TX House Bill 1285

Law

State: Texas
Signed: June 19, 2009

Effective: June 19, 2009
Chapter: 907

Summary

House Bill 1285 permits a former Secretary of State, an employee of a county asked to obtain sworn testimony, a former Lieutenant Governor, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, a former Governor and a former Attorney General to administer oaths and give a certificate of the oath.

Affects

Amends Section 602.002 of the Texas Government Code

Changes
  1. Permits a former Secretary of State, an employee of a county who is employed to obtain information required to be obtained under oath, a former Lieutenant Governor, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, a former Governor and a former Attorney General, all of the state of Texas, to administer oaths and give a certificate of the oath.
Analysis

Most states have a list of officers and officials with oath-administering powers. Notaries are typically included as one such officer who can administer oaths. House Bill 1285 expands the already lengthy list of Texas officials who may administer oaths to include an employee of a county who is employed to obtain information required to be obtained under oath, and the following former Texas officials, an ex-Secretary of State, an ex-Lieutenant Governor, an ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, an ex-Governor and an ex-Attorney General.

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