Monday, January 2, 2012

(USA) Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs SB 361

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

On December 15 Pennsylvania Governor Corbett signed SB 361 into law-it is Act 110 of the Laws of 2011. The chaptered bill is not yet posted to the PA Legislative website, however, the version that went to the Governor and he approved may be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/5sbcotq
original url
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0361&pn=1598

The law becomes effective 60 days after the governor's signature. Birth records will be available 105 years from the date of birth and 50 years from the date of death. We can only presume that the state agencies will work expeditiously in getting the records from the Department of Health to the State Archives. Pennsylvania had one of the most restrictive laws for accessing birth and death records. This legislation took several attempts to get passed and the coalition in Pennsylvania, People for Better Pennsylvania Historical Records Access (PaHR-Access) have worked diligently for a number of years to achieve this
http://users.rcn.com/timarg/PaHR-Access.htm

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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