HB15-1355

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HB15-1355 - Family History Access Birth & Personal Records

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Access To Personal Records Relating To A Person's Family History.

The bill creates the "Heritage Act" and includes a legislative declaration about the importance of knowing one's familial heritage and origins.

Upon proof of evidence of at least one common birth parent between an adult adoptee and a sibling or half-sibling, an adult adoptee is an eligible party for purposes of obtaining direct access to a noncertified copy of the unaltered original birth certificate and the amended birth certificate of an adult sibling or half-sibling who was born, relinquished, or adopted in the state of Colorado, subject to the existing statutory requirement that all siblings adopted in a sibling group must reach the age of 18 before the birth certificates can be released. The bill also allows a descendant of the adult adoptee or a legal representative of the adult adoptee or descendant to access the original birth certificate and amended birth certificate of the adult sibling or half-sibling of the adult adoptee.

The bill grants direct access to certain unredacted personal records pertaining to a person who as a minor child was in the custody of the state home for dependent and neglected children (former ward), regardless of the former ward's adoption status. The bill also grants direct access to certain unredacted personal records of the former ward to the former ward's spouse, siblings, or descendants, or legal representative if the individual requesting access has the notarized written consent of the former ward or if the former ward is deceased. The bill defines the types of personal records relating to the custody, relinquishment, or adoption of a former ward that may be accessed, without redaction; except that personal records shall not include prerelinquishment counseling records, which shall remain confidential.

The records that are accessible under this bill are records held by a court, a state agency, or the legal representative of a court or state agency and the "custodian of records" does not include a licensed child placement agency.

Senate Committees

Latest update: June 5, 2015
06/05/2015 Governor Signed
05/18/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/18/2015 Sent to the Governor
05/14/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/01/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/30/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
04/29/2015 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
04/27/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/23/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/21/2015 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
04/13/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services