By: Estes S.B. No. 834
  relating to the confidentiality of certain grand juror information,
  including making former district court jurors instead of former
  grand jurors eligible for service on certain public committees.
         SECTION 1.  Article 19.42, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (c) to
  read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (b), information
  collected by the court, court personnel, or prosecuting attorney
  during the grand jury selection process about a person who serves as
  a grand juror, including the person's name, home address, home
  telephone number, social security number, driver's license number,
  and other personal information, is confidential and may not be
  disclosed by the court, court personnel, or prosecuting attorney.
         (c)  On request, the court shall permit disclosure of a list
  of the names, races, ethnicities, and genders of the grand jurors to
  an attorney representing a party to the proceeding for the purpose
  of a constitutional challenge to the array after indictment.  On
  disclosing the list of the names, races, ethnicities, or genders of
  the grand jurors, the court shall order the attorney representing a
  party to the proceeding and any investigator, expert, consulting
  legal counsel, secretary, or paralegal for the attorney not to
  disclose the names, races, ethnicities, or genders of the grand
  jurors to a party to the proceeding or to any other person.
         SECTION 2.  Subsection (b), Section 152.015, Local
  Government Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  Before the meeting, the county clerk shall place on a
  separate slip the name of each person who served on a district court 
  [grand] jury in the county during the preceding calendar year. At
  the meeting the slips shall be folded, placed in an appropriate
  container, and mixed. The county judge shall draw at random a
  number of slips equal to the number of public members needed for the
  committee and shall announce the names on the slips. At the meeting
  the county judge may repeat this process and make a list of
  alternates. A person whose name is drawn becomes a member of the
  committee or an alternate on submitting written acceptance to the
  clerk. If a person refuses or is unable to serve on the committee, a
  replacement shall be appointed from the list of alternates. If the
  list of alternates is exhausted or does not exist, a replacement
  shall be selected at the next regular or called commissioners court
  meeting by random selection of a slip from the remaining slips.
  This process shall be repeated until the required number of public
  members is selected.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.