HBA-MSH H.B. 2510 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2510 By: Chavez Higher Education 7/26/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE According to the American Diabetes Association, 15.7 million Americans, or 5.9 percent of the country's population have diabetes. The Texas Department of Health estimates that in 1998, 1.6 million Texans or 12 percent of the state's population had diabetes. Based on Texas death certificate data, diabetes contributed to 12,299 deaths in 1996 and was the sixth leading cause of death listed on Texas death certificates. Many people first become aware of the devastating effects of diabetes when they develop such complications as blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, heart disease, and stroke. Many of the components associated with the disease are unknown and need further research. House Bill 2510 requires the board of regents of the Texas Tech University System to establish the Texas Tech Diabetes Research Center for the purposes of researching diabetes and other related factors associated with the disease. 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 2510 amends the Education Code to require the board of regents of the Texas Tech University System (board) to establish not later than January 1, 2003 the Texas Tech Diabetes Research Center (center) for the purposes of researching issues related to diabetes and conditions associated with the disease. The bill provides that the organization, control, and management of the center are vested in the board. The bill requires the board to approve the employment of personnel by and the operating budget of the center, and provides that an employee of the center is an employee of Texas Tech University System. The board is required to select a site for the center at the regional academic health center of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center located in El Paso. The bill authorizes the center to enter into an agreement or cooperate with a public or private entity to perform the research functions of the center. The bill authorizes the board to solicit, accept, and administer gifts and grants from any public or private source for the use and benefit of the center. The bill requires the center to consult with the Texas-Mexico Border Health Coordination Office of The University of Texas-Pan American that administers an acanthosis nigricans screening program. EFFECTIVE DATE June 14, 2001.