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(d) The comptroller may use staff or contract with private or public entities, including state agencies, to conduct the training. (61439)

(e) The comptroller may assess a fee for a training program, including continuing education and certification, in an amount sufficient to recover the costs incurred by the comptroller to provide the training program under this subchapter. (61440)

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 526 (S.B. 255), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2017. (61441)


(a) A state agency, in consultation with the comptroller, may develop agency-specific purchasing and contract management training programs to be administered by the agency to the agency's employees instead of or as a supplement to training programs developed by the comptroller under this subchapter. (61443)

(b) An employee who participates in an agency-specific training program under this section remains subject to any other applicable certification requirements established for training programs under this subchapter, including written or oral examinations administered by the comptroller. (61444)

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 526 (S.B. 255), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2017. (61445)

Sec. 656.101. DEFINITIONS. (61447)(Text)

In this subchapter: (61448)

(1) "State agency" has the meaning assigned by Section 656.043. (61449)

(1-a) "State employee" has the meaning assigned by Section 572.002. (61450)

(2) "Training" means instruction, teaching, or other education received by a state employee that is not normally received by other state employees and that is designed to enhance the ability of the employee to perform the employee's job. The term includes a course of study at an institution of higher education or a private or independent institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code, if the employing state agency spends money to assist the state employee to meet the expense of the course of study or pays salary to the employee to undertake the course of study as an assigned duty. The term does not include training required either by state or federal law or that is determined necessary by the agency and offered to all employees of the agency performing similar jobs. (61451)

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1178, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. (61452)

Amended by: (61453)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 366 (H.B. 3337), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2015. (61454)

Sec. 656.102. AGENCY POLICY. (61455)(Text)

(a) Before a state agency spends any money on training for a state employee, the state agency must adopt a policy governing the training of employees, in addition to the rules required by Section 656.048, that requires training to relate to an employee's duties following the training. (61456)

(b) The policy must: (61457)

(1) provide clear and objective guidelines to govern tuition reimbursement for an administrator or employee of a state agency who is enrolled in training for which the administrator or employee seeks reimbursement from this state; and (61458)

(2) address tuition reimbursement for nontraditional training, including online courses or courses not credited towards a degree. (61459)

(c) The state agency shall post the policy adopted under this section on the employment section of the agency's Internet website. (61460)

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1178, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. (61461)

Amended by: (61462)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 366 (H.B. 3337), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2015. (61463)

Sec. 656.103. RESTRICTIONS. (61464)(Text)

(a) If a state employee receives training that is paid for by a state agency, and during the training period the employee does not perform the employee's regular duties for three or more months as a result of the training, a policy adopted under Section 656.102 must include a requirement that the employee: (61465)

(1) work for the agency following the training for at least one month for each month of the training period; or (61466)

(2) pay the agency for all the costs associated with the training that were paid during the training period, including any amounts of the employee's salary that were paid and that were not accounted for as paid vacation or compensatory leave. (61467)

(b) Before a state employee receives training that will be paid for by a state agency and during which the employee will not be performing the employee's regular duties for three months or more, the agency shall require the employee to agree in writing, before the training begins, to comply with the requirements prescribed under Subsection (a). (61468)

(c) By an order adopted in a public meeting, the governing body of a state agency may waive the requirements prescribed under Subsection (a) and release a state employee from the obligation to meet those requirements if the governing body finds that such action is in the best interest of the agency or is warranted because of an extreme personal hardship suffered by the employee. (61469)

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