HB 537

84(R) - 2015
House State Affairs
House State Affairs
State Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Rafael Anchia


Roberto Alonzo
Garnet F. Coleman
Sarah Davis
Jessica Farrar
Mary Gonzalez
Donna Howard
Celia Israel
Eddie Lucio III
Toni Rose
Chris Turner
Armando Walle
Gene Wu

Bill Caption

Relating to the information on the supplementary birth certificate of an adopted child.

Fiscal Notes

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.

Bill Analysis

The fiscal note above provides a sufficient explanation of what this bill would do. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

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.

Organizations Supporting

American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
League of Women Voters of Texas
Log Cabin Republicans of Texas
Texans Care for Children
The Handsome Father
Travis County Democratic Party
 National Association of Social Workers/Texas

Organizations Opposed

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
Texas Eagle Forum
Texas Values Action