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Relating to the information on the supplementary birth certificate of an adopted child.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would amend Chapter 192, Health and Safety Code,
relating to the information on the supplementary birth certificate of an
adopted child. The bill would remove the requirement that an adoptive
parent be named as either the mother (and must be a female), or the father
(and must be a male). Instead, the certificate would reflect the names on
the certificate of adoption.
The Department of State Health Services indicates there would be costs associated with the modification of forms to include a "Parent" and "Co-Parent" or other gender neutral designation as well as technology costs related to system modifications. It is assumed that the agency could absorb these costs within current resources.
The fiscal note above provides a sufficient explanation of what this bill would do.
This legislation deals primarily with a social issue. As a matter of policy we do not recommend for or against social issue bills, therefore we remain neutral.