By: Moncrief S.B. No. 1607 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1-1 relating to the retention of certain medical records. 1-2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-3 SECTION 1. Subchapter E, Medical Practice Act (Article 1-4 4495b, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), is amended by adding Section 1-5 5.085 to read as follows: 1-6 Sec. 5.085. RETENTION OF MEDICAL RECORDS. The board shall 1-7 by rule establish the length of time patient records must be 1-8 maintained. 1-9 SECTION 2. The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners shall 1-10 adopt rules for the retention of medical records under Section 1-11 5.085, Medical Practice Act (Article 4495b, Vernon's Texas Civil 1-12 Statutes), as added by this Act, not later than January 1, 1998. 1-13 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 1-14 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 1-15 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 1-16 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 1-17 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 1-18 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 1-19 passage, and it is so enacted.