HBA-BSM H.B. 2638 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2638 By: George Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 4/8/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Historically, the Dallas County Child Support Office (office) was responsible for receiving and distributing child support payments ordered by the family district courts. In recent years, the office has taken on the role of monitoring and assisting custodial parents in the process of obtaining their child support and reporting this information to the district court and commissioners court. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 now requires each state to operate a state disbursement unit to receive and disburse child support payments. House Bill 2638 authorizes the Dallas County Child Support Office to collect specified fees for monitoring spousal maintenance or child support payments in Dallas 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 2638 amends the Human Resources Code to include the duty of monitoring support payments as a duty of the Texas Department of Human Services (department) for payments that are required by court order to be made to the department. The bill also requires the county courts administrator to collect a monthly fee not to exceed $3 for the monitoring of spousal or child support payments. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.