Austin, Texas

                           FISCAL NOTE
                       74th Regular Session

                          April 19, 1995

 TO:     Honorable Hugo Berlanga, Chair         IN RE:  Senate BillNo. 606,
         Committee on Public Health                           as engrossed
         House of Representatives                       By: Zaffirini
         Austin, Texas

FROM: John Keel, Director

In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on Senate Bill No.
606 (Relating to the detection and prevention of osteoporosis.)
this office has determined the following:

The bill would require the commissioner of health, in
consultation with the Board of Health, to develop and implement a
program to educate the public regarding osteoporosis and identify
cost-effective options for treatment of the condition.  The
commissioner would be authorized to appoint a task force to make
recommendations on strategies to educate the public on
osteoporosis.  Members of the task force would receive no
compensation, per diem, or reimbursement for expenses.

Included in the fiscal implications detailed below would be
$14,587 per fiscal year in employee benefits associated with the
two employees the Department would hire to carry out the
provisions of the bill.

Other costs associated with the implementation of the provisions
of this bill, and included in amounts below, would include costs
for production and printing of educational materials, educational
conferences and workshops, professional services related to
professional and public education, as well as the salaries for
two additional employees and related operating costs.

The probable fiscal implication of implementing the provisions of
the bill during each of the first  five years following passage
is estimated as follows:    



            Fiscal  Probable Cost Out      Change in   
             Year      of  General      Number of State
                     Revenue Fund 001   Employees from 
                                            FY 1995    
          1996                $235,564              2.0
          1997                 240,376              2.0
          1998                 240,376              2.0
          1999                 240,376              2.0
          2000                 240,376              2.0
       Similar annual fiscal implications would continue as long as the
provisions of the bill are in effect.

No fiscal implication to units of local government is

Source:   Legislative Budget Board
          LBB Staff: JK, KF, DF