By Merritt H.B. No. 3425 77R5236 SMH-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of 1-3 the appraised value of the residence homesteads of certain active 1-4 and retired school employees. 1-5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-6 SECTION 1. Section 11.13, Tax Code, is amended by adding 1-7 Subsection (s) to read as follows: 1-8 (s) An individual is entitled to an exemption from taxation 1-9 by a taxing unit of $3,000 of the appraised value of the 1-10 individual's residence homestead if: 1-11 (1) the individual was employed for all or part of 1-12 each school year for five consecutive years as a classroom teacher, 1-13 nurse, or counselor at one or more public or private elementary or 1-14 secondary schools in this state, including an open-enrollment 1-15 charter school; and 1-16 (2) the individual: 1-17 (A) is employed in a position described by 1-18 Subdivision (1); 1-19 (B) is a member of the Teacher Retirement System 1-20 of Texas; or 1-21 (C) is at least 65 years of age. 1-22 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect January 1, 2002, and applies 1-23 only to ad valorem taxes imposed for a tax year beginning on or 1-24 after that date, but only if the constitutional amendment proposed 2-1 by the 77th Legislature, Regular Session, 2001, to authorize the 2-2 legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation a portion of the 2-3 value of the residence homesteads of certain active and retired 2-4 school employees is approved by the voters. If that amendment is 2-5 not approved by the voters, this Act has no effect.