HBA-EDN H.B. 2268 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2268 By: Bailey Higher Education 3/18/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law provides a personal leave day program for public school employees. To provide such a program for faculty at institutions of higher education that is modeled after the personal leave program for public school employees may help increase faculty retention rates. House Bill 2268 establishes a minimum personal leave program for faculty members at public institutions of higher education. 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 2268 amends the Education Code to require each institution of higher education (institution) to adopt a minimum personal leave program consisting of five days of personal leave each academic year for faculty members, and to authorize an institution to provide additional personal leave to faculty members. The bill authorizes the governing board of an institution to adopt a policy regulating a faculty member's use of personal leave, provided that the policy does not restrict the purposes for which the leave may be used. The bill prohibits a faculty member from carrying forward from one academic year to the next any unused accumulated personal leave granted under these provisions. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001. The Act applies beginning with the 2001-2002 academic year.