|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 01, 2018||referred to health|
assembly Bill A9959
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
A9959 - Details
- See Senate Version of this Bill:
- Law Section:
- Public Health Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add §4138-e, amd §§4138, 4138-d & 4104, Pub Health L; amd §114, Dom Rel L
A9959 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 9959 I N A S S E M B L Y March 1, 2018 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. WEPRIN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law and the domestic relations law, in relation to authorizing adoptees to obtain a certified copy of their birth certificate THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 4138-e to read as follows: S 4138-E. ADOPTEE'S RIGHT TO A CERTIFIED COPY OF HIS OR HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE. 1. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY STATES ITS INTENTION TO ACKNOWL- EDGE, SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE THE LIFE-LONG HEALTH AND WELL-BEING NEEDS OF PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN AND WILL BE ADOPTED IN THIS STATE. THE LEGISLATURE FURTHER RECOGNIZES THAT THE DENIAL OF ACCESS TO ACCURATE AND COMPLETE MEDICAL AND SELF-IDENTIFYING DATA OF ANY ADOPTED PERSON, KNOWN AND WILFULLY WITHHELD BY OTHERS, MAY RESULT IN SUCH PERSON SUCCUMBING TO PREVENTABLE DISEASE, PREMATURE DEATH OR OTHERWISE UNHEALTHY LIFE, IS A VIOLATION OF THAT PERSON'S HUMAN RIGHTS AND IS CONTRARY TO THE TENETS OF GOVERNANCE. AS SUCH, THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SEEK TO ESTABLISH CONSIDERATIONS UNDER THE LAW FOR ADOPTED PERSONS EQUAL TO SUCH CONSIDER- ATIONS PERMITTED BY LAW TO ALL NON-ADOPTED PERSONS; THIS SECTION DOES SO WHILE PROVIDING FOR THE PRIVACY OF AN ADOPTED PERSON AND HIS OR HER BIRTH. 2. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, WHEN AN ADOPTED PERSON ATTAINS THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, THAT PERSON SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIPT OF A CERTIFIED COPY OF HIS OR HER ORIGINAL (LONG FORM, LINE BY LINE VAULT COPY) BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND ANY CHANGE HIS OR HER BIRTH PARENT OR PARENTS MAY HAVE ATTACHED TO THAT CERTIFICATE, AND/OR A MEDICAL HISTORY FORM IF AVAILABLE, UPON APPLICATION, PRESENTATION OF PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION AND THE PAYMENT OF A NOMINAL FEE. (B) WHEN IT SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH GOOD-FAITH EFFORTS TO PROVIDE A COPY OF AN ADULT ADOPTED PERSON'S ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE (AS IN THE CASE OF AN ADOPTED PERSON BORN OUTSIDE OF, BUT ADOPTED WITHIN, THE STATE), THE ADULT ADOPTED PERSON SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO SECURE FROM A EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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