HBA-CBW H.B. 1631 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1631 By: Reyna, Elvira Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 2/25/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the production of child support payment records by a local registry or the state disbursement unit are only admissible into evidence by sending a certified copy of the record or an affidavit regarding the original payment record. House Bill 1631 permits child support payment records maintained by a local registry or the state disbursement unit to be admitted into evidence under certain conditions and permits the use of specified electronically transmitted records. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1631 amends the Family Code to provide that a certified copy of a record of child support payments maintained by the state disbursement unit that is received by a local registry by electronic transmission is admissible into evidence in a proceeding and is required to be given the same effect as the original record. The bill requires the state disbursement unit to maintain the original record of child support payments. The bill provides that an official record of child support payments is admissible into evidence in a proceeding without proof of correctness or other proof if the custodian of records of the local registry or state disbursement unit certifies the record's accuracy and authenticity. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.