By: Cain S.B. No. 568
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 relating to municipal payroll deductions.
1-2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-3 SECTION 1. Section 141.008, Local Government Code, is
1-4 amended to read as follows:
1-5 Sec. 141.008. PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS IN CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES.
1-6 (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), the [
The] governing body
1-7 of a municipality with a population of more than 10,000 may deduct
1-8 from a municipal employee's monthly salary or wages an amount
1-9 requested in writing by the employee in payment of membership dues
1-10 to a bona fide employees' association that is named by the employee
1-11 and that does not claim the right to strike.
1-12 (b) The governing body of a municipality with a population
1-13 of more than 50,000 shall make the payroll deduction described by
1-14 Subsection (a) if requested in writing by the employee and if the
1-15 municipality permits deductions other than deductions for charity,
1-16 health insurance, or taxes or other deductions required by law.
1-17 (c) The deductions permitted by this section may be
1-18 terminated after one year by the governing body of a municipality
1-19 if, at an election ordered by the governing body, the qualified
1-20 voters of the municipality approve the termination of the
1-22 (d) Participation in the payroll deduction program by a
1-23 municipal employee who is on active full-time duty is voluntary.
1-24 (e) [ (c)] An employee's written request must:
2-1 (1) be set out in a form prescribed and provided by
2-2 the municipal treasurer or comptroller;
2-3 (2) state the amount to be deducted each month; and
2-4 (3) direct the municipal treasurer or comptroller to
2-5 transfer the deducted funds to the designated employees'
2-7 (f) [ (d)] The amount deducted each month may not exceed the
2-8 amount stated in the written request. However, the governing body
2-9 of a municipality having a program under this section may impose
2-10 and collect an administrative fee from each participating employee
2-11 in addition to the membership dues that are withheld. The fee must
2-12 be a reasonable amount to reimburse the municipality for the
2-13 administrative costs of collecting, accounting for, and disbursing
2-14 the membership dues.
2-15 (g) [ (e)] A request under this section remains in effect
2-16 until the municipal treasurer or comptroller receives a written
2-17 notice of revocation in a form prescribed and provided by the
2-18 treasurer or comptroller and filed by the employee.
2-19 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1999.
2-20 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the
2-21 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
2-22 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
2-23 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-24 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.