HBA-AMW S.B. 1800 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1800 By: Brown, J. E. "Buster" State Affairs 5/10/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law is ambiguous regarding how the records of the office of the lieutenant governor are to be handled if the lieutenant governor assumes the office of the governor after a vacancy occurs in the office of the governor. Senate Bill 1800 clarifies that the records may be transferred to the office of the governor. 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 1800 amends the Government and Penal codes to authorize a lieutenant governor who vacates the office of lieutenant governor to complete the unexpired term of the governor to transfer the records of the office of the lieutenant governor created or received during that lieutenant governor's term of office to the office of the governor (transfer of records). The bill provides that records of the office of lieutenant governor that are part of a transfer of records must be maintained separate and distinct from records created or received from the office of the governor. The transferred records must be listed separately and distinctly on the records retention schedule of the office of the governor. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001. The Act applies regardless of whether the transfer occurred before, on, or after the effective date of the Act.