HBA-JEK H.B. 2254 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2254 By: Naishtat Transportation 4/5/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TCDHH) works to eliminate communication barriers for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to enable them to express their freedoms, participate in society to reach their individual potential, and reduce their isolation. TCDHH regularly provides educational services and special projects such as Camp SIGN which is a week-long summer program for children. The availability of special projects is limited by TCDHH's financial resources. House Bill 2254 creates the TCDHH speciality license plate and directs the proceeds from the license plates to TCDHH for direct services programs, training, and education. 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 2254 amends the Transportation Code to require the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to issue specially designed Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing license plates for passenger cars and light trucks (license plates). The bill requires TxDOT to design the license plates in consultation with the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The bill provides that the annual fee for the license plates is $25 in addition to any applicable personalized prestige license plates fees. The bill requires $5 of the $25 fee to be used by TxDOT to defray the cost of administering the issuance of the license plates and requires the rest of the fee to be deposited to the credit of the general revenue fund for appropriation to the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for direct services programs, training, and education. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.