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  87S20704 KJE-D
 
  By: Patterson H.B. No. 156
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the applicability to election judges of a prohibition
  on the carrying of a handgun at a polling place.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 46.15, Penal Code, is amended by adding
  Subsection (s) to read as follows:
         (s)  Section 46.03(a)(2) does not apply to a person who
  carries a handgun if the person:
               (1)  is licensed to carry a handgun under Subchapter H,
  Chapter 411, Government Code; and
               (2)  is engaged in the performance of the person's
  duties as a presiding judge or alternate presiding judge under
  Chapter 32, Election Code:
                     (A)  while early voting is in progress; or
                     (B)  on the day of an election.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
  and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
  purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
  effective date of this Act if any element of the offense was
  committed before that date.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect January 1, 2022.