OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5144

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND PARENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION FOR ADOPTED PERSONS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 3600

File Copy No.: 438

House Calendar No.: 252


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: See below

Municipal Impact: See below

Explanation

The amendment strikes the language of the bill and its associated fiscal impact. It results in a minimal revenue gain to the state and municipalities in the out years1 by allowing persons 21 years of age or older that were adopted on or after 7/1/15 to receive a copy of their original birth certificate without a court order from the Department of Public Health (DPH) or a municipal registrar of vital statistics. It is assumed that original birth certificate copies, as well as contact forms by the Department of Children and Families, will be issued in the out years without incurring a cost to the state or municipalities. Approximately 1,100 adoptions occur annually in Connecticut. The fee for a birth certificate issued by DPH is $30 and the fee is $15 for a short-form birth certificate or $20 for a long-form birth certificate from a municipality.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

1 FY 20 is the earliest a fiscal impact could be realized, should 17 year olds be adopted on 7/1/15. The latest fiscal year a fiscal impact could be realized is FY 37 for children adopted before the age of one on 7/1/15.