H.B. No. 2101
relating to heirloom birth certificates.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 192.0021, Health and Safety Code, is
amended to read as follows:
Sec. 192.0021. HEIRLOOM BIRTH CERTIFICATE. (a) The
department shall [
may design the form of an heirloom birth
certificate and may] promote and sell copies of an heirloom birth
[ the] certificate. The department shall solicit donated designs
for the certificate from Texas artists and select the best donated
designs for the form of the certificate. An heirloom birth
certificate must contain the same information as, and have the same
effect of, a certified copy of another birth record. The department
shall prescribe a fee for the issuance of an heirloom birth
certificate in an amount that does not exceed $50 [ $30]. The
heirloom birth certificate must be printed on high-quality paper
with the appearance of parchment not smaller than 11 inches by 14
(b) The department shall deposit 50 percent of the proceeds
[ Proceeds] from the sale of heirloom birth certificates to the
credit of the childhood immunization account and the other 50
percent to the credit of the undedicated portion of the general
revenue fund. The childhood immunization account is an account in
the general revenue fund. Money in the account may be used only by
the Department of State Health Services for:
(1) making grants to fund childhood immunizations and
related education programs; and
(2) [ shall be deposited to the credit of the general
revenue fund. An amount not to exceed the costs of administering
this section as determined by the comptroller shall be appropriated
to the department for] administering this section.
(c) The department may sell an heirloom birth certificate
only for an individual born in this state.
SECTION 2. As soon as possible after the effective date of
this Act, the Department of State Health Services shall begin the
process of redesigning the form of the heirloom birth certificate
in accordance with Section 192.0021, Health and Safety Code, as
amended by this Act. The department may appoint an advisory
committee to assist the department in soliciting donated designs
and selecting the best designs. Until the new designs are selected,
the department shall continue to use the design in use on the
effective date of this Act.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 2101 was passed by the House on May
13, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 2101 was passed by the Senate on May
25, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate