HBA-CBW H.B. 2633 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2633 By: Homer Judicial Affairs 4/10/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The 76th Legislature delegated the county attorney in Rains County with the same duties and powers as a district attorney. Since that delegation of duties and powers, the caseload in Rains County has continued to increase. The county has requested that the office of county attorney (office) be placed under the professional prosecutors law. This action would prohibit the county attorney from practicing law privately and establish the office as a full-time position for the county. House Bill 2633 provides that the professional prosecutors law applies to the county attorney of Rains County, and entitles the county attorney in Rains County to be compensated by the state in an amount relating to the salary paid to district attorneys. 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 2633 amends the Government Code to provide that the professional prosecutors law applies to the county attorney of Rains County. The bill entitles the county attorney of Rains County to be compensated by the state in an amount fixed by general law relating to the salary paid to district attorneys. The bill removes provisions requiring the commissioners court of Rains County to continue to provide funds for the office of the county attorney. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.