By Naishtat H.B. No. 2164 76R3813 KLA-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the appointment of a guardian for a person with severe 1-3 or profound mental retardation. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subpart A, Part 3, Chapter XIII, Texas Probate 1-6 Code, is amended by adding Section 682A to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 682A. APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT OF A GUARDIAN FOR 1-8 CERTAIN PERSONS. (a) If a minor is a person who, because of 1-9 severe and profound mental retardation, requires a guardianship 1-10 after the ward is no longer a minor, a person may file an 1-11 application under Section 682 of this code for the appointment of a 1-12 guardian of the person or estate, or both, of the proposed ward not 1-13 earlier than the 61st day before the proposed ward's 18th birthday. 1-14 (b) Notwithstanding Sections 694(b) and 745(a) of this code, 1-15 the guardianship of a minor who is the subject of an application 1-16 for the appointment of a guardian filed under Subsection (a) of 1-17 this section is settled and closed when the court makes a final 1-18 determination regarding the application. 1-19 SECTION 2. (a) This Act takes effect September 1, 1999, and 1-20 applies only to an application for the appointment of a guardian 1-21 filed on or after the effective date of this Act. 1-22 (b) An application for the appointment of a guardian filed 1-23 before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in 1-24 effect on the date the application was filed, and the former law is 2-1 continued in effect for that purpose. 2-2 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 2-3 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-4 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-5 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-6 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.