Riders: Article IX General Provisions »

The following section lists the major changes made to the provisions in Article IX.

Amended Sections
5.08  Limitation on Travel Expenditures.  Modifies existing section to limit out of state travel to the greatest of:  125 percent of an agency’s FY2000 travel expenditures; or 100 percent of an agency’s FY2000 expenditures plus $100,000; or 100 percent of any agency’s FY2000 expenditures plus any amounts approved by waiver.

5.09  Travel and Per Diem of Board or Commission Members.  Divides existing section into two new sections to address reimbursement of board/commission members separately from advisory committee members.  Section 5.09 is amended to remove the limitation on per diem amounts of board/ commission members and to clarify that meals, lodging and transportation reimbursement rates are the same as those for state employees.

5.10  Travel of Advisory Committee Members.  Divides existing section into two new sections to address reimbursement of board/commission members separately from advisory committee members.  Section 5.10 is amended to state that meals, lodging and transportation reimbursement rates are the same as those for state employees.  The provision is also amended to set the maximum reimbursement for each fiscal year at 125% of the total reimbursement amount from FY2003. 

6.10  Limitation on State Employment Levels.  Modifies provision  to provide clarity that the exemption for 100 percent federally funded FTEs from an agency’s FTE cap applies only to FTEs resulting from new, unanticipated 100 percent federally funded projects or from the unanticipated expansion of an existing 100 percent federally funded project.

6.26  Definition, Appropriation, Reporting and Audit of Earned Federal Funds.  New provision that separately identifies revenues generated as Earned Federal Funds (EFF) by agency.  The provision:  1) provides an estimated appropriation authority for EFF generated above the specific amounts, 2) defines EFF, and 3) provides reporting requirements and auditing provisions.

7.03  Notification to Members of the Legislature.  Modifies provision to prohibiting the use of appropriated funds to close an office prior to the notification to the affected members of the Legislature. 

7.09  Reporting of Homeland Security Funding.  Clarifies that the provision specifically includes institutions of higher education among entities required to report homeland security funding.

8.03  Reimbursements and Payments.  Modifies provision to provide unexpended balance authority between years of the biennium.

8.04  Surplus Property.  Modifies provision to appropriate only 25 percent of the proceeds of the sale of surplus property back to the originating agency.  Previously 100 percent of the proceeds were appropriated.

8.11 Appropriation of Receipts:  Credit, Charge, Debit Card, or Electronic cost Recovery Service Fees.  Modifies provision to appropriated fee receipts for the purpose of paying costs associated with credit, charge or debit card service fees.

9.06  TexasOnline Project:  Cost Recovery Fees.  Modifies provision to appropriated fee receipts for the purpose of paying costs associated with credit, charge or debit card service fees.

13.08  Strategic Sourcing.  New provision to require the Texas Building and Procurement Commission and the Department of Information Resources to report on the progress of implementing strategic sourcing initiatives for commonly purchased goods and services.

13.09  Appropriation of All Specialty License Plants Receipts and Unexpended Balances.   New provision to provide appropriation authority, UB authority and an informational listing of all specialty license plate receipts.

Part 14.  Agency Discretionary Transfer Provisions.  Creates a new part of Article IX which contains all provisions related to discretionary transfers.

14.04  Disaster Related Transfer Authority.  Modifies provision to provide transfer authority between fiscal years in the biennium and UB authority for transferred funds.

Part 15.  Agency Non-Discretionary Transfer Provisions.  Creates a new part of Article IX which contains all provisions related to non-discretionary transfer provisions.

15.02  Payments to the State Office of Risk Management (SORM).  Modifies provision to require agencies to transfer only 75 percent of their assessment initially.  Previously 100 percent of the estimated assessment was due at the beginning of the fiscal year.  Changes timeline for SORM to determine remaining assessment for each agency from March 1 to May 1.

Part 16.  Legal Representation and Judgments.  Creates a new part of Article IX which contains all provisions related to legal representation and judgments.

Part 17.  Grant Making Provisions.  Creates a new part of Article IX which contains all provisions related to grant making.

Deleted Sections

  • Contract Workforce
  • Expenditures for Commercial Air Travel
  • Report of Form Documents Available to the Public
  • Completion of Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Transition Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Interagency Contract Funding for Prescription Drug Importation Study
  • Use of Unused Unopened Nursing Home Prescription Drugs
  • In Kind Gas Program
  • Cleaning Allowances
  • Coordination of Tourism and Travel Promotion

Moved Sections – No change

  •  Appropriation Transfers. Moves from 6.08 without amendment.
  • Transfers for Contract Services.  Moves from 6.09 without amendment.
  • 15.01  Reimbursements for Unemployment Benefits.  Moves from 6.29 to 15.01 without amendment.
  •   Contingency Appropriation Reduction.  Moves from 13.08 without amendment.
  •   Appropriations Transfers:  Billings for Statewide Allocated Costs.  Movesd from 13.10 without amendment.
  • Judgments and Settlements.  Moves from 6.22 without amendment.
  • Expenditures for Representatives of Grievants Prohibited.  Moves from 6.23 without amendment. 

17.01  Emergency and Deficiency Grants Out of Special Funds.  Moves from 6.03 without amendment.

17.02  Limitation on Grants to Units of Local Government.  Moves from 6.13 without material amendment.

17.03  Grant Restriction.  Moves from 6.18 without amendment.

17.04  Grants.  Moves from 6.27 without amendment.

17.05  Grants for Political Polling Prohibited.  Moves from 6.32(b) without amendment.

This listing of provisions and riders is an overview of the changes and may not include every change that occurred this session.  If a question arises on a particular section, please contact the Office of Governmental Relations.