HBA-BSM H.B. 3174 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3174 By: Solis, Jim Judicial Affairs 3/26/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Thirteenth Court of Appeals is the only court of appeals in the state that has two offices. The offices are approximately 153 miles apart, and one of the chief justice's duties is to oversee operations at both facilities, which at times requires the chief justice to travel between the two offices. Currently, there are no provisions relating to reimbursement for these travel costs. House Bill 3174 entitles the chief justice of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals to reimbursement for mileage traveled in the same manner as already provided for other state employees. 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 3174 amends the Government Code to entitle a justice of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals, in addition to all other compensation paid to a justice of the court, for reimbursement for mileage traveled in performing official duties at the rate provided in the General Appropriations Act for mileage traveled by state employees. The bill requires each county in the district to pay an equal share of the reimbursement from the county treasury. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.