|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 01, 2018||referred to health|
senate Bill S7631
Current Bill Status - In Senate Health Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7631 - Details
- See Assembly 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
S7631 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7631 TITLE OF BILL : 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 PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : Establishes the right of adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate upon reaching the age of 18 SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 of the bill amends the public health law by adding a new section, § 4138-e, to acknowledge that the denial of access to accurate and complete medical and self-identifying data of any adopted person is a violation of that person's human rights and is contrary to the tenets of governance. 2 (a) states that an adopted person eighteen years of age can obtain a certified copy of his or her original birth certificate upon application, presentation of proof of identification and the payment of a nominal fee. Sections 2, 3 and 4 amend § 4138 of the public health law to state that a certified copy of the certificate of birth of such a person
S7631 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7631 I N S E N A T E February 1, 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 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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