HBA-JLV H.B. 1023 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1023 By: Brown, Fred Higher Education 3/12/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE In April 2000, a majority of voting students voted to increase the cap on the recreational sports fee at Texas A&M University. The current cap on the recreational sports fee is set at $50. There is a projected need for additional funding for the university's student recreational center due to increased usage of the recreational facilities, anticipated increases in student worker minimum wages, and a growing budget. House Bill 1023 authorizes the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System to charge an increased maximum recreational sports fee. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 1023 amends the Education Code to increase the maximum recreational sports fee that the board of regents of The Texas A&M University System (board) are authorized to charge students within The Texas A&M University System. The bill increases the maximum authorized fee from $50 to $100 for a semester or 12-week summer session, and from $25 to $50 for a six-week summer session. The bill prohibits the board from increasing the recreational sports fee by more than 10 percent from one academic year to the next unless the fee has bee approved by a majority vote of the students at the affected institution participating in a general election called for that purpose. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.