Pending US federal legislation would cripple genealogical research #general
Proposed regulations stemming >from the Intelligence Reform and
Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 would bar virtually all access to
vital records in the US for up to 100 years. States would not be
"required" to operate according to these regulations, but residents of
states that didn't would be barred >from essential federal government
services, so in practice no state could refuse.
For further information, see the article "Information is Power,"
<http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2488>. I don't know
any more about this than it says in the article, so if you want to
know more, don't ask me.
Providence RI USA