‘Clean Bill’ would give adoptees the right to see full birth certificate

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Renewed hope for adoptees who want to find out more about their past. A bill to give them access to their original, long-form birth certificates is on the Governor’s desk.

This is not the first time the issue has come up in the state legislature. A similar bill was approved by the Senate and Assembly two years ago, but it was not signed into law by the Governor when advocates raised concerns it would not be open to everyone.

This time, the Governor’s office says it will weigh the matter carefully.

“You may recall when the first version of the bill was passed, there were strong objections from the advocacy community. The bill has now been modified. But we have to take a closer look at it to make sure that the concerns have been addressed,” said Alphonso B. David, Counsel to the Governor.

If the Governor signs off on the legislation, it would take effect in January.

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