HBA-CMT H.B. 501 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 501 By: Carter Urban Affairs 7/19/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Tarrant County 9-1-1 District was authorized by the legislature and ratified by county voters in 1985 for the purpose of implementing and maintaining an enhanced 9-1-1 emergency call network for the residents of the district. Service was established in August 1987. All cities in Tarrant County participate in the district, as well as Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and the City of Irving. House Bill 501 addresses the growing population of the district and provides additional representation on the board of other large cities in the district. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 501 amends the Health and Safety Code to modify the criteria for representation on the board of managers of an emergency communication district by the governing body of a municipality located in the district. The bill includes additional members on the board and modifies provisions for the expiration of board member terms. The bill establishes that for the purpose of determining approval by a majority of entities, if a mayor's council to administer urban development block grant funds does not exist in the district, the other participating jurisdictions are considered to be acting jointly as one entity. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.