82R12998 T
  By: Williams S.B. No. 1252
  relating to evaluating and providing for efficient government
  resource allocation.
         SECTION 1.  Section 107.002, Civil Practice and Remedies
  Code, is amended by adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
         (c)  A resolution granting permission to sue must be
  accompanied by a fiscal note under Chapter 314, Government Code.
         SECTION 2.  Section 314.001, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 314.001.  SYSTEM OF FISCAL NOTES. The Legislative
  Budget Board shall establish a system of fiscal notes identifying
  the probable costs of each bill or resolution, including a joint
  resolution or concurrent resolution, that authorizes or requires
  the expenditure or diversion of state funds for a purpose other than
  one provided for in the general appropriations bill.
         SECTION 3.  Section 315.004(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  At the request of the lieutenant governor or speaker of
  the house of representatives, a state agency shall prepare an
  economic impact statement for any pending bill, concurrent
  resolution, or joint resolution that directly affects that agency.
  Preparation of the statement shall be coordinated through the
  Legislative Budget Board director.
         SECTION 4.  Section 320.001, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 320.001.  DEFINITION. In this chapter, "mandate" means
  a requirement or a restriction made by a statute enacted by the
  legislature or a rule enacted by a state agency [on or after January
  1, 1997,] that requires a political subdivision to establish,
  expand, or modify an activity in a way that requires the expenditure
  of revenue by the political subdivision that would not have been
  required in the absence of the [statutory] provision. "Mandate" may
  include a required report but does not include a provision of
  additional flexibility in allocating resources.
         SECTION 5.  Section 320.004, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 320.004.  REVIEW OF UNFUNDED MANDATES. (a) The Sunset
  Advisory Commission may, in reviewing a state agency that affects
  political subdivisions [Before September 1 of the even-numbered
  year before the third anniversary of the date of enactment of a
  mandate identified by the interagency work group under Section
  320.003, the interagency work group shall]:
               (1)  review the legislative history of any [the]
               (2)  conduct an evaluation on the benefits of the
  mandate and the costs of the mandate on affected political
  subdivisions; and
               (3)  include the information in the commission's report
  under Sec. 325.010 [present a written report to the legislature and
  the governor on the interagency work group's findings].
         (b)  During the review of a state agency, an affected
  political subdivision may present information to the commission
  regarding mandates and costs and may recommend statutory or rule
  changes to provide for more efficient use of resources.
         (c)  A political subdivision may periodically review
  mandates and may address efficiency measures and operations,
  including recommendations for elimination of mandates. [During the
  regular session immediately following the issuance of a report
  under Subsection (a), the legislature by law may continue the
  mandate for a period not to exceed three years, by law may repeal
  the mandate, or may take no action on the mandate.]
         SECTION 6.  Section 2001.024, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (d) to read as follows:
         (d)  A fiscal note under Subsection (a) that affects a
  political subdivision may include a statement that evaluates
  whether the proposed rule creates an additional requirement or
  restriction on the political subdivision and, if so, whether any
  additional time or expenditures will be required.
         SECTION 7.  The following provisions are repealed:
               (1)  Section 320.003, Government Code;
               (2)  Section 2056.011, Government Code;
               (3)  Section 303.004, Labor Code;
               (4)  Section 240.903, Local Government Code; and
               (5)  Section 1951.212, Occupations Code.
         SECTION 8.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2011.