jan meisels allen <janmallen@...>
Dear Jewish Genners:
I recently posted information about two egregious pieces of legislation that
would prevent access to vital records in New Hampshire and New Jersey. This
is an informational update on those two bills.
New Hampshire HB 1382 would prohibit a public or private entity from
disclosing an individual's personal information without the individual's
consent. The bill defines an individual to include a deceased individual.
IAJGS has submitted its letter of concern to the members of the House
Judiciary Committee prior to the hearing that was held today, January 31. I
checked with staff after today's hearing and learned that there were many in
opposition, some in favor of the bill. New Hampshire does not vote during
the public hearing but holds an executive session to do so. Thus far the
executive session has not been scheduled. If the committee affirmatively
passes the bill it will go to the floor of the House and if passed there, to
the Senate. For further information on this bill go to the IAJGS website,
www.IAJGS.org go to the center of the page and double click the icon
of the newspaper boy holding the newspaper with "extra" saying the newest
edition of the ECHO .
New Jersey AB 1390 removes vital records (birth, marriage, domestic
partnership, death and fetal death records) >from the definition of public
records, thereby making access to such records very difficult, if not
impossible. The bill was heard January 26 in the Assembly Homeland Security
and State Preparedness Committee where it passed out affirmatively without
amendments enabling genealogical copies of vital records to be continued.
Currently, New Jersey's Department of Health and Senior Services does permit
genealogical copies of vital records after specified time periods: 80 years
after birth, 50 years after marriage and 40 years after death. The bill next
goes to the floor of the Assembly, the earliest date it can be heard is
February 9th. It can be amended on the floor during its second reading.
You can access more information on the bill on the IAJGS website,
www.IAJGS.org, go to the center of the page and double click on the
icon of the newspaper boy holding the newspaper with "extra" saying
the newest edition of the ECHO.
If you have any questions about these bills, please feel free to contact me.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS director and Public Records Access and Monitoring Committee