Bill Text: TX HB1609 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the confidentiality of certain grand juror information.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-15 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB1609 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB1609-Introduced.html
  86R8613 AJZ-F
 
  By: Tinderholt H.B. No. 1609
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the confidentiality of certain grand juror information.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Article 19.42, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Art. 19.42.  PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT GRAND JURORS.  (a)  
  Except as provided by Subsection (b), information collected by the
  court, court personnel, or prosecuting attorney during the grand
  jury selection process about a person who serves as a grand juror,
  including the person's name, home address, home telephone number,
  social security number, driver's license number, and other personal
  information, is confidential and may not be disclosed by the court,
  court personnel, or prosecuting attorney.
         (b)  On application by a party to the proceeding, or on
  application by a member of the news media acting in that capacity,
  to the court for the disclosure of information described by
  Subsection (a), the court shall, on a showing of good cause, [the
  court shall] permit disclosure of the information to the applicant 
  [sought to a party to the proceeding].
         SECTION 2.  Article 19.42, Code of Criminal Procedure, as
  amended by this Act, applies to an application for disclosure of
  grand juror information that is filed on or after the effective date
  of this Act, regardless of whether the applicable grand juror who is
  the subject of the information served on a grand jury impaneled
  before, on, or after that date.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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