SB 205

86(R) - 2019
Senate State Affairs
Senate State Affairs
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Vote Recommendation

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Charles Perry
Paul Bettencourt
Brian Birdwell
Bryan Hughes

Bill Caption

Relating to the use of information from the lists of noncitizens excused or disqualified from jury service.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 205 would require the attorney general to quarterly review information on a statewide list which would say if a voter has been disqualified from jury service because they are deceased or a non-citizen. The attorney general would investigate to determine if the person has committed the offense of a false statement on an application. 

SB 205 would also strike language which made it an offense to use the list of disqualified voters for any purpose other than determining if a false statement was made on the voting application. It also strikes language which makes it a Class C misdemeanor to use this information for any other purpose. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports SB 205 because it advances the principles of limited government. A proper function of a limited government is maintaining the integrity of its elections. This bill would allow the government to use lists of disqualified jurors to prevent voter fraud and prosecute those who are illegally registered to vote.