Honorable Robert Talton, Chair, House Committee on Urban Affairs
John S. O'Brien, Deputy Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB716 by Gallegos (Relating to payroll deductions for certain employees who are peace officers.), Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted
The bill would amend the Local Government Code to require a municipality with a population of over 10,000 to make payroll deductions if requested in writing by employees who are peace officers and who are not members of a police department covered by a collective bargaining or meet-and-confer agreement if the municipality already permits deductions for purposes other than those required by law.
The bill would also repeal Section 143.357, Local Government Code, which prohibits a public employer from stopping or preventing automatic payroll deductions for dues paid to a police employee group because the group is or is not the bargaining agent.
The bill would take effect September 1, 2005.
Current statute allows a municipality to charge a fee to recover the administrative costs related to processing payroll deductions. If a municipality charges a fee, there would be no fiscal impact. If a municipality does not charge an administrative fee, the cost would be insignificant.