senate Bill S2222

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes the right of adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate upon reaching the age of 18

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee


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Jan 23, 2019 referred to health

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S2222 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §4138-e, amd §§4138, 4138-d & 4104, Pub Health L; amd §114, Dom Rel L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S7631

S2222 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the right of adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate upon reaching the age of 18; such birth certificate shall include information on the medical history of the birth parents.

S2222 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2222 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2222

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2019
                               ___________

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:
  §  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, THE COMMISSIONER OR
A LOCAL REGISTRAR OR ANY PERSON AUTHORIZED  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER  OR  A
LOCAL  REGISTRAR,  UPON  APPLICATION, PROOF OF IDENTITY AND PAYMENT OF A
NOMINAL FEE, SHALL ISSUE CERTIFIED COPIES OF ORIGINAL LONG FORM LINE  BY
LINE,  VAULT  COPY  BIRTH  CERTIFICATES  AND ANY CHANGE ATTACHED TO THAT
CERTIFICATE BY A BIRTH PARENT OR PARENTS,  AND,  IF  AVAILABLE,  MEDICAL
HISTORY  FORMS  UPON SPECIFIC REQUEST THEREFOR (I) BY AN ADOPTED PERSON,
IF EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR MORE, OR  (II)  IF  THE  ADOPTED  PERSON  IS

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

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