Florida Senate - 2017 SB 434 By Senator Baxley 12-00714-17 2017434__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to adoptee birth certificates; 3 amending s. 382.015, F.S.; requiring the Department of 4 Health to issue a noncertified copy of an original 5 birth certificate to certain adoptees under certain 6 conditions; requiring the department to develop 7 policies and procedures; providing for a fee; 8 providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Subsections (5) and (6) of section 382.015, 13 Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (6) and (7), 14 respectively, and a new subsection (5) is added to that section, 15 to read: 16 382.015 New certificates of live birth; duty of clerks of 17 court and department; noncertified copy of original birth 18 certificate.—The clerk of the court in which any proceeding for 19 adoption, annulment of an adoption, affirmation of parental 20 status, or determination of paternity is to be registered, shall 21 within 30 days after the final disposition, forward to the 22 department a certified copy of the court order, or a report of 23 the proceedings upon a form to be furnished by the department, 24 together with sufficient information to identify the original 25 birth certificate and to enable the preparation of a new birth 26 certificate. The clerk of the court shall implement a monitoring 27 and quality control plan to ensure that all judicial 28 determinations of paternity are reported to the department in 29 compliance with this section. The department shall track 30 paternity determinations reported monthly by county, monitor 31 compliance with the 30-day timeframe, and report the data to the 32 clerks of the court quarterly. 33 (5) NONCERTIFIED COPY OF ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE.— 34 (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an adoptee 35 who is at least 18 years of age, or if the adoptee is deceased, 36 the adoptee’s descendants, or the legal representative of such 37 an adoptee may apply to the department for a noncertified copy 38 of the adoptee’s original birth certificate. The department 39 shall issue a noncertified copy of the original birth 40 certificate, together with the documents forwarded to the 41 department pursuant to subsection (1), within 45 days after 42 receipt of the application, if the application complies with the 43 requirements of this subsection. 44 (b) The department shall develop policies and procedures 45 necessary to implement this subsection by February 1, 2018. 46 (c) The department may charge a fee for issuing a 47 noncertified copy of an original birth certificate. The fee may 48 not exceed the fee for a certified copy of an original birth 49 certificate under s. 382.0255. 50 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.