HBA-LCA H.B. 1786 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1786 By: Dutton Public Education 3/11/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law requires that school districts pay a minimum monthly salary to classroom teachers and librarians, but not to full-time school nurses. H.B. 1786 includes school nurses in the minimum monthly salary schedule for classroom teachers and librarians. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority previously delegated to the commissioner of education is modified in SECTION 3 (Section 21.403, Education Code) of this bill. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends the heading to Section 21.402, Education Code, as follows: Sec. 21.402. New Title: MINIMUM SALARY SCHEDULE. Deletes "For Classroom Teachers and Full-Time Librarians" from existing title. SECTION 2. Amends Section 21.402(a), Education Code, as follows: (a) Provides that a school district must pay a full-time registered nurse a minimum monthly salary determined by a specified formula. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 3. Amends Sections 21.403(a) and (c), Education Code, as follows: (a) Provides that a registered nurse advances one step on the minimum salary schedule for each year of experience as a registered nurse. Makes conforming changes. (c) Requires the commissioner of education (commissioner) to adopt rules determining the experience for which a registered nurse is to be given credit for placement on the minimum salary schedule. Requires the district to credit the registered nurse for non-consecutive years of experience. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 4. Amends Section 30.102(b), Education Code, as follows: (b) Provides that a full-time registered nurse employed by the Texas Youth Commission (commission) is entitled to receive the monthly salary rate specified by Section 21.402. Authorizes the commission to pay a full-time registered nurse, from funds appropriated to the commission, a salary greater than the minimum specified by Section 21.402 but no greater than the rate of pay for a similar position in the public schools in an adjacent school district. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 5. (a) Provides that this Act applies beginning with the 1999-2000 school year. (b) Provides that a district, in placing a registered nurse on the minimum salary schedule, must grant credit regardless of when the experience was gained. SECTION 6. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.