H.B. No. 1271
relating to the voter registration of certain persons disqualified
from jury service.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 62, Government Code, is
amended by adding Section 62.0142 to read as follows:
Sec. 62.0142. NOTICE ON WRITTEN SUMMONS. If a written
summons for jury duty allows a person to claim a disqualification or
exemption by signing a statement and returning it to the clerk of
the court, the form must notify the person that by claiming a
disqualification or exemption based on the lack of citizenship or
lack of residence in the county the person might no longer be
eligible to vote in the county.
SECTION 2. Subchapter B, Chapter 62, Government Code, is
amended by adding Section 62.114 to read as follows:
Sec. 62.114. COMPILATION OF LIST OF NONRESIDENTS. (a) The
clerk of the court shall maintain a list containing the name and
address of each person who is excused or disqualified under this
subchapter from jury service because the person is not a resident of
(b) On the third business day of each month, the clerk shall
send to the voter registrar of the county a copy of the list of
persons excused or disqualified in the previous month because the
persons do not reside in the county.
(c) A list compiled under this section may not be used for a
purpose other than a purpose described by Subsection (b) or Section
15.081, Election Code.
(d) The voter registrar shall notify each person contained
on a list sent to the registrar under Subsection (b) at the address
shown on the person's jury summons that the person is being placed
on the county's suspense list of registered voters because of the
person's excuse or disqualification from jury service based on
nonresidence in the county. The notice must include information
describing how the person may be removed from the suspense list and
restored to regular voter registration in the county.
SECTION 3. Section 15.081(a), Election Code, is amended to
read as follows:
(a) The registrar shall maintain a suspense list containing
the name of each voter:
(1) who fails to submit a response to the registrar in
accordance with Section 15.053;
or] whose renewal certificate is returned to the
registrar in accordance with Subchapter B, Chapter 14; or
(3) who appears on the list of nonresidents of the
county provided to the registrar under Section 62.114, Government
SECTION 4. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 1271 was passed by the House on April
13, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 1271 was passed by the Senate on May
21, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate