HBA-ATS H.J.R. 80 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.J.R. 80 By: Kuempel County Affairs 4/17/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Nine counties have recently transferred the duties of their county treasurers to other offices within their counties. These transfers have led to reduced spending because similar county duties are not duplicated by two separate county offices, thereby paring staff requirements. The transfer of the county treasurer's office may be an effective alternative to rasing taxes for counties that are struggling to meet the needs of their growing populations. As proposed, H.J.R. 80 requires the submission to the voters of a constitutional amendment abolishing the office of county treasurer in Comal County. 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 44, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, by adding Subsection (i), as follows: (i) Abolishes the office of County Treasurer in Comal County. Authorizes the Commissioners Court of Comal County to employ or contract with a qualified person or designate another county officer to perform the county treasurer's functions. Provides that the office of County Treasurer is abolished only if, at the statewide election at which this amendment is submitted to the voters, a majority of the voters of Comal County voting on the question at that election favor the amendment. SECTION 2. The following temporary provision is added to the Texas Constitution: TEMPORARY PROVISION. Provides that the abolition of the office of County Treasurer in Comal County under the constitutional amendment proposed by the 76th Legislature, Regular Session, 1999, providing for the abolition of that office takes effect January 1, 2000, if the conditions of Section 44(i) (County Treasurer and County Surveyor), Article XVI, of this constitution, as added by that constitutional amendment, are met. Establishes January 2, 2000, as the expiration date of this provision. SECTION 3. Requires this proposed constitutional amendment to be submitted to the voters at an election to be held on November 2, 1999. Sets forth the required language of the ballot.