H.B. No. 3356
  relating to privacy of certain structured settlement information.
         SECTION 1.  Section 141.006, Civil Practice and Remedies
  Code, is amended by adding Subsections (d) and (e) to read as
         (d)  If the application under this chapter for approval of a
  transfer of structured settlement payment rights includes a written
  request by the payee to conceal from public inspection the
  personally identifiable information of the payee and the court and
  each interested party required to receive notice under Subsection
  (b) receive complete, unredacted copies of the application, other
  pleadings, and any order in the time provided by Subsection (b), as
               (1)  in any application, other pleadings, or any order
  filed or submitted, the court shall permit the full redaction of the
  name of the payee, the address of the payee, and other information
  that could reasonably be used to determine the identity or address
  of the payee, including the names of dependents, family members,
  and beneficiaries; and
               (2)  with respect to any order issued approving or
  denying the transfer of structured settlement payment rights:
                     (A)  a copy of the order, with the information
  described by Subdivision (1) redacted, shall be filed as part of the
  public record;
                     (B)  at the same time as the filing under
  Paragraph (A), an unredacted copy of the order shall be issued under
  seal and shall be provided to the transferee and each interested
  party entitled to notice under Subsection (b); and
                     (C)  not earlier than six months after the date
  the order is issued, the court on its own initiative may, or on the
  motion of any person including a member of the general public shall,
  unseal the unredacted order and make the order part of the public
         (e)  Except as provided by this subsection, Rule 76a, Texas
  Rules of Civil Procedure, applies to all court proceedings and
  filings under this chapter. A party is not required to comply with
  that rule in order to redact the payee's personally identifiable
  information under Subsection (d)(1) or for the purpose of issuing
  an unredacted copy of the order under seal under Subsection (d)(2).
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 3356 was passed by the House on May 6,
  2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 1, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 3356 was passed by the Senate on May
  24, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________