Bill in Iowa Legislature to Use Tax Forms When Selecting Court Juries

IOWA - A bill in the Iowa legislature would let the state use information from tax forms when selecting court juries.

The Gazette reports the bill would provide more names as potential jurors.

The state currently only uses driver's licenses and lists of registered voters to find jurors.

Information from tax forms would be limited to a person's name, address, date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security number.

The Gazette reports the effort to expand the jury pool is to make sure juries reflect a fair cross-section of the community.

The Iowa Supreme Court appointed a committee to look at the process of jury selection after it issued decisions to protect against racial discrimination.

The bill in the legislature is supported by the Iowa Judicial Branch.

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