1-1     By:  Ellis (Senate Sponsor - Staples)                 H.B. No. 2247
 1-2           (In the Senate - Received from the House April 23, 2001;
 1-3     April 24, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on
 1-4     Criminal Justice; May 11, 2001, reported favorably by the following
 1-5     vote:  Yeas 5, Nays 0; May 11, 2001, sent to printer.)
 1-6                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-7                                   AN ACT
 1-8     relating to establishing an exit interview process for employees of
 1-9     the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal
1-10     Justice.
1-12           SECTION 1. Chapter 493, Government Code, is amended by adding
1-13     Section 493.0071 to read as follows:
1-14           Sec. 493.0071.  EMPLOYEE EXIT INTERVIEWS. (a)  The department
1-15     shall adopt a policy that provides for an exit interview of each
1-16     institutional division employee who terminates employment with the
1-17     department.  Employee participation in the interview process is
1-18     voluntary, and the department is not required to conduct an exit
1-19     interview of an employee who is terminated against the employee's
1-20     will.
1-21           (b)  The department shall encourage the employee to state in
1-22     the employee's own words the reasons for which the employee is
1-23     terminating employment.
1-24           (c)  The department shall analyze responses to interviews
1-25     conducted under this section on the basis of  the responding
1-26     employees' age, gender, race or ethnicity, years of service, rank,
1-27     and duty locations.
1-28           SECTION 2.  The Texas Department of Criminal Justice shall
1-29     adopt an exit interview policy, as required by Section 493.0071,
1-30     Government Code, as added by this Act, not later than October 1,
1-31     2001, and shall offer each employee who terminates employment with
1-32     the department on or after that date an opportunity to participate
1-33     in the interview.
1-34           SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.
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