Honorable Royce West, Chair, Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB1687 by Hinojosa (Relating to the right of certain counties to maintain local control over wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.), As Introduced
The bill would add Chapter 161 to the Local Government Code to authorize meet and confer for employees, except police officers who are covered under Chapter 174, in a county with a population of less than 1 million that has adopted a resolution or policy providing for a consultation system in which the county will meet or consult with an employee association representing employees if the association is supported by at least 30 percent of the employees eligible to participate.
The bill sets forth the procedures for establishing, and those for repealing, an agreement between a county and an employee association and specifies that a county may not be denied local control over wages, salaries, rates of pay, hours of work, other terms and conditions of employment, or other state-mandated personnel issues.