By: Zaffirini S.B. No. 1844
  relating to the establishment and functions of the Interagency Data
  Transparency Commission.
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle B, Title 10, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Chapter 2060 to read as follows:
         Sec. 2060.001.  DEFINITION. In this chapter, "commission"
  means the Interagency Data Transparency Commission.
         Sec. 2060.002.  COMMISSION CREATED. The commission is
  created to study and review:
               (1)  the current public data structure,
  classification, sharing, and reporting protocols for state
  agencies; and
               (2)  the possibility of collecting and posting data
  from state agencies online in an open source format that is
  machine-readable, exportable, and easily accessible by the public.
         Sec. 2060.003.  STUDY. The study conducted by the
  commission must consider methods to:
               (1)  structure, classify, and share data among state
               (2)  more efficiently gather and process data;
               (3)  collect and post data online in an open source
  format that is machine-readable, exportable, and easily accessible
  by the public;
               (4)  standardize data across state agencies;
               (5)  incorporate reporting practices by state agencies
  into the open data systems of the state;
               (6)  improve coordination of interagency data;
               (7)  improve sharing of data between state agencies;
               (8)  reduce the costs of collecting data;
               (9)  reduce duplicative data and information;
               (10)  increase accountability and ensure state
  agencies share and report the data collected by the state agencies;
               (11)  improve information management and analysis to:
                     (A)  increase information security;
                     (B)  uncover fraud and waste;
                     (C)  reduce costs incurred by state agencies;
                     (D)  improve operations performed by state
  agencies; and
                     (E)  verify compliance with applicable laws; and
               (12)  determine other data and transparency issues.
         Sec. 2060.004.  REPORT. (a)  Not later than September 1,
  2016, the commission shall provide to the governor, lieutenant
  governor, and speaker of the house of representatives a final
  report on data reporting practices by state agencies. The report
  must include:
               (1)  recommendations for efficient and effective
  solutions under the commission's charge under Section 2060.003, in
  addition to solutions to other data and transparency issues
  identified by the commission;
               (2)  proposals for legislation necessary to implement
  the recommendations described by Subdivision (1);
               (3)  administrative recommendations; and
               (4)  a complete explanation of each of the commission's
         (b)  The commission shall provide any additional reports
  requested by the governor, lieutenant governor, or speaker of the
  house of representatives.
         Sec. 2060.005.  MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION. (a)  The
  commission is composed of the following members:
               (1)  two representatives from the Department of
  Information Resources, appointed by the executive director of the
               (2)  a representative of the Texas Legislative Council,
  appointed by the executive director of the council;
               (3)  a representative of the Legislative Budget Board,
  appointed by the director of the board;
               (4)  a member of each committee of the house of
  representatives and the senate with primary jurisdiction over
  information resources, appointed by the chair of each committee;
               (5)  the chair of the State Agency Coordinating
  Committee established by the Department of Information Resources,
  or a member of the committee appointed by the chair;
               (6)  a representative of the comptroller, appointed by
  the comptroller;
               (7)  a representative appointed by the governor, who
  serves as the presiding officer of the commission;
               (8)  a representative appointed by the lieutenant
  governor; and
               (9)  a representative appointed by the speaker of the
  house of representatives.
         (b)  A commission member is not entitled to reimbursement of
  expenses or to compensation.
         (c)  A vacancy on the commission shall be filled as soon as
  practicable in the same manner as the original appointment.
         Sec. 2060.006.  ASSISTANCE BY STATE AGENCIES.  The
  comptroller or a state agency with a representative on the
  commission shall provide any assistance the commission requires to
  perform the commission's duties.
         SECTION 2.  (a)  Each appointing official shall appoint
  members to the Interagency Data Transparency Commission not later
  than December 31, 2015.
         (b)  The Interagency Data Transparency Commission shall meet
  not later than the 30th day after the date the final initial
  appointment is made under Section 2060.005, Government Code, as
  added by this Act, and shall meet regularly as necessary at the call
  of the presiding officer.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.