HBA-EVB S.B. 15 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 15 By: Zaffirini State Affairs 4/14/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, Texas law provides that a person commits a Class A misdemeanor if the person sells cigarettes in quantities less than an individual package containing at least 20 cigarettes. S.B. 15 removes the sale of such cigarettes from a list of offenses that are Class A misdemeanors. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 154.510, Tax Code, as follows: Sec. 154.510. MISDEMEANOR. Removes Section 154.504 (Possession of Quantities Less Than Individual Package) from the list of offenses that constitute a Class A misdemeanor under this section. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.