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FW: [iajgs] (USA) Massachusetts HB 603

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  • Max Heffler
    Earlier this year a bill was introduced in Massachusetts that would severely restrict who would be able to access birth records. Massachusetts is an open
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 15, 2011
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      Earlier this year a bill was introduced in Massachusetts that would severely
      restrict who would be able to access birth records. Massachusetts is an
      open records state and has been since 1641. A similar bill did not pass
      during the previous legislative session. Once again legislators erroneously
      believe that identity theft is caused by open access to vital records. To
      read the bill go to: http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H00603

      The bill is in committee, a hearing was held in late October and the
      Massachusetts Genealogical Council testified to keep Massachusetts an open
      records state. There is no further information at this time. As relevant
      information becomes available it will be posted to this forum.

      Jan Meisels Allen
      janmallen@...
      IAJGS Vice President
      Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
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