HBA-TBM H.B. 957 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 957 By: Burnam County Affairs 2/12/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, the fee a county or public health district may charge for restaurant health inspections is limited to $150 or the highest fee charged by a municipality in the county, whichever amount is less. This fee often does not cover the cost of inspections, based on the time and personnel required to conduct them. House Bill 957 raises the maximum fee that may be charged to $300. 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 957 amends the Health and Safety Code to raise the maximum fee that a county or public health district is authorized to charge for issuing or renewing a permit for food service establishments, stores, and vendors to $300, and removes the previous limit of $150 or the highest fee charged by a municipality in the county or public health district, whichever amount is less. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.