HBA-SEB H.B. 1702 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1702 By: Delisi Pensions and Investments 3/19/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, Texas is experiencing a teacher shortage. In order to alleviate this shortage and to attract experienced teachers, H.B. 1702 prohibits the Teacher Retirement System of Texas from withholding a retired educator's monthly benefit if the educator decides to return to the classroom to teach a subject area in which the educator is properly certified. 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 824.602(a), Government Code, to prohibit the Teacher Retirement System of Texas from withholding a monthly benefit payment under Section 824.601 (Loss of Monthly Benefits) if the retiree is employed in a Texas public educational institution on as much as a full-time basis as a classroom teacher if the retiree is certified under Subchapter B, Chapter 21, Education Code (Certification of Educators), to teach the subjects assigned and is teaching in an acute shortage area as defined by the commissioner of education. Makes a conforming change. SECTION 2. Provides that this Act applies beginning with the 1999-2000 school year. SECTION 3.Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.