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  H.B. No. 732
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to recording requirements for certain documents.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 12, Property Code, is amended by adding
  Section 12.0011 to read as follows:
         Sec. 12.0011.  INSTRUMENTS CONCERNING PROPERTY: ORIGINAL
  SIGNATURE REQUIRED FOR CERTAIN INSTRUMENTS. (a) For the purposes
  of this section, "paper document" means a document received by a
  county clerk in a form that is not electronic.
         (b) A paper document concerning real or personal property
  may not be recorded or serve as notice of the paper document unless:
               (1)  the paper document contains an original signature
  or signatures that are acknowledged, sworn to with a proper jurat,
  or proved according to law; or
               (2)  the paper document is attached as an exhibit to a
  paper affidavit or other document that has an original signature or
  signatures that are acknowledged, sworn to with a proper jurat, or
  proved according to law.
         (c)  An original signature may not be required for an
  electronic instrument or other document that complies with the
  requirements of Chapter 15 of this code, Chapter 195, Local
  Government Code, Chapter 43, Business & Commerce Code, or other
  applicable law.
         SECTION 2.  The changes in law made by this Act apply only to
  a document filed or recorded on or after the effective date of this
  Act. A document filed or recorded before the effective date of this
  Act is governed by the law in effect at the time the document was
  filed or recorded, and that law is continued in effect for that
  purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 732 was passed by the House on April
  5, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 136, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 732 was passed by the Senate on May 8,
  2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor