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  S.B. No. 539
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the qualifications for an impartial third party in
  certain civil disputes.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 154.052(b), Civil Practice and Remedies
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  To qualify for an appointment as an impartial third
  party under this subchapter in a dispute relating to the
  parent-child relationship, a person must complete the training
  required by Subsection (a) and an additional 24 hours of training in
  the fields of family dynamics, child development, and family law,
  including a minimum of four hours of family violence dynamics
  training developed in consultation with a statewide family violence
  advocacy organization.
         SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding Section 154.052, Civil Practice
  and Remedies Code, as amended by this Act, a person who satisfies
  the qualifications to be an impartial third party in effect
  immediately before the effective date of this Act is not required to
  comply with the requirements imposed by that section, as amended by
  this Act, until January 1, 2018, to be qualified to serve as an
  impartial third party under Subchapter C, Chapter 154, Civil
  Practice and Remedies Code, and the former law is continued in
  effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 539 passed the Senate on
  March 22, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 28, Nays 1.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 539 passed the House on
  May 19, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 2, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor