HBA-PDH H.B. 788 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 788 By: Capelo Corrections 3/15/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (department) is engaged in a major reengineering of the systems and business processes relating to offender information. One aspect of the reengineering initiative is to utilize technology in order to reduce the department's reliance on paper documents, thereby increasing efficiency and ultimately enhancing public safety. H.B. 788 allows the department to accept a document in either paper or electronic format. This bill also provides for the use of an electronic signature or other unique identifier by the department to acknowledge receipt of an electronically submitted document. This bill does not require electronic submission to the department. 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 Chapter 493, Government Code, by adding Section 493.021, as follows: Sec. 493.021. ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF DOCUMENTS. Authorizes the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (department) to accept a document required by statute if a document is submitted in paper form or an electronic transmission of the information contained in the paper document. Authorizes the department to electronically transmit evidence of delivery if the document was received electronically and a statute requires the department to provide a receipt, signature, or seal as evidence of delivery. Provides that this section does not authorize the department to require a person to submit information electronically. SECTION 2.Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.