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S 799 - Adopted Individuals' Access to Birth Certificates - Key Vote

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Robert Gordon voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Vetoed (Conditional Veto) (Executive) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (45-26) - (Key vote)

Title: Adopted Individuals' Access to Birth Certificates

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes an adopted person to obtain a copy of the original certificate of birth.

Highlights:
  • Requires the State Registrar to disclose the original certificate of birth when presented with the following (Sec. 1):
    • Order of a court of competent jurisdiction; or
    • A written, notarized request for an uncertified, long-form copy of the adopted person's original certificate of birth, which complies with existing statutory and executive orders to allow the identification of the requested information, submitted by:
      • The adopted person 18 years of age or older;
      • A direct descendant 18 years of age or older of the adopted person if the adopted person is deceased;
      • The adoptive parent; or
      • The guardian of a minor adopted person.
  • Authorizes a birth parent of a person adopted prior to the enactment of this bill to submit to the State Registrar during the first 12 months of the enactment a written, notarized request for nondisclosure of the birth parent's name and home address (Sec. 2 & 3):
    • Requires the birth parent, upon request for nondisclosure, to complete to the best of the birth parent's knowledge a family history form asking for medical, cultural, and social history regarding the birth parent; and
    • Specifies that any request for nondisclosure shall be nullified if the family history form is not submitted to the State Registrar within 60 days of receipt.
  • Authorizes a birth parent of a person adopted after the enactment of this bill to submit to the State Registrar a document indicating the birth parent's preference regarding contact with the adopted person (Sec. 4):
    • Requires the birth parent who submits a document of contact preference to also complete a family history form asking for medical, cultural, and social history regarding the birth parent; and
    • Requires the birth parent that indicates a preference of no contact to update the family history information every 10 years until the birth parent reaches the age of 40, and every 5 years thereafter.
  • Requires the approved agency or intermediary that placed the person for adoption to provide any available non-identifying family medical history information regarding the adopted person upon receipt of request by (Sec. 10):
    • An adopted person 18 years of age or older;
    • A direct descendant 18 years of age or older of the adopted person if the adopted person is deceased; or
    • The adoptive parent or guardian of a minor adopted person to request.
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (27-10) - (Key vote)

Title: Adopted Individuals' Access to Birth Certificates

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes an adopted person to obtain a copy of the original certificate of birth.

Highlights:
  • Requires the State Registrar to disclose the original certificate of birth when presented with the following (Sec. 1):
    • Order of a court of competent jurisdiction; or
    • A written, notarized request for an uncertified, long-form copy of the adopted person's original certificate of birth, which complies with existing statutory and executive orders to allow the identification of the requested information, submitted by:
      • The adopted person 18 years of age or older;
      • A direct descendant 18 years of age or older of the adopted person if the adopted person is deceased;
      • The adoptive parent; or
      • The guardian of a minor adopted person.
  • Authorizes a birth parent of a person adopted prior to the enactment of this bill to submit to the State Registrar during the first 12 months of the enactment a written, notarized request for nondisclosure of the birth parent's name and home address (Sec. 2 & 3):
    • Requires the birth parent, upon request for nondisclosure, to complete to the best of the birth parent's knowledge a family history form asking for medical, cultural, and social history regarding the birth parent; and
    • Specifies that any request for nondisclosure shall be nullified if the family history form is not submitted to the State Registrar within 60 days of receipt.
  • Authorizes a birth parent of a person adopted after the enactment of this bill to submit to the State Registrar a document indicating the birth parent's preference regarding contact with the adopted person (Sec. 4):
    • Requires the birth parent who submits a document of contact preference to also complete a family history form asking for medical, cultural, and social history regarding the birth parent; and
    • Requires the birth parent that indicates a preference of no contact to update the family history information every 10 years until the birth parent reaches the age of 40, and every 5 years thereafter.
  • Requires the approved agency or intermediary that placed the person for adoption to provide any available non-identifying family medical history information regarding the adopted person upon receipt of request by (Sec. 10):
    • An adopted person 18 years of age or older;
    • A direct descendant 18 years of age or older of the adopted person if the adopted person is deceased; or
    • The adoptive parent or guardian of a minor adopted person to request.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Adopted Individuals' Access to Birth Certificates

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