HBA-SEP H.B. 670 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 670 By: Wilson State Affairs 2/28/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Historically, publicly owned arenas and stadiums have been named after a geographic location, a significant individual, or base tenants. Corporations have realized the marketing benefits of purchasing the naming rights of such facilities. Prior to 1990, a total of only four major league arenas and state funded facilities in North America had corporate names, since then the number of such facilities has increased to 51. House Bill 670 prohibits a public facility or any part of a public facility from being named after a business entity. 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 670 amends the Government Code to prohibit a public facility or any part of a public facility, for which tax revenue or other funds of a governmental entity were used to pay construction or maintenance costs, from being named after a business entity. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.