HBA-GUM S.B. 193 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 193 By: Ogden State Affairs 5/21/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law provides a definition for an "economically disadvantaged county." The Texas Department of Transportation adjusts the minimum local matching funds requirement for those counties who qualify for this designation. In order to qualify, a county must have a below average per capita taxable property value, below average per capita income, and an above average unemployment rate. S.B. 193 redefines the term "economically disadvantaged county" for purposes of financing a highway project. 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 222.053(a), Transportation Code, to redefine "economically disadvantaged county" as a county that has a per capita taxable property value that is less than onehalf the average per capita taxable property value of counties in the state. Makes a conforming change. SECTION 2. Prohibits the Texas Transportation Commission from expending more funds in any fiscal year of the 2000-2001 biennium to adjust the minimum local matching funds requirement of economically disadvantaged counties than what was expended for that purpose in fiscal year 1999. SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 4. Emergency clause.