H.B. No. 2186
  relating to the payment of a vehicle registration fee by a check
  drawn against insufficient funds.
         SECTION 1.  Section 502.181(a), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A county assessor-collector who receives from any
  person a check or draft drawn on a bank or trust company in payment
  of a registration fee for a registration year that has not ended on
  a motor vehicle, trailer, or motorcycle sidecar that is returned
  unpaid because of insufficient funds or no funds in the bank or
  trust company to the credit of the drawer of the check or draft
  shall [immediately] certify the fact to the sheriff or a constable
  or highway patrol officer in the county after attempts to contact
  the person fail to result in the collection of payment. The
  certification must be made before the 30th day after the date the
  check or draft is returned unpaid and:
               (1)  be under the assessor-collector's official seal;
               (2)  include the name and address of the person who gave
  the assessor-collector the check or draft;
               (3)  include the license plate number and make of the
  vehicle; [and]
               (4)  be accompanied by the check or draft; and
               (5)  be accompanied by documentation of any attempt to
  contact the person and collect payment.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a payment of a registration fee submitted to a county
  assessor-collector on or after the effective date of this Act. A
  payment submitted before the effective date of this Act is governed
  by the law in effect on the date the payment was submitted, and the
  former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2186 was passed by the House on April
  22, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 149, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2186 was passed by the Senate on May
  21, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________