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Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 2/15/2013 Views: 2136  Impressions: 8343
Categories: Education, Government: State, Politics

In the coming weeks, bills will be referred to committees and hearings on bills will begin. Currently, just under 2000 bills have been filed by both the House and Senate. This week, I will talk about a few of the House bills that have been filed.
Under current law, agencies submit their proposed budgets to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) each biennium before the start of a new session. These proposed budgets are called Legislative Appropriations Requests, and used by the LBB to develop an initial state budget. House Bill (HB) 98 would require that each session, approximately 1/3 of all the state agencies to submit to the board a zero-based budget. Under HB 98, a zero-based budget plan must contain: a description of the activities the entity is charged with performing and a justification for each activity by reference to a statute or other legal authority; for each activity, an estimate of any expected adverse effects if the activity were discontinued; an itemized account of expenditures required to maintain the activity at the minimum level of service required by the statute or other legal authority, and a summary of the quantity and quality of service required at that minimum level; an itemized account of expenditures required to maintain the activity at the current level of service; and a ranking of activities that illustrates the relative importance of each activity to the overall goals and purposes of the or agency.
House Bill 101 would prohibit a school district from requiring a student to use an identification device that uses radio frequency identification technology or similar technology to identify the student, transmit information regarding the student, or track the location of the student. Under the bill, "radio frequency identification technology" is a wireless identification system that uses an electromagnetic radio frequency signal to transmit data without physical contact between a card, badge, or tag and another device. The bill does not prohibit a school district from using such technology, so long as the use is voluntary.
For more information on these bills, or to review all of the legislation that has been filed, please visit the website You can contact my office by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910 or by emailing me at My district office phone number is (903) 891-7297.

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