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  86R1730 AAF-D
 
  By: Zaffirini S.B. No. 57
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the release of a motor vehicle accident report to an
  authorized representative of certain professionals.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 550.065(c), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (c)  On written request and payment of any required fee, the
  department or the governmental entity shall release the information
  to:
               (1)  an entity described by Subsection (b);
               (2)  the law enforcement agency that employs the peace
  officer who investigated the accident and sent the information to
  the department, including an agent of the law enforcement agency
  authorized by contract to obtain the information;
               (3)  the court in which a case involving a person
  involved in the accident is pending if the report is subpoenaed; or
               (4)  any person directly concerned in the accident or
  having a proper interest therein, including:
                     (A)  any person involved in the accident;
                     (B)  the authorized representative of any person
  involved in the accident;
                     (C)  a driver involved in the accident;
                     (D)  an employer, parent, or legal guardian of a
  driver involved in the accident;
                     (E)  the owner of a vehicle or property damaged in
  the accident;
                     (F)  a person who has established financial
  responsibility for a vehicle involved in the accident in a manner
  described by Section 601.051, including a policyholder of a motor
  vehicle liability insurance policy covering the vehicle;
                     (G)  an insurance company that issued an insurance
  policy covering a vehicle involved in the accident;
                     (H)  an insurance company that issued a policy
  covering any person involved in the accident;
                     (I)  a person under contract to provide claims or
  underwriting information to a person described by Paragraph (F),
  (G), or (H);
                     (J)  a radio or television station that holds a
  license issued by the Federal Communications Commission;
                     (K)  a newspaper that is:
                           (i)  a free newspaper of general circulation
  or qualified under Section 2051.044, Government Code, to publish
  legal notices;
                           (ii)  published at least once a week; and
                           (iii)  available and of interest to the
  general public in connection with the dissemination of news; [or]
                     (L)  any person who may sue because of death
  resulting from the accident; or
                     (M)  the authorized representative of a medical,
  legal, or other professional involved in a suit arising from the
  provision of professional services by the professional in
  connection with the accident.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.