HB 578

85(R) - 2017
House General Investigating & Ethics
House General Investigating & Ethics
State Employees

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Chris Turner

Bill Caption

Relating to certain leave policies for state employees.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

Current law provides for the circumstances under which a an administrative head of a state agency may approve emergency leave without a deduction in pay for a state employee. An example of this would be to attend to a death in the family.

This legislation provides accountability by requiring that in order to approve emergency leave without deduction in pay an administrative head must believe in good faith "that the employee being granted the emergency leave intends to return to the employee’s position with the agency on expiration of the period of emergency leave."

An administrative head would also be allowed grant leave without deduction in salary to a state employee who is the subject of an investigation conducted by the agency.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill enhances our  limited government principle by increasing transparency and accountability for emergency leave at the discretion of the administrative head. We support HB 578.