83R15747 AJZ-F
  By: Marquez H.B. No. 688
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 688:
  By:  Herrero C.S.H.B. No. 688
  relating to the confidentiality of certain autopsy records.
         SECTION 1.  Section 11, Article 49.25, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 11.  RECORDS.  (a)  The medical examiner shall keep full
  and complete records properly indexed, giving the name if known of
  every person whose death is investigated, the place where the body
  was found, the date, the cause and manner of death, and shall issue
  a death certificate. The full report and detailed findings of the
  autopsy, if any, shall be a part of the record. Copies of all
  records shall promptly be delivered to the proper district, county,
  or criminal district attorney in any case where further
  investigation is advisable. The records are subject to required
  public disclosure in accordance with Chapter 552, Government Code,
  except that a photograph or x-ray of a body taken during an autopsy
  is excepted from required public disclosure in accordance with
  Chapter 552, Government Code, but is subject to disclosure:
               (1)  under a subpoena or authority of other law; or
               (2)  if the photograph or x-ray is of the body of a
  person who died while in the custody of law enforcement.
         (b)  Under the exception to public disclosure provided by
  Subsection (a), a governmental body as defined by Section 552.003,
  Government Code, may withhold a photograph or x-ray described by
  Subsection (a) without requesting a decision from the attorney
  general under Subchapter G, Chapter 552, Government Code. This
  subsection does not affect the required disclosure of a photograph
  or x-ray under Subsection (a)(1) or (2).
         SECTION 2.  The changes in law made by this Act apply only to
  a request for information that is received by a governmental body or
  an officer for public information on or after the effective date of
  this Act. A request for information that was received before the
  effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect on the
  date the request was received, and the former law is continued in
  effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.