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Texas Laws | Government Code
GOVERNMENT CODE
TITLE 7. INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

(b) The office shall: (64614)

(1) serve as the state's clearinghouse for information on federal formula funds; (64615)

(2) prepare reports on federal funds and earned federal formula funds; (64616)

(3) analyze proposed and pending federal and state legislation to determine whether the legislation would have a significant negative effect on the state's ability to receive an equitable share of federal formula funds; (64617)

(4) make recommendations for coordination between state agencies and local governmental entities and between state agencies; and (64618)

(5) adopt rules under the rule-making procedures of the administrative procedure law, Chapter 2001, Government Code, as necessary to carry out the responsibilities assigned by this subchapter. (64619)

(c) The office shall annually prepare a comprehensive report to the legislature on the effectiveness of the state's efforts to ensure a receipt of an equitable share of federal formula funds for the preceding federal fiscal year. The report must include: (64620)

(1) an executive summary that provides an overview of the major findings and recommendations included in the report; (64621)

(2) a comparative analysis of the state's receipt of federal formula funds relative to other states, prepared using the best available sources of data; (64622)

(3) an analysis of federal formula funding trends that may have a significant effect on resources available to the state; and (64623)

(4) recommendations, developed in consultation with the Legislative Budget Board, the Governor's Office of Budget and Planning, and the comptroller, for any state legislative or administrative action necessary to increase the state's receipt of federal formula funds. (64624)

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 4, Sec. 8.01, eff. Aug. 22, 1991. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.95(50), eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 306, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. (64625)

Sec. 751.023. AGENCY COMMUNICATIONS. (64626)(Text)

A state agency shall, to the extent practicable, contact the office before the agency provides information to a federal agency or to the United States Congress about state policy or conditions. This section does not apply to a state agency that is headed by a statewide-elected official. (64627)

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 306, Sec. 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. (64628)

CHAPTER 752. IMMIGRATION (64629)(Text)

SUBCHAPTER A. OFFICE OF IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE AFFAIRS (64630)(Text)
Sec. 752.001. OFFICE OF IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE AFFAIRS. (64631)(Text)

The Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs is created within the Texas Department of Human Services. (64632)

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 627, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 526, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. (64633)

Sec. 752.003. REFUGEE COORDINATOR. (64634)(Text)

The governor shall appoint a refugee coordinator for the office to serve at the pleasure of the governor. The refugee coordinator shall serve as chief administrative officer of the office and shall ensure coordination of public and private resources in refugee resettlement. (64635)

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 627, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 526, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. (64636)

Sec. 752.004. APPLICATION FOR AND DISTRIBUTION OF FEDERAL FUNDS. (64637)(Text)

The office shall apply for the maximum amount of federal funds available through the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (8 U.S.C. Section 1101 et seq.) and the Refugee Act of 1980 (8 U.S.C. Section 1521 et seq.). The office shall apply for those funds and shall distribute the funds to agencies responsible for providing services to newly legalized aliens and refugees in accordance with federal law. The office may retain a portion of the federal funds to cover reasonable costs incurred in securing and administering the funds. The office may delegate to an appropriate state agency the administration of funds under this section. (64638)

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 627, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. (64639)

Sec. 752.007. OTHER FUNCTIONS OF OFFICE. (64640)(Text)

In addition to other duties prescribed by this subchapter, the office shall: (64641)

(1) coordinate public and private programs for the benefit of immigrants and refugees; (64642)

(2) receive and address inquiries relating to the services available to immigrants or refugees at the local, state, and federal levels; and (64643)

(3) assist local communities with the development of programs to address the needs of immigrants and refugees at the local level. (64644)

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 627, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. (64645)

Sec. 752.008. GIFTS, GRANTS, AND DONATIONS. (64646)(Text)

The office may solicit and accept gifts, grants, and donations for the benefit of immigrant or refugee programs within the state. (64647)

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 627, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. (64648)

Sec. 752.009. FUNDING. (64649)(Text)

Except for any unspent appropriations transferred under this Act or any gifts, grants, or donations accepted under this Act, the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs may use only federal funds to perform the duties prescribed by this Act. (64650)

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