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  H.B. No. 273
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the time for providing a ballot to be voted by mail to a
  voter.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 86.004(a), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (b), the balloting
  materials for voting by mail shall be mailed to a voter entitled to
  vote by mail not later than the seventh calendar day after the later
  of the date the clerk accepts the voter's application for a ballot
  to be voted by mail or the date the ballots become available for
  mailing, except that if that mailing date is earlier than the 37th
  [45th] day before election day, the balloting materials shall be
  mailed not later than the 30th day before election day.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an election ordered on or after September 1, 2019.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 273 was passed by the House on April
 
  12, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 273 was passed by the Senate on May
  21, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor