|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 25, 2019||referred to judiciary|
assembly Bill A2691
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Pamela J. Hunter
A2691 (ACTIVE) - Details
- See Senate Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Assembly Judiciary
- Law Section:
- Domestic Relations Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §114, Dom Rel L; amd §4132, Pub Health L
A2691 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Grants access to a certified copy of the birth certificate of an adopted person without requiring judicial review; requires such birth certificate to state that the certificate is a certified copy of a sealed record and is not valid for identification with the adoption facts recited.
A2691 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2691 2019-2020 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y January 25, 2019 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BENEDETTO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the domestic relations law and the public health law, in relation to access to birth records by adoptees THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby states its intention to ensure equal access to vital records and end decades of discrimination against adoption and adopted persons. The legislature finds that an adopted person should have access to his or her original birth record in the same manner as a non-adopted person. The provisions of this act establish an absolute right under the law for adopted persons to access their birth certificates while referencing the fact of their adoption. § 2. Subdivision 2 of section 114 of the domestic relations law, as amended by chapter 559 of the laws of 1992 and as designated by chapter 601 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: 2. (A) No person, including the attorney for the adoptive parents shall disclose the surname of the child directly or indirectly to the adoptive parents except upon order of the court. No person shall be allowed access to such sealed records and order and any index thereof except upon an order of a judge or surrogate of the court in which the order was made or of a justice of the supreme court. No order for disclosure or access and inspection shall be granted except on good cause shown and on due notice to the adoptive parents and to such addi- tional persons as the court may direct. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to require the state commissioner of health or his OR HER designee to secure a court order authorizing disclosure of information contained in adoption or birth records requested pursuant to the author- ity of section forty-one hundred thirty-eight-c or section forty-one hundred thirty-eight-d of the public health law; upon the receipt of EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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