HBA-TYH S.B. 334 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 334 By: Sibley Economic Development 4/12/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the term "employment" for the purposes of determining unemployment insurance benefits excludes service performed by an inmate of a custodial or penal institution that is owned or operated by the state or a subdivision of the state. As a result of the language in the definition of "employment" which refers to the public nature of the custodial or penal institution, an inmate who is employed in a privately owned or operated prison is eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. S.B. 334 clarifies that an inmate employed in a privately owned or operated prison is also ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits. 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 201.074, Labor Code, to provide that "employment" does not include service performed by an inmate of any custodial or penal institution, rather than an institution owned or operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state. SECTION 2.Effective date: September 1, 1999. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3.Emergency clause.