By: Corte H.B. No. 4131
  relating to the exemption of certain personal property from
  garnishment, attachment, execution, or other seizure.
         SECTION 1.  Section 42.001(b), Property Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  The following personal property is exempt from seizure
  and is not included in the aggregate limitations prescribed by
  Subsection (a):
               (1)  current wages for personal services, except for
  the enforcement of court-ordered child support payments;
               (2)  professionally prescribed health aids of a debtor
  or a dependent of a debtor;
               (3)  alimony, support, or separate maintenance
  received or to be received by the debtor for the support of the
  debtor or a dependent of the debtor; [and]
               (4)  a religious bible or other book containing sacred
  writings of a religion that is seized by a creditor other than a
  lessor of real property who is exercising the lessor's contractual
  or statutory right to seize personal property after a tenant
  breaches a lease agreement for or abandons the real property; and
               (5)  social security benefits, unemployment
  compensation, public assistance benefits, veterans' benefits,
  awards under a crime victim's reparation law, payments for wrongful
  death, or payments for loss of earnings.
         SECTION 2.  Section 42.002(a), Property Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  The following personal property is exempt under Section
               (1)  home furnishings, including family heirlooms;
               (2)  provisions for consumption;
               (3)  farming or ranching vehicles and implements;
               (4)  tools, equipment, books, and apparatus, including
  boats and motor vehicles used in a trade or profession;
               (5)  wearing apparel;
               (6)  jewelry not to exceed 25 percent of the aggregate
  limitations prescribed by Section 42.001(a);
               (7)  two firearms;
               (8)  athletic and sporting equipment, including
               (9)  a two-wheeled, three-wheeled, or four-wheeled
  motor vehicle for each member of a family or single adult who holds
  a driver's license or who does not hold a driver's license but who
  relies on another person to operate the vehicle for the benefit of
  the nonlicensed person;
               (10)  the following animals and forage on hand for
  their consumption:
                     (A)  two horses, mules, or donkeys and a saddle,
  blanket, and bridle for each;
                     (B)  12 head of cattle;
                     (C)  60 head of other types of livestock; and
                     (D)  120 fowl; [and]
               (11)  household pets;
               (12)  an unmatured life insurance contract; and
               (13)  any personal property not specifically listed in
  this section, if the total value of all of the personal property
  does not exceed the aggregate limitations prescribed by Section
         SECTION 3.  The changes in law made by this Act do not apply
  to property that is, as of the effective date of this Act, subject
  to a voluntary bankruptcy proceeding or to valid claims of a holder
  of a final judgment who has, by levy, garnishment, or other legal
  process, obtained rights superior to those that would otherwise be
  held by a trustee in bankruptcy if a bankruptcy petition were then
  pending against the debtor. That property is subject to the law as
  it existed immediately before the effective date of this Act, and
  the prior law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.