Austin, Texas
                    FISCAL NOTE, 77th Regular Session
                               May 17, 2001
          TO:  Honorable James E. "Pete" Laney, Speaker of the House,
               House of Representatives
        FROM:  John Keel, Director, Legislative Budget Board
       IN RE:  HB623  by Hochberg (Relating to the selection,
               distribution, and use of public school textbooks;
               providing administrative and criminal penalties.), As
               Passed 2nd House
*  No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.        *
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) estimates that it would cost $200,000 to
modify the current electronic textbook ordering and tracking system,
EMAT.  In addition, the agency estimates that one full-time equivalent
position requiring approximately $60,000 in salary and support costs
would be necessary to implement the pilot.  This fiscal note assumes
that the pilot project could be implemented without modifying the EMAT
system, but would probably require additional staff resources of less
than $100,000 per year.
Local Government Impact
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is

School districts may experience minor costs and savings under the bill
from certain activities, such as participating in the credit study, or
eliminating the numbering requirements for each textbook.
Source Agencies:   701   Texas Education Agency
LBB Staff:         JK, CT