Bill Text: TX HB2859 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to the secretary of state posting on the secretary of state's Internet website databases containing certain information about elections.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-04-29 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB2859 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB2859-Comm_Sub.html
  87R21531 SLB-D
 
  By: Bucy H.B. No. 2859
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 2859:
 
  By:  Bucy C.S.H.B. No. 2859
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the secretary of state posting on the secretary of
  state's Internet website databases containing certain information
  about elections.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 4.003(e), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (e)  The authority responsible for giving notice of the
  election shall deliver to the secretary of state:
               (1)  a copy of the notice of a consolidated precinct
  required by Subsection (b) not later than the date of the election;
  and
               (2)  information for the secretary of state's database
  of election information under Section 31.017 in an electronic
  format required by the secretary of state.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter A, Chapter 31, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Sections 31.017 and 31.018 to read as follows:
         Sec. 31.017.  INTERNET DATABASE OF ELECTION INFORMATION.
  (a) The secretary of state shall post on the secretary of state's
  public Internet website a database containing information provided
  by each authority responsible for giving notice of an election in
  this state. The database must include the following information:
               (1)  the name of the authority;
               (2)  each office to be filled at the election;
               (3)  whether the office is elected at large or by
  district; and
               (4)  the dates of the preceding and next election for
  the office.
         (b)  The secretary of state shall adopt rules as necessary to
  implement this section.
         Sec. 31.018.  INTERNET DATABASE FOR INCUMBENTS AND
  CANDIDATES. (a) The secretary of state shall post on the secretary
  of state's Internet website a database containing information about
  each holder of and candidate for any elected office in this state.
         (b)  The database must include the following information
  about a holder of an elected office: 
               (1)  name;
               (2)  office title, including any district, place, or
  position;
               (3)  if the office is elected at large or by district;
               (4)  date of the previous and next election for the
  office;
               (5)  public mailing address;
               (6)  public telephone number, if available; and
               (7)  public e-mail address, if available.
         (c)  The database must include the following information
  about a candidate for an elected office:
               (1)  name;
               (2)  office sought, including any district, place, or
  position;
               (3)  if the office is elected at large or by district;
               (4)  date of the election;
               (5)  public mailing address;
               (6)  public telephone number, if available;
               (7)  public e-mail address, if available;
               (8)  name of the incumbent; and
               (9)  if the candidate has filed as a write-in
  candidate.
         (d)  The authority with whom a declaration of candidacy is
  filed, a state chair of a political party, or the presiding officer
  of a political party's convention shall provide information about a
  candidate or officeholder to the secretary of state.
         (e)  The secretary of state shall adopt rules as necessary to
  implement this section.
         SECTION 3.  Section 141.032, Election Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (h) to read as follows:
         (h)  The authority with whom the application is filed shall
  provide the secretary of state with the candidate's information
  required for the secretary of state's Internet website under
  Section 31.018.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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