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  H.B. No. 1989
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the fees assessed by a district clerk for copies of
  certain court documents.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 51.318, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (e) and adding Subsection (f) to read as
  follows:
         (e)  The district clerk may not charge [United States
  Immigration and Customs Enforcement or United States Citizenship
  and Immigration Services] a fee for a copy of any document on file
  or of record in the clerk's office relating to an individual's
  criminal history, regardless of whether the document is certified,
  to:
               (1)  United States Immigration and Customs
  Enforcement; 
               (2)  United States Citizenship and Immigration
  Services; or 
               (3)  a criminal justice agency that requests the
  document for a criminal justice purpose, including a request to
  determine an individual's eligibility to purchase a firearm.
         (f)  In this section, "criminal justice agency" and
  "criminal justice purpose" have the meanings assigned by Section
  411.082.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a fee for a copy of a court document requested on or after the
  effective date of this Act.  A fee for a copy of a court document
  requested before the effective date of this Act is governed by the
  law in effect when the copy was requested, 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. 1989 was passed by the House on April
  26, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 1, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1989 was passed by the Senate on May
  15, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor