HBA-LJP H.B. 1675 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1675 By: Burnam State Affairs 2/26/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE There are some full-time employees of the State of Texas who earn minimum wage but are unable to pay living expenses. As a result, some public employees have to work more than one job or rely on public assistance. House Bill 1675 establishes a minimum wage for public employees that is tied to federal poverty guidelines. 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 1675 amends the Government Code to require a state or local governmental entity to pay to a public employee, except a public employee whose salary is set by the Texas Constitution, a wage that is not less than the greater of a prescribed minimum hourly wage or the federal minimum wage. The bill provides the procedures used for calculating a minimum hourly wage. The bill requires a state or local governmental entity to implement and adjust its salary schedule as necessary beginning with the first full pay period, not later than October 1, 2001 or the first day of the entity's first fiscal year that begins after the effective date of this Act. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect on the 91st day after adjournment.