HBA-JEK H.B. 2247 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2247 By: Ellis, Dan Corrections 6/14/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is facing a shortage of employees in its institutional division, especially prison guards. Institutional division employees receive low pay and may face risks to their personal safety. A March 10, 2000 article in the Amarillo Globe-News stated that TDCJ's institutional division is operating with about 2,000 guards fewer than it needs, and the attrition rate for guards rose from 11 percent in 1995 to 21 percent in 2000. An examination of why many institutional division employees terminate their employment with TDCJ might help TDCJ attract and retain more employees. House Bill 2247 requires TDCJ to establish an exit interview policy for each institutional division employee who terminates employment. 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 2247 amends the Government Code to require the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to adopt a policy that provides for an exit interview of each institutional division employee who terminates employment with TDCJ. The bill provides that participation in the interview process is voluntary, and that TDCJ is not required to conduct an exit interview of an employee who is terminated against the employee's will. The bill requires TDCJ to adopt an exit interview policy by October 1, 2001. TDCJ is required to encourage the employee to state in the employee's own words the reasons for which the employee is terminating employment. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.