HBA-MPM, NMO H.B. 217 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 217 By: Hochberg Public Education 7/26/1999 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 76th Legislature, state law required a school district to excuse a student from attending school for the purpose of observing religious holy days if, before the absence, the student's parent or legal guardian submitted a written request for an excused absence. H.B. 217 deletes the provision stipulating that a student's parent or guardian submit a written request for an excused absence before a school district is required to excuse the student from attending school for the purpose of observing religious holy days. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 25.087(b), Education Code, to delete language that provides that the parent, guardian, or custodian of a student must submit a written request for an excused absence, before a school district is required to excuse a student's absence for the purpose of observing religious holy days. SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective beginning with the 1999-2000 school year. SECTION 3. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.