Vermont Bills Concerning Death Certificates

Vermont House Bill H397 and Senate Bill S319 were recently introduced. Each calls for the redaction of Social Security numbers and causes of death from Vermont death certificates.

Link to H 397: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/legdoc.cfm?URL=/docs/2008/bills/intro/H-397.HTM

Link to S 319: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/legdoc.cfm?URL=/docs/2008/bills/intro/S-319.HTM

H 397 had a second hearing on February 1; S 319 will have its second reading very soon.

Representative Peg Flory, a member of the Vermont Judiciary Committee, has informed RPAC that the intent of the bill is to redact the information from the public copy at the Town Clerks offices, but that the information would be left on the copy at the Department of Health. According to Rep. Flory, “I expect we will be working to rewrite the bill so that it clearly gives access to anyone through the Dept. of Health.”

The Senate has not received the House Bill yet; the Government Operations office explained that they will wait until receipt of the bill to set the hearing date and to see what amendments have been made.

David Rencher, RPAC Chair, sent a letter from RPAC to Representative William J. Lippert, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, explaining RPAC’s position on the importance of keeping the Social Security numbers and the cause of death on the certificates. (Read a copy of the RPAC letter.)

RPAC member Jan Meisels Allen sent a letter from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. (Read a copy of the IAJGS letter.)

RPAC will keep you updated with developments on these bills.

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