This “byzantine and discriminatory” bill is suspended now but may come back in January 2024.
California Assembly Bill AB 1302, Vital records: adopted persons and original birth certificates.
The bill would require, for an adoption occurring before January 1, 2025, the State Registrar to provide notice to each birth parent on the original birth certificate, as specified, informing them that the original and unredacted birth certificate of the adopted child has been requested by the adopted person. The bill would require the notice to include a form on which each birth parent may indicate that they authorize a copy of the original and unredacted birth certificate to be provided to the adopted person. The bill would prohibit the State Registrar from providing the original and unredacted birth certificate if either birth parent did not receive the notice, as specified, but would permit the State Registrar to provide the birth certificate with information identifying and pertaining to the birth parent that did not receive or did not respond to the notice redacted.