S.B. No. 1546
  relating to the right to a new hearing before an appraisal review
  board following a failure to attend a hearing.
         SECTION 1.  Subsection (e-1), Section 41.45, Tax Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (e-1)  A property owner or a person [who has not] designated
  by the property owner as the owner's [an] agent [under Section
  1.111] to represent the owner at the hearing [and] who fails to
  appear at the hearing is entitled to a new hearing if the property
  owner or the owner's agent files, not later than the fourth day
  after the date the hearing occurred, a written statement with the
  appraisal review board showing good cause for the failure to appear
  and requesting a new hearing.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a protest under Chapter 41, Tax Code, that is filed on or after
  the effective date of this Act. A protest under Chapter 41, Tax
  Code, that was filed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the protest was filed, and
  the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1546 passed the Senate on
  May 4, 2011, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that the
  Senate concurred in House amendment on May 27, 2011, by the
  following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1546 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 25, 2011, by the following vote: Yeas 147,
  Nays 0, one present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House