1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the manner in which state agency reports are made
 1-3     available to members of the legislature.
 1-5           SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 2052, Government Code, is
 1-6     amended by adding Section 2052.0021 to read as follows:
 1-7           Sec. 2052.0021.  DISTRIBUTION OF REPORTS TO LEGISLATORS.  (a)
 1-8     In this section, "state agency" has the meaning assigned by Section
 1-9     2052.002.
1-10           (b)  Notwithstanding other law, a state agency report
1-11     required by law may be made available to members of the legislature
1-12     only in accordance with this section.
1-13           (c)  A state agency shall make each report required by law
1-14     available to members of the legislature in an electronic format
1-15     determined by the Texas Legislative Council. The agency shall
1-16     promptly send a suitable printed copy of the report to a member of
1-17     the legislature at the request of the member.
1-18           (d)  At the time a report required by law is ready for
1-19     distribution outside the state agency, the agency shall send
1-20     written notice to each member of the legislature that the report is
1-21     available. The agency shall send the notice by mail or, if it is
1-22     acceptable to the member, electronically. The notice must briefly
1-23     describe the subject matter of the report and state:
1-24                 (1)  the manner in which the member may obtain the
 2-1     report electronically; and
 2-2                 (2)  that the agency will send a printed copy of the
 2-3     report to the member at the request of the member.
 2-4           (e)  This section does not affect the duty of a state agency
 2-5     to directly send a printed copy of a report to an officer or
 2-6     committee of the legislature if other law specifically requires
 2-7     that the report be sent to that officer or committee, and the
 2-8     agency is not required to comply with this section before sending
 2-9     the report to that officer or committee.
2-10           SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1999.
2-11           SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
2-12     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
2-13     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
2-14     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-15     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.
         _______________________________     _______________________________
             President of the Senate              Speaker of the House
               I certify that H.B. No. 1016 was passed by the House on April
         8, 1999, by a non-record vote.
                                                 Chief Clerk of the House
               I certify that H.B. No. 1016 was passed by the Senate on May
         24, 1999, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
                                                 Secretary of the Senate
         APPROVED:  _____________________