assembly Bill A5494

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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Feb 12, 2019 referred to health

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A5494 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S3419
Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §4138-e, amd §§4138, 4138-d & 4104, Pub Health L; amd §114, Dom Rel L

A5494 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the right of adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate upon reaching the age of 18, or if the adopted person is deceased, the adopted person's direct line descendants, or the lawful representative of such adopted person, or lawful representatives of such deceased adopted person's direct line descendants.

A5494 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5494

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 12, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. WEPRIN, HUNTER, SAYEGH, ROMEO, COLTON, SCHMITT,
  DE LA ROSA, GALEF, JEAN-PIERRE, CARROLL, D'URSO,  WOERNER,  GOTTFRIED,
  SEAWRIGHT,  RIVERA, THIELE, BLAKE, JOHNS, L. ROSENTHAL, BARRON, BRABE-
  NEC, SCHIMMINGER,  McDONOUGH,  SMITH,  LAVINE,  SIMON,  MOSLEY,  OTIS,
  LUPARDO,  BENEDETTO,  TITUS,  ORTIZ,  AUBRY,  KIM,  PICHARDO,  CUSICK,
  STIRPE, DILAN, STECK, WALKER, RICHARDSON,  DiPIETRO,  CAHILL,  HEVESI,
  BICHOTTE,  JOYNER, SANTABARBARA, RAIA, DenDEKKER -- Multi-Sponsored by
  -- M. of A. ARROYO, BARRETT, BUCHWALD, COOK, DAVILA, DeSTEFANO, DINOW-
  ITZ, ENGLEBRIGHT, FAHY, GIGLIO, HAWLEY, KOLB, LALOR,  LIFTON,  MALLIO-
  TAKIS, PALMESANO, PALUMBO, PAULIN, PEOPLES-STOKES, PERRY, PRETLOW, RA,
  RAMOS,  RODRIGUEZ, RYAN, SOLAGES, STEC, WRIGHT, ZEBROWSKI -- 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:
  §  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
GOVERNMENT. 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

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

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