By Dunnam H.B. No. 3490 Line and page numbers may not match official copy. Bill not drafted by TLC or Senate E&E. A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to audits of billing of insurance defense counsel. 1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-4 SECTION 1. Subchapter E, Chapter 21, Insurance Code, is 1-5 amended by adding Article 21.56C to read as follows: 1-6 Art. 21.56C. AUDIT OF BILLING BY DEFENSE COUNSEL. (a) 1-7 Except as provided by Subsection (b) of this article, an insurer 1-8 that is obligated to provide a defense for an insured under a 1-9 casualty insurance policy may not: 1-10 (1) require the insured's attorney to submit to a 1-11 third-party auditor a billing statement that specifies in detail to 1-12 the services performed by the attorney for the insured; or 1-13 (2) submit to a third-party auditor a billing 1-14 statement described by Subdivision (1) of this subsection. 1-15 (b) An insurer may take the action described by Subsection 1-16 (a)(1) or (2) of this article with the prior written consent of the 1-17 insured, obtained after full disclosure to the insured. 1-18 (c) The commissioner, in consultation with the State Bar 1-19 of Texas, shall adopt rules to implement this article. The rules 1-20 must specify the disclosure required to be made under Subsection 1-21 (b) of this article. 2-1 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1999. 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, 2-7 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 2-8 passage, and it is so enacted.