HBA-SEP S.B. 1737 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1737 By: Cain Ways & Means 5/2/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law authorizes a property owner to inspect appraisal records of the owner's property. However, property owners have been denied access to appraisal records because current law does not require the chief appraiser to provide such access. Senate Bill 1737 entitles a property owner to inspect appraisal records of the owner's property. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS Senate Bill 1737 amends the Tax Code to specify that a property owner or the owner's designated agent (owner) is entitled to inspect and copy the appraisal records relating to the owner's property. An owner whose property is appraised by a private appraisal firm under a contract for appraisal services with an appraisal district is entitled to inspect and copy all information pertaining to the property that the firm considered in appraising the property, including information showing each method of appraisal used to determine the value of the property and all calculations, personal notes, correspondence, and working papers. The appraisal firm is required to make the information available for inspection and copying not later than the 15th day after the date the owner delivers a written request to inspect the information unless the owner agrees in writing to a later date. If an owner states in a document filed with an appraisal review board in connection with a proceeding initiated for the review or correction of an appraisal roll that an appraisal firm has not complied with such a request, the board is prohibited from conducting a hearing on the merits of any related claim and from approving the appraisal records relating to the property until it has determined in a hearing that the appraisal firm has allowed inspection and copying or the owner has withdrawn the protest or motion. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.