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  H.B. No. 923
 
AN ACT
relating to the persons to whom an assessor for a taxing unit is
required to mail an ad valorem tax bill.
       BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
       SECTION 1.  Section 31.01, Tax Code, is amended by amending
Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (i-1) to read as follows:
       (a)  Except as provided by Subsections [Subsection] (f) and
(i-1), the assessor for each taxing unit shall prepare and mail a
tax bill to each person in whose name the property is listed on the
tax roll and to the person's authorized agent. The assessor shall
mail tax bills by October 1 or as soon thereafter as practicable.
The assessor shall mail to the state agency or institution the tax
bill for any taxable property owned by the agency or institution.
The agency or institution shall pay the taxes from funds
appropriated for payment of the taxes or, if there are none, from
funds appropriated for the administration of the agency or
institution. The exterior of the tax bill must show the return
address of the taxing unit and must contain, in all capital letters,
the words "RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED," or another appropriate
statement directing the United States Postal Service to return the
tax bill if it is not deliverable as addressed.
       (i-1)  If an assessor mails a tax bill under Subsection (a)
to a mortgagee of a property, the assessor is not required to mail a
copy of the bill to any mortgagor under the mortgage or to the
mortgagor's authorized agent.
       SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
to a tax bill mailed on or after the effective date of this Act. A
tax bill mailed before the effective date of this Act is governed by
the law in effect immediately before that date, and that law is
continued in effect for that purpose.
       SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
____________________________________________________________
   President of the SenateSpeaker of the House      
       I certify that H.B. No. 923 was passed by the House on March
15, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, 2 present, not
voting.
______________________________
Chief Clerk of the House   
       I certify that H.B. No. 923 was passed by the Senate on May 7,
2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 1.
______________________________
Secretary of the Senate    
APPROVED:  _____________________
APPROVED:  _____________________
                   Date          
 
 
          _____________________
                 Governor