HBA-TYH H.B. 486 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 486 By: Hill Urban Affairs 2/26/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) is appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, to serve the governor during the governor's term of office. This practice may limit the accountability of the director to the governing board of TDHCA. H.B. 486 authorizes the TDHCA governing board to select the executive director with the consent of the governor. 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 2306.036, Government Code, as follows: Sec. 2306.036. New Title: DIRECTOR: SELECTION; TERM. Requires the governing board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (board), rather than the governor, to select a director to serve at the pleasure of the board. Excludes the requirement for the director to be appointed with the advice and consent of the senate. Deletes "appointment" from existing title. Makes a conforming change. SECTION 2. Amends Section 2306.037, Government Code, to require the board, rather than the governor, to set the director's salary. SECTION 3. Amends Section 2306.038, Government Code, to require the board, rather than the governor, to designate a new or acting director if the position becomes vacant. SECTION 4. Amends Section 2306.052(b), Government Code, to provide that the director shall perform functions assigned by either the board or the governor. SECTION 5. Requires the board to select a person to serve as executive director of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs as soon as possible after the effective date of this Act. Authorizes the person serving as executive director or acting executive director immediately before the effective date of this Act to continue to serve at the pleasure of the governor until the date on which the person selected by the board assumes the duties of executive director. SECTION 6. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.