HBA-LJP H.B. 1357 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1357 By: Berman Higher Education 3/13/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law does not provide The University of Texas at Tyler (university) with a means to fund an intercollegiate athletics program. An intercollegiate athletics program may make the university more attractive to prospective students and may increase student retention at the university. House Bill 1357 enables the university to collect an intercollegiate athletics fee to operate an intercollegiate athletics program. 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 1357 amends the Education Code to authorize the board of regents of The University of Texas System to impose an intercollegiate athletics fee on each student enrolled at the University of Texas at Tyler with the approval of the majority of the students participating in a general student election held at the university for that purpose. The bill provides that, unless a greater amount is approved by a majority in a student election, the amount of the fee may not exceed $7 per semester credit hour for each semester or summer session. The bill authorizes the use of the fee to develop and maintain an intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Texas at Tyler. A student enrolled in more than 15 semester credit hours is required to pay the fee in an amount equal to the amount imposed on a student enrolled in 15 semester credit hours during that semester or session. The bill also requires a student enrolled in less than six semester credit hours to pay the fee in an amount equal to the amount imposed on a student enrolled in six semester credit hours during that semester or session. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001. The Act applies beginning with the fall semester 2001.