BILL ANALYSIS H.B. 2180 By: Horn 04-05-95 Committee Report (Unamended) BACKGROUND Current law, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes (V.T.C.S.), Article 46c-6, requires the Texas Transportation Commission to hold a public hearing before awarding financial assistance under the Aeronautics Regulation Act to a governmental entity. Because the commission meets once a month, public hearings are restricted to the notice and time parameters of that meeting. Authorizing the commission's representative to hold a hearing would allow the department greater flexibility in the time and location of these hearings. Requiring the commission to hold a hearing for any financial assistance prevents the department from addressing emergency situations in a timely manner. PURPOSE To provide that the Texas Transportation Commission's authorized representative may hold a public hearing for the award of financial assistance under the Aeronautics Regulation Act. To provide that the department may award a loan or grant to an aviation facility without holding a public hearing in the case of an emergency. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1: Amends V.T.C.S., Article 46c-6, to allow the commission's authorized representative to hold a public hearing for financial assistance under the Aeronautics Regulation Act and to allow the executive director or his/her designee to award a grant or loan for financial assistance without a hearing in the case of an emergency. SECTION 2: Emergency clause and Effective Date as upon passage. SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE ACTION Pursuant to a public notice posted on March 23, 1995, at 7:36 p.m., the House Committee on Transportation met in a public hearing on Wednesday, March 29, 1995 at 2:00 p.m. in Room E1.014 of the Capitol Extension and was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by the Chair, Representative Clyde Alexander. The Chair laid out H.B. 2180 and recognized Representative Horn to explain H.B. 2180. The Chair recognized the following person who testified but was neutral on H.B. 2180: Tom Griebel, Texas Department of Transportation. The Chair left H.B. 2180 pending before the Committee. Pursuant to a public notice posted on March 30, 1995 at 6:02 p.m., the House Committee on Transportation met in a public hearing on Wednesday, April 5, 1995 at 2:00 p.m. or upon adjournment, in room E1.014 of the Capitol Extension and was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by the Chair, Representative Clyde Alexander after the House recessed. The Chair laid out H.B. 2180 by Horn, which was pending before the Committee. Representative Clemons moved that the Committee report H.B. 2180, without amendments, to the full House with the recommendation that it do pass. The motion prevailed by the following vote: Ayes (8), Nayes (0), Absent (1), Present not voting (0).