Presenters: Jayna Burgdorf/Lydia Saldaña

Commission Agenda Item No. 7
Approval of Gifts
November 1997

I. DISCUSSION: Senate Bill 145 passed by the Seventy-fifth Legislature gives some very specific direction to state agencies regarding the acceptance of gifts. The Act provides that all gifts of money or property with a value of $500 or more must be accepted by the Commission in an open meeting. The Act further states that the name of the donor, a description of the gift, and a statement of the purpose of the gift must be recorded in the minutes. Staff would propose to present a consent agenda at each Commission meeting with an attached listing as shown at Exhibit A of gifts received since the last approval action.

Exhibit B is a copy of Administrative Code Section 51.164 regarding gifts to the Department. Staff would propose to publish this proposed rule amendment in the Texas Register as shown in Exhibit B. Exhibit C is a copy of Senate Bill 145 as passed by the Seventy-fifth Legislature.

II. RECOMMENDATION: The staff recommends the Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission accepts the gifts listed on Exhibit A, orders Exhibit A to be included in the official minutes of this meeting, and authorizes the staff to publish the proposed amendment to 31 TAC §51.164 in the Texas Register for public comment."

Attachments - 4

1. Exhibit A - Gift List
2. Exhibit B - Rule, 31 TAC §51.164
3. Exhibit C - Senate Bill 145
4. Exhibit D - Fiscal Note

(Exhibits A, B, C, and D are available upon request.)

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