HBA-MPA H.B. 1636 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1636 By: Naishtat Urban Affairs 3/9/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the law allows a city with a population over 10,000 to deduct employee association dues from the paychecks of employees who voluntarily request it. H.B. 1636 requires cities with a population over 50,000 to make dues deductions if the employee submits a written request. The city is allowed to discontinue the deduction after one year upon conducting a public hearing and giving reasons for its decision. 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 the heading of Section 141.008, Local Government Code, as follows: Sec. 141.008. New title: PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS PERMITTED IN CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES. SECTION 2. Amends Section 141.008(a), Local Government Code, to limit the type of employee's association described in this subsection to one that does not claim the right to strike. Applies the restriction to the authorization of the governing body of a municipality with a population of more than 10,000 to deduct from an employee's salary or wages an amount authorized in writing by the employee in payment of membership dues to an employees' association, named by the employee. SECTION 3. Amends Subchapter A, Chapter 141, Local Government Code, by adding Section 141.0081, as follows: Sec. 141.0081. PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS REQUIRED IN CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES. (a) Requires the governing body of a municipality with a population over 50,000 to deduct from an employee's salary or wages an amount authorized in writing by the employee in payment of membership dues to an employees' association, named by the employee, that does not claim the right to strike, if the municipality permits deductions for a purpose other than payment for a charitable purpose, health insurance, taxes, or a deduction required by law. (b) Provides that Sections 141.008(b)-(e), Local Government Code, apply to payroll deductions made under this section. (c) Authorizes the municipality to discontinue making payroll deductions under this section, on or after the first anniversary of the date the municipality starts making deductions, if the governing body finds, after a public hearing, that the requirement to make payroll deductions is not serving the best interests of the municipality and provides specific reasons for its conclusion. SECTION 4.Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.