JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (US-RI) Bill Introduced Proposed to Provide Free Access to Death and Marriage Certificates #general


Jan Meisels Allen
 

A bill has been introduced in Rhode Island that if enacted will change the
current Vital Records Law (Section 23-3-23). Provisions of the bill would
do the following:

The public is allowed to examine and copy death and marriage certificates
filed with the Department of Health. Social Security numbers will be
redacted prior to inspection. The proposed law prohibits the department of
health and municipalities >from charging for examination of these records,
but usual per page charges apply for making copies.

Existing provisions that are being recommended to be changed include:
1. A person could not inspect, copy or disclose information in vital
records except if authorized by regulation or in this bill.
2. It contains a 100 year embargo for birth records, however, the
records will be open for research by any member of an incorporated genealogy
society. It limits to the specific family members, and others including
members of genealogical societies the ability to examine the original or
copy of a birth certificate or record. There is an appeals process if a
records custodian refuses to permit inspection or copying of records.
3. The public is allowed to examine and copy and death and marriage
certificates filed with the Department of Health. Social Security numbers
will be redacted prior to inspection. The proposed law prohibits the
department of health and municipalities >from charging for examination of
these records, but usual per page charges apply for making copies .

To read the bill see:
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText15/HouseText15/H5309.pdf
[or http://tw.gs/zzt1f2 - MODERATOR]

Thank you to Dick Eastman and Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter for
informing us about the new bill.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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