HBA-LJP S.B. 1066 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1066 By: Lucio State Affairs 5/17/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, the state employee incentive program (program) is designed to improve efficiency, safety, and customer service in state agencies by awarding an employee or state employee group that makes suggestions that improve a state agency with awards and bonuses. Senate Bill 1066 modifies the eligibility requirements of the program, increases the amount of savings to a state agency in order for an employee or state employee group to be eligible to receive an award or bonus, and provides leave without a deduction in salary as a reward for participating in the program. 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 Senate Bill 1066 amends the Government Code to require the Texas Incentive and Productivity Commission (commission) to encourage state employees to form groups to participate in the state employee incentive program (program) on a temporary basis for the purpose of developing process improvements in a state agency. The bill authorizes a state employee to be granted leave without a deduction in salary as a reward for participating in the program. The bill prohibits the total amount of leave an employee is granted under the program from exceeding 24 hours during a fiscal year. The bill provides that the required six month time period that must elapse between an employee's last promotion, enhanced compensation award, one-time merit payment, or merit salary increase for an employee to be eligible for a merit salary increase or a one-time merit payment does not apply to a merit salary increase under the program. The bill also prohibits the consideration of a merit salary increase under the program when computing a maximum amount that a state agency spends for merit salary increases. The bill increases, from less than $100 to less than $500, the amount of the net annual savings or the revenue increased based on an employee's suggestion for an employee to be recognized by a certificate of appreciation, but not be eligible for a bonus. The bill increases, from equal to or greater than $100 to equal to or greater than $500, the amount that productivity must rise, after implementation cost, based on an employee's or state employee group's suggestion for the employee to be eligible for certain bonus awards or for a state employee group to be eligible for certain bonuses. The bill provides that an elected or appointed official is not eligible to participate in the program. The bill also provides that if an employee is temporarily assigned by the employee's agency to a group that is established to develop process improvements in that agency, then the employee is not ineligible to participate in the program solely because of the employee's participation in that group. The bill authorizes an agency affected by the program to transfer savings attributable to an implemented suggestion from the first year of the fiscal biennium to the second year of the fiscal biennium. The bill provides that certain provisions prohibiting a state agency from using appropriated money to publish a publication with enhanced printing stock do not apply to a publication of the commission. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.