HBA-CMT H.J.R. 24 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.J.R. 24 By: Noriega County Affairs 3/11/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Texas Constitution requires that each county in Texas be divided into four commissioners precincts. The size of commissioners precincts vary from 28 persons to more than 800,000 persons. In Harris County, the average population per commissioners precinct is greater than 800,000, with the population for each commissioners precinct being larger than that of a United States congressional district. House Joint Resolution 24 proposes a constitutional amendment to increase the number of county commissioners in Harris County from four to six. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this resolution does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Joint Resolution 24 amends the Texas Constitution to require the Commissioners Court of Harris County to divide Harris County into six commissioners precincts, the boundaries of which can take effect on January 1, 2003. The resolution sets forth provisions regarding the election and terms of commissioners to serve the newly created precincts. FOR ELECTION This proposed constitutional amendment shall be submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 6, 2001.