HBA-JRA H.B. 133 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 133 By: McClendon Corrections 2/3/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (department) is authorized to contract with nonprofit organizations to provide inmate labor. H.B. 133 requires the department to make reasonable efforts to do so and encourages the development of inmates' vocational skills. 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. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 497.091(d), Government Code, to require the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (department) to make reasonable efforts, rather than to authorize the department, to contract with nonprofit organizations to provide inmate labor. Requires the department to give preference to nonprofit organizations that will use the inmate labor in a manner that increases the inmates' vocational skills. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.