Rule Review Chapter 51: Proposed Amendment to Sick Pool Rules

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1. Introduction.

        The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department proposes an amendment to §51.141, concerning Sick Leave Pool. The amendment would eliminate the requirement that donations to the sick leave pool be made in writing. The department now utilizes CAPPS, an automated system used by all state agencies, and employees can now donate to the sick leave pool online. The proposed amendment is a result of the department’s review of its regulations under the provisions of Government Code, §2001.039, which requires each state agency to review each of its regulations no less frequently than every four years and to re-adopt, adopt with changes, or repeal each rule as a result of the review.

2. Fiscal Note.

        Rebecca Gonzales, CAPPS Director in the Human Resources Division, has determined that for each of the first five years that the rule as proposed is in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local governments as a result of administering or enforcing the rule.

3. Public Benefit/Cost Note.

        Ms. Gonzales also has determined that for each of the first five years that the rule as proposed is in effect:

        (A) The public benefit anticipated as a result of enforcing or administering the proposed rule will be regulations that accurately reflect agency processes with respect to the administration of the sick leave pool.

        There will be no adverse economic effect on persons required to comply with the rule.

        (B) Under the provisions of Government Code, Chapter 2006, a state agency must prepare an economic impact statement and a regulatory flexibility analysis for a rule that may have an adverse economic effect on small businesses, micro-businesses, or rural communities. As required by Government Code, §2006.002(g), the Office of the Attorney General has prepared guidelines to assist state agencies in determining a proposed rule’s potential adverse economic impact on small and microbusinesses and rural communities. Those guidelines state that an agency need only consider a proposed rule’s direct adverse economic impacts to determine if any further analysis is required. The department considers “direct economic impact“ to mean a requirement that would directly impose recordkeeping or reporting requirements; impose taxes or fees; result in lost sales or profits; adversely affect market competition; or require the purchase or modification of equipment or services.

        (C) The department has determined that proposed rule would result in no direct economic effect on any small businesses, micro-businesses, or rural community. Therefore, neither the economic impact statement nor the regulatory flexibility analysis described in Government Code, Chapter 2006, is required.

        (D) The department has not drafted a local employment impact statement under the Administrative Procedures Act, §2001.022, as the agency has determined that the rule as proposed will not impact local economies.

        (E) The department has determined that Government Code, §2001.0225 (Regulatory Analysis of Major Environmental Rules), does not apply to the proposed rule.

        (F) The department has determined that there will not be a taking of private real property, as defined by Government Code, Chapter 2007, as a result of the proposed rule.

        (G) In compliance with the requirements of Government Code, §2001.0221, the department has prepared the following Government Growth Impact Statement (GGIS).  The rule as proposed, if adopted, will neither create nor eliminate a government program; not result in an increase or decrease in the number of full-time equivalent employee needs; not result in a need for additional General Revenue funding; not affect the amount of an existing fee; not create or expand an existing regulation; not increase or decrease the number of individuals subject to regulation; and not positively or adversely affect the state’s economy.

4. Request for Public Comment.

        Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Robert Macdonald at (512) 389-4775, e-mail: Comments also may be submitted via the department’s website at

5. Statutory Authority.

        The amendment is proposed under the authority of Government Code, §661.002, which requires the governing body of each state agency to adopt rules to prescribe procedures relating to the operation of the agency’s sick leave pool.

        The proposed amendment affects Government Code, Chapter 661.

6. Rule Text.

        §51.141. Sick Leave Pool. A sick leave pool is established to provide for the alleviation of hardship caused to an employee and the employee’s family if a catastrophic illness or injury forces the employee to exhaust all leave time earned by that employee and to lose compensation from the state.

                         (1) The director of human resources is designated as the pool administrator.

                         (2) The pool administrator, with the advice and consent of the executive director, will establish operating procedures consistent with the requirements of this section and relevant law governing operation of the pool.

                         (3) Donations to the pool are[must be made by written request containing a certification that the donation is] strictly voluntary.

        This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency’s authority to adopt.

        Issued in Austin, Texas, on

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