HBA-MSH C.S.H.B. 2751 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisC.S.H.B. 2751 By: Jones, Elizabeth County Affairs 4/17/2001 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law prohibits the amount of compensation and allowances of a county auditor from exceeding the amount of compensation and allowances received from all sources by the highest paid elected county officer other than a judge of a statutory county court. This limit makes it more difficult to attract experienced and qualified candidates for a position as a county auditor, especially in larger cities where the local competition for individuals with auditing skills is greater. C.S.H.B. 2751 allows the salary of a county auditor in specified counties to be the same as the amount paid to the county budget officer. 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 C.S.H.B. 2751 amends the Local Government Code to prohibit the amount of the compensation and allowances of a county auditor from exceeding the amount of the compensation and allowances received from all sources by the county budget officer. If the county hires a county budget officer at a salary lower than the salary of the previous county budget officer, the bill prohibits the county auditor's salary from being reduced on that basis. The bill provides that these provisions apply only to a county that employ an arena venue project manager hired as of March 7, 2001 and that has a population of less than 1.4 million in which a municipality with a population of more than one million is located. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE C.S.H.B. 2751 differs from the original by applying the limits on a county auditor's salary only to certain counties. The substitute also provides that if the county hires a county budget officer at a salary lower than the salary of the previous county budget officer, the county auditor's salary may not be reduced on that basis.