73R4998 LJD-D By Holzheauser H.B. No. 2134 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to payroll deductions for Department of Public Safety 1-3 employees. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 403, Government Code, is 1-6 amended by adding Section 403.0166 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 403.0166. PAYROLL DEDUCTION FOR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC 1-8 SAFETY EMPLOYEES. (a) An employee of the Department of Public 1-9 Safety may authorize in writing a transfer each pay period from the 1-10 employee's salary or wage payment to a deposit account of the 1-11 employee at an eligible credit union. The written authorization 1-12 shall remain in effect until an employee, in writing, authorizes a 1-13 change in the authorization. The amount authorized for transfer 1-14 may be a portion of the amount received by the employee for the pay 1-15 period. 1-16 (b) The comptroller by rule shall establish an annual 1-17 transfer authorization period and shall adopt rules for transfers 1-18 by employees to certified eligible credit unions. 1-19 (c) Participation by employees of the department in the 1-20 payroll deduction program authorized by this section is voluntary. 1-21 (d) To be certified by the comptroller, a credit union must 1-22 be authorized to do business in this state and have been operating 1-23 in this state for a period of at least 18 months. 1-24 (e) A credit union not previously certified may submit an 2-1 application for certification as an eligible credit union to the 2-2 comptroller within 90 days prior to the beginning of the fiscal 2-3 year. 2-4 (f) The comptroller may approve an application under 2-5 Subsection (e) if a credit union demonstrates to the satisfaction 2-6 of the comptroller that it qualifies as an eligible credit union by 2-7 providing the documentation required by this section and applicable 2-8 rules adopted by the comptroller. 2-9 (g) The comptroller shall charge an administrative fee to 2-10 cover the costs incurred as a result of administering this section. 2-11 Administrative fees shall be paid by each qualifying credit union 2-12 on a pro rata basis to be determined by the comptroller. The 2-13 comptroller by rule shall determine the most efficient and 2-14 effective method of collecting the administrative fees. The 2-15 comptroller shall adopt rules for the administration of this 2-16 subsection. 2-17 (h) The comptroller shall allocate the administrative fees 2-18 on a proportional basis to the comptroller and the department for 2-19 costs incurred in administering this section. 2-20 SECTION 2. The importance of this legislation and the 2-21 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-22 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-23 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-24 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 2-25 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 2-26 passage, and it is so enacted.