Public officials, liens, and restricted addresses.

Authors: Representative Kathy Richardson

Sponsors: Senator Brent Steele, Senator R Michael Young

Co-Sponsors: Senator Greg Taylor, Senator Lonnie Randolph

Advisors: Representative Thomas Washburne, Representative John Bartlett, Representative Donna Harris


Provides that, for purposes of the law concerning common law liens, a public official includes former officeholders. Creates a definition for "public employee". Provides if a person notifies the county recorder that the person is a public official or public employee, a common law lien that is recorded on the person's property is automatically void after 30 days if the lienholder has not commenced suit on the lien. (Under current law, a person must file an affidavit of service of notice with the county recorder in order to release the lien.) Prohibits a person from slandering the title to land by use of the law concerning common law liens. Provides that certain judicial officers, law enforcement officers, victims of domestic violence, and certain public officials who want to restrict access to their home addresses by means of a public property data base web site must submit a written request to the appropriate county, municipality, or township. Requires a county, municipality, or township that operates a public property data base web site to establish a process to prevent a member of the general public from gaining access to these home addresses by means of the public property data base web site. Makes conforming amendments. Requires a person who requests a circuit court clerk to send an additional mailing by registered or certified mail to provide: (1) an addressed envelope with postage prepaid; (2) the United States Postal Service forms for registered or certified mail; and (3) the United States Postal Service fee for service by registered or certified mail. Provides that any fees collected by the circuit court clerk for preparing a transcript or copy of a record are deposited in the clerk's records perpetuation fund (instead of the county general fund).