Vital Records Bill Fails in Idaho House

A little sleeper bill affecting the release of birth and death certificates gained attention in the Idaho House and failed on a vote of 26-44. Currently birth certificates are locked up except for certain circumstances for 100 years from birth, and death certificates for 50 years from death. Concerns over stolen identities caused sponsors to draft SB 1083 which increased the time periods to 125 years for birth and 100 years for death certificates. I raised concerns over locking up death certificates for that long as stifling legitimate historical and family history research. After all, isn’t 50 years after a person’s death long enough? There was no other debate, and the bill went down.


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