H.B. No. 81 

relating to release by the comptroller of unclaimed property subject to a child support lien. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 74.501, Property Code, is amended by amending Subsection (e) and adding Subsection (f) to read as follows: (e) Except as provided by Subsection (f), the [The] comptroller may not pay to the following persons a claim to which this section applies: (1) a creditor, a judgment creditor, a lienholder, or an assignee of the reported owner or of the owner's heirs; or (2) a person holding a power of attorney from the reported owner or the owner's heirs. (f) The comptroller may approve a claim for child support arrearages owed by the reported owner of the property and reflected in a child support lien notice that complies with Section 157.313, Family Code. A claim under this subsection may be submitted by the lienholder or the attorney general on behalf of the lienholder. SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies only to a claim filed under Section 74.501, Property Code, on or after the effective date of this Act. A claim filed under that section before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect immediately before the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose. SECTION 3. 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, 2005. ______________________________ ______________________________ President of the Senate Speaker of the House I certify that H.B. No. 81 was passed by the House on March 23, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 140, Nays 0, 2 present, not voting. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House I certify that H.B. No. 81 was passed by the Senate on May 12, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0. ______________________________ Secretary of the Senate APPROVED: _____________________ Date _____________________ Governor