HBA-NRS S.B. 1649 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1649 By: Bernsen Appropriations 5/15/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, state employees who are not eligible to receive overtime compensation under other law are not allowed overtime compensation for working declared disasters. Senate Bill 1649 allows certain state employees to earn overtime compensation while working declared disasters. 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 1649 amends the Government Code to entitle a state employee who performs duties related to a disaster declared by the president of the United States (president) or the governor with overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek from the day on which the state emergency operating center is activated at least at level three until the day the disaster field office closes. The bill entitles an employee to compensation for the excess hours for the first 160 hours of overtime worked either by receiving payment for the overtime at the rate equal to 1-1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay or accruing compensatory time off at the rate of 1-1/2 hours off for each hour of overtime, at the discretion of the employee. After the first 160 hours of overtime worked, the employee is entitled to compensation by receiving pay for the overtime at the rate equal to 1-1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.