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Relating to approval for purchases of property or construction projects by a state agency with self-directed semi-independent status.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 646 would update rules for self-directed semi-independent state agencies (SDSI) to purchase property or take on construction projects. The bill creates a more thorough process for SDSIs to purchase real property or begin a construction project by requiring that the SDSI first request an analysis by the Facilities Commission to determine if any available state-owned property or building satisfies the agency's need. The SDSI would have to get written authorization from the Governor before allocating money for the purchase of real property or to construct a building.
Texas Action recommends supporting SB 646 because it promotes the principle of limited government by promoting responsible spending and efficient use of state resources.