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  H.B. No. 796
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the creation and maintenance by an appraisal district
  of a publicly available Internet database of information regarding
  protest hearings conducted by the appraisal review board
  established for the district.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 26.17(c), Tax Code, is amended to read as
  follows:
         (c)  The database must provide a link to:
               (1)  the Internet website used by each taxing unit in
  which the property is located to post the information described by
  Section 26.18; and
               (2)  the Internet database created by the chief
  appraiser under Section 41.13 that contains information regarding
  protest hearings conducted by the appraisal review board
  established for the appraisal district.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter A, Chapter 41, Tax Code, is amended by
  adding Section 41.13 to read as follows:
         Sec. 41.13.  PROTEST HEARING DATABASE. (a) The chief
  appraiser of each appraisal district shall create and maintain a
  publicly available and searchable Internet database that contains
  information regarding protest hearings conducted by the appraisal
  review board established for the district.
         (b)  For each protest hearing conducted by the appraisal
  review board, the database must contain:
               (1)  the name of each board member who attended the
  hearing;
               (2)  the date and time of the hearing;
               (3)  the account number and category for the property
  that was the subject of the hearing;
               (4)  the appraised value according to the appraisal
  district and the property owner's asserted value of the property
  that was the subject of the hearing; and
               (5)  the board's determination of the protest,
  including the board's determination of the value of the property if
  the hearing was to consider a protest regarding appraised value.
         (c)  The chief appraiser shall update the database not later
  than October 1 of each year.
         (d)  Beginning on January 1, 2025, the database shall include
  information for protests relating to the most recent tax year and
  each tax year thereafter until the database includes information
  for protests relating to the most recent five tax years.
         (e)  Beginning on January 1, 2030, the database shall include
  information for protests relating to the previous five tax years.
         SECTION 3.  Not later than the effective date of this Act,
  the chief appraiser of each appraisal district shall create and
  make available to the public the Internet database required by
  Section 41.13, Tax Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect January 1, 2024.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 796 was passed by the House on April
  5, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 796 was passed by the Senate on May
  12, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor