DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas could soon change the way it picks grand juries.READ MORE: Dallas Police Release Video Prior To Shooting Of Armed Robbery Suspect
Although it looked dead, the House voted Saturday evening in favor of a bill that would do away with the state’s controversial “Pick-a-Pal” grand jury system.
Currently, judge-appointed commissioners nominate jurors instead of picking randomly-selected residents. The U.S. Supreme Court has criticized the system, but small-county judges oppose changing it, arguing that jury pools may get too small.READ MORE: Young Man Shot To Death Behind The Wheel Of Car In DeSoto; Witnesses Saw Passenger Run Off
The Senate has already passed the legislation; it still needs final House approval before heading to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.
It is not clear if Abbott would sign the legislation.
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