Florida Senate - 2019                                     SB 832
       By Senator Rader
       29-01095A-19                                           2019832__
    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         certificate of birth to certain adoptees if certain
    6         requirements are met; providing that an adoptee does
    7         not need his or her adoptive parents’ permission to
    8         receive such certificate of birth; providing an
    9         effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Present subsections (5) and (6) of section
   14  382.015, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (6) and
   15  (7), respectively, and a new subsection (5) is added to that
   16  section, to read:
   17         382.015 New certificates of live birth; duty of clerks of
   18  court and department; noncertified copy of original certificate
   19  of birth.—The clerk of the court in which any proceeding for
   20  adoption, annulment of an adoption, affirmation of parental
   21  status, or determination of paternity is to be registered, shall
   22  within 30 days after the final disposition, forward to the
   23  department a certified copy of the court order, or a report of
   24  the proceedings upon a form to be furnished by the department,
   25  together with sufficient information to identify the original
   26  birth certificate and to enable the preparation of a new birth
   27  certificate. The clerk of the court shall implement a monitoring
   28  and quality control plan to ensure that all judicial
   29  determinations of paternity are reported to the department in
   30  compliance with this section. The department shall track
   31  paternity determinations reported monthly by county, monitor
   32  compliance with the 30-day timeframe, and report the data to the
   33  clerks of the court quarterly.
   35  noncertified copy of an original certificate of birth is a
   36  summary of the original certificate of birth, similar in form to
   37  a certified copy of an original certificate of birth, that
   38  consists of only the full names and ages of the birth parents,
   39  the date when the child was born, the county where the child was
   40  born, and the full name given to the child at birth.
   41         (a)Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an adoptee
   42  who is of legal age, or if the adoptee is deceased, a descendant
   43  of the adoptee who is of legal age, may apply to the department
   44  for a noncertified copy of the adoptee’s original certificate of
   45  birth. The department shall issue a noncertified copy of the
   46  original certificate of birth within 45 days after receipt of
   47  the application if the application complies with the
   48  requirements of this subsection.
   49         (b)An adoptee, or a descendant of the adoptee, may apply
   50  for adoption registry services through the Florida Adoption
   51  Reunion Registry (FARR) and connect with at least one of the
   52  adoptee’s birth parents before applying to the department for a
   53  noncertified copy of an original certificate of birth. An
   54  adoptee, or a descendant of the adoptee, must attach written
   55  proof to the application that a connection with a birth parent
   56  was made.
   57         (c)The permission of an adoptee’s adoptive parents is not
   58  required for an adoptee, or a descendant of the adoptee, to
   59  receive a noncertified copy of an original certificate of birth
   60  under this subsection.
   61         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.