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  S.B. No. 457
  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 may not be
  withheld, subject to a discretionary exception under [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
               (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.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 457 passed the Senate on
  April 11, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 457 passed the House on
  April 26, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 141, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House