83R5837 NC-F
  By: Hilderbran, et al. H.B. No. 1224
  relating to continuing education requirements and a registration
  exemption for county tax assessor-collectors.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 6, Tax Code, is amended by
  adding Section 6.231 to read as follows:
         Sec. 6.231.  CONTINUING EDUCATION. (a) A county
  assessor-collector must successfully complete 20 hours of
  continuing education before each anniversary of the date on which
  the county assessor-collector takes office. The continuing
  education must include at least 10 hours of instruction on laws
  relating to the assessment and collection of property taxes for a
  county assessor-collector who assesses or collects property taxes.
         (b)  In addition to the requirement described by Subsection
  (a), a county assessor-collector shall successfully complete
  continuing education courses on ethics and on the constitutional
  and statutory duties of the county assessor-collector not later
  than the 90th day after the date on which the county
  assessor-collector first takes office.
         (c)  Continuing education required by this section must be
  approved by a state agency or an accredited institution of higher
  education, including an institution that is a part of or associated
  with an accredited institution of higher education, such as the V.
  G. Young Institute of County Government.
         (d)  A county assessor-collector shall file annually a
  continuing education certificate of completion with the
  commissioners court of the county in which the county
  assessor-collector holds office.
         (e)  To satisfy the requirement described by Subsection (a),
  a county assessor-collector may carry forward from one 12-month
  period to the next not more than 10 continuing education hours that
  the county assessor-collector completes in excess of the required
  20 hours.
         (f)  For purposes of removal under Subchapter B, Chapter 87,
  Local Government Code, "incompetency" in the case of a county
  assessor-collector includes the failure to complete continuing
  education requirements in accordance with this section.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter A, Chapter 1151, Occupations Code, is
  amended by adding Section 1151.003 to read as follows:
         Sec. 1151.003.  APPLICABILITY. This chapter does not apply
  to a county assessor-collector described by Section 14, Article
  VIII, Texas Constitution, or an employee of the county
         SECTION 3.  Section 1151.151, Occupations Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 1151.151.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED; EXEMPTION. [(a)]
  The following persons must register with the department:
               (1)  the chief appraiser of an appraisal district, an
  appraisal supervisor or assistant, a property tax appraiser, an
  appraisal engineer, and any other person authorized to render
  judgment on, recommend, or certify an appraised value to the
  appraisal review board of an appraisal district;
               (2)  a person who engages in appraisal of property for
  ad valorem tax purposes for an appraisal district or a taxing unit;
               (3)  an assessor-collector other than a county
               (4)  [,] a collector[,] or another person designated by
  a governing body as the chief administrator of the taxing unit's
  assessment functions, collection functions, or both; and
               (5) [(4)]  a person who performs assessment or
  collection functions for a taxing unit and is required to register
  by the chief administrator of the unit's tax office.
         [(b)     A county assessor-collector is not required to
  register with the department if the county, by contract entered
  into under Section 6.24(b), Tax Code, has its taxes assessed and
  collected by another taxing unit or an appraisal district.]
         SECTION 4.  Sections 1151.160(d) and (g), Occupations Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (d)  A person registered as an assessor or
  assessor-collector other than a county assessor-collector shall
  become certified as a registered Texas assessor not later than the
  fifth anniversary of the date of the person's original
         (g)  A registrant who has not obtained the certification
  required by Subsection (c), (d), or (e) within the time required by
  the applicable subsection is entitled to a one-year extension to
  meet the certification requirements if:
               (1)  the applicant submits proof of active military
  status performed after the date of the applicant's original
               (2)  the applicant submits proof of leave under the
  federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. Section 2601
  et seq.) taken after the date of the applicant's original
               (3)  the applicant submits proof of a death or illness
  in the family or an unforeseen emergency occurring after the date of
  the applicant's original registration that prevented the
  registrant from meeting certification requirements;
               (4)  a [county tax assessor-collector,] chief
  appraiser, chief administrative officer of a political
  subdivision, or other person authorized by the commission by rule
  requests the extension on behalf of an employee;
               (5)  the applicant requesting the extension is a
  [county tax assessor-collector or] chief appraiser; or
               (6)  the applicant meets another reasonable
  qualification for an extension established by the commission by
         SECTION 5.  A county tax assessor-collector who holds office
  on January 1, 2014:
               (1)  shall complete the continuing education required
  by Section 6.231(a), Tax Code, as added by this Act, not later than
  January 1, 2015; and
               (2)  is not required to complete the continuing
  education course required by Section 6.231(b), Tax Code, as added
  by this Act.
         SECTION 6.  An administrative proceeding under Chapter 51 or
  1151, Occupations Code, against a county tax assessor-collector
  related to a violation under Chapter 1151, Occupations Code, that
  is pending on the effective date of this Act is dismissed.
         SECTION 7.  (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (b) of this
  section, 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, 2013.
         (b)  Section 1 of this Act takes effect January 1, 2014.