HBA-TBM H.B. 857 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 857 By: Dutton County Affairs 4/1/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE While there is no comprehensive report of the numbers of homeless persons in Texas, homelessness is a pressing concern. Under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, the federal government provides matching funds to state and local governments that establish programs to help homeless people return to a fully-productive and self-sufficient life. House Bill 857 authorizes the creation of homeless commissions in counties and provides for the funding of projects to alleviate homelessness. 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 857 amends the Human Resources and the Local Government codes to authorize the commissioners court of a county to create a commission for the homeless to recommend and establish programs to prevent and alleviate homelessness in the county. The bill sets forth provisions for the composition, administration, powers and duties of the commission. The bill authorizes the commissioners court to require the county clerk to charge and collect $1 for the filing of the first page of a real property record to be used only to implement programs approved by the commissioners court. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.