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  H.B. No. 2337
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the admissibility of certain statements made by a child
  in a juvenile justice or criminal proceeding.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Sections 51.095(b) and (c), Family Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  This section and Section 51.09 do not preclude the
  admission of a statement made by the child if:
               (1)  the statement does not stem from interrogation of
  the child under a circumstance described by Subsection (d); or
               (2)  without regard to whether the statement stems from
  interrogation of the child under a circumstance described by
  Subsection (d), the statement is:
                     (A)  voluntary and has a bearing on the
  credibility of the child as a witness; or
                     (B)  recorded by an electronic recording device,
  including a device that records images, and is  obtained:
                           (i)  in another state in compliance with the
  laws of that state or this state; or
                           (ii)  by a federal law enforcement officer
  in this state or another state in compliance with the laws of the
  United States.
         (c)  An electronic recording of a child's statement made
  under Subsection (a)(5) or (b)(2)(B) shall be preserved until all
  juvenile or criminal matters relating to any conduct referred to in
  the statement are final, including the exhaustion of all appeals,
  or barred from prosecution.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a statement relating to conduct violating a penal law that
  occurred on or after the effective date of this Act. A statement
  relating to conduct violating a penal law that occurred before the
  effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect at the
  time the conduct occurred, and the former law is continued in effect
  for that purpose.  For purposes of this section, conduct violating a
  penal law occurred before the effective date of this Act if any
  element of the violation occurred before that date.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2337 was passed by the House on April
  21, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 148, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 2337 on May 27, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2337 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 25, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0
  .
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor