S.B. No. 314
  relating to appointment of a nonparent as managing conservator of a
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter E, Chapter 263, Family Code, is
  amended by adding Section 263.408 to read as follows:
  MANAGING CONSERVATOR. (a)  In a suit in which the court appoints a
  nonparent as managing conservator of a child:
               (1)  the department must provide the nonparent with an
  explanation of the differences between appointment as a managing
  conservator of a child and adoption of a child, including specific
  statements informing the nonparent that:
                     (A)  the nonparent's appointment conveys only the
  rights specified by the court order or applicable laws instead of
  the complete rights of a parent conveyed by adoption;
                     (B)  a parent may be entitled to request
  visitation with the child or petition the court to appoint the
  parent as the child's managing conservator, notwithstanding the
  nonparent's appointment as managing conservator; and
                     (C)  the nonparent's appointment as the child's
  managing conservator will not result in the eligibility of the
  nonparent and child for postadoption benefits; and 
               (2)  in addition to the rights and duties provided
  under Section 153.371, the court order appointing the nonparent as
  managing conservator must include provisions that address the
  authority of the nonparent to:
                     (A)  authorize immunization of the child or any
  other medical treatment that requires parental consent;
                     (B)  obtain and maintain health insurance
  coverage for the child and automobile insurance coverage for the
  child, if appropriate;
                     (C)  enroll the child in a day-care program or
  school, including prekindergarten;
                     (D)  authorize the child to participate in
  school-related or extracurricular or social activities, including
  athletic activities; 
                     (E)  authorize the child to obtain a learner's
  permit, driver's license, or state-issued identification card;
                     (F)  authorize employment of the child;
                     (G)  apply for and receive public benefits for or
  on behalf of the child; and
                     (H)  obtain legal services for the child and
  execute contracts or other legal documents for the child.
         (b)  The court must require evidence that the nonparent was
  informed of the rights and duties of a nonparent appointed as
  managing conservator of a child before the court renders an order
  appointing the nonparent as managing conservator of a child.
         SECTION 2.  Section 263.408, Family Code, as added by this
  Act, applies to a suit affecting the parent-child relationship that
  is pending in a trial court on or filed on or after the effective
  date of this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 314 passed the Senate on
  April 1, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 314 passed the House on
  May 15, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House