HBA-NRS H.B. 2460 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2460 By: Ellis, Dan Appropriations 4/16/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Youth Commission, and Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation employ chaplains for the purposes of religious and moral counsel for individuals in the penal or mental health system. The minimum salary for state chaplains ranges from approximately $25,000 to $35,000 annually. It is widely believed that state chaplains do not receive adequate compensation compared to chaplains in the public sector. House Bill 2460 requires a review and reevaluation of the classification of state chaplains' salaries. 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 2460 requires the state's classification officer to review the Texas State Chaplain Professional Equity-Parity Proposal and reevaluate the position classification of chaplains employed by this state. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.