Bill not drafted by TLC or Senate E&E. Line and page numbers may not match official copy. By Greenberg H.B. No. 3116 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to work supplementation programs for certain welfare 1-3 recipients. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter G, Chapter 2308, Government Code, is 1-6 amended by adding Section 2308.314 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 2308.314. PARTICIPATION IN WAGE SUPPLEMENTATION 1-8 PROGRAMS; DISPLACEMENT OF EMPLOYEES PROHIBITED. (a) An employer 1-9 may not hire a welfare recipient under a wage supplementation 1-10 program if the hiring: 1-11 (1) will result in: 1-12 (A) the displacement or partial displacement of 1-13 an employee from an existing position; 1-14 (B) the elimination of a vacant position created 1-15 by the lay off of an employee in the previous 90 days. 1-16 (2) will impair an existing collective bargaining 1-17 agreement. 1-18 (b) A participant in the work supplementation program is: 1-19 (1) considered an employee of the participating 1-20 employer for all purposes under state and federal law; 1-21 (2) entitled to receive sick leave, vacation, and paid 1-22 holidays or other pay to the same extent as other employees of the 1-23 employer who perform the same type of work; and 1-24 (3) entitled to receive compensation at a rate that is 2-1 not less than the rate the employer pays other employees with 2-2 similar background, training, or experience who are performing the 2-3 same type work. 2-4 (c) In this section: 2-5 (1) "Participant" means a welfare recipient who 2-6 participates in a work supplementation program. 2-7 (2) "Welfare recipient" means a person who receives 2-8 financial assistance under Chapter 31, Human Resources Code, or 2-9 food stamps under the food stamp program administered under Chapter 2-10 33, Human Resources Code. 2-11 (3) "Work supplementation program" means a program 2-12 under which the state reserves all or part of the amounts that 2-13 would be payable as benefits to welfare recipients and uses those 2-14 amounts to provide and subsidize jobs for recipients. 2-15 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1997. 2-16 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 2-17 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-18 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-19 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-20 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.