83rd Legislative Session

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We would like to provide you with information regarding bills that have been submitted to the legislature that may have an impact on your office. This page will be updated as the bills make their way through the legislature. To see the status of these bill go to the Texas Legislature Website and enter the bill into the search field.

Bill Number  Bill Caption Brief Summer of Bill 
83rd Legislative Session

HB 201

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

The bill would allow a same sex couple to be listed on a birth certificate when they legally adopt a child.

SB 40

Relating to the immunization data included in and excluded from the immunization registry.

SB 40 would amend Health and Safety Code 161.007 regarding how a child is entered into the ImmTrac immunization registry.

SB 68

Relating to the waiting period before human remains may be cremated.

If passed, this bill would change Health and Safety Code 716.004 and the Code of Criminal Procedures Art. 49.25 to allow a licensed physician to wave the 48 hour waiting period for cremation.

HB 460

Relating to authorizing the county clerk in certain counties to conduct a marriage ceremony and collect a related fee.

This bill would allow county clerks and duely appointed deputies in counties with a population of 1.3 million people or more to conduct marriage ceremonies and collect a fee of $25.00.

HB 869

Relating to the issuance of a marriage license for an absent applicant and the maintenance of records by a county clerk relating to a marriage license issued for an absent applicant.

This would limit to absent applicants to a member of the armed forces of the United Sates stationed in another country in support of combat or another military operation, is unable to appear personally before the county clerk to apply for the license, and will be to attend the ceremony.

HB 795 Relating to Gestational Agreements     Currently, the law indicates that a couple must be married to enter into a gestational agreement.  HB 795 would allow a single person to enter a gestational agreement.
HB 772

Relating to the immunization data included in and excluded from the immunization registry.

This is the companion bill for SB 40.  See SB 40.

HB 1679

Relating to the creation and dissolution of a covenant marriage.

This bill would allow for a couple to enter into a covenant marriage.  It also adds a new provision in the state law requiring that county clerks distribute printed materials to the applicants regarding family violence.

HJR 77 and 78

Proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal the constitutional provision providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.

These two resolutions would repeal Section 32, Article I of the Texas Constitution repealing the constitutional provision providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman.
HB 1300

Relating to authorizing a marriage between two persons of the same sex in this state and repealing the statutory prohibition against the recognition of a civil union or similar relationship entered into in another state between two persons of the same sex.

This bill would allow for two persons of the same gender to enter into marriage in the state of Texas. 
SB 480

Relating to the formation of a civil union between persons of the same sex; providing penalties.

Senate Bill 480 is similar to HB 1300, but instead of allowing two persons of the same sex to enter into a marriage, it would allow them to enter into a civil union.
Last updated March 04, 2013