I wrote previously about Missouri’s dumb records “access” bill HB 1237. This entry is about an alternative bill: the dumber records “access” bill. Introduced by State Senator Rita Heard Days, SB 594 is prospective and retro.
The first part of the bill, “permits” adoptees whose adoptions are completed after August 28, 2010 (that is, those not only not yet born, but not yet conceived) to get their original birth certificates at the age of 18 unless prohibited by a disclosure veto, which Days calls a “contact preference” though “contact” has nothing to do with “disclosure” and a “veto” is not a “preference.”
The second part of the bill “permits” adoptees finalized before August 28, 2010 get their obc if Mom is dead or gives permission (no mention of Dad). We’re interested on how the state will determine Mom’s life status. A possible solution would be for the bastard to kill Mom and then claim the state made him do it to get his obc.
Here’s the official summary:
SB 594 – This act modifies provisions regarding birth certificates and adoption records. The State Registrar shall develop and, upon a birth parent’s request, provide both a contact preference and a medical history form to the birth parent. The contact preference form allows a birth parent to list his or her preference for contact by the adoptee. If a contact preference form is filed with the registrar, a medical history form shall also be so filed. Upon receipt of the forms, the State Registrar shall attach such forms to the original birth certificate of the adopted person.
This act allows an adopted person, the adopted person’s attorney, or the adopted person’s descendants, if the adopted person is deceased, to obtain a copy of the adopted person’s original birth certificate from the State Registrar upon written application and proof of identification. The adopted person shall be 18 years of age or older and born in Missouri. The adopted person shall also agree in writing to abide by the birth parent’s contact preference, if such preference is included with the adopted person’s original birth certificate. The State Registrar shall also provide a medical history form, if such form was completed by the birth parent.
The provisions of the act shall not apply to adoptions instituted or completed prior to August 28, 2010, except that a copy of the medical history form, which has had all identifying information redacted, shall be issued to such adopted person. For adoptions completed prior to August 28, 2010, the State Registrar shall release the original birth certificate only if the birth mother is deceased. If the birth mother is not deceased, the State Registrar shall, within three months of application by the adopted person, make reasonable efforts to contact the birth mother via telephone, personally and confidentially, to obtain the birth mother’s written consent or denial to release the original birth certificate. If the birth mother could not be contacted, the adopted person may re-apply for a copy of the original birth certificate within one year from the end of the three-month period during which the attempted contact with the birth mother was previously made.
This act is identical to SCS/SB 53 (2009), and similar to SCS/SB 1132 (2008) and SB 322 (2003).
Not included in the summary is this zinger from the text of the bill:
If the birth mother is not deceased, the state registrar shall, within three months of application by the adopted person, make reasonable efforts to contact the birth mother via telephone, personally, and confidentially, to obtain the birth mother’s consent or denial, to release the original birth certificate. The state registrar may charge actual costs to the adopted person for the cost of making such search of the birth mother. If the state registrar has been unable to contact the birth mother within three months, the state registrar shall not release the certificate of birth. The adopted person may re-apply for a copy of his or her within one year from the end of the three-month period during which the contact with the birth mother was previously made. The state registrar shall not release the certificate of birth unless the birth mother submits a subsequent written consent for release.
So, this means that the the State of Missouri is “allowed” to do what it “forbids” bastards to do on the grounds that the state has a legitimate interest and right in tracking down Mom. Adoptees, they claim by legislative fiat, born, processed, identity stripped, and de–historisized, through private industry and state collusion have no interest or right . Oh boy!
I’m really curious as to just how the state plans to pull off this woman hunt. Send out teams of burreacrats to chase down 35-year old addresses? Buy an Intelligus account? Hire Find My Family?
Kill this bill pronto!
On the HB 1237 front, calls for letter letters letters are coming from promoters. When anti-compromiser Carla McBrine, writing on the FB MORE board said that she intended to talk to leggies:
Yes, Carolyn, I agree, WE ALL do need the help from everyone! Thank you! That’s why I’m planning on making calls this week, probably tomorrow or Friday, depending on when everyone is back in the office, and speaking to these people myself….. and find out exactly what the problem has been for the last few years. It sounds to me like whomever has been calling and talking with these “Legs” haven’t been getting the POINT across to them as to how important this issue is and how everyone’s civil rights are being violated, and sooner or later someone is going to be bringing a lawsuit against the whole bunch of them. It seems like whomever has been “talking” to them has no idea how to approach them….these people are lawyers & politicians….whoever does speak with them needs to be speaking “Their” language, because that’s all they understand.
Carolyn Pooler replied
jusst [sic] remember that the bills need to get to committee FIRST.. Thanks for your help..we NEED everyone
Sounds like the old CARE mantra to me:
It can always be changed in committee.
Carla has her own alternative bill she’d like to suggest:
Anyone who was born in the State of Missouri (or any state) is allowed, upon receipt of a written request and the appropriate filing fees, an authentic, seal-stamped copy of their original birth certificate.
1 HB 1237 – ADOPTION RECORDS – Davis, Cynthia L.
House Home Page. House Bill List. HB 1237. Allows adopted adults 21 years of age or older to receive a certified copy of his or her original, unaltered birth certificate and makes changes to the laws regarding the release of identifying informationSponsor:. Davis, Cynthia L. (19). Proposed Effective Date:. 08/28/2010. CoSponsor:. Allen, Sue (92). etal.. LR Number:. 3386L.01I. Last Action:. 01/07/2010 – Read Second Time (H). HB1237. Next Hearing:. Bill currently not on a calendar. FISCAL NOTES.
http://www.house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills101/bills/hb1237.htm – Last Modified: 1/7/2010 5:08:23 PM
Wow, they’re still plugging that yakety-yak (“We’ll have to get in touch with Mommy to make sure it’s OK with her”) with the crop of kids still to be born? Unbelievable. The more you educate me about this, the madder I get.