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                                                                  H.B. No. 1814

relating to employment positions with the Texas Department of Transportation. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 201.403(a), Transportation Code, is amended to read as follows: (a) To provide adequate numbers of women and minority applicants for all positions in the department, the department shall: (1) open all positions compensated at or above the amount prescribed by the General Appropriations Act for [step 1,] salary group B17 [21,] of the position classification salary schedule to applicants from inside and outside the department; (2) seek applicants from this state and, if sufficient numbers are not available from this state, from other states; (3) coordinate recruiting efforts with college placement officers and college student organizations; (4) develop an extensive cooperative education program with colleges; and (5) ensure that employees are aware of continuing educational opportunities and encourage employee participation in the programs. SECTION 2. 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, 2005. ______________________________ ______________________________ President of the Senate Speaker of the House I certify that H.B. No. 1814 was passed by the House on April 14, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 140, Nays 0, 2 present, not voting. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House I certify that H.B. No. 1814 was passed by the Senate on May 19, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0. ______________________________ Secretary of the Senate APPROVED: _____________________ Date _____________________ Governor