By Solis                                              H.B. No. 2156

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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

 1-1                                   AN ACT

 1-2     relating to counties contracting for the combination of lists for a

 1-3     jury pool.


 1-5           SECTION 1.  Section 62.001(i), Government Code, is amended to

 1-6     read as follows:

 1-7           (i)  The  [In a county with a population of less than 105,000

 1-8     in which the municipality with the largest population is located in

 1-9     more than one county, the] commissioners court may, instead of

1-10     using the method provided by Subsections (c) through (h), contract

1-11     with another governmental unit or a private person to combine the

1-12     voter registration list with the list furnished by the Department

1-13     of Public Safety.  Subsections (c) through (h) do not apply to a

1-14     county in which the commissioners court has contracted with another

1-15     governmental unit or a private person under this subsection.  The

1-16     Department of Public Safety may not charge a fee for furnishing a

1-17     list under this subsection.  Each list must contain the name and

1-18     address of each person listed.  If practical, each list must

1-19     contain the age and citizenship of each person and any other

1-20     information useful in determining if the person is qualified to

1-21     serve as a juror.

1-22           SECTION 2.  The importance of this legislation and the

1-23     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an

1-24     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the

 2-1     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several

 2-2     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,

 2-3     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its

 2-4     passage, and it is so enacted.