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Senate Bill 155 Clears Committee

Baton Rouge, LA - May 18th, 2011

People who are adopted in Louisiana would have access to their full birth certificates through legislation that moved out of a state Senate committee Tuesday.

Senate Bill 155 by Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, would allow those who are adopted to find out the identity of their birth mother and more information once they turn 24 years old.

Current law requires adopted people to go through a legal process to obtain partial birth certificate information. They need to demonstrate to the court a “compelling necessity,” such as inheritance issues and medical concerns. Those who are adopted now receive an amended birth certificate with the names of their adoptive parents, while the original certificate is put under seal.

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