S.B. No. 343
relating to the oath taken by witnesses appearing before a grand
       SECTION 1.  Article 20.16, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
amended to read as follows:
       Art. 20.16.  OATHS TO WITNESSES.  (a)  The following oath
shall be administered by the foreman, or under the foreman's [his]
direction, to each witness before being interrogated: "You
solemnly swear that you will not reveal, [divulge, either] by your
words or conduct [signs], and will keep secret any matter about
which you may be interrogated or that you have observed during the[,
and that you will keep secret all] proceedings of the grand jury
[which may be had in your presence], and that you will answer
truthfully the [true answers make to such] questions asked of [as
may be propounded to] you by the grand jury, or under its direction,
so help you God."
       (b)  A [Any] witness who reveals [divulges] any matter about
which the witness [he] is interrogated[,] or that the witness has
observed during the [any] proceedings of the grand jury [had in his
presence], other than when required to give evidence thereof in due
course, shall be liable to a fine as for contempt of court, not
exceeding $500, and to imprisonment not exceeding six months.
       SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
to a grand jury proceeding that begins on or after the effective
date of this Act. A grand jury proceeding that begins before the
effective date of this Act is covered by the law in effect when the
proceeding began, and the former law is continued in effect for that
       SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
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President of the Senate             Speaker of the House
       I hereby certify that S.B. No. 343 passed the Senate on
March 14, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0; and that
the Senate concurred in House amendment on April 23, 2007, by the
following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
   Secretary of the Senate
       I hereby certify that S.B. No. 343 passed the House, with
amendment, on April 19, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 142,
Nays 0, two present not voting.
   Chief Clerk of the House