HBA-KDB S.B. 557 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 557 By: Carona Urban Affairs 5/18/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, Dallas is the largest city in Texas not to adopt the provisions relating to municipal civil service. As a result, public sector employment practices are governed by municipal ordinance and regulations. Concerns have been raised, particularly within the Dallas Police Department, regarding the inequity of procedures for compensation of overtime and compensatory time off. Under the current policy, some employees receive financial compensation for their time, while others are required to alter their schedules accordingly instead of receiving compensation. Senate Bill 557 authorizes a municipality to establish a system under which compensation is paid or compensatory time off is allowed for overtime worked by certain officers and employees of the municipality's police department. 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 Senate Bill 557 amends the Local Government Code to authorize a municipality with a population of one million or more that has not adopted the provisions for municipal civil service to establish a system under which compensation is paid or compensatory time off is allowed for overtime worked by a police officer who has a rank above the rank of captain and whose appointment to the officer's current rank was not based at least in part on the officer's performance on a competitive examination or overtime worked by a civilian who receives a salary greater than the amount the municipality pays a captain and whose appointment to the civilian's current position was not based at least in part on the civilian's performance on a competitive examination. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.