NYARC Positions on Pending Legislation
Yes: The Avella Bill
We strongly support S5169A/A6821A (the “Avella Bill”). It offers the best path forward to ensure equality for adopted persons in obtaining their own original birth certificates in New York, without restrictions or conditions.
No: The Lanza Bill
We do not support S7550/A9632 (the “Lanza Bill”), bills sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblymember David Weprin. There is no commitment from the sponsors to reject discriminatory provisions from being added to these bills.
Oppose: Registry Bill
We oppose A5449 (the “Registry Bill”). This bill does not restore any adoptee rights. It releases an original birth certificate only if both the birthparent and the adoptee are registered via the New York Adoption Information Registry.
Read our full position statement and analysis here.
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