Bill Text: TX HB1419 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to qualifications and registration of certain voters convicted of a felony.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-25 - Left pending in committee [HB1419 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB1419-Introduced.html
  86R10240 ADM-D
 
  By: Thompson of Harris H.B. No. 1419
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to qualifications and registration of certain voters
  convicted of a felony.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 11.002(a), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  In this code, "qualified voter" means a person who:
               (1)  is 18 years of age or older;
               (2)  is a United States citizen;
               (3)  has not been determined by a final judgment of a
  court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
                     (A)  totally mentally incapacitated; or
                     (B)  partially mentally incapacitated without the
  right to vote;
               (4)  has not been finally convicted of a felony or, if
  so convicted, is not currently incarcerated for that offense [has:
                     [(A)     fully discharged the person's sentence,
  including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or
  completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or
                     [(B)     been pardoned or otherwise released from the
  resulting disability to vote];
               (5)  is a resident of this state; and
               (6)  is a registered voter.
         SECTION 2.  Section 13.001(a), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  To be eligible for registration as a voter in this
  state, a person must:
               (1)  be 18 years of age or older;
               (2)  be a United States citizen;
               (3)  not have been determined by a final judgment of a
  court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
                     (A)  totally mentally incapacitated; or
                     (B)  partially mentally incapacitated without the
  right to vote;
               (4)  not have been finally convicted of a felony or, if
  so convicted, must not currently be incarcerated for that offense
  [have:
                     [(A)     fully discharged the person's sentence,
  including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or
  completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or
                     [(B)     been pardoned or otherwise released from the
  resulting disability to vote]; and
               (5)  be a resident of the county in which application
  for registration is made.
         SECTION 3.  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, 2019.
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