Austin, Texas
                                   FISCAL NOTE
                               75th Regular Session
                                  May 1, 1997
      TO: Honorable Harvey Hilderbran, Chair            IN RE:  Senate Bill No. 273, As Engrossed
          Committee on Human Services                              By: Zaffirini
          Austin, Texas
         FROM:  John Keel, Director    
In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on SB273 ( Relating 
to development of a statewide consumer guide for senior citizens.) 
this office has detemined the following:
         Biennial Net Impact to General Revenue Funds by SB273-As Engrossed
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill requires the Comptroller's office to develop and annually 
update a statewide consumer guide for senior citizens and to 
make it available to the public through the Internet and to 
area agencies on aging and other state agencies in electronic 
format.  The development, publication, and dissemination of 
the guide should have no significant fiscal impact on the Comptroller's 
budget.  To assist the Comptroller in performing this duty, 
section 1 of the bill creates an interagency work group composed 
of representatives from the Comptroller's office, the Texas 
Department on Aging, the Department of Human Services, the Texas 
Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and the Health 
and Human Services Commission. The guide must contain a directory 
of service providers for senior citizens in a format developed 
by the interagency work group. The entities whose representatives 
are members of the work group must also assist the Comptroller 
in developing and updating the guide by taking all action necessary. 
Section 2 of the bill directs the Texas Board on Aging 
to require area agencies on aging to annually submit current 
information to the Comptroller for inclusion in the guide. The 
information is to be provided in a format prescribed by the 
Comptroller. Area agencies on aging already routinely compile 
the information which will be used in the guide.
No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
   Source:            Agencies:   
                                         304   Comptroller of Public Accounts
                                         324   Department of Human Services
                                         332   Department of Housing and Community Affairs
                                         340   Department on Aging
                                         529   Health and Human Services Commission
                      LBB Staff:   JK ,BB