HBA-TBM S.B. 286 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 286 By: Carona County Affairs 3/6/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Scheduling conflicts sometimes arise that prevent county judges from holding hearings on applications for permits for mass gatherings. The Alcoholic Beverage Code authorizes a county judge to delegate the responsibility of holding a hearing on an application for an alcohol related license to another county officer. Senate Bill 286 amends the Health and Safety Code to extend to a county judge the same power of delegation for hearing on applications for permits for mass gatherings. 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 286 amends the Health and Safety Code to authorize the county judge of a county to file an order with the commissioners court of the county delegating to another county officer the duty to hear applications for a permit for mass gatherings. The bill provides that the order may allow the county officer to revoke a permit if it is found that the preparations for the mass gathering will not be complete by the time the mass gathering will begin or that the permit was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation. The bill provides that an order of a county officer acting under the delegated authority of the county judge in regard to a permit has the same effect as an order of the county judge. The bill authorizes the county judge, during the period in which the order is in effect, to withdraw the authority delegated in relation to an application and the county judge may hear the application. The bill authorizes the county judge to revoke an order delegating duties at any time. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.