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A recent lien law change in Texas makes a complex process easier and brings it closer to those in other jurisdictions, but local bottlenecks still loom, according to industry sources.

“I think the legislature was trying to simplify things as much as possible,” said Alex Benarroche, a construction lawyer at Levelset, a New Orleans-based provider of construction payment and compliance technologies. “It definitely aligns more now with the general requirements in most other states.”