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Relating to eligibility requirements for public office and to the form of an application for a place on the ballot.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1183 would update the requirements for a candidate for public office who has lost the ability to run for office due to a felony conviction but had the disability removed due to a pardon or other process. The bill would specifically require such a candidate include with their application to appear on the ballot a certified copy of the candidate’s felony pardon or other documentation evincing removal of the conviction related disabilities.
HB 1183 would also require a notice adjacent to the statement described above stating that restoration of voting rights is not the same as removal of disability for eligibility purposes.
Texas Action is neutral on HB 1183 which is procedural or administrative in nature with no apparent connection to our liberty principles.