HBA-SEP H.B. 1061 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1061 By: Madden Judicial Affairs 4/4/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, statutory court judges with jurisdiction over a single county only have to file reports with the county clerk which makes it difficult to evaluate what is on record for each of these judges without visiting the documents repository or making document requests by mail or telephone which may require added time, effort, and expense. House Bill 1061 requires these judges, specific-purpose committees, and judicial candidates to report to the Texas Ethics Commission. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 1061 amends the Election Code to require a candidate for an office of a statutory court who is required to file a report under reporting by a candidate to also file the report with the Texas Ethics Commission (commission). The bill requires the holder of an office of a statutory county court who is required to file a report under reporting by an officeholder to also file the report with the commission. The bill also requires a specific-purpose committee for supporting or opposing a candidate for or assisting a holder of an office of a statutory county court that is required to file a report to file the report with the commission. A report required by a semiannual reporting schedule for candidate, officeholder, or committee must be filed with the commission not later than the 30th day after the prescribed dates. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.