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  By: Bohac, Anchia, Sheffield H.B. No. 488
        (Senate Sponsor - Duncan)
         (In the Senate - Received from the House May 1, 2009;
  May 6, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on State
  Affairs; May 12, 2009, reported favorably by the following vote:  
  Yeas 8, Nays 0; May 12, 2009, sent to printer.)
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
 
  relating to the eligibility requirements for volunteer deputy
  registrars.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 13.031(d), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (d)  To be eligible for appointment as a volunteer deputy
  registrar, a person must:
               (1)  be 18 years of age or older; and
               (2)  not have been finally convicted of a felony or, if
  so convicted, must have:
                     (A)  fully discharged the person's sentence,
  including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or
  completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or
                     (B)  been pardoned or otherwise released from the
  resulting disability to vote.
         SECTION 2.  Section 13.032, Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 13.032.  PROHIBITION ON REFUSING TO APPOINT.  A
  registrar may not refuse to appoint as a volunteer deputy
  registrar:
               (1)  a person eligible for appointment under Section
  13.031(d) [resident of the county served by the registrar]; or
               (2)  any person on the basis of sex, race, creed, color,
  or national origin or ancestry.
         SECTION 3.  The appointment of a person serving as a
  volunteer deputy registrar who does not meet the eligibility
  requirements of Section 13.031(d), Election Code, as amended by
  this Act, expires on the effective date of this Act. The secretary
  of state shall prescribe procedures necessary to implement this
  section.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
 
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