Bill Text: TX HB1386 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to birth records of adopted persons; authorizing a fee.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-3)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-04-14 - Referred to Jurisprudence [HB1386 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB1386-Comm_Sub.html
  87R5309 EAS-D
 
  By: Harris, Metcalf, Allison, Howard, et al. H.B. No. 1386
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to birth records of adopted persons; authorizing a fee.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 192.008, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by amending Subsections (c) and (d) and adding Subsections
  (g) and (h) to read as follows:
         (c)  The executive commissioner shall adopt rules and
  procedures consistent with this section to ensure that birth
  records and indexes under the control of the department or local
  registrars and accessible to the general public do not contain
  information or cross-references through which the confidentiality
  of adoption placements may be directly or indirectly violated. The
  rules and procedures may not interfere with the registries
  established under Subchapter E, Chapter 162, Family Code, or with a
  court order under this section.
         (d)  Except as provided by Subsections (e), [and] (f), and
  (g), only the court that granted the adoption may order access to an
  original birth certificate and the filed documents on which a
  supplementary certificate is based.
         (g)  The state registrar shall on written request provide to
  a person who was adopted or, if the adopted person is deceased, an
  adult descendant, adult sibling, surviving spouse, or adoptive
  parent of the adopted person, a noncertified copy of the person's
  original birth certificate without obtaining a court order if:
               (1)  the adopted person was born in this state;
               (2)  the request is made on or after the adopted
  person's 18th birthday;
               (3)  a supplementary birth certificate was issued for
  the adopted person; and
               (4)  the person requesting the noncertified copy of  
  the original birth certificate provides, in person or by mail,
  appropriate proof of the person's identity.
         (h)  For a noncertified copy of the person's original birth
  certificate provided under Subsection (g), the state registrar
  shall collect a fee in an amount equal to the fee charged for
  issuance of a noncertified copy of a birth certificate and issue the
  copy within the time prescribed for issuance of other noncertified
  copies of birth certificates.
         SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding Sections 192.008(g) and (h),
  Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act, the state registrar is
  not required to comply with those provisions until July 1, 2022.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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