By: Lucio III H.B. No. 2541
  relating to funding for apprenticeship training programs through a
  lottery game.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 466, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 466.0271 to read as follows:
  The commission shall operate an instant-ticket lottery game to
  benefit apprenticeship training programs funded under Chapter 133,
  Education Code.
         (b)  The commission shall:
               (1)  determine the ticket price, payout amounts, and
  manner in which the game is conducted;
               (2)  make tickets to the game available for sale
  continuously to the extent practicable; and
               (3)  change the design or theme of the game regularly to
  ensure that the game remains competitive with other instant-ticket
  lottery games offered by the commission.
         (c)  The commission shall market and advertise the lottery
  game operated under this section in a manner intended to inform the
  public that the game tickets are available for purchase and that the
  game proceeds are used to fund apprenticeship training programs in
  this state. The Texas Workforce Commission may make
  recommendations to the Texas Lottery Commission relating to the
  marketing and advertising of the game.
         (d)  The commission shall encourage each sales agent that
  sells tickets to instant-ticket games or similar types of lottery
  games to sell tickets to the game operated under this section.
         (e)  An organization otherwise eligible to receive money
  from the state lottery account attributable to a lottery game
  authorized by this section may not receive the money if the
  organization conducts illegal gambling or operates illegal
  gambling devices as defined by Chapter 47, Penal Code, or allows the
  conduct of illegal gambling or the operation of illegal gambling
  devices on its property or in its facilities.
         SECTION 2.  Section 466.355(b), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  Money in the state lottery account may be used only for
  the following purposes and shall be distributed as follows:
               (1)  the payment of prizes to the holders of winning
               (2)  the payment of costs incurred in the operation and
  administration of the lottery, including any fees received by a
  lottery operator, provided that the costs incurred in a fiscal
  biennium may not exceed an amount equal to 12 percent of the gross
  revenue accruing from the sale of tickets in that biennium;
               (3)  the establishment of a pooled bond fund, lottery
  prize reserve fund, unclaimed prize fund, and prize payment
  account; and
               (4)  the balance, after creation of a reserve
  sufficient to pay the amounts needed or estimated to be needed under
  Subdivisions (1) through (3), to be transferred on or before the
  15th day of each month as follows:
                     (A)  the portion of the balance attributable to
  the lottery game operated under Section 466.027 to the fund for
  veterans' assistance established by Section 434.017; [and]
                     (B)  the portion of the balance attributable to
  the lottery game under Section 466.0271 to an account in the general
  revenue fund to be appropriated to the Texas Workforce Commission
  to support apprenticeship training programs in accordance with
  Chapter 133, Education Code; and
                     (C)  the remainder to the foundation school fund.
         SECTION 3.  (a) Section 466.355(b), Government Code, as
  amended by this Act, applies only to a transfer from the state
  lottery account made on or after January 1, 2018.
         (b)  The Texas Lottery Commission shall establish and begin
  selling tickets to the lottery game as required by Section
  466.0271, Government Code, as added by this Act, not later than
  January 1, 2018.
         SECTION 4.  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, 2017.