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Committee Bill No. 5733

January Session, 2013

 

LCO No. 5263

 

*05263HB05733PH_*

Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Introduced by:

 

(PH)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO DEATH CERTIFICATES.

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

Section 1. Subsections (c) and (d) of section 7-51a of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(c) (1) 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, shall have access to the Social Security numbers of the decedent as well as other information contained in the "administrative purposes" section specified on the original death certificate for the purpose of processing the certificate.

(2) For any death occurring after July 1, 1997, only the surviving spouse, next of kin or state and federal agencies authorized by federal law may receive a certified copy of a death certificate with the decedent's Social Security number or the complete "administrative purposes" section included on the certificate. Any researcher requesting a death certificate for a death occurring after July 1, 1997, may obtain the information included in the "administrative purposes" section of such certificate, except that the decedent's Social Security number shall be redacted.

(3) For any death occurring less than one hundred years prior to the date of a request for a copy of a death certificate pursuant to this subsection, the registrar of vital statistics of the town in which the death occurred or the registrar of vital statistics of the town of residence of the decedent, upon request of a person, other than a person listed in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection and any other person who demonstrates that information contained in the death certificate is needed for the determination or protection of a personal or property right, shall issue a certificate of death registration that shall contain the name, gender and date of death of the decedent, and the town in which the death occurred and such person shall not have access to any other information contained in the death certificate.

(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, or certificates of death registration that are electronically filed in such system.

Sec. 2. Section 7-74 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) The fee for a certification of birth registration, short form, shall be fifteen dollars. The fee for a certified copy of a certificate of birth, long form, shall be twenty dollars, except that the fee for such certifications and copies when issued by the department shall be thirty dollars.

(b) The fee for a certified copy of a certificate of marriage or death shall be twenty dollars. The fee for a certificate of death registration shall be fifteen dollars. Such fees shall not be required of the department.

(c) The fee for one certified copy of a certificate of death for any deceased person who was a veteran, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103, shall be waived when such copy is requested by a spouse, child or parent of such deceased veteran.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2013

7-51a(c) and (d)

Sec. 2

October 1, 2013

7-74

Statement of Purpose:

To restrict access to certain information on death certificates.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

REP. BOLINSKY, 106th Dist.; REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd Dist.

SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th Dist.; REP. HOVEY, 112th Dist.

H.B. 5733