HBA-EDN H.B. 1056 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1056 By: Gallego State Affairs 6/29/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, the house general investigating committee (committee) has jurisdiction to investigate a variety of issues of statewide concern. Prior to the 77th Legislature, the committee consisted of five members and conducted inquiries and investigations in which sensitive information held by the committee may have been subject to public disclosure. House Bill 1056 allows the composition of the committee to be increased and for sensitive information held by the committee to be withheld from public release. 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 1056 amends the Government Code to provide that the house general investigating committee (committee) must consist of not fewer than five house members. The bill provides that a majority of the members constitutes a quorum to transact business. The bill provides that information held by a general investigating committee that, if held by a law enforcement agency or prosecutor, would be excepted from the requirements of public availability is confidential and not subject to public disclosure. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.