HBA-NLM H.B. 1506 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1506 By: McCall County Affairs 3/4/1999 Committee Report (Amended) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the commissioners court of a county is permitted to make the occasional sale of surplus or salvage property by competitive bid or auction. Section 263.152, Local Government Code, includes an exception which states that a competitive bid or auction is not necessary if the purchaser is another county. Current law does not apply this provision to other political subdivisions of the state. H.B. 1506 exempts all political subdivisions from the process of engaging in formal bidding or auction for the purchase of surplus property from another county. 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 263.152(a), Local Government Code, as follows: (a)(1) Provides that competitive bidding or an auction is not necessary under the provisions of this subsection if the purchaser is a political subdivision of this state, rather than if the purchaser is another county. SECTION 2. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage. EXPLANATION OF AMENDMENTS Amendment #1 Amends H.B. 1506, by deleting existing language on lines 9 and 10, page 1, of this bill (Section 263.152(a), Local Government Code), which states that "bidding or an auction is not necessary if the purchaser is a political subdivision of this state," and substituting lines 9 and 10 with the following: "bidding or an auction is not necessary if the purchaser is another county or a political subdivision within the county."