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  S.B. No. 681
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to a bailiff administering the selection of names of
  persons for jury service in certain counties.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 62.001(g), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (g)  The secretary of state shall accept the lists furnished
  as provided by Subsections (c) through (f).  The secretary of state
  shall combine the lists, eliminate duplicate names, and send the
  combined list to each county on or before December 31 of each year
  or as may be required under a plan developed in accordance with
  Section 62.011.  The district clerk or bailiff designated as the
  officer in charge of the jury selection process for [of] a county
  that has adopted a plan under Section 62.011 shall give the
  secretary of state notice not later than the 90th day before the
  date the list is required. The list furnished the county must be in
  a format, electronic or printed copy, as requested by the county and
  must be certified by the secretary of state stating that the list
  contains the names required by Subsections (c) through (f),
  eliminating duplications. The secretary of state shall furnish the
  list free of charge.
         SECTION 2.  Section 62.011(b), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  A plan authorized by this section for the selection of
  names of prospective jurors must:
               (1)  be proposed in writing to the commissioners court
  by a majority of the district and criminal district judges of the
  county at a meeting of the judges called for that purpose;
               (2)  specify that the source of names of persons for
  jury service is the same as that provided by Section 62.001 and that
  the names of persons listed in a register of persons exempt from
  jury service may not be used in preparing the record of names from
  which a jury list is selected, as provided by Sections 62.108 and
  62.109;
               (3)  provide a fair, impartial, and objective method of
  selecting names of persons for jury service with the aid of
  electronic or mechanical equipment;
               (4)  designate the district clerk, or in a county with a
  population of at least 1.7 million and in which more than 75 percent
  of the population resides in a single municipality, a bailiff
  appointed as provided under Section 62.019, as the officer in
  charge of the selection process and define the officer's [his]
  duties; and
               (5)  provide that the method of selection either will
  use the same record of names for the selection of persons for jury
  service until that record is exhausted or will use the same record
  of names for a period of time specified by the plan.
         SECTION 3.  Section 62.0145, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 62.0145.  REMOVAL OF CERTAIN PERSONS FROM POOL OF
  PROSPECTIVE JURORS. Except as provided by Section 62.0146, if a
  written summons for jury service sent by a sheriff, constable, or
  bailiff is undeliverable, the county or district clerk may remove
  from the jury wheel the jury wheel card for the person summoned or
  the district clerk, or in a county with a population of at least 1.7
  million and in which more than 75 percent of the population resides
  in a single municipality, a bailiff appointed as provided under
  Section 62.019, may remove the person's name from the record of
  names for selection of persons for jury service under Section
  62.011.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 681 passed the Senate on
  April 30, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 1.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 681 passed the House on
  May 22, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 140, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor