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H.B. No. 3788

H.B. No. 3788

AN ACT
relating to the training and education of appraisal review board
members.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 5.041, Tax Code, is amended by amending
Subsections (b) and (e-1) and adding Subsection (i) to read as
follows:
(b) A member of the appraisal review board established for
an appraisal district must complete the course established under
Subsection (a). The course must provide at least eight hours of
classroom or distance training and education. A member of the
appraisal review board may not participate in a hearing conducted
by the board unless the person has completed the course established
under Subsection (a) and received a certificate of course
completion.
(e-1) In addition to the course established under
Subsection (a), the comptroller shall approve curricula and provide
materials for use in a continuing education course for members of an
appraisal review board. The course must provide at least four hours
of classroom or distance training and education. The curricula and
materials must include information regarding:
(1) the cost, income, and market data comparison
methods of appraising property;
(2) the appraisal of business personal property;
(3) the determination of capitalization rates for
property appraisal purposes;
(4) the duties of an appraisal review board;
(5) the requirements regarding the independence of an
appraisal review board from the board of directors and the chief
appraiser and other employees of the appraisal district;
(6) the prohibitions against ex parte communications
applicable to appraisal review board members;
(7) the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal
Practice;
(8) the duty of the appraisal district to substantiate
the district’s determination of the value of property;
(9) the requirements regarding the equal and uniform
appraisal of property;
(10) the right of a property owner to protest the
appraisal of the property as provided by Chapter 41; and
(11) a detailed explanation of each of the actions
described by Sections 25.25, 41.41(a), 41.411, 41.412, 41.413,
41.42, and 41.43 so that members are fully aware of each of the
grounds on which a property appraisal can be appealed.
(i) The comptroller may adopt rules to implement this
section, including rules establishing criteria for course
availability and for demonstrating course completion.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect January 1, 2022.

______________________________ ______________________________
President of the Senate Speaker of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 3788 was passed by the House on April
20, 2021, by the following vote: Yeas 140, Nays 4, 1 present, not
voting.

______________________________
Chief Clerk of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 3788 was passed by the Senate on May
19, 2021, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.

______________________________
Secretary of the Senate
APPROVED: _____________________
Date

_____________________
Governor

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