July 5, 2007 By News Staff
Requires the comptroller to establish a central, publicly searchable Internet database for all state expenditures; requires state agencies to give expenditures to the comptroller for use in the database. The increased access to information makes government more accountable to citizens for it's spending, according to the bill.
Allows the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to adjust permit applicant fees to encourage electronic reporting, in consultation with DIR. The use of electronic services improves the TCEQ's efficiency and effectiveness, according to the bill.
Requires DIR and TexasOnline to revise the online license application and renewal forms for certain health professions so state boards, agencies or associations that license health professionals can collect information about the applicant and the applicant's practice. Under current law, there's a lack of comprehensive information regarding Texas health professionals, according to the bill.
Mandates that 85-year-old licensed individuals be re-tested for their vision and driving abilities. Prohibits the electronic renewal of a license for a person 79 or older.
Allows the DIR to accept gifts, grants, services or properties for relevant agency duties. During hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the DIR was offered help from private companies, but was not allowed to accept it under to law. This statute changes that.
Requires the Health and Human Services Commission to develop a transition plan to make the Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System (TIERS) and the System of Application, Verification, Referral and Reporting (SAVERR) fully functional, and requires the Texas State Auditor's Office, in consultation with DIR, to conduct an independent verification program to determine whether the transition plan can be met.
Prohibits state workers from accepting gifts that influence the employee's conduct. Requires agencies to adopt and distribute an ethics policy by January 1, 2008. Requires the Attorney General to develop a model ethics policy as an example for agencies by November 1, 2007.
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