Access to records for adults who were adopted scuttled in the Senate
by J.David McSwane
A widely supported effort to give adults who were adopted access to their birth records — and the potential to find birth parents or their genetic health risks — was upended in the Texas Senate Wednesday.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, presiding officer of the Senate, didn’t call for a vote on House Bill 984 before a midnight deadline for all House bills to be considered by the Senate.
Early Wednesday morning, supporters of the bill knew it was on the chopping block because Sen. Donna Campbell, a Republican from New Braunfels, had pulled it from the local and uncontested items calendar.