HBA-KDB S.B. 228 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 228 By: Shapleigh State Affairs 5/18/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Texas-Mexico border region has been the subject of many state and federal mandates. There is concern that these mandates may not have been accompanied by the resources necessary to fulfill the mandates. Senate Bill 228 requires certain state agencies to study state and federal mandates affecting the border region and to report the findings of the study to the legislature. 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 228 requires certain state agencies to study the state and federal mandates affecting the region of the state near the border with Mexico. The bill requires the office of the attorney general to study judicial and law enforcement issues; the office of the comptroller of public accounts (comptroller) to study the impact of federal law enforcement on the taxes of border residents and the funding this state receives from the United States Department of Transportation compared to the volume of trade traffic on Texas highways; the Texas Department of Banking (department) to study financial policies; the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to study environmental policies; the Texas Department of Health (TDH) to study the adverse health effects of pollution on border residents; the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to study the transportation infrastructure; and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to study issues relating to the North American Free Trade Agreement. The bill establishes December 15, 2002, as the deadline by which the office of the attorney general, the comptroller, the department, TNRCC, TDH, TxDOT, and TWC are required to file a written report with the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house of representatives that details the results and states the findings of each agency's study. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001. This Act expires February 1, 2003.