HBA-LJP H.B. 1640 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1640 By: Rangel Higher Education 6/14/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE According to the 2000 report "Texas-Mexico Border Health Education Needs: A Report to the 77th Legislature" of the Texas Department of Health and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas-Mexico border region (border region) had a population-to-pharmacist ratio of 1,770:1, which was 32 percent higher than the statewide ratio. The report contends that the border's rapid population growth and difficulty in recruiting and retaining pharmacists, and the lack of an increase in the number of pharmacist graduates in Texas over the last couple of years, contributed to the pharmacist shortage in the border region. Prior to the 77th Legislature, there were no public pharmacy schools in the border region. A pharmacy school in South Texas has been viewed as a possible means to help relieve the shortage of pharmacists in the border region. House Bill 1640 authorizes the creation of a professional school of pharmacy at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 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 1640 amends the Education Code to authorize the board of regents of The Texas A&M University System to establish and maintain a professional school of pharmacy at Texas A&M UniversityKingsville. The bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to prepare an impact statement examining the initial implementation of the bill and to deliver a copy of the statement to the board and to the chair of the standing committee of each house of the legislature with primary jurisdiction over higher education. EFFECTIVE DATE May 24, 2001.