S.P. 416 - L.D. 1202
Resolve, To Study the Accessibility of Birth Certificates and Other Vital Records
Sec. 1. Access to vital records study. Resolved: That the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Records shall study the provisions of the freedom of access laws in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, chapter 13 as those laws relate to access to vital records, such as birth, death and marriage certificates, especially in relation to Title 22, section 2706, which allows a state registrar or municipal clerk to restrict access to those vital records. The office shall determine what criteria are used by state registrars and municipal clerks in providing access to vital records. The office shall determine whether a more uniform process is needed to balance the requirements of the freedom of access laws against the prevention of identity theft and the privacy rights of adoptees. If a better process is needed, the office shall determine what the better process is and report by January 4, 2006 to the Second Regular Session of the 122nd Legislature with the office's findings, recommendations and any necessary implementing legislation.
Effective September 17, 2005.
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