HBA-CMT, MPM H.B. 881 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 881 By: Delisi Pensions & Investments 3/18/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, Texas is experiencing a shortage of teachers. One reason for the shortage is the problem school districts face in recruiting and retaining teachers because of inadequate salaries and benefits. House Bill 881 allows school districts to define areas with an acute shortage of teachers for the purpose of retired teachers returning to work full time as a classroom teacher while still receiving monthly benefits from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. 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 881 amends the Government Code to transfer the authority to define areas with an acute shortage of teachers from the commissioner of education to the board of trustees of a school district for the purpose of allowing a retiree to work full time as a classroom teacher while still receiving monthly benefits from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. 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 school year.