Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen
The state of Vermont (USA) has legislation introduced that would affect how vital records are accessed. The bill, H 454, permits informational and certified copies. Under the current process anyone, without identification may obtain a copy of a birth or death record. If this bill is passed and signed into law it includes protections that establish who may and may not obtain certified copies of vital records and permits anyone to review an informational copy of a vital record. To prevent fraudulent use of birth of records of deceased persons, the bill requires the state department of health to match birth and death certificates. The State Department of Health advocated the changes in the process and supported the bill.
The bill passed the Vermont House of Representatives on April 26 and still has to be heard in the Senate. It has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee to be referred to the appropriate committee to be heard.
The bill may be accessed at:
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee