senate Bill S7550

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to enacting the "bill of adoptee rights"

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Health Committee


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Jan 23, 2018 referred to health

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S7550 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9632
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §4138-e, amd §§4138, 4138-d & 4104, Pub Health L; amd §114, Dom Rel L

S7550 - Summary

Enacts the "bill of adoptee rights".

S7550 - Sponsor Memo

S7550 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7550

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the domestic relations law, in
  relation to enacting the "bill of adoptee rights"

  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. BILL OF ADOPTEE RIGHTS. 1. THIS SECTION SHALL BE  KNOWN  AND
MAY BE CITED AS THE "BILL OF ADOPTEE RIGHTS".
  2. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY STATES ITS INTENTION TO ACKNOWLEDGE, SUPPORT
AND  ENCOURAGE  THE LIFE-LONG HEALTH AND WELL-BEING NEEDS OF PERSONS WHO
HAVE BEEN AND WILL BE ADOPTED IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. 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.
  3.  (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 OF NEW YORK), THE ADULT ADOPTED PERSON SHALL  HAVE  THE  RIGHT  TO

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

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