HBA-MPA, MAJ H.B. 558 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 558 By: Hunter State Affairs 2/25/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, Texas law requires every male between the ages of 18 and 26 residing in the United States, other than those granted nonimmigrant status, to register with the selective service system. There are specific penalties under the law for failure to register, including fines and imprisonment. H.B. 558 requires proof of registration with or exemption from the selective service to qualify for employment with any branch of state government. 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 Chapter 651, Government Code, by adding Section 651.005, as follows: Sec. 651.005. REQUIREMENT OF SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION OR EXEMPTION. Prohibits an agency in any branch of state government from hiring a person as an employee if the person is of the age and gender that would require a citizen of the United States to register with the selective service system under federal law, unless the person presents proof of the person's registration with the selective service system as required by federal law, or proof of the person's exemption from registration with the selective service system. Provides that this section does not apply to a person employed by a state agency before September 1, 1999, as long as the person's employment by the agency is continuous. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.