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Bill Process

Civil Records Quarterly Report December 2009

CIVIL RECORDS QUARTERLY REPORT
DECEMBER 2009
Bernard J. Couming

We are currently in the 186th Legislative Session. The full session runs for two years.

At the end of November the FORMAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION closed for the current year, to be reconvened one week into January for 2010.

Vigilance is still the byword even during INFORMAL SESSION. After our experience in informal session
when one state senator tried to get a bill passed on New Year's Eve, we all know how important it is to be vigilant.

We are tracking a number of bills on Beacon Hill that would restrict records access. The Massachusetts Town Clerks Association has again submitted a bill that undermines the interests of all stakeholders. In addition, this year even sees a bill that would close all vital records since 1841!

To read the full text or see the status of any of these bills, go to www.mass.gov/legis, the homepage of the legislature, and make choices under Current Legislation. The S in the bill number indicates a Senate bill and the H a House bill.

Bernie Couming
records@massgencouncil.org

MGC POSITION

BILL NO., SIZE

PRIMARY SPONSOR

GENEALOGY ISSUES

Opposed

S-820, 3 pps

Jehlen, P.D.

Closes all vital records since 1841.

Concurred

S-822, 13 pps

Kennedy, T.P. (for MGC)

Drafted by MGC, this bill is the result of consultation with all stakeholders

Opposed

H-2064, 3 pps

Harkins, L. (for MTCA)

Does not represent the interests of all stakeholders. Generalized language

would permit records closure by the Registrar without review.

Opposed

H-2124, 2 pps.

Murphy, J.M.

Excessive restriction on public access. Was submitted last year as H-2201.

Concurred

H-2133, 2 pps

Poirier, E.

Would cancel most existing restrictions to “out of wedlock” birth records.

Under review

H-2134, 2 pps

Poirier, E.

The title of this bill and the language of the bill are unclear as to intent..