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  H.B. No. 1299
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the signature required on a carrier envelope for a
  ballot voted by mail; changing the elements of a criminal offense.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 86.005(c), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (c) After marking the ballot, the voter must place it in the
  official ballot envelope and then seal the ballot envelope, place
  the ballot envelope in the official carrier envelope and then seal
  the carrier envelope, and sign the certificate on the carrier
  envelope using ink on paper.  An electronic signature or
  photocopied signature is not permitted.
         SECTION 2.  Section 86.0051(b), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b) A person other than the voter who assists a voter by
  depositing the carrier envelope in the mail or with a common or
  contract carrier or who obtains the carrier envelope for that
  purpose must provide the person's signature, printed name, and
  residence address on the reverse side of the envelope.  The person
  must sign the envelope using ink on paper.  An electronic signature
  or photocopied signature is not permitted.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1299 was passed by the House on May
  12, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 91, Nays 48, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1299 was passed by the Senate on May
  22, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 20, Nays 11.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor