HBA-JEK H.B. 1508 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1508 By: Yarbrough Urban Affairs 3/5/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, a firefighter in a city with a population of at least 1.5 million that has adopted the provisions for municipal civil service may be entitled to educational incentive pay for completing a degree in fire science or credit toward such a degree. House Bill 1508 requires the governing body of such a municipality to authorize educational incentive pay in specified amounts only to firefighters who have undergraduate or graduate college degrees in any field. 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 1508 amends the Local Government Code to require the governing body of a municipality of 1.5 million or more to authorize educational incentive pay to each firefighter who has been or is awarded one of the following degrees by an accredited college or university: _$100 biweekly for a bachelor's degree; _$200 biweekly for a master's degree; and _$300 biweekly for a doctorate or doctor of jurisprudence degree. The bill removes the provision authorizing the governing body of a municipality to authorize educational incentive pay for each firefighter within each classification who has successfully completed courses at an accredited college or university that are applicable toward a degree in fire science. House Bill 1508 removes the limitation on the definition of an "accredited college or university" that specifies that the college or university must be approved or certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education or the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.