HBA-MPA H.B. 1640 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1640 By: Solis, Jim Economic Development 2/25/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the law prohibits inmates in an institution owned or operated by the state or one of its subdivisions from receiving unemployment compensation. However, it is possible for an inmate of a private prison facility to apply for unemployment. H.B. 1640 deletes the language limiting the application of Section 201.074, Labor Code, to state owned custodial or penal institutions, thus providing that inmates are not eligible for unemployment compensation because services provided by any inmate are not included under the term "employment." 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 201.074, Labor Code, to delete reference to a custodial or penal institution "that is owned or operated by this state or a subdivision of this state." SECTION 2.Effective date: September 1, 1999. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.