Substitute House Bill No. 6569

Public Act No. 01-163

AN ACT CONCERNING VITAL RECORDS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 1-1e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Nothing in sections 1-1d, 3-94b to 3-94e, inclusive, 7-6, 7-51, 7-53, 7-54, [7-56,] 7-172, 9-12, 10a-207, 14-14, 14-36, 14-40a, 14-41, 14-44, 14-61, 14-73, 14-214, 14-276, 17a-1, 17a-152, 17b-75, 17b-81, 17b-223, 17b-748, 18-73, 18-87, 19a-512, 20-10, 20-130, 20-146, 20-188, 20-213, 20-217, 20-236, 20-250, 20-252, 20-270, 20-291, 20-316, 20-361, 20-590, 20-592, 26-38, 27-140g, 29-156a, 30-1, 30-45, 30-86a, 31-222, 38a-482, 38a-609, 38a-633, 38a-786, 45a-263, 45a-502, 45a-504, 45a-606, 45a-754, 46b-129, 46b-215, 52-572, 53-304, 53-330, 53a-70 or 53a-87 shall impair or affect any act done, offense committed or right accruing, accrued or acquired, or an obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred prior to October 1, 1972, and the same may be enjoyed, asserted and enforced, as fully and to the same extent and in the same manner as they might under the laws existing prior to said date, and all matters civil or criminal pending on said date or instituted thereafter for any act done, offense committed, right accruing, accrued, or acquired, or obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture, or punishment incurred prior to said date may be continued or instituted under and in accordance with the provisions of the law in force at the time of the commission of said act done, offense committed, right accruing, accrued, or acquired, or obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred.

Sec. 2. Section 7-36 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[The term "registrar of vital statistics" or "registrar" as used in this chapter means the registrar of births, marriages and deaths or any public official charged with the care of returns relating to vital statistics.]

As used in this chapter and sections 19a-40 to 19a-45, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Registrar of vital statistics" or "registrar" means the registrar of births, marriages, deaths and fetal deaths or any public official charged with the care of returns relating to vital statistics;

(2) "Registration" means the process by which vital records are completed, filed and incorporated into the official records of the department;

(3) "Institution" means any public or private facility, that provides inpatient medical, surgical or diagnostic care or treatment, or nursing, custodial or domiciliary care, or to which persons are committed by law;

(4) "Vital records" means a certificate of birth, death, fetal death or marriage;

(5) "Certified copy" means a copy of a birth, death, fetal death or marriage certificate that (A) includes all information on the certificate except such information that is nondisclosable by law, (B) is issued or transmitted by any registrar of vital statistics, (C) includes an attested signature and the raised seal of an authorized person, and (D) if submitted to the department, includes all information required by the commissioner;

(6) "Uncertified copy" means a copy of a birth, death, fetal death or marriage certificate that includes all information contained in a certified copy except an original attested signature and a raised seal of an authorized person;

(7) "Authenticate" or "authenticated" means to affix to a vital record in paper format the official seal, or to affix to a vital record in electronic format the user identification, password, or other means of electronic identification, as approved by the department, of the creator of the vital record, or the creator's designee, by which affixing the creator of such paper or electronic vital record, or the creator's designee, affirms the integrity of such vital record;

(8) "Attest" means to verify a vital record in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (5) of this section;

(9) "Correction" means to change or enter new information on a certificate of birth, marriage, death or fetal death, within one year of the date of the vital event recorded in such certificate, in order to accurately reflect the facts existing at the time of the recording of such vital event, where such changes or entries are to correct errors on such certificate due to inaccurate or incomplete information provided by the informant at the time the certificate was prepared, or to correct transcribing, typographical or clerical errors;

(10) "Amendment" means to (A) change or enter new information on a certificate of birth, marriage, death or fetal death, more than one year after the date of the vital event recorded in such certificate, in order to accurately reflect the facts existing at the time of the recording of the event, (B) create a replacement certificate of birth for matters pertaining to parentage and gender change, or (C) change a certificate of birth, marriage, death or fetal death to reflect facts that have changed since the time the certificate was prepared, including, but not limited to, a legal name change or a modification to a cause of death;

(11) "Acknowledgement of paternity" means to legally acknowledge paternity of a child pursuant to section 46b-172;

(12) "Adjudication of paternity" means to legally establish paternity through an order of a court of competent jurisdiction;

(13) "Parentage" includes matters relating to adoption, gestational agreements, paternity and maternity;

(14) "Department" means the Department of Public Health; and

(15) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health or the commissioner's designee.

Sec. 3. Section 7-40 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The registrar of vital statistics in each town shall have an official seal [, which] that shall be provided by the town [, to be used in authenticating] and shall be used to authenticate certificates and copies of record. No person, other than the registrar of vital statistics or the registrar's authorized agent, may possess any such official seal or any facsimile thereof.

Sec. 4. Section 7-41 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[All cards or blanks provided for returns to be made by the registrar of vital statistics shall be exact copies of the forms for the returns to such registrar. Each registrar shall, within sixty days after a return has been made to him, record the same and at once place it in a temporary binder in chronological order. When any registrar has accumulated a sufficient number of vital statistics returns to fill a temporary binder, such returns, arranged chronologically with an alphabetical index preceding the same, shall be at once permanently bound in book form and placed among the records of his office. When birth, marriage and death certificates are bound in one book, all such certificates for a given period of time shall be included, and they shall be assembled in the order hereinbefore mentioned, each class of certificates being arranged chronologically, and each class being immediately preceded by an alphabetical index thereof. Each marriage certificate shall be indexed in the names of both bride and groom. The registrar shall prepare the indexes required by this section and shall receive, from the town, a fee of five cents for each name so indexed. The temporary binder required to be used under the provisions of this section shall be contracted for by the Comptroller and furnished to registrars of vital statistics at cost, the same to be paid for by the town on a requisition by the Comptroller approved by the registrar. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than seven dollars.]

Each registrar of vital statistics shall keep records in accordance with regulations adopted by the commissioner in accordance with chapter 54. Any certified copy of a vital record submitted to the department shall include all information required by the commissioner.

Sec. 5. Section 7-42 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each registrar of vital statistics shall ascertain as accurately as [he] the registrar can all marriages, [and] deaths and fetal deaths, and all births, upon the affidavit of the father or mother, occurring in [his] the registrar's town, and record the same [in a book or books kept by him for that purpose,] in such form and with such particulars as are prescribed by the [Department of Public Health. He] department. The registrar shall give licenses to marry, according to provisions of law, [;] shall make and perfect all records of the birth and death of the persons born or deceased in [his] the registrar's town, and, when any birth or death happens of which no certificate is returned to [him] the registrar, shall obtain the information required by law respecting such birth or death. [He] The registrar shall include the Social Security numbers of both persons on all marriage licenses. [He shall distribute] The registrar shall make available to all persons in [his] the registrar's town who, in [his] the registrar's judgment, are likely to need them, blank forms for the certificates and returns required by law to be made to [him;] the registrar, and shall amend or correct [such] certificates of births, marriages, deaths and fetal deaths that occurred in the registrar's town, and the records thereof, whenever [he] the registrar discovers transcribing, typographical or clerical errors upon the face thereof. [, and shall insert or supply therein omissions of facts existing at the time of the recording of such certificates except that all errors or omissions concerned with questions of parentage shall be within the sole jurisdiction of the Department of Public Health as provided in section 19a-42. He] When the registrar makes a correction on a certificate of birth, marriage, death or fetal death, the registrar shall, within ten days, forward an authenticated copy of the corrected certificate to the department and any other registrar having a copy of the certificate. The registrar shall maintain sufficient documentation, as prescribed by the commissioner, to support such correction, and shall ensure the confidentiality of such documentation as required by law. The date of the correction and a summary description of the evidence submitted in support of the correction shall be made part of the record. The certificate shall not be marked "Amended" unless an amendment is made as provided in subdivision (10) of section 7-36, as amended by this act. The registrar shall record on each certificate of birth, marriage, death or fetal death received for record the date of its receipt, by writing on the certificate or through electronic means. The registrar of vital statistics from the town where a child was born may electronically access birth data for such child to make corrections and amendments as requested by the parent or parents, the reporting hospital, or the department, excluding amendments regarding parentage and gender change. Amendments to vital records made by the registrar of vital statistics in the town of occurrence shall be made in accordance with section 19a-42, as amended by this act. The registrar shall keep the records of [his] the registrar's office, when a [fire-proof] fireproof safe is not provided for [his] the registrar's use, in the vaults provided for the land records of [his] the town. [He] The registrar may, with the approval of the [Department of Public Health] department, store any records not in current use in a location other than [his] the registrar's office or [said] such vaults, provided such location shall be approved by the Public Records Administrator, and provided such location is within the limits of such town. [He] The registrar shall, on or before the [seventh] fifteenth day of each month, send to the [Commissioner of Public Health] commissioner an [attested] authenticated copy of each certificate of birth, marriage, death and fetal death received by [him] the registrar for the calendar month next preceding or a notification that no such certificate has been received. [and on or before the fifteenth day of every month an attested copy of each certificate of birth and of each certificate of marriage received by him for the month next preceding or a notification that no such certificate has been received. Both such notifications] Such notification shall be in a [form] format prescribed by the [Department of Public Health. The registrar shall also transmit from time to time to said commissioner an attested copy of all other certificates of births, marriages and deaths which he acquires in amending or completing his records. The copy shall be made in a form prescribed by the Department of Public Health and upon blanks provided by said] department. Copies of certificates of births, marriages, [and] deaths and fetal deaths, transmitted to [said] the commissioner as required [in] under this section, shall be plain, complete and legible transcripts of the certificates. If a transcript is illegible [, in the opinion of the commissioner, he] or incomplete, the commissioner shall require of the registrar [another copy legibly transcribed. When a registrar having custody of an original of a certificate of birth, marriage or death corrects the certificate, he shall, within ten days, forward an amended certificate to any registrar having a copy of the certificate. Each registrar shall inscribe upon the back of each certificate of birth, marriage or death received for record the date of its reception] a complete or legible copy. Each registrar of vital statistics shall also transmit to the registrars of voters for [his] the registrar's town a notice of the death of any person seventeen years of age or older, at the same time the registrar transmits the [attested] authenticated copy of the certificate of death for such person to the [Commissioner of Public Health] commissioner under this section.

Sec. 6. Section 7-44 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) When it appears from the certificate of a birth, marriage, [or] death or fetal death filed with any registrar of vital statistics that the residence of the mother of the child or that of either of the parties to the marriage or that of the deceased was in some other town in this state or a town in any other state where town officials retain custody of such certificates, at the time of such birth, marriage, [or] death or fetal death, such registrar shall at once [make a certified] transmit an authenticated copy of such certificate of birth, marriage, [or death and transmit the same] death or fetal death, including all information contained on such certificate, to the registrar of the town in which the mother of such child or either of the contracting parties to such marriage or such deceased resided at the time of such birth, marriage, [or] death or fetal death. Such copy shall be in the [form] format prescribed by the [Department of Public Health and on blanks provided by said department, and shall be attested by the official seal of the town or other municipal body under which such registrar holds office] department. Any registrar of vital statistics of any town or city in this state, receiving such [certified] authenticated copy of a birth, marriage, [or] death or fetal death certificate from a registrar of a town or city in this or any other state, shall record the same, but shall not transmit a copy thereof to the [Commissioner of Public Health] commissioner.

(b) Any registrar of vital statistics of any town or city in this state who has authorized access to an electronic vital records system may meet the certificate filing requirements of this section by using such system, except that if the town of residence does not have access to such system, the registrar of the town in which the vital event occurred shall use manual procedures to transmit an authenticated copy of the certificate to the registrar of the town of residence.

(c) Each registrar of vital statistics in this state with authorized access to the electronic vital records system of the department may access vital records through such system for the purpose of viewing, printing and issuing certificates to authorized individuals in accordance with sections 7-51 and 7-51a, as amended by this act. Only the registrar of the town in which the vital event occurred or the department may make corrections or amendments to any such certificates.

Sec. 7. Section 7-45 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each person making any certificate of birth, marriage, [or] death or fetal death, or any copy of such certificate for the [Commissioner of Public Health] commissioner, or any sexton's report required by law, shall cause the same to be typewritten or printed in a legible manner as to all material information or facts required by the provisions of sections 7-48, as amended by this act, 7-60, as amended by this act, 7-62b, as amended by this act, 46b-25 to 46b-27, inclusive, and 46b-29 to 46b-30, inclusive, and contained in such certificate. [and] If the certificate is in paper format, such person shall sign the [same] certificate in black ink, [and the person signing such certificate] shall state therein in what capacity [he] such person so signs, and shall type or print in a legible manner the name of each person signing such certificate, under such person's signature. If the certificate is in an electronic format, such certificate shall be authenticated by the electronic vital records system of the department. Any certificate not complying with the requirements of this section shall be returned by the registrar with whom it is filed to the person making the same for the proper correction.

Sec. 8. Section 7-46 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The registrars shall complete the records of their respective towns by adding thereto a record of all the births, marriages, [and] deaths and fetal deaths that have occurred in such towns since the date of [their] incorporation of such towns, of which no certificate has been returned to their office, [;] provided the facts upon which such record is made have been obtained from the record of a public official, a church society or under section 7-42, as amended by this act, 7-48, as amended by this act, or 7-62b, as amended by this act, and such record shall indicate the source from which such facts were obtained. Any registrar who knowingly makes any false entry of the record of any birth, marriage, [or] death or fetal death shall be fined not more than fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than three months or both.

Sec. 9. Section 7-47 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each registrar of vital statistics shall keep alphabetically arranged separate indexes for each group of vital events and shall enter therein the name of each person whose birth, marriage, [or] death or fetal death is recorded by [him] the registrar.

Sec. 10. Section 7-48 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Not later than ten days after each live birth which occurs in this state, a birth certificate shall be filed with the registrar of vital statistics in the town in which the birth occurred and the certificate shall be registered if properly filed, by manual or electronic systems as prescribed by the commissioner. On and after January 1, 1994, each hospital with two hundred or more live births in calendar year 1990, or any subsequent calendar year, shall electronically transmit birth information data to the [Department of Public Health] department in a computer format approved by [said] the department. Each birth certificate shall contain such information as the [Department of Public Health] department may require. Medical and health information which is required by the department, including information regarding voluntary acknowledgments of paternity and whether the child was born out of wedlock, shall be recorded on a confidential portion of the certificate to be sent directly to the department. Such confidential records may be used for statistical and health purposes [. This confidential portion shall be destroyed at the end of three years] by the department or by a local director of health, as authorized by the department, for records related to the town served by the local director of health and where the mother was a resident at the time of the birth of the child. Such birth certificate and confidential records may be used internally by the hospital for records transmitted by the hospital for statistical, health and quality assurance purposes. The department shall give due consideration to national uniformity in vital statistics in prescribing the [form] format and content of such certificate.

(b) When a birth occurs in an institution or en route thereto, the person in charge of the institution or [his] such person's designated representative shall [complete the certificate, secure the signatures required] obtain all available data required by the certificate, prepare the certificate, certify that the child was born alive at the place and time and on the date stated either by signature or by an electronic process approved by the commissioner and file the certificate with the registrar of vital statistics in the town in which the birth occurred, not later than ten days after such birth. The physician or other person in attendance, and the physician, institution or other person providing prenatal care, shall provide the medical information required by the certificate [and certify to the fact of birth] not later than seventy-two hours after the birth. [If the physician does not certify to the fact of birth within such time period, the person in charge of the institution shall complete and sign the certificate.]

(c) When a birth occurs outside an institution, the certificate shall be prepared and filed by the physician or midwife in attendance at or immediately after the birth or, in the absence of such a person, by the father or mother.

(d) When a birth occurs in a moving conveyance and the child is first removed from the conveyance in this state, the birth shall be registered in this state and the place where the child is first removed shall be considered the place of birth.

Sec. 11. Section 7-50 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

No certificate of birth shall contain any specific statement that the child was born in or out of wedlock or reference to illegitimacy of the child or to the marital status of the mother, except that information on whether the child was born in or out of wedlock and the marital status of the mother shall be recorded on a confidential portion of the certificate pursuant to section 7-48, as amended by this act. Upon the [filing of a voluntary acknowledgment or adjudication of paternity] completion of an acknowledgement of paternity at a hospital, concurrent with the hospital's electronic transmission of birth data to the department, or at a town in the case of a home birth, concurrent with the registration of the birth data by the town, the acknowledgement shall be filed in the paternity registry maintained by the [Department of Public Health] department, as required by section 19a-42a, and the name of the father of a child born out of wedlock shall be entered in or upon the birth certificate or birth record of such child. [Thereafter, the] All post birth acknowledgements or adjudications of paternity received by the department shall be filed in the paternity registry maintained by the department, and the name of the father of the child born out of wedlock shall be entered in or upon the birth record or certificate of such child by the department, if there is no paternity already recorded on the birth certificate. If another father's information is recorded on the certificate, the original father's information shall not be removed except upon receipt by the department of an order by a court of competent jurisdiction in which there is a finding that the individual recorded on the birth certificate, specifically referenced by name, is not the child's father, or a finding that a different individual than the one recorded, specifically referenced by name, is the child's father. The name of the father on [such] a birth certificate or birth record shall otherwise be removed or changed only upon the filing of a rescission in such registry, as provided in section 19a-42a. [, or upon the order of a court of competent jurisdiction.] The Social Security number of the father of a child born out of wedlock may be entered in or upon the birth certificate or birth record of such child if such disclosure is done in accordance with 5 USC 552a note.

Sec. 12. Section 7-51 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[With the exception of the chief executive officer of the municipality or his authorized agent, the local director of health or his authorized agent, attorneys at law, title examiners and members of genealogical societies incorporated or authorized to do business or conduct affairs in this state, no person, except the person whose birth is recorded, if over eighteen years of age, his children or spouse or his parent, guardian or grandparent if a minor, shall have any access to or be permitted to examine the original or any copy of the birth certificate or birth record, of any person, nor shall he disclose any matters contained therein or any information concerning such birth, which original, copy or information is in the custody of any registrar of vital statistics or of the Department of Public Health, nor shall he be entitled to any copy of any such certificate, record or information, except upon written order of a court of record or upon written request of a state department or the federal government when approved by the Department of Public Health.]

(a) The department and registrars of vital records shall restrict access to and issuance of a certified copy of birth and fetal death records and certificates less than one hundred years old, to the following eligible parties: (1) The person whose birth is recorded, if over eighteen years of age; (2) such person's children, grandchildren, spouse, parent, guardian or grandparent; (3) the chief executive officer of the municipality where the birth or fetal death occurred, or the chief executive officer's authorized agent; (4) the local director of health for the town or city where the birth or fetal death occurred or where the mother was a resident at the time of the birth or fetal death, or the director's authorized agent; (5) attorneys-at-law and title examiners representing such person or such person's parent, guardian, child or surviving spouse; (6) members of genealogical societies incorporated or authorized by the Secretary of the State to do business or conduct affairs in this state; (7) agents of a state or federal agency as approved by the department; and (8) researchers approved by the department pursuant to section 19a-25. Except as provided in section 19a-42a, access to confidential files on paternity, adoption, gender change or gestational agreements, or information contained within such files, shall not be released to any party, including the eligible parties listed in this subsection, except upon an order of a court of competent jurisdiction.

(b) No person other than the eligible parties listed in subsection (a) of this section shall be entitled to examine or receive a copy of any birth or fetal death certificate, record or information, or disclose any matter contained therein, except upon written order of a court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit disclosure of information contained in the "information for medical and health use only" or the "information for statistical purposes only" section of a birth certificate, other than the Social Security numbers, race and ethnicity information of the parent or parents recorded in the "administrative purposes" section of an electronically filed birth or fetal death certificate or displayed on a manually filed birth or fetal death certificate, unless specifically authorized by the department for statistical or research purposes. Such confidential information, other than the excluded information set forth in this subsection, shall not be subject to subpoena or court order and shall not be admissible before any court or other tribunal.

(c) The registrar of the town in which the birth or fetal death occurred or of the town in which the mother resided at the time of the birth or fetal death, or the department, may issue a certified copy of the certificate of birth or fetal death of any person born in this state which is kept in paper form in the custody of the registrar. Such certificate shall be issued upon the written request of an eligible party listed in subsection (a) of this section. Any registrar of vital statistics in this state with access, as authorized by the department, to the electronic vital records system of the department may issue a certified copy of the electronically filed certificate of birth or fetal death of any person born in this state upon the written request of an eligible party listed in subsection (a) of this section.

(d) The department and each registrar of vital statistics shall issue only certified copies of birth certificates or fetal death certificates for births or fetal deaths occurring less than one hundred years prior to the date of the request.

Sec. 13. Section 7-51a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any person eighteen years of age or older may purchase certified copies of marriage and death records, and certified copies of records of births or fetal deaths which are at least one hundred years old, in the custody of any registrar of vital statistics. The department may issue uncertified copies of death certificates for deaths occurring less than one hundred years ago, and uncertified copies of birth, marriage, death and fetal death certificates for births, marriages, deaths and fetal deaths that occurred at least one hundred years ago, to researchers approved by the department pursuant to section 19a-25, and to state and federal agencies approved by the department. During all normal business hours, members of genealogical societies incorporated or authorized by the Secretary of the State to do business or conduct affairs in this state shall (1) have full access to all vital records in the custody of any registrar of vital statistics, including certificates, ledgers, record books, card files, indexes and database printouts, except confidential files on adoptions, gender change, gestational agreements and paternity, (2) be permitted to make notes from such records, [and] (3) be permitted to purchase certified copies of such records, and (4) be permitted to incorporate statistics derived from such records in the publications of such genealogical societies.

(b) For marriage licenses, the Social Security numbers of the bride and the groom shall be recorded in the "administrative purposes" section of the marriage license and the application for such license. All parties specified on the license, including the bride, groom, officiator of the marriage and town clerk or registrar, or other persons, as authorized by the commissioner, shall have access to the Social Security numbers specified on the marriage license and the application for such license. Any other individual, researcher or state or federal agency requesting a certified or uncertified copy of any marriage license in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be provided such copy with such Social Security numbers removed or redacted, or with the "administrative purposes" section omitted.

(c) For deaths occurring after December 31, 2001, the Social Security number, occupation, business or industry, race, Hispanic origin if applicable, and educational level of the deceased person, if known, shall be recorded in the "administrative purposes" section of the death certificate. All parties specified on the certificate, including the informant, licensed funeral director, licensed embalmer, conservator, surviving spouse, physician and town clerk or other persons, as authorized by the commissioner, shall have access to the Social Security numbers specified on both the original death certificate and a certified copy. Any other individual requesting a certified or uncertified copy of any death certificate, for a death occurring after July 1, 1997, shall be provided such copy with the Social Security numbers removed or redacted, or with the "administrative purposes" section omitted.

(d) The registrar of vital statistics of any town or city in this state that has access to an electronic vital records system, as authorized by the department, may use such system to issue certified copies of birth, death, fetal death or marriage certificates that are electronically filed in such system.

Sec. 14. Section 7-52 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) [(1)] The registrar of vital statistics of the town in which the birth occurred, [(2)] the registrar of vital statistics of the town in which the mother resided at the time of the birth or [(3) the Department of Public Health] the department shall issue, upon the request of the person to whom the record of birth relates, if over sixteen years of age, or of a parent, guardian, spouse, child, if over eighteen years of age, grandparent or legal representative of such person, a certification of birth registration, which shall contain [only] the name, sex, date of birth, place of birth and date of filing and registration of the certificate of birth of the person to whom it relates, and any other identifying information prescribed by the commissioner.

(b) The registrar of vital statistics of any town or city in this state that has access to an electronic vital records system, as authorized by the department, may use such system to issue, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, a certification of birth registration for such births that are electronically filed in such system.

Sec. 15. Section 7-53 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Upon receipt of the record of adoption referred to in subsection (e) of section 45a-745 or of other evidence satisfactory to the [Department of Public Health] department that a person born in this state has been adopted, [said] the department shall prepare a new birth certificate of such adopted person, except that no new certificate of birth shall be prepared if the court decreeing the adoption, the adoptive parents or the adopted person, if over fourteen years of age, so requests. Such new birth certificate shall include all the information required to be set forth in a certificate of birth of this state as of the date of birth, except that the adopting parents shall be named as the parents instead of the genetic parents and, when a certified copy of the birth of such person is requested by an authorized person, a copy of the new certificate of birth as prepared by the department shall be provided. [, except that the registrar of vital statistics of any town in which the birth of such person was recorded or the Department of Public Health may issue a certified copy of the original certificate of birth on file, marked with a notation by the issuer that such original certificate of birth has been superseded by a new certificate of birth as on file, or may permit the examination of such record upon a written order, in accordance with the provisions of section 45a-751, signed by the judge of the probate court for the district in which the adopted person was adopted or born or upon] Any person seeking to examine or obtain a copy of the original record or certificate of birth shall first obtain a written order signed by the judge of the probate court for the district in which the adopted person was adopted or born in accordance with section 45a-751 or a written order of the Probate Court in accordance with the provisions of section 45a-752, stating that the court is of the opinion that the examination of the birth record of the adopted person by the adopting parents or the adopted person, if over eighteen years of age, or by the person wishing to examine the same or that the issuance of a copy of such birth certificate to the adopting parents, adopted person, if over eighteen years of age or to the person applying therefor will not be detrimental to the public interest or to the welfare of the adopted person or to the welfare of the genetic or adoptive parent or parents. Upon receipt of such court order, the registrar of vital statistics of any town in which the birth of such person was recorded, or the department, may issue the certified copy of the original certificate of birth on file, marked with a notation by the issuer that such original certificate of birth has been superseded by a replacement certificate of birth as on file, or, may permit the examination of such record. Immediately after a new certificate of birth has been prepared, an exact copy of such certificate, together with a written notice of the evidence of adoption, shall be transmitted by the department to the registrar of vital statistics of each town in this state in which the birth of the adopted person is recorded. The new birth certificate, the original certificate of birth on file and the evidence of adoption shall be filed and indexed, under such regulations as the [Department of Public Health makes] commissioner adopts, in accordance with chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of this section and to prevent access to the records of birth and adoption and the information therein contained without due cause, except as [herein] provided in this section. Any person, except such parents or adopted person, who discloses any information contained in such records, except as [herein] provided in this section, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. Whenever a certified copy of an adoption decree from a court of a foreign country, having jurisdiction of the adopted person, is filed with the [Department of Public Health] department under the provisions of this section, such decree, when written in a language other than English, shall be accompanied by an English translation, which shall be subscribed and sworn to as a true translation by an American consulate officer stationed in such foreign country.

Sec. 16. Section 7-54 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The [Department of Public Health] department shall prepare a certification of birth registration for any person born outside of the state or country and adopted by residents of this state, provided an authenticated and exemplified copy of the order of adoption of the court of the district in which the adoption proceedings were had or such other evidence as is considered satisfactory by the probate court of the district in which such person resides shall be filed with such probate court, and such probate court notifies the department that such copy or satisfactory evidence has been so filed. Such certification of birth registration shall contain only the adopted name, sex, date of birth, place of birth and date of preparation of such certification of birth registration by the [Department of Public Health] department, but no certification of birth registration shall be prepared by the [Department of Public Health] department unless upon specific written request of the person to whom the certification of birth registration relates, if over [eighteen] sixteen years of age, or of the adopting parents or the court of probate of the district in which the adoption proceedings were had. When the [Department of Public Health] department has prepared such certificate of birth registration, copies thereof shall be issued by the department in accordance with the provisions of section 7-52, as amended by this act.

Sec. 17. Section 7-57 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any adult or the guardian of the person of any minor, for whose birth no certificate is on file, may, with two other persons having knowledge of the facts, make, under oath, an affidavit as to the matters required to be set forth in a birth certificate under the provisions of section 7-48, as amended by this act, and file the same in the office of the registrar of vital statistics of the town in which such birth occurred. Such registrar shall thereupon prepare a birth certificate based upon the information contained in such affidavit and file the same with such affidavit in the same manner as any other birth certificate, including filing a copy of such certificate with the department. If unable to furnish an affidavit satisfactory to the registrar of such town, such adult or guardian may apply to the court of probate for the district where such birth occurred for an order requiring such registrar to prepare a certificate of birth of such adult or such minor containing the matters so required to be set forth. Such court shall, with or without notice and hearing, ascertain the facts as to the matters so required and issue an order directing such registrar to issue such a certificate based upon the facts set forth in such order. After issuing any such certificate, such registrar shall make a record of such birth, including in such record reference to such certificate and the affidavit or order of the court. Birth certificates registered one year or more after the date of birth shall be marked "delayed" and indicate the date of the delayed registration. The provisions of sections 7-42, as amended by this act, and 7-73, as amended by this act, shall apply to the acts of the registrar under this section.

Sec. 18. Section 7-58 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any American citizen who [, while serving with the armed forces or in the employ of the United States government,] becomes the parent of a child or children born outside the United States, and who was a resident of this state [at the time of entering the armed forces or government service] at the time of leaving the United States, may file, with the town clerk of the town in which the parents reside or resided, a certified copy of the record of birth of such child or children issued to the parents by an official authorized to issue such records of birth at the place of birth. When such certified copy has been filed, copies of such record of birth may be issued by such town clerk in the manner prescribed by law.

Sec. 19. Section 7-59 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The executive authority of any agency or institution, upon accepting the temporary custody of any foundling child, shall, within ten days from such acceptance, report to the registrar of vital statistics of the town or city where such child was found, [on forms supplied by the Department of Public Health] in a format prescribed by the department, as follows: The date and place of finding, the sex, the [color] race, the approximate age, the name and address of such agency or institution and the name given to the foundling child. If a child for whom such a report has been registered is later identified and a certificate of birth is found or obtained, it shall be substituted and the previous report shall be sealed and filed in a confidential file, and such seal may be broken and the record inspected only upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction. The certificate prescribed by this section shall include such additional information as the [Department of Public Health] department requires.

Sec. 20. Section 7-60 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each case of fetal death shall be registered and a fetal death certificate shall be filed with the registrar of vital statistics in the manner required by [section 7-48 for filing a birth certificate] sections 7-48, 7-50, 7-51, 7-52, as amended by this act, with respect to the filing, content and issuance of birth certificates. A fetus born after a period of gestation of not less than twenty weeks in which there is no attempt at respiration, no action of heart and no movement of voluntary muscle, shall be recorded as a fetal death. A fetal death certificate shall be signed by a physician or, when no physician was in attendance, by the Chief Medical Examiner, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, an associate medical examiner, or an authorized assistant medical examiner.

(b) Such certificate shall include, on a confidential portion of the certificate, any additional information required by the [Department of Public Health] department, provided the information obtained under this section shall be used only for medical and health purposes. [and shall not be incorporated into the permanent official records of the department.]

Sec. 21. Section 7-62a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

No person other than a registrar of vital statistics or the [Commissioner of Public Health] commissioner shall issue or cause to be issued any certificate or document which is, or purports to be, an original or certified copy of a certificate of birth, death, fetal death or marriage. No person other than such registrar or [said] the commissioner shall certify or purport to certify as a true copy any certificate of birth, death, fetal death or marriage. No person other than a registrar of vital statistics or the commissioner shall issue or cause to be issued an uncertified copy of a certificate of birth, death, fetal death or marriage, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 7-51a, as amended by this act. Any person who violates this section shall be fined not more than one hundred fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Sec. 22. Subsection (b) of section 7-62b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) The [licensed] funeral director or [licensed] embalmer licensed by the department, or the funeral director or embalmer licensed in another state and complying with the terms of a reciprocal agreement on file with the department, in charge of the burial of the deceased person shall complete the death certificate on a form provided by the [Department of Public Health] department and shall file it in accordance with the provisions of this section, except when inquiry is required by the Chief Medical Examiner's Office, in which case the death certificate shall be filed in accordance with section 19a-409. The Social Security number of the deceased person shall be recorded on such certificate. Such licensed funeral director or licensed embalmer shall obtain the personal data from the next of kin or the best qualified person or source available and shall obtain a medical certification from the person responsible therefor, in accordance with the provisions of this section. Only a licensed embalmer may assume charge of the burial of a deceased person who died from a communicable disease, as designated in the Public Health Code, and such licensed embalmer shall file the death certificate and a certificate signed and sworn to by [himself] such licensed embalmer or another licensed embalmer stating that the body has been disinfected in accordance with the Public Health Code.

Sec. 23. Section 7-69 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Except as provided in section 7-70, as amended by this act, no person except a licensed embalmer or funeral director licensed by the [Department of Public Health] department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department and complying with the terms of such agreement, shall remove the body of a deceased person from one town to another or into the limits of any town in this state unless a permit for such removal has been obtained, as provided by section 7-68, and no person except a licensed embalmer or funeral director licensed by [said] the department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department, shall remove the body of any deceased person from this state to another state unless a death certificate signed by a person licensed by [said] the department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department and complying with the terms of such agreement, has been procured. [, and no] No burial or removal permit shall be issued unless the death certificate has been signed by a licensed embalmer or funeral director licensed by [said] the department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department and complying with the terms of such agreement. Any embalmer or funeral director licensed by [said] the department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department, may remove the body of any deceased person from or into the limits of any town in this state, provided there shall be attached to the coffin or case containing such body a written or printed permit, signed by the registrar of vital statistics in the town in which such person died, certifying the cause of death or disease of which such person died and the town in which such person is to be buried. The permit shall also certify that, when death was due to any communicable disease specified by the Public Health Code, the body has been prepared in accordance with the regulations of the Public Health Code. Such permit shall be sufficient to permit the burial of such deceased person in any town in this state other than the town in which such person died, without a burial permit from the registrar of the town where such person is to be buried. If the body of a deceased person is brought into the state for burial and is accompanied by a removal permit issued by the legally constituted authorities of the state from which it was brought, such permit shall be received as sufficient authority for burial; but, if it is not accompanied by such permit, then the person or persons in charge of it shall apply for a burial permit to the registrar of vital statistics of the town in which it is to be buried, and such registrar shall issue such permit when furnished with such information as to the identity of the deceased and the cause of [his] death as is required by section 7-62b, as amended by this act, concerning a person dying in this state. Any person who violates any provision of this section, or who knowingly signs a false permit or knowingly allows a false permit to be used in lieu of a permit required by this section, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

Sec. 24. Section 7-70 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any licensed embalmer, registered student embalmer or licensed funeral director licensed by the department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department, may transfer the body of any deceased person to another town or state for preparation for burial or cremation, if death was not sudden or the result of violence or of a communicable disease other than tuberculosis or pneumonia, [provided such body shall be returned to the town in which death occurred within twenty-four hours or] provided a permit for permanent removal, as required under the provisions of section 7-69, as amended by this act, has been secured within [said time] twenty-four hours. Such temporary transfer shall be made only by a licensed embalmer, registered student embalmer or licensed funeral director [only and he] licensed by the department, or licensed in a state having a reciprocal agreement on file with the department. Such licensed embalmer, registered student embalmer or licensed funeral director shall leave, in writing, with the institution from which or the person from whom any such body is received, a temporary removal permit, on a form supplied by the [Department of Public Health] department, [his] such embalmer's or director's name, [and] address [, his] and license number and the date and hour such body was delivered to [him] such embalmer or director. A duplicate of such temporary removal permit shall be left with or mailed to the local registrar where the death occurred, within twelve hours after such temporary transfer. Any body for which a burial or removal permit has been secured in accordance with the provisions of section 7-69, as amended by this act, except the body of any person whose death occurred while suffering from any communicable disease other than tuberculosis or pneumonia, may be taken through or into another town for funeral services without additional permits.

Sec. 25. Section 7-73 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) To [the] any person performing the duties required by the provisions of the general statutes relating to registration of births, marriages, [and] deaths and fetal deaths, the following fees shall be allowed: (1) To the registrar for completing each record of birth by procuring and inserting the full name of the child, or for the recording, indexing, copying and endorsing of each birth, marriage, [or] death or fetal death certificate, two dollars; (2) for the license to marry, ten dollars; and (3) for issuing each burial or removal permit, three dollars.

(b) A twenty-dollar surcharge shall be paid to the registrar for each license to marry in addition to the fee for such license established pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. The registrar shall retain one dollar from each such surcharge for administrative costs and shall forward the remainder, on or before the tenth day of the month following each calendar quarter, to the Department of Public Health. The receipts shall be deposited into an account of the State Treasurer and credited to the General Fund for further credit to a separate nonlapsing account established by the Comptroller for use by the Department of Social Services for shelter services for victims of household abuse in accordance with section 17b-850 and by the Department of Public Health for rape crisis services funded under section 19a-2a. Such funds shall be allocated for these purposes by the Office of Policy and Management in consultation with the Commissioners of [the Department of] Social Services and [the Department of] Public Health based on an evaluation of need, service delivery costs and availability of other funds. No such moneys shall supplant any state or federal funds otherwise available for such services.

Sec. 26. Section 7-74 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The fee for a certification of birth registration shall be five dollars and the fee for a certified copy of a certificate of birth [,] shall be five dollars, except that the fee for such certifications and copies when issued by the [Department of Public Health] department shall be fifteen dollars. The fee for a certified copy of a certificate of marriage or death shall be five dollars. Such fees shall not be required of any federal agency or the [Department of Public Health] department.

Sec. 27. Section 7-76 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The fees due registrars of vital statistics for the making of records, copies and endorsements relating to births, [and] deaths, fetal deaths and marriages, when the residence of the parents of the child or of the deceased or of either party to a marriage is in some other town in this state than that in which the birth, death, fetal death or marriage occurred, shall be paid by such other town except as they relate to vital statistics of inmates of any state institution. All bills for such fees shall be submitted by such registrars to such other towns on or before February first of each year, provided if a bill amounts to less than twenty-six dollars, no bill shall be sent and the amount shall not be due. If the registrar of vital statistics of any town or city receives a salary for the performance of [his] the registrar's duties, the amount of fees due under the provisions of this section shall be paid to such town or city.

Sec. 28. (NEW) On and after January 1, 2002, each birth certificate shall contain the name of the birth mother, except by the order of a court of competent jurisdiction.

Sec. 29. Subsection (a) of section 19a-1c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Whenever the words "Commissioner of Public Health and Addiction Services" are used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the words "Commissioner of Public Health" shall be substituted in lieu thereof and whenever the words "Department of Public Health and Addiction Services" are used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the words "Department of Public Health" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 1-21b, 2-20a, 3-129, 4-5, 4-38c, 4-60i, 4-67e, 4a-12, 4a-16, 4a-51, 5-169, 7-22a, [7-41a,] 7-42, 7-44, 7-45, [7-47a,] 7-48, 7-49, 7-51, 7-52, 7-53, 7-54, 7-55, [7-56,] 7-59, 7-60, 7-62a, 7-62b, 7-62c, 7-65, 7-70, 7-72, 7-73, 7-74, 7-127e, 7-504, 7-536, 8-159a, 8-206d, 8-210, 10-19, 10-71, 10-76d, 10-203, 10-204a, 10-207, 10-212, 10-212a, 10-214, 10-215d, 10-253, 10-282, 10-284, 10-292, 10a-132, 10a-155, 10a-162a, 12-62f, 12-263a, 12-407, 12-634, 13a-175b, 13a-175ee, 13b-38n, 14-227a, 14-227c, 15-121, 15-140r, 15-140u, 16-19z, 16-32e, 16-43, 16-50c, 16-50d, 16-50j, 16-261a, 16-262l, 16-262m, 16-262n, 16-262o, 16-262q, 16a-36, 16a-36a, 16a-103, 17-585, 17a-20, 17a-52, 17a-154, 17a-219c, 17a-220, 17a-277, 17a-509, 17a-688, 17b-6, 17b-99, 17b-225, 17b-234, 17b-265, 17b-288, 17b-340, 17b-341, 17b-347, 17b-350, 17b-351, 17b-354, 17b-357, 17b-358, 17b-406, 17b-408, 17b-420, 17b-552, 17b-611, 17b-733, 17b-737, 17b-748, 17b-803, 17b-808, 17b-851a, 19a-1d, 19a-4i, 19a-6, 19a-6a, 19a-7b, 19a-7c, 19a-7d, 19a-7e, 19a-7f, 19a-7g, 19a-7h, 19a-9, 19a-10, 19a-13, 19a-14, 19a-14a, 19a-14b, 19a-15, 19a-17, 19a-17a, 19a-17m, 19a-17n, 19a-19, 19a-20, 19a-21, 19a-23, 19a-24, 19a-25, 19a-25a, 19a-26, 19a-27, 19a-29, 19a-29a, 19a-30, 19a-30a, 19a-32, 19a-32a, 19a-33, 19a-34, 19a-35, 19a-36, 19a-36a, 19a-37, 19a-37a, 19a-37b, 19a-40, 19a-41, 19a-42, 19a-43, 19a-44, 19a-45, 19a-47, 19a-48, 19a-49, 19a-50, 19a-51, 19a-52, 19a-53, 19a-54, 19a-55, 19a-56a, 19a-56b, 19a-57, 19a-58, 19a-59, 19a-59a, 19a-59b, 19a-59c, 19a-59d, 19a-60, 19a-61, 19a-69, 19a-70, 19a-71, 19a-72, 19a-73, 19a-74, 19a-75, 19a-76, 19a-79, 19a-80, 19a-82 to 19a-91, inclusive, 19a-92a, 19a-93, 19a-94, 19a-94a, 19a-102a, 19a-103, 19a-104, 19a-105, 19a-108, 19a-109, 19a-110, 19a-110a, 19a-111, 19a-111a, 19a-111e, 19a-112a, 19a-112b, 19a-112c, 19a-113, 19a-113a, 19a-115, 19a-116, 19a-121, 19a-121a, 19a-121b, 19a-121c, 19a-121d, 19a-121e, 19a-121f, 19a-122b, 19a-123d, 19a-124, 19a-125, 19a-148, 19a-175, 19a-176, 19a-178, 19a-179, 19a-180, 19a-181a, 19a-182, 19a-183, 19a-184, 19a-186, 19a-187, 19a-195a, 19a-200, 19a-201, 19a-202, 19a-204, 19a-207, 19a-208, 19a-215, 19a-219, 19a-221, 19a-223, 19a-229, 19a-241, 19a-242, 19a-243, 19a-244, 19a-245, 19a-250, 19a-252, 19a-253, 19a-255, 19a-257, 19a-262, 19a-269, 19a-270, 19a-270a, 19a-279l, 19a-310, 19a-311, 19a-312, 19a-313, 19a-320, 19a-323, 19a-329, 19a-330, 19a-331, 19a-332, 19a-332a, 19a-333, 19a-341, 19a-401, 19a-402, 19a-406, 19a-409, 19a-420, 19a-421, 19a-422, 19a-423, 19a-424, 19a-425, 19a-426, 19a-427, 19a-428, 19a-490, 19a-490c, 19a-490d, 19a-490e, 19a-490g, 19a-491, 19a-491a, 19a-491b, 19a-492, 19a-493, 19a-493a, 19a-494, 19a-494a, 19a-495, 19a-496, 19a-497, 19a-499, 19a-500, 19a-501, 19a-503, 19a-504, 19a-504c, 19a-505, 19a-506, 19a-507a, 19a-507b, 19a-507c, 19a-507d, 19a-508, 19a-509a, 19a-512, 19a-514, 19a-515, 19a-517, 19a-518, 19a-519, 19a-520, 19a-521, 19a-521a, 19a-523, 19a-524, 19a-526, 19a-527, 19a-528, 19a-530, 19a-531, 19a-533, 19a-534a, 19a-535, 19a-535a, 19a-536, 19a-537, 19a-538, 19a-540, 19a-542, 19a-547, 19a-550, 19a-551, 19a-554, 19a-581, 19a-582, 19a-584, 19a-586, 19a-630, 19a-631, 19a-634, 19a-637, 19a-638, 19a-639, 19a-645, 19a-646, 19a-663, 19a-673, 19a-675, 20-8, 20-8a, 20-9, 20-10, 20-11, 20-11a, 20-11b, 20-12, 20-12a, 20-13, 20-13a, 20-13b, 20-13d, 20-13e, 20-14, 20-14j, 20-27, 20-28a, 20-28b, 20-29, 20-37, 20-39a, 20-40, 20-45, 20-54, 20-55, 20-57, 20-58a, 20-59, 20-66, 20-68, 20-70, 20-71, 20-73, 20-73a, 20-74, 20-74a, 20-74i, 20-74aa, 20-74dd, 20-86b, 20-86c, 20-86d, 20-86f, 20-86h, 20-90, 20-92, 20-93, 20-94, 20-94a, 20-96, 20-97, 20-99, 20-99a, 20-101a, 20-102aa to 20-102ee, inclusive, 20-103a, 20-106, 20-107, 20-108, 20-109, 20-110, 20-114, 20-122a, 20-122b, 20-122c, 20-123a, 20-126b, 20-126h, 20-126j, 20-126k, 20-126l, 20-126o, 20-126p, 20-126q, 20-126r, 20-126u, 20-127, 20-128a, 20-129, 20-130, 20-133, 20-138a, 20-138c, 20-139a, 20-140a, 20-141, 20-143, 20-146, 20-146a, 20-149, 20-153, 20-154, 20-162n, 20-162p, 20-188, 20-189, 20-190, 20-192, 20-193, 20-195a, 20-195m, 20-195p, 20-196, 20-198, 20-199, 20-200, 20-202, 20-206, 20-206a, 20-206m, 20-206p, 20-207, 20-211, 20-212, 20-213, 20-214, 20-217, 20-218, 20-220, 20-221, 20-222, 20-222a, 20-223, 20-224, 20-226, 20-227, 20-228, 20-229, 20-231, 20-235a, 20-236, 20-238, 20-241, 20-242, 20-243, 20-247, 20-250, 20-252, 20-252a, 20-255a, 20-256, 20-258, 20-262, 20-263, 20-267, 20-268, 20-269, 20-271, 20-272, 20-341d, 20-341e, 20-341f, 20-341g, 20-341m, 20-358, 20-361, 20-365, 20-396, 20-402, 20-404, 20-406, 20-408, 20-416, 20-474 to 20-476, inclusive, 20-571, 20-578, 21-7, 21a-11, 21a-86a, 21a-86c, 21a-116, 21a-138, 21a-150, 21a-150a, 21a-150b, 21a-150c, 21a-150d, 21a-150f, 21a-150j, 21a-240, 21a-249, 21a-260, 21a-274, 21a-283, 22-6f, 22-6g, 22-6i, 22-131, 22-150, 22-152, 22-165, 22-332b, 22-344, 22-358, 22a-29, 22a-54, 22a-65, 22a-66a, 22a-66l, 22a-66z, 22a-115, 22a-119, 22a-134g, 22a-134bb, 22a-137, 22a-163a, 22a-163i, 22a-176, 22a-191, 22a-192, 22a-208q, 22a-231, 22a-240, 22a-240a, 22a-295, 22a-300, 22a-308, 22a-337, 22a-352, 22a-354i, 22a-354k, 22a-354w, 22a-354x, 22a-354aa, 22a-355, 22a-356, 22a-358, 22a-361, 22a-363b, 22a-371, 22a-378, 22a-423, 22a-424, 22a-426, 22a-430, 22a-434a, 22a-449i, 22a-471, 22a-474, 22a-601, 25-32, 25-32b, 25-32c, 25-32d, 25-32e, 25-32f, 25-32g, 25-32h, 25-32i, 25-32k, 25-32l, 25-33, 25-33a, 25-33c, 25-33d, 25-33e, 25-33f, 25-33g, 25-33h, 25-33i, 25-33j, 25-33k, 25-33l, 25-33n, 25-34, 25-35, 25-36, 25-37a, 25-37b, 25-37c, 25-37d, 25-37e, 25-37f, 25-37g, 25-39a, 25-39b, 25-39c, 25-40, 25-43b, 25-43c, 25-46, 25-49, 25-102gg, 25-128, 25-129, 25-137, 26-22, 26-119, 26-141b, 26-192a, 26-192b, 26-192c, 26-192e, 26-236, 27-140aa, 31-23, 31-40u, 31-51u, 31-101, 31-106, 31-111a, 31-111b, 31-121a, 31-222, 31-374, 31-397, 31-398, 31-400, 31-401, 31-402, 31-403, 32-23x, 38a-180, 38a-199, 38a-214, 38a-514, 38a-583, 45a-743, 45a-745, 45a-749, 45a-750, 45a-757, 46a-28, 46a-126, 46b-26, 46b-172a, 47a-52, 52-146f, 52-146k, 52-473a, 52-557b, 53-332, 54-102a, 54-102b, 54-142k, 54-203.

Sec. 30. Section 19a-40 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Department of Public Health shall have general supervision of the state system of registration of births, marriages, [and] deaths and fetal deaths, and shall [prepare] develop the necessary uniform methods and forms for obtaining and preserving such records in order to insure the faithful registration of [the same] such records in the several towns and in [said] the department. [Said] The department shall recommend such forms, procedures and legislation as are necessary to secure complete and accurate registration of vital statistics throughout the state. The Commissioner of Public Health shall be the superintendent of registration of vital statistics.

Sec. 31. Section 19a-41 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, specifying the methods of reporting, recording, [preserving] issuing, maintaining, indexing, correcting and amending vital records and statistics collected under the provisions of sections 19a-42 to 19a-45, inclusive, chapter 93 or chapter 815e. The commissioner shall [prepare] develop such forms, formats and uniform procedures as [he] the commissioner deems necessary to carry out the provisions of sections 19a-42 to 19a-45, inclusive, chapter 93 and chapter 815e. [The penalty provided for by section 7-41 shall not apply to registrars of vital statistics not complying with such regulations, if such registrars have complied in all other respects with the provisions of the statutes to which said penalty is applicable.]

Sec. 32. Section 19a-42 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) To protect the integrity and accuracy of vital records, a certificate registered under chapter 93 may be amended only in accordance with sections 19a-41 to 19a-45, inclusive, chapter 93, [and] regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to chapter 54 and uniform procedures prescribed by the commissioner. [When a certificate is amended under this section the commissioner shall report the amendment to the registrars of vital statistics affected and their records shall be amended accordingly.] Only the commissioner may amend birth certificates to reflect changes concerning parentage or gender change. Amendments related to parentage or gender change shall result in the creation of a replacement certificate that supersedes the original, and shall in no way reveal the original language changed by the amendment. Any amendment to a vital record made by the registrar of vital statistics of the town in which the vital event occurred shall be in accordance with such regulations and uniform procedures.

[(b) A certificate that is amended under this section shall be marked "Amended" on the original. The date of amendment and a summary description of the evidence submitted in support of the amendment shall be endorsed on or made a part of the record. The original birth, death or marriage certificate shall be sealed and kept in a confidential file at the Department of Public Health and may be unsealed only upon the order of the Commissioner of Public Health. A copy of the original shall be made and such copy shall be amended in such a manner that the language to be changed is no longer visible. The copy shall be a public record. The Commissioner of Public Health shall prescribe by regulation, adopted in accordance with chapter 54, the conditions under which additions or minor corrections may be made to vital records within one year after the date of the event without the vital record being marked "Amended".]

(b) The commissioner and the registrar of vital statistics shall maintain sufficient documentation, as prescribed by the commissioner, to support amendments and shall ensure the confidentiality of such documentation as required by law. The date of amendment and a summary description of the evidence submitted in support of the amendment shall be endorsed on or made part of the record and the original certificate shall be marked "Amended", except for amendments due to parentage or gender change. When the registrar of the town in which the vital event occurred amends a certificate, such registrar shall, within ten days of making such amendment, forward an amended certificate to the commissioner and to any registrar having a copy of the certificate. When the commissioner amends a birth certificate, including changes due to parentage or gender, the commissioner shall forward an amended certificate to the registrars of vital statistics affected and their records shall be amended accordingly.

(c) An amended certificate shall supercede the original certificate that has been changed and shall be marked "Amended", except for amendments due to parentage or gender change. The original certificate in the case of parentage or gender change shall be physically or electronically sealed and kept in a confidential file by the department and the registrar of any town in which the birth was recorded, and may be unsealed for viewing or issuance only upon a written order of a court of competent jurisdiction. The amended certificate shall become the public record.

[(c)] (d) (1) Upon receipt of (A) [a voluntary] an acknowledgment of paternity executed in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 46b-172 by both parents of a child born out of wedlock, or (B) a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction establishing the paternity of a child born out of wedlock, the [Commissioner of Public Health] commissioner shall include on or amend, as appropriate, such child's birth certificate to show such paternity if paternity is not already shown on such birth certificate or to change the [surname] name of the child or both. [Such certificate] If another father is listed on the birth certificate, the department shall not remove or replace the father's information unless presented with a court order that meets the requirements specified in section 7-50, as amended by this act. Birth certificates amended under this subsection shall not be marked "Amended".

(2) The commissioner shall thereafter amend such child's birth certificate to remove or change the father's name [only upon the filing of a rescission in the paternity registry established under section 19a-42a, as provided in subsection (a) of section 46b-172, or upon the order of a court of competent jurisdiction] and to change the name of the child, as requested at the time of the filing of a rescission, in accordance with the provisions of section 7-50, as amended by this act.

(3) A fee of twenty-five dollars shall be charged by the [Department of Public Health] department for each amendment to a birth certificate requested pursuant to this subsection which request is not received from a hospital, a state agency or a court of competent jurisdiction.

(e) When the parent or parents of a child requests the amendment of the child's birth certificate to reflect a new mother's name because the name on the original certificate is fictitious, such parent shall obtain an order of a court of competent jurisdiction declaring the putative mother to be the child's mother. Upon receipt of a certified copy of such order, the department shall amend the child's birth certificate to reflect the mother's true name.

[(d)] (f) Upon receipt of a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction changing the name of a person born in this state and upon request of such person or [his] such person's parents, guardian, or legal representative, the [Commissioner of Public Health shall] commissioner or the registrar of vital statistics of the town in which the vital event occurred shall amend the birth certificate to show the new name by a method prescribed by the department.

[(e)] (g) When an applicant submits the documentation required by the regulations to amend a vital record, the [Commissioner of Public Health] commissioner shall hold a hearing, in accordance with chapter 54, if the commissioner has reasonable cause to doubt the validity or adequacy of such documentation.

[(f)] (h) When an amendment under this section involves the changing of existing language on a death certificate due to an error pertaining to the cause of death, the death certificate shall be amended in such a manner that the original language is still visible. A copy of the death certificate shall be made. The original death certificate shall be sealed and kept in a confidential file at the [Department of Public Health] department and only the [Commissioner of Public Health] commissioner may order it unsealed. The copy shall be amended in such a manner that the language to be changed is no longer visible. The copy shall be a public document.

Sec. 33. Subsection (a) of section 19a-45 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Department of Public Health may, by agreement, transmit copies of vital records required by sections 7-42, 7-45, 7-46, [7-47a,] 7-47b, 7-48, 7-50, 7-57, 7-60, 7-62b, 7-62c, 7-64, 7-65, 7-68 and 19a-41 to 19a-45, inclusive, to offices of vital statistics outside this state when such records relate to residents of those jurisdictions or persons born in those jurisdictions. The agreement shall require that the copies be used for statistical and administrative purposes only and the agreement shall further provide for the retention and disposition of such copies. Copies received by the [Department of Public Health] department from offices of vital statistics in other states shall be handled in the same manner as prescribed in this section.

Sec. 34. Section 46b-25 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

No license may be issued by the registrar until both persons have appeared before [him] the registrar and made application for a license. The [application] license shall be dated, signed and sworn to by each applicant and shall state each applicant's name, age, [Social Security number,] race, [occupation,] birthplace, residence, whether single, widowed or divorced and whether under the supervision or control of a conservator or guardian. The Social Security numbers of the bride and the groom shall be recorded in the "administrative purposes" section of the license. If the [application] license is signed and sworn to by the applicants on different dates, the earlier date shall be deemed the date of application. [All the applications, when so made, shall be kept separately and available for public examination until the license is issued, and shall be filed as a part of the records of the registrar when the license certificate is returned as provided in section 46b-34.]

Sec. 35. Subsection (a) of section 45a-750 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) A certificate of birth registration or a certified copy of the certificate of birth shall be issued in accordance with [section 7-52 or 7-56] subsection (c) of section 7-51, as amended by this act, or section 7-52, as amended by this act, to any adoptable person by the Department of Public Health whether or not such person knows the names of his or her birth parents, provided such department is satisfied as to the identity of the person for whom the certificate is being requested. Any child-placing agency, the department or any court having information which is needed to locate such certificate shall furnish it to the Department of Public Health.

Sec. 36. Sections 7-41a, 7-47a and 7-56 of the general statutes are repealed.

Approved July 6, 2001