HBA-NRS H.B. 1730 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1730 By: Goolsby Licensing & Administrative Procedures 2/23/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) investigators are charged with enforcing the State Lottery Act and the Bingo Enabling Act. In the course of their duties, the investigate serious criminal violations including homicide, armed robbery, arson, robbery, theft, illegal gambling, and other related gambling offenses. Undercover investigative work is frequently employed to investigate and apprehend violators. House Bill 1730 provides that a motor vehicle used exclusively for surveillance purposes by TLC may be exempted from the requirement that a specified inscription be printed on the vehicle. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the Texas Lottery Commission in SECTION 1 (Section 721.003, Transportation Code) of this bill. ANALYSIS House Bill 1730 amends the Transportation Code to authorize the governing body of the Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) by rule to exempt a motor vehicle under TLC's control and custody from the inscription required to be printed on state-owned motor vehicles only if the motor vehicle is used exclusively for surveillance purposes. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.