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  H.B. No. 1671
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to mutual aid agreements for newborn screening laboratory
  services.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 12, Health and Safety
  Code, is amended by adding Section 12.01221 to read as follows:
         Sec. 12.01221.  MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT FOR NEWBORN SCREENING
  LABORATORY SERVICES. (a)  In this section, "newborn screening
  laboratory services" means the performance of tests to analyze
  specimens collected as part of the newborn screenings performed
  under Subchapter B, Chapter 33.
         (b)  Notwithstanding Section 12.0122 or other law, the
  department may enter into a mutual aid agreement to provide newborn
  screening laboratory services to another state and to receive
  newborn screening laboratory services from another state in the
  event of an unexpected interruption of service, including an
  interruption caused by a disaster.
         (c)  Each mutual aid agreement under Subsection (b) shall
  include provisions:
               (1)  to address the confidentiality of the identity of
  the newborn child and the newborn child's family; and
               (2)  to ensure the return of blood specimens and
  related records to the state that received the newborn screening
  laboratory services.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1671 was passed by the House on March
  31, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 147, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1671 was passed by the Senate on May
  12, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor