Do I qualify to have my information Confidential?

(a) This section applies only to:

(1) a current or former peace officer as defined by Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, and the spouse or surviving spouse of the peace officer;

(2) the adult child of a current peace officer as defined by Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure;

(3) a current or honorably retired county jailer as defined by Section 1701.001, Occupations Code;

(4) an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice;

(5) a commissioned security officer as defined by Section 1702.002, Occupations Code;

(6) an individual who shows that the individual, the individual’s child, or another person in the individual’s household is a victim of family violence as defined by Section 71.004, Family Code, by providing:

     (A) a copy of a protective order issued under Chapter 85, Family Code, or a magistrate’s order for emergency protection issued under Article 17.292, Code of Criminal Procedure; or

     (B) other independent documentary evidence necessary to show that the individual, the individual’s child, or another person in the individual’s household is a victim of family violence.

(7) an individual who shows that the individual, the individual’s child, or another person in the individual’s household is a victim of sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking of persons by providing:

     (A) a copy of a protective order issued under Subchapter A or B, Chapter 7B, Code of Criminal Procedure, or a magistrate’s order for emergency protection issued under Article 17.292, Code of Criminal Procedure; or

     (B) other independent documentary evidence necessary to show that the individual, the individual’s child, or another person in the individual’s household is a victim of sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking of persons;

(8) a participant in the address confidentiality program administered by the attorney general under Subchapter B, Chapter 58, Code of Criminal Procedure, who provides proof of certification under Article 58.059, Code of Criminal Procedure;

(9) a federal judge, a federal bankruptcy judge, a marshal of the United States Marshals Service, a state judge, or a family member of a federal judge, a federal bankruptcy judge, a marshal of the United States Marshals Service, or a state judge;

(10) a current or former district attorney, criminal district attorney, or county or municipal attorney whose jurisdiction includes any criminal law or child protective services matters;

(11) a current or former employee of a district attorney, criminal district attorney, or county or municipal attorney whose jurisdiction includes any criminal law or child protective services matters;

(12) an officer or employee of a community supervision and corrections department established under Chapter 76, Government Code, who performs a duty described by Section 76.004(b) of that code;

(13) a criminal investigator of the United States as described by Article 2.122(a), Code of Criminal Procedure;

(14) a current or honorably retired police officer or inspector of the United States Federal Protective Service;

(15) a current or former United States attorney, assistant United States attorney, federal public defender, deputy federal public defender, or assistant federal public defender and the spouse and child of the attorney or public defender;

(16) a current or former employee of the office of the attorney general who is or was assigned to a division of that office the duties of which involve law enforcement;

(17) a medical examiner or person who performs forensic analysis or testing who is employed by this state or one or more political subdivisions of this state;

(18) a current or former member of the United States armed forces who has served in an area that the president of the United States by executive order designates for purposes of 26 U.S.C. Section 112 as an area in which armed forces of the United States are or have engaged in combat;

(19) a current or former employee of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or of the predecessors in function of the department;

(20) a current or former juvenile probation or supervision officer certified by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, or the predecessors in function of the department, under Title 12, Human Resources Code;

(21) a current or former employee of a juvenile justice program or facility, as those terms are defined by Section 261.405, Family Code;

(22) a current or former employee of the Texas Civil Commitment Office or the predecessor in function of the office or a division of the office;

(23) a current or former employee of a federal judge or state judge;

(24) a current or former child protective services caseworker, adult protective services caseworker, or investigator for the Department of Family and Protective Services or a current or former employee of a department contractor performing child protective services caseworker, adult protective services caseworker, or investigator functions for the contractor on behalf of the department;

(25) an elected public officer; and

(26) a firefighter or volunteer firefighter or emergency medical services personnel as defined by Section 773.003, Health and Safety Code.

(a-1) In this section:

(1) “Family member” has the meaning assigned by Section 31.006, Finance Code.

(1-a) “Honorably retired” means, with respect to a position, an individual who:

(A) previously served but is not currently serving in the position;

(B) did not retire in lieu of any disciplinary action;

(C) was eligible to retire from the position or was ineligible to retire only as a result of an injury received in the course of the individual’s employment in the position; and

(D) is eligible to receive a pension or annuity for service in the position or is ineligible to receive a pension or annuity only because the entity that employed the individual does not offer a pension or annuity to its employees.

(2) “Federal judge” means:

(A) a judge, former judge, or retired judge of a United States court of appeals;

(B) a judge, former judge, or retired judge of a United States district court;

(C) a judge, former judge, or retired judge of a United States bankruptcy court; or

(D) a magistrate judge, former magistrate judge, or retired magistrate judge of a United States district court.

(3) “State judge” means:

(A) a judge, former judge, or retired judge of an appellate court, a district court, a statutory probate court, a constitutional county court, or a county court at law of this state;

(B) an associate judge appointed under Chapter 201, Family Code, or Chapter 54A, Government Code, or a retired associate judge or former associate judge appointed under either law;

(C) a justice of the peace;

(D) a master, magistrate, referee, hearing officer, or associate judge appointed under Chapter 54, Government Code; or

(E) a municipal court judge.

(b) Information in appraisal records under Section 25.02 is confidential and is available only for the official use of the appraisal district, this state, the comptroller, and taxing units and political subdivisions of this state if:

(1) the information identifies the home address of a named individual to whom this section applies; and

(2) the individual:

(A) chooses to restrict public access to the information on the form prescribed for that purpose by the comptroller under Section 5.07; or

(B) is a federal or state judge, or the spouse of a federal or state judge, beginning on the date the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System notifies the appraisal district of the judge’s qualification for the judge’s office.

(c) A choice made under Subsection (b) remains valid until rescinded in writing by the individual.

(d) This section does not prohibit the public disclosure of information in appraisal records that identifies property according to an address if the information does not identify an individual who has made an election under Subsection (b) in connection with the individual’s address.

 

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 119, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 703, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 594 (H.B. 41), Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 621 (H.B. 455), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 851 (H.B. 1141), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87 (S.B. 1969), Sec. 22.003, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 465 (S.B. 281), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 732 (S.B. 390), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1259 (H.B. 559), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1259 (H.B. 559), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 348 (H.B. 3307), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 953 (H.B. 1046), Sec. 3, eff. June 17, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 161 (S.B. 1093), Sec. 19.001, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 202 (S.B. 1896), Sec. 1, eff. May 25, 2013.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 996 (H.B. 2267), Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 2013.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1028 (H.B. 2676), Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 2013.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 527 (H.B. 1311), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1236 (S.B. 1296), Sec. 16.001, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 34 (S.B. 1576), Sec. 33, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 41 (S.B. 256), Sec. 7, eff. May 19, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 190 (S.B. 42), Sec. 26, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 193 (S.B. 510), Sec. 1, eff. May 27, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1006 (H.B. 1278), Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1145 (H.B. 457), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 415 (S.B. 73), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 467 (H.B. 4170), Sec. 14.002, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 2.65, eff. January 1, 2021.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 518 (S.B. 489), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 633 (S.B. 1494), Sec. 4, eff. June 10, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1213 (S.B. 662), Sec. 4, eff. June 14, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1245 (H.B. 2446), Sec. 8, eff. June 14, 2019.

Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 65 (H.B. 1082), Sec. 3, eff. May 19, 2021.

Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 383 (S.B. 1134), Sec. 14, eff. September 1, 2021.

Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 383 (S.B. 1134), Sec. 15, eff. September 1, 2021.

Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 56), Sec. 3, eff. June 14, 2021.

Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 590 (S.B. 841), Sec. 4, eff. June 14, 2021.

Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 590 (S.B. 841), Sec. 5, eff. June 14, 2021.

Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 915 (H.B. 3607), Sec. 19.001, eff. September 1, 2021.

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