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Substitute House Bill No. 6446

Public Act No. 03-188

AN ACT CONCERNING PREMARITAL BLOOD TEST REQUIREMENTS AND MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES.

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

Section 1. Section 7-45 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

Each person making any certificate of birth, marriage, death or fetal death, or any copy of such certificate for the 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, 7-60, 7-62b, 46b-25 [to 46b-27, inclusive,] and 46b-29 to 46b-30, inclusive, and contained in such certificate. If the certificate is in paper format, such person shall sign the certificate in black ink, shall state therein in what capacity 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. 2. Subdivision (7) of section 45a-106 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(7) For proceedings brought under [sections 46b-26, 46b-27 and] section 46b-30, the cost shall be twenty-five dollars.

Sec. 3. Section 46b-24 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) No persons may be joined in marriage in this state until both have complied with the provisions of sections 46b-24, [to 46b-27, inclusive,] 46b-25 and 46b-29 to 46b-33, inclusive, as amended by this act, and have been issued a license by the registrar for the town in which (1) the marriage is to be celebrated, [which bears] or (2) either person to be joined in marriage resides, which license shall bear the certification of the registrar that the persons named therein have complied with the provisions of said sections.

(b) Such license, when certified by the registrar, is sufficient authority for any person authorized to perform a marriage ceremony in this state to join such persons in marriage, provided the ceremony is performed [within the town where the license was issued and] within a period of not more than sixty-five days after the date of application.

(c) Anyone who joins any persons in marriage without having received such license from them shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.

Sec. 4. Section 46b-32 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

Any registrar who places on file any application for a license, or issues any license, except as provided in sections 46b-24, as amended by this act, [to 46b-27, inclusive,] 46b-25 and 46b-29 to 46b-33, inclusive, as amended by this act, or who conceals or refuses to make any application available to public examination while his office is open for business during the period until the license is issued, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.

Sec. 5. Section 46b-33 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

Each registrar shall issue a copy of sections 46b-24, as amended by this act, [to 46b-27, inclusive,] 46b-25 and 46b-29 to 46b-33, inclusive, as amended by this act, to any person making application for a license.

Sec. 6. (Effective October 1, 2003) Sections 19a-27, 46b-26 and 46b-27 of the general statutes are repealed.

Approved June 26, 2003