HBA-MPM H.B. 814 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 814 By: Coleman Public Education 4/23/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The 74th Legislature created local health education advisory councils (councils), which may be comprised of teachers, school administrators, students, health care professionals, the business community, law enforcement, senior citizens, and clergy. The purpose of these councils is to recommend health education curriculums that reflect community values and health issues pertinent to the community to the school districts. However, the language of current law specifies that the councils are required to assist school districts with respect to human sexuality instruction and many school districts interpret this as the council's only role. House Bill 814 specifies that the council assist a school district in ensuring that community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction. 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 814 amends the Education Code to expand the purposes and duties of the local school health education advisory council (council) established by the board of trustees of each school district to include the district's overall health education instruction rather than only the district's human sexuality instruction. The bill sets forth council composition requirements. The bill adds a district's compliance with provisions regarding the council and the effectiveness of the council to the criteria used to determine the district's accreditation rating. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes place September 1, 2001. The Act applies beginning with the 2001-2002 school year.