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  S.B. No. 46
  relating to the confidentiality of certain property tax appraisal
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 552, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 552.155 to read as follows:
  PROPERTY TAX APPRAISAL PHOTOGRAPHS.  (a)  Except as provided by
  Subsection (b) or (c), a photograph that is taken by the chief
  appraiser of an appraisal district or the chief appraiser's
  authorized representative for property tax appraisal purposes and
  that shows the interior of an improvement to property is
  confidential and excepted from the requirements of Section 552.021.
         (b)  A governmental body shall disclose a photograph
  described by Subsection (a) to a requestor who had an ownership
  interest in the improvement to property shown in the photograph on
  the date the photograph was taken.
         (c)  A photograph described by Subsection (a) may be used as
  evidence in and provided to the parties to a protest under Chapter
  41, Tax Code, or an appeal of a determination by the appraisal
  review board under Chapter 42, Tax Code, if it is relevant to the
  determination of a matter protested or appealed.  A photograph that
  is used as evidence:
               (1)  remains confidential in the possession of the
  person to whom it is disclosed; and
               (2)  may not be disclosed or used for any other purpose.
         (c-1)  Notwithstanding any other law, a photograph described
  by Subsection (a) may be used to ascertain the location of equipment
  used to produce or transmit oil and gas for purposes of taxation if
  that equipment is located on January 1 in the appraisal district
  that appraises property for the equipment for the preceding 365
  consecutive days.
         SECTION 2.  Section 552.222, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (c-1) to read as
         (a)  The officer for public information and the officer's
  agent may not make an inquiry of a requestor except to establish
  proper identification or except as provided by Subsection (b), [or]
  (c), or (c-1).
         (c-1)  If the information requested includes a photograph
  described by Section 552.155(a), the officer for public information
  or the officer's agent may require the requestor to provide
  additional information sufficient for the officer or the officer's
  agent to determine whether the requestor is eligible to receive the
  information under Section 552.155(b).
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 46 passed the Senate on
  March 30, 2015, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 26, 2015, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 46 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 22, 2015, by the following vote: Yeas 137,
  Nays 1, one present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House