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  H.B. No. 1944
  relating to extension of deadlines for claims and related
  settlement and dispute resolution under the Texas Windstorm
  Insurance Association Act.
         SECTION 1.  Section 2210.581, Insurance Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (a) and (b) and adding Subsection (d) to read
  as follows:
         (a)  Subject to Subsection (b), the commissioner, on a
  showing of good cause, may by rule:
               (1)  extend any deadline established under this
  subchapter; and
               (2)  set the length of the extension.
         (b)  With reference to deadlines applicable to the
  association only, all deadline extensions related to claims arising
  from [filed during] a particular storm [catastrophe year, the
  extension of deadlines under Subsection (a)] may not exceed 120
  days in the aggregate.  This subsection does not affect the
  extension of a deadline applicable to a claimant or to both the
  association and a claimant. 
         (d)  The commissioner shall adopt rules necessary to
  implement this section. Section 2001.0045, Government Code, does
  not apply to rules adopted under this subsection.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a claim filed on or after the effective date of this Act. A claim
  filed before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law
  applicable to the claim immediately before the effective date of
  this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 1944 was passed by the House on April
  12, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 1944 was passed by the Senate on May
  10, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________