employer to use its own police department to perform a criminal background check on an applicant who was applying for a municipal position. Cities were required to request this information through the Department of Public Safety, by mail or the Internet. A fee was charged for such a request and the process of submitting a request and receiving a response by mail could be slow. H.B. 2925 requires the Department of Public Safety to make available to municipalities by electronic means the criminal history record information regarding an applicant for municipal employment. 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 411.129(a), Government Code, to require the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to make available to municipalities by electronic means the criminal history record information regarding an applicant for municipal employment. SECTION 2. Amends Section 411.088, Government Code, to create Subsection (a) from existing text and add Subsection (b), to authorize the fee a municipality pays under Subsection (a)(1) (concerning criminal history record inquiries) for an inquiry submitted electronically or by magnetic media to allow DPS to make the information available through electronic means. SECTION 3. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.