TXARC continues to work for a bill in the 2023 session that would finally restore a right all Texans once had: the right to a copy of your own birth certificate, without government restrictions or intrusion.
Texas State House Representative Joe DesHotel (D) introduces HB984, which passes the House on a 138-1-1 vote. Senator Brandon Creighton (R) carries the bill in the Senate, where the it is reported favorably from the State Affairs committee. The bill does not get a vote by the full Senate. It had 46 co-authors.
Senator Brandon Creighton (R) introduces SB329, which is reported favorably out of the State Affairs Committee, with eleven co-authors. It moves to the Senate floor but is not scheduled for a full Senate vote before the end of the session.
Texas State Representative Cody Harris introduces HB1386. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passes the bill on a vote of 144-1-5. The Senate bill does not advance before the session ends.
First Adoption Law
Shortly after becoming a state, Texas enacts a law in 1850 that provides for the adoption of “legal heirs.” The law relates primarily to inheritance rights of adoptees. Adoptions are treated and filed in the same manner as deed transfers for property.
Texas State Representative Gina Calanni introduces HB2725. It would restore the right of an adult adoptee to obtain a copy of his or her own original birth certificate upon request, without discriminatory restrictions.