HBA-CMT S.B. 1780 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1780 By: Lindsay County Affairs 5/3/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, an employee of a sheriff's department who is demoted, suspended, or removed from a position on a final decision by the commission administering the sheriff's department civil service system (commission) may appeal the decision through a district court. However, a sheriff does not have the authority to appeal such a decision regarding a sheriff's department employee. Senate Bill 1780 grants a sheriff the right to appeal to a district court a final decision by a commission that reverses or modifies an employee's demotion, suspension, or renewal. 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 1780 amends the Local Government Code to authorize a sheriff to appeal a final decision of a county civil service system commission (commission) that reverses or modifies an employee's demotion, suspension, or removal by filing a petition in a district court in the county within 30 days after the date of the decision. The bill requires the district court to reverse the decision of the commission and affirm the decision of the sheriff if the court renders judgment for the sheriff in the appeal. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.