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  H.B. No. 453
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the use of auction proceeds from the sale of certain
  abandoned motor vehicles to compensate certain property owners.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 683.015, Transportation Code, is amended
  by adding Subsections (f) and (g) to read as follows:
         (f)  A county law enforcement agency may use funds received
  from the sale of a motor vehicle abandoned as a result of a
  vehicular pursuit involving the law enforcement agency and
  transferred under Subsection (d) to compensate property owners
  whose property was damaged as a result of the pursuit, regardless of
  whether the agency would be liable under Chapter 101, Civil
  Practice and Remedies Code.  A payment for compensation under this
  subsection may not exceed any of the following amounts:
               (1)  the net proceeds received from the sale of the
  motor vehicle abandoned as a result of the pursuit;
               (2)  $1,000 per property owner, if more than one
  property owner's property is damaged as a result of the pursuit; or
               (3)  the amount of the property owner's insurance
  deductible.
         (g)  Before a law enforcement agency may compensate a
  property owner under Subsection (f) using funds transferred to a
  county under Subsection (d), the sheriff or constable must submit
  the proposed payment for compensation for consideration, and the
  commissioners court shall consider the proposed payment for
  compensation, at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the
  commissioners court.
         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, 2009.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 453 was passed by the House on May 1,
  2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 453 was passed by the Senate on May
  26, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor