LEGISLATIVE BUDGET BOARD
Austin, Texas
 
FISCAL NOTE, 83RD LEGISLATIVE REGULAR SESSION
 
March 6, 2013

TO:
Honorable Dan Branch, Chair, House Committee On Higher Education
 
FROM:
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
 
IN RE:
HB870 by Bell (Relating to Prairie View A&M University's eligibility to participate in the research development fund.), As Introduced

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

The bill amends the Education Code to make Prairie View A&M University eligible to participate in the Research Development Fund (RDF).  Appropriations for the RDF are apportioned among eligible institutions through a formula based on each institutionís three-year average of restricted research expenditures.  Funding for the RDF is determined by the Legislature and while adding a new institution to the RDF formula allocation would not necessarily result in an additional cost to the state, each eligible institutionís share of the RDF appropriation would change to the degree the inclusion of Prairie View A&M University affects each eligible institutionís share of the total restricted research expenditures data used to allocate the RDF appropriations. The current General Appropriations Act provides approximately $65.3 million for the RDF and it would be estimated that Prairie View A&M University would receive approximately $1.0 million biennially in RDF appropriations if made eligible.

Local Government Impact

No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.


Source Agencies:
304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 710 Texas A&M University System Administrative and General Offices, 781 Higher Education Coordinating Board
LBB Staff:
UP, KK, SK, EH