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SB 46 would make photographs taken of the interior of a property for tax appraisal purposes confidential. The committee substitute of the bill includes provisions that allow for exemptions for the use of the photographs. For instance, people may request to view the photographs of a particular property if they had an ownership interest in the improvement to the property on the date the image was taken. Additionally, the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) and property owners may use the photographs as evidence in cases of an appraisal record review or for appeals of an ARB determination of appraisal.
The House committee did not make any changes to the Senate version of this legislation.
House chamber sponsor: Raymond
First chamber recommendation:
SB 46 protects the privacy of property owners by making interior photos taken by a tax appraiser confidential rather than allowing those photos to be made accessible to the general public. For this reason, we
support SB 46 because it increases an individual’s property rights.