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A06821 Summary:

BILL NOA06821A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05169-A
 
SPONSORWeprin
 
COSPNSRCarroll, Skoufis, Brabenec, Galef, Thiele, Woerner, Harris, Murray
 
MLTSPNSRLupardo
 
Amd 4174, Pub Health L
 
Relates to requiring the commissioner of the department of health to issue non-certified copies of the original long form birth certificates to adoptees who request such copy within forty-five days after receipt of such request.
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A06821 Actions:

BILL NOA06821A
 
03/21/2017referred to health
04/05/2017amend and recommit to health
04/05/2017print number 6821a
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A06821 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6821A
 
SPONSOR: Weprin
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to issuing non-certified copies of original long form birth certificates to adoptees   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends Section 4174 of the public health law by adding subdivision 10, which requires the commissioner to provide non- certified copies of original long form birth certificates upon request by the adoptee or agent thereof, and enumerates guidelines for the promulgation of rules and regulations regarding the implementation of this program. Section 2 of this bill states that this bill shall take effect on August 1, 2017.   JUSTIFICATION: This legislation will allow adult adoptees to request, through the Department of Health, a long form, noncertified copy of his or her original birth certificate. Under current state law, an adoptee must obtain a court order to gain access to his or her original birth certif- icate. This process is burdensome and expensive, and has the effect of deterring adoptees from obtaining important information about their individual and family origins. Recently, many states have changed their laws to provide adoptees with easier access to copies of their birth certificates. This legislation will follow the nationwide trend and give adult adoptees access to his or her noncertified birth certificate upon a specific request, thereby providing important information to those with the greatest interest in obtaining it.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State of New York   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on July 1, 2017.
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A06821 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         6821--A
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 21, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  WEPRIN,  SKOUFIS,  BRABENEC -- read once and
          referred to the Committee on  Health  --  committee  discharged,  bill
          amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
          tee
 
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to issuing non-certi-
          fied copies of original long form birth certificates to adoptees
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. Section 4174 of the public health law is amended by adding
     2  a new subdivision 10 to read as follows:
     3    10.(a) The commissioner, or any person authorized by him or her, shall
     4  issue non-certified copies of original long form birth certificates upon
     5  specific request therefor by an adoptee, if eighteen  years  of  age  or
     6  more, or if the adoptee is deceased, by the adoptee's descendants, or by
     7  other  lawful  representatives  of  such  adoptee, to whom the record of
     8  birth relates including authorized representatives  of  a  local  social
     9  services  district  if the adoptee is in the care and custody or custody
    10  and guardianship of such district.
    11    (b) The commissioner shall issue a non-certified copy of the  original
    12  long form birth certificate within forty-five days after receipt of such
    13  request.
    14    (c)  The department shall develop policies and procedures necessary to
    15  implement this subdivision by February first, two thousand eighteen.
    16    (d) The department may charge a fee  for  issuing  such  non-certified
    17  copy  of an original long form birth certificate. The fee may not exceed
    18  the fee for a certified copy of an original long form birth  certificate
    19  as provided for in subdivision two of this section.
    20    § 2. This act shall take effect August 1, 2017.
 

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09180-06-7
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