SB 329

85(R) - 2017
Senate Health & Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services
Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Paul Bettencourt
Brian Birdwell
Brandon Creighton
Craig Estes
Eddie Lucio Jr.
Charles Perry
José Rodríguez
Charles Schwertner
Kel Seliger
Van Taylor
Kirk Watson


Jose Menendez

Bill Caption

Relating to birth records of adopted persons.

Bill Analysis

This bill would require that birth parents of adopted children indicate if they wish to be contacted by the child and fill out a supplemental medical history form. It would also allow the state registrar to provide to a person who was adopted or their immediate family a noncertified copy of the person's original birth certificate upon written request. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

The adoption process is regulated by the state and the state has an obligation to ensure that the rights of the birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted children are protected. We support efforts in this legislation to make it easier for adults who were adopted as children to obtain their vital records, particularly medical history information. We are concerned, however, that this legislation does not adequately protect the rights of birth parents who wish to remain anonymous. Birth parents who choose closed adoptions for the purpose of remaining anonymous certainly should have some expectation of having that stipulation honored. For these reasons we remain neutral on SB 329.