BILL NUMBER: AB 2426 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Bradford FEBRUARY 19, 2010 An act to add Part 7 (commencing with Section 7960) to Division 12 of the Family Code, relating to surrogacy practitioners. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 2426, as introduced, Bradford. Surrogacy practitioners. Existing law defines "assisted reproduction" as conception by any means other than sexual intercourse, and "assisted reproduction agreement" as a written contract that includes a person who intends to be the legal parent of a child or children born through assisted reproduction and that defines the terms of the relationship between the parties to the contract. This bill would regulate the practice of surrogacy practitioners, as defined, and would require nonattorney surrogacy practitioners to deposit client funds in an independent, bonded escrow account or a trust account maintained by an attorney, subject to specified withdrawal requirements. Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Part 7 (commencing with Section 7960) is added to Division 12 of the Family Code, to read: PART 7. Surrogacy Practitioners 7960. For purposes of this part, the following terms have the following meanings: (a) "Surrogacy practitioner" means a person or organization that engages in either of the following activities: (1) Advertising for the purpose of soliciting parties to an assisted reproduction agreement or acting as an intermediary between the parties to an assisted reproduction agreement. (2) Charging a fee or other valuable consideration for services rendered relating to an assisted reproduction agreement. (b) "Nonattorney surrogacy practitioner" means a surrogacy practitioner who is not an attorney in good standing licensed to practice law in this state. (c) "Assisted reproduction agreement" has the same meaning as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 7606. 7961. (a) A nonattorney surrogacy practitioner shall deposit all client funds into either of the following: (1) An independent, bonded escrow depository. (2) A trust account maintained by an attorney. (b) Client funds may be withdrawn only by agreement between the surrogacy practitioner and the intended legal parent identified in the assisted reproduction agreement.