By Ellis                                              H.B. No. 2247
         77R8718 GWK-F                           
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to establishing an exit interview process for employees of
 1-3     the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal
 1-4     Justice.
 1-6           SECTION 1. Chapter 493, Government Code, is amended by adding
 1-7     Section 493.0071 to read as follows:
 1-8           Sec. 493.0071.  EMPLOYEE EXIT INTERVIEWS. (a)  The department
 1-9     shall adopt a policy that provides for an exit interview of each
1-10     institutional division employee who terminates employment with the
1-11     department.  Employee participation in the interview process is
1-12     voluntary, and the department is not required to conduct an exit
1-13     interview of an employee who is terminated against the employee's
1-14     will.
1-15           (b)  The department shall encourage the employee to state in
1-16     the employee's own words the reasons for which the employee is
1-17     terminating employment.
1-18           (c)  The department shall analyze responses to interviews
1-19     conducted under this section on the basis of  the responding
1-20     employees' age, gender, race or ethnicity, years of service, rank,
1-21     and duty locations.
1-22           SECTION 2.  The Texas Department of Criminal Justice shall
1-23     adopt an exit interview policy, as required by Section 493.0071,
1-24     Government Code, as added by this Act, not later than October 1,
 2-1     2001, and shall offer each employee who terminates employment with
 2-2     the department on or after that date an opportunity to participate
 2-3     in the interview.
 2-4           SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.