S.B. No. 667
  relating to establishing a guardianship compliance program.
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 72, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subchapter G to read as follows:
         Sec. 72.121.  DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:
               (1)  "Guardianship proceeding" has the meaning
  assigned by Section 1002.015, Estates Code.
               (2)  "Program" means the guardianship compliance
  program established by this subchapter.
         Sec. 72.122.  ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM.  (a)  The office
  shall establish and maintain a guardianship compliance program
  designed to provide additional resources and assistance to courts
  that have jurisdiction over guardianship proceedings by:
               (1)  engaging guardianship compliance specialists who
                     (A)  review the guardianships of wards and
  identify reporting deficiencies by guardians;
                     (B)  audit annual accounts required to be filed by
  guardians under Chapter 1163, Estates Code, or other law and report
  their findings to the appropriate courts;
                     (C)  work with courts to develop best practices in
  managing guardianship cases; and
                     (D)  report any concerns relating to a ward's
  well-being or to the potential financial exploitation of a ward
  discovered as a result of the specialists' work under this section
  to the appropriate courts; and
               (2)  maintaining an electronic database to monitor
  filings of:
                     (A)  inventories, appraisements, and lists of
  claims required under Chapter 1154, Estates Code, or Section
  1203.203, Estates Code;
                     (B)  annual reports required under Section
  1163.101, Estates Code; and
                     (C)  any other reports and accounts required of
  guardians under Chapter 1163, Estates Code, or other law.
         (b)  A court is required to participate in the program,
  including allowing guardianship compliance specialists to conduct
  reviews and audits under the program, if the court is selected by
  the office to participate in the program.
         (c)  A court may apply to the office in the manner and form
  prescribed by the office for participation in the program.
  CONDUCT.  The director may notify the State Commission on Judicial
  Conduct in writing if the office has reason to believe that a
  judge's actions or failure to act with respect to a report received
  from a guardianship compliance specialist indicating a concern
  described by Section 72.122(a)(1)(D) constitutes judicial
         Sec. 72.124.  ANNUAL REPORT.  Not later than January 1 of
  each year, the office shall submit a report to the legislature
  regarding the performance of the program. The report must include:
               (1)  the number of courts involved in the program;
               (2)  the number of guardianships reviewed by
  guardianship compliance specialists;
               (3)  the number of reviewed guardianship cases found to
  be out of compliance with statutory reporting requirements;
               (4)  the number of cases reported to a court because of
  concerns relating to a ward's well-being or to the potential
  financial exploitation of a ward; and
               (5)  the status of any technology developed to monitor
  guardianship cases for purposes of the program.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 667 passed the Senate on
  April 3, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 1.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 667 passed the House on
  May 17, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 129, Nays 13, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House