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  H.B. No. 1597
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to tariff filing requirements for certain
  telecommunications providers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 52.251, Utilities Code, is amended by
  adding Subsections (a-1), (c), and (d) and amending Subsection (b)
  to read as follows:
         (a-1)  An affiliate or trade association may file the tariff
  required under Subsection (a) on behalf of the public utility.
         (b)  The public utility, affiliate, or trade association
  shall file as a part of the tariff required under Subsection (a)
  each rule that relates to or affects:
               (1)  a rate of the utility; or
               (2)  a utility service, product, or commodity furnished
  by the utility.
         (c)  The tariff filing is considered approved if the
  commission does not approve or deny the tariff filing or request
  supplemental information from the public utility, affiliate, or
  trade association that filed the tariff before the 60th day after
  receiving the tariff filing. 
         (d)  If the commission requests supplemental information
  from the public utility, affiliate, or trade association under
  Subsection (c), the utility, affiliate, or association must provide
  the commission with the supplemental information not later than the
  15th day after receiving the request from the commission. If the
  commission does not approve or deny the tariff filing before the
  30th day after the commission receives the supplemental
  information, the tariff filing is considered approved.
         SECTION 2.  The changes in law made by this Act apply only to
  a tariff filed under Section 52.251, Utilities Code, as amended by
  this Act, on or after the effective date of this Act. A tariff filed
  before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in
  effect on the date the tariff was filed, and the former law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1597 was passed by the House on April
  28, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 135, Nays 9, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1597 was passed by the Senate on May
  24, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor