Bill Text: TX HB3341 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to a pilot program for recording activity at a ballot counting station.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-04-27 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB3341 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB3341-Introduced.html
  87R10074 MLH-D
 
  By: Swanson H.B. No. 3341
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a pilot program for recording activity at a ballot
  counting station.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 65, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Section 65.016 to read as follows:
         Sec. 65.016.  VIDEO RECORDING OF BALLOT COUNTING. (a) The
  secretary of state shall establish a pilot program requiring a
  county to use a video recording device to record ballot counting
  activity in not less than 20 percent of precincts in the county.
         (b)  The secretary of state shall select six counties to take
  part in the pilot program, including:
               (1)  two counties with a population of not less than
  500,000;
               (2)  two counties with a population of not less than
  50,000 and not more than 100,000; and
               (3)  two counties with a population of not more than
  5,000.
         (c)  The secretary of state shall adopt procedures to
  implement this section, including procedures to determine which
  counties may participate in the pilot program under this section.
         (d)  The secretary of state shall operate the pilot program
  established under this section until January 31, 2023.
         (e)  Not later than January 31, 2023, the secretary of state
  shall file a report with the legislature. The report must state:
               (1)  which counties participated in the pilot program;
               (2)  the number of precincts that recorded video;
               (3)  any best practices for placement and use of the
  video recording devices, including:
                     (A)  best angles for visibility;
                     (B)  best distance between device and counting
  station; and
                     (C)  best devices for clarity; and
               (4)  any other information and recommendations
  considered necessary by the secretary of state.
         (f)  This section expires January 31, 2023.
         SECTION 2.  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, 2021.
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