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  H.B. No. 1972
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to requirements applicable to an attorney ad litem
  representing a child in a child abuse proceeding.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 107.004(e), Family Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (e)  An attorney ad litem appointed for a child in a
  proceeding under Chapter 262 or 263 is not required to comply with
  Subsection (d) before a hearing if the court finds at that hearing
  that the attorney ad litem has shown good cause why the attorney ad
  litem's compliance with that subsection is not feasible or in the
  best interest of the child. Additionally, a court may, on a showing
  of good cause, authorize an attorney ad litem to comply with
  Subsection (d) by conferring with the child or other individual, as
  appropriate, by telephone or video conference.
         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, 2007.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1972 was passed by the House on April
  12, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1972 was passed by the Senate on May
  15, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor