81R1013 DRH-D
  By: Berman H.B. No. 252
  relating to authorizing the appointment of students to serve as
  election clerks.
         SECTION 1.  Section 32.051(c), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (c)  Except as provided by Section 32.0511, to [To] be
  eligible to serve as a clerk of an election precinct, a person must
  be a qualified voter:
               (1)  of the county, in a countywide election ordered by
  the governor or a county authority or in a primary election;
               (2)  of the part of the county in which the election is
  held, for an election ordered by the governor or a county authority
  that does not cover the entire county of the person's residence; or
               (3)  of the political subdivision, in an election
  ordered by an authority of a political subdivision other than a
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter C, Chapter 32, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Section 32.0511 to read as follows:
  ELECTION CLERKS.  (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Educational institution" means a:
                     (A)  public secondary school; or
                     (B)  private or parochial secondary school that is
  accredited by an accreditation body that is a member of the Texas
  Private School Accreditation Commission.
               (2)  "Student" means a person enrolled in an
  educational institution or a home-schooled student.
         (b)  A student who is ineligible to serve as a clerk of an
  election precinct under Section 32.051(c) is eligible to serve as a
  clerk of an election precinct under this section if the student:
               (1)  at the time of appointment as an election clerk:
                     (A)  is a student in good standing at an
  educational institution or attends a home school that meets the
  requirements of Section 25.086(a)(1), Education Code;
                     (B)  has the equivalent of at least a 2.5 grade
  point average on a 4.0 grade point average scale; and
                     (C)  has the consent of:
                           (i)  the principal of the educational
  institution attended by the student; or
                           (ii)  in the case of a home-schooled
  student, a parent or legal guardian who is responsible for the
  student's education; and
               (2)  at the time of service as an election clerk:
                     (A)  is 16 years of age or older;
                     (B)  is a United States citizen; and
                     (C)  has completed any training course required by
  the entity holding the election.
         (c)  A student election clerk serving under this section:
               (1)  is entitled to compensation under Section 32.091
  in the same manner as other election clerks; and
               (2)  when communicating with a voter who cannot
  communicate in English, may communicate with the voter in a
  language the voter and the clerk understand as authorized by
  Subchapter B, Chapter 61.
         (d)  The secretary of state may initiate or assist in the
  development of a statewide program promoting the use of student
  election clerks appointed under this section.
         SECTION 3.  Section 25.087(b), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  A school district shall excuse a student from attending
  school for:
               (1)  the following purposes, including travel for those
                     (A)  observing religious holy days; [or]
                     (B)  attending a required court appearance; or
                     (C)  serving as an election clerk; or
               (2)  a temporary absence resulting from health care
  professionals if that student commences classes or returns to
  school on the same day of the appointment.
         SECTION 4.  Subchapter D, Chapter 33, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 33.092 to read as follows:
         Sec. 33.092.  STUDENT ELECTION CLERKS. A student who is
  appointed as a student election clerk under Section 32.0511,
  Election Code, may apply the time served as a student election clerk
               (1)  a requirement for a school project at the
  discretion of the teacher who assigned the project; or
               (2)  a service requirement for participation in an
  advanced academic course program at the discretion of the program
  sponsor or a school-sponsored extracurricular activity at the
  discretion of the school sponsor.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.