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H.B. No. 457

H.B. No. 457

AN ACT

relating to the confidentiality of certain home address information
in ad valorem tax appraisal records.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 25.025(a), Tax Code, is amended to read
as follows:
(a) This section applies only to:
(1) a current or former peace officer as defined by
Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, and the spouse or
surviving spouse of the peace officer;
(2) the adult child of a current peace officer as
defined by Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure;
(3) [(2)] a county jailer as defined by Section
1701.001, Occupations Code;
(4) [(3)] an employee of the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice;
(5) [(4)] a commissioned security officer as defined
by Section 1702.002, Occupations Code;
(6) [(5)] a victim of family violence as defined by
Section 71.004, Family Code, if as a result of the act of family
violence against the victim, the actor is convicted of a felony or a
Class A misdemeanor;
(7) [(6)] a federal judge, a state judge, or the
spouse of a federal judge or state judge;
(8) [(7)] a current or former employee of a district
attorney, criminal district attorney, or county or municipal
attorney whose jurisdiction includes any criminal law or child
protective services matters;
(9) [(8)] an officer or employee of a community
supervision and corrections department established under Chapter
76, Government Code, who performs a duty described by Section
76.004(b) of that code;
(10) [(9)] a criminal investigator of the United
States as described by Article 2.122(a), Code of Criminal
Procedure;
(11) [(10)] a police officer or inspector of the
United States Federal Protective Service;
(12) [(11)] a current or former United States attorney
or assistant United States attorney and the spouse and child of the
attorney;
(13) [(12)] a current or former employee of the office
of the attorney general who is or was assigned to a division of that
office the duties of which involve law enforcement;
(14) [(13)] a medical examiner or person who performs
forensic analysis or testing who is employed by this state or one or
more political subdivisions of this state;
(15) [(14)] a current or former member of the United
States armed forces who has served in an area that the president of
the United States by executive order designates for purposes of 26
U.S.C. Section 112 as an area in which armed forces of the United
States are or have engaged in combat;
(16) [(15)] a current or former employee of the Texas
Juvenile Justice Department or of the predecessors in function of
the department;
(17) [(16)] a current or former juvenile probation or
supervision officer certified by the Texas Juvenile Justice
Department, or the predecessors in function of the department,
under Title 12, Human Resources Code; and
(18) [(17)] a current or former employee of a juvenile
justice program or facility, as those terms are defined by Section
261.405, Family Code.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2017.

______________________________ ______________________________
President of the Senate Speaker of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 457 was passed by the House on April
13, 2017, by the following vote: Yeas 138, Nays 0, 3 present, not
voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
No. 457 on May 26, 2017, by the following vote: Yeas 141, Nays 3, 2
present, not voting.

______________________________
Chief Clerk of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 457 was passed by the Senate, with
amendments, on May 24, 2017, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays
0.

______________________________
Secretary of the Senate
APPROVED: __________________
Date

__________________
Governor

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