S.B. No. 518
  relating to providing access to certain information relating to the
  discretionary transfer of a child from a juvenile court to a
  criminal court.
         SECTION 1.  Subsection (e), Section 54.02, Family Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (e)  At the transfer hearing the court may consider written
  reports from probation officers, professional court employees, or
  professional consultants in addition to the testimony of witnesses.
  At least five days [one day] prior to the transfer hearing, the
  court shall provide the attorney for the child and the prosecuting
  attorney with access to all written matter to be considered by the
  court in making the transfer decision. The court may order counsel
  not to reveal items to the child or the child's [his] parent,
  guardian, or guardian ad litem if such disclosure would materially
  harm the treatment and rehabilitation of the child or would
  substantially decrease the likelihood of receiving information
  from the same or similar sources in the future.
         SECTION 2.  Subsection (e), Section 54.02, Family Code, as
  amended by this Act, applies to a transfer hearing commenced under
  Section 54.02, Family Code, on or after the effective date of this
  Act.  A transfer hearing commenced before the effective date of this
  Act is governed by the law in effect on the date the hearing was
  commenced, and the former law is continued in effect for that
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 518 passed the Senate on
  April 2, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 518 passed the House on
  May 20, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 140, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House