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.: 4160

File Copy No.: 438

House Calendar No.: 252


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

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 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 upon request from the Department of Public Health (DPH) or a municipal registrar of vital statistics, if the birth parents have agreed to its release in a contact form filed with the Department of Children and Families (DCF).1 It is assumed that such copies, as well as contact forms by DCF, 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 certified copy of 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 It is unclear if these individuals would receive uncertified copies or not under the amendment.