Austin, Texas
                                   FISCAL NOTE
                               75th Regular Session
                                  April 9, 1997
      TO: Honorable Kenneth Armbrister, Chair            IN RE:  Senate Bill No. 159, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted
          Committee on State Affairs                              By: Haywood
          Austin, Texas
         FROM:  John Keel, Director    
In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on SB159 ( Relating 
to permitting certain law enforcement authorities and probation 
officers to receive reduced airline fares while engaged in certain 
official duties.) this office has detemined the following:
         Biennial Net Impact to General Revenue Funds by SB159-Committee Report 1st House, Substituted
Implementing the provisions of the bill would result in a net 
impact of $0 to General Revenue Related Funds through the biennium 
ending August 31, 1999.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal 
basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions 
of the bill.
Fiscal Analysis
The bill would allow a county sheriff, deputy sheriff, or adult 
or juvenile probation officer who is transporting a state prisoner 
under a felony warrant to participate in the General Services 
Commission's (GSC) contracts for travel services so that these 
officials, and their prisoners, can receive reduced airline 
fares.  The would allow GSC to charge counties a fee not to 
exceed the costs incurred by the commission for travel services 
Estimates are based on the commission's determination that extending 
travel contract eligibility to county sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, 
probation officers and their prisoners would significantly increase 
the agency's travel management workload.  Counties would be 
charged a fee by the commission to recover the agency's costs. 
The GSC notes that use of the state's discounted airline 
fares by county officials may lead to fare increases under the 
state's travel contracts.  This is based on the assumption that 
higher demand for discounted airfares would lead airlines to 
reduce the discount offered under state travel contracts in 
an attempt to recover lost revenue.
The probable fiscal implications of implementing the provisions 
of the bill during each of the first five years following passage 
is estimated as follows:
Five Year Impact:
Fiscal Year Probable           Probable Revenue   
            Savings/(Cost)     Gain/(Loss) from                                                           
            from Other -       Other -                                                                    
            Interagency        Interagency                                                                
            Contracts          Contracts                                                                  
            OTHER-OTH          OTHER-OTH                                                                   
       1998         ($50,964)           $50,964                                                      
       1998          (37,964)            37,964                                                      
       2000          (37,964)            37,964                                                      
       2001          (37,964)            37,964                                                      
       2002          (37,964)            37,964                                                      
         Net Impact on General Revenue Related Funds:

              Fiscal Year      Probable Net Postive/(Negative)
                               General Revenue Related Funds
               1998                   $0
               1999                    0
               2000                    0
               2001                    0
               2002                    0
Similar annual fiscal implications would continue as long as 
the provisions of the bill are in effect.
The GSC notes that use of the state's discounted airline fares 
by county officials would result in a potential savings of $8,750 
per county or $750,000 statewide, minus fees paid to the GSC 
for administrative expenses.  Actual savings would vary depending 
on each county's airline travel volume.  County administrative 
costs associated with processing travel accounts may reduce 
these savings.
   Source:            Agencies:   303   General Services Commission
                      LBB Staff:   JK ,JD ,RN