1-1     By:  Cain                                              S.B. No. 568
 1-2           (In the Senate - Filed February 17, 1999; February 18, 1999,
 1-3     read first time and referred to Committee on Intergovernmental
 1-4     Relations; March 29, 1999, reported adversely, with favorable
 1-5     Committee Substitute by the following vote:  Yeas 5, Nays 0;
 1-6     March 29, 1999, sent to printer.)
 1-7     COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR S.B. No. 568                    By:  Ellis
 1-8                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-9                                   AN ACT
1-10     relating to municipal payroll deductions.
1-12           SECTION 1.  Section 141.008, Local Government Code, is
1-13     amended to read as follows:
1-15     (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (b), the [The] governing body
1-16     of a municipality with a population of more than 10,000 may deduct
1-17     from a municipal employee's monthly salary or wages an amount
1-18     requested in writing by the employee in payment of membership dues
1-19     to a bona fide employees' association that is named by the employee
1-20     and that does not claim the right to strike.
1-21           (b)  The governing body of a municipality with a population
1-22     of more than 50,000 shall make the payroll deduction described by
1-23     Subsection (a) if requested in writing by the employee and if the
1-24     municipality permits deductions other than deductions for charity,
1-25     health insurance, or taxes or other deductions required by law.
1-26           (c)  Participation in the payroll deduction program by a
1-27     municipal employee who is on active full-time duty is voluntary.
1-28           (d) [(c)]  An employee's written request must:
1-29                 (1)  be set out in a form prescribed and provided by
1-30     the municipal treasurer or comptroller;
1-31                 (2)  state the amount to be deducted each month; and
1-32                 (3)  direct the municipal treasurer or comptroller to
1-33     transfer the deducted funds to the designated employees'
1-34     association.
1-35           (e) [(d)]  The amount deducted each month may not exceed the
1-36     amount stated in the written request.  However, the governing body
1-37     of a municipality having a program under this section may impose
1-38     and collect an administrative fee from each participating employee
1-39     in addition to the membership dues that are withheld.  The fee must
1-40     be a reasonable amount to reimburse the municipality for the
1-41     administrative costs of collecting, accounting for, and disbursing
1-42     the membership dues.
1-43           (f) [(e)]  A request under this section remains in effect
1-44     until the municipal treasurer or comptroller receives a written
1-45     notice of revocation in a form prescribed and provided by the
1-46     treasurer or comptroller and filed by the employee.
1-47           SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1999.
1-48           SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
1-49     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
1-50     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
1-51     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
1-52     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.
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