- Texas Legislative Issues/News: Lawmakers Consider Two Bills to Reform Adoptive Records Policy
- May 2, 2017 | Author: Jake Posey
- Law Firm: The Posey Law Firm, P.C. - Austin Office
As the Texas Tribune reports, Senator Brandon Creight (R-Conroe) proposed SB 239, a measure that saw over three dozen supporters speak at its committee hearing. Supporters discussed the importance of having access to their medical records, as well as simply knowing more about one's family. SB 239 would not provide an adopted child who is now an adult unfettered access to their biological parents, however. Written into the bill is a provision allowing a biological parent to indicate on the birth records whether they are okay with having their adult child contact them. Opponents of SB 239 argue that the bill opens up too big a can of worms, infringing on the privacy rights of biological parents.
The second adoption bill proposed in the Texas State Legislature is SB 1632. Sponsored by Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), the measure does not make it easier for adoptees to access their records but instead informs adoptees and biological parents about the Central Adoption Registry and future contact opportunities.
Neither bill has moved out of committee yet.
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