HBA-LJP H.B. 2860 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2860 By: Morrison State Affairs 4/19/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Mentoring, tutoring, and literacy programs for low-income youth may have multiple benefits such as helping to lower crime, supporting school attendance and performance, and helping these youth to establish strong interpersonal relationships. More state employees could assist in these programs if a state employee did not lose pay for missing work to participate in these programs. House Bill 2860 provides that the governor may authorize a state agency to grant a state employee a leave of absence without a deduction in salary to perform youth-related volunteer activities. 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 2860 amends the Government Code to provide that the governor may authorize a state agency to grant a state employee a leave of absence without a deduction in salary to perform youth-related volunteer activities. The bill prohibits leave without a deduction in salary from exceeding 52 hours in a fiscal year and provides that this leave is in addition to vacation time, sick leave, and other types of leave. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.