senate Bill S3419

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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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2019 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.642
substituted for a5494
Jun 03, 2019 referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 20, 2019 advanced to third reading
May 15, 2019 2nd report cal.
May 14, 2019 1st report cal.757
Feb 14, 2019 committee discharged and committed to health
Feb 06, 2019 referred to investigations and government operations

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S3419 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5494
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §4138-e, amd §§4138, 4138-d & 4104, Pub Health L; amd §114, Dom Rel L

S3419 (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.

S3419 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3419 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  3419

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 6, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Investigations  and
  Government Operations

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
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, INCLUDING ANY  CHANGE  ATTACHED  TO
THAT  CERTIFICATE  BY  A  BIRTH  PARENT  OR PARENTS, AND ANY INFORMATION
PROVIDED TO THE COMMISSIONER OR A LOCAL REGISTRAR PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVI-

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

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