HBA-JEK H.B. 582 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 582 By: Denny Elections 2/25/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law requires candidates for statewide office, state legislative office, the State Board of Education, a district office filled by voters of more than one county, or a judicial district office filled by voters of only one county to file a political contributions and expenditures report with the Texas Ethics Commission. House Bill 582 extends this reporting requirement to candidates for a county office or the office of county commissioner in counties with a population of 500,000 or more. 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 582 amends the Election Code to provide that an individual who is a candidate for a county office or the office of county commissioner in a county with a population of 500,000 or more must file a campaign treasurer appointment with the Texas Ethics Commission (commission). A person who, on September 1, 2001, is a candidate for an office as described in the bill, a specific-purpose committee supporting or opposing such a candidate, or a specific-purpose committee assisting such a candidate as officeholder is required to file a campaign treasurer appointment with the commission no later than September 15, 2001. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001. The Act applies only to the filing of a report of political contributions and expenditures that is due on or after January 15, 2002.