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  S.B. No. 529
  relating to the eligibility of a landman for unemployment
         SECTION 1.  Section 201.077, Labor Code, is amended to read
  as follows:
         Sec. 201.077.  SERVICE BY LANDMAN. In this subtitle,
  "employment" does not include service performed for a private
  for-profit person by [an individual as] a landman, as defined by
  Section 1702.324, Occupations Code, if:
               (1)  the compensation paid to the landman [individual
  is engaged primarily in negotiating for the acquisition or
  divestiture of mineral rights or negotiating business agreements
  that provide for the exploration for or development of minerals;
               [(2)     substantially all remuneration, paid in cash or
  otherwise, for the performance of the service is] directly relates
  only to the performance of the service [related to the completion by
  the individual of the specific, contracted-for tasks, rather than
  to the number of hours worked by the individual]; and
               (2) [(3)]  the service performed by the landman
  [individual] is performed under a written contract between the
  landman [individual] and the person for whom the service is
  performed that provides that the landman [individual] is to be
  treated as an independent contractor and not as an employee with
  respect to the service provided under the contract.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a claim for unemployment compensation benefits that is filed
  with the Texas Workforce Commission on or after the effective date
  of this Act. A claim filed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the claim was filed, and
  the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  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, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 529 passed the Senate on
  April 9, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 529 passed the House on
  May 5, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 137, Nays 8, two present
  not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House