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  H.B. No. 3310
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to deadlines for the claims appraisal process of the Texas
  Windstorm Insurance Association.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 2210.574, Insurance Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (d) and adding Subsection (d-1) to read as
  follows:
         (d)  If a claimant demands appraisal under this section:
               (1)  the appraisal must be conducted as provided by the
  association policy; [and]
               (2)  the claimant and the association are responsible
  in equal shares for paying any costs incurred or charged in
  connection with the appraisal, including a fee charged under
  Subsection (e); and
               (3)  the appraisal must be completed within the period
  established under Subsection (d-1).
         (d-1)  In consultation with the association, the
  commissioner shall adopt rules establishing the period in which an
  appraisal demanded under this section must be completed. In
  adopting the rules, the commissioner shall:
               (1)  allow flexibility for an adequate investigation of
  the claim that is the subject of the appraisal; and
               (2)  consider the time necessary to preserve the
  independence of the appraisers.
         SECTION 2.  The commissioner of insurance shall adopt rules
  required by Section 2210.574, Insurance Code, as amended by this
  Act.
         SECTION 3.  Section 2210.574, Insurance Code, as amended by
  this Act, applies only to an appraisal demanded on or after January
  1, 2024. An appraisal demanded before January 1, 2024, is governed
  by the law in effect on the date the appraisal was demanded, and
  that law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3310 was passed by the House on April
  28, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 138, Nays 6, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 3310 on May 24, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0,
  1 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3310 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 19, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor