HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2011
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The state department of health has continued to be inundated with requests from various individuals and parties for information regarding President Barack Obama's birth. The continually increasing number of requests have caused the department of health distress as state resources, including employee time and energy, have to be diverted from other department responsibilities. It may be the case that if requesters were to have access to the actual birth records of officials who require United States citizenship to hold public office, any ambiguity surrounding the issue may be dispelled.
The purpose of this Act, therefore, is to allow the department of health to disclose the birth records of officials who require United States citizenship to hold public office.
SECTION 2. Section 338-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:
""Person of civic prominence" means a person who is a candidate for, or elected to, a public office that requires the person to be a United States citizen, either natural born or naturalized, to hold the public office for which they are a candidate or to which they have been elected."
SECTION 3. Section 338-14.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§338-14.5 Copies of certificate; fees. (a) The fees for certified copies of birth, marriage, divorce, or death certificates issued by the department of health shall consist of $10 for the first copy issued and $4 for each copy issued thereafter. These fees shall be collected for each single request for certified copies. All fees received for the issuance of certified copies of birth, marriage, divorce, or death certificates shall be remitted to the director of health. Upon the receipt of remittances under this section, the director of health shall deposit:
(1) $1 for each certified copy to the credit of the spouse and child abuse special account established under section 346-7.5;
(2) $1 for each certified copy to the credit of the spouse and child abuse special account established under section 601-3.6;
(3) $1 for each certified copy to the credit of the domestic violence and sexual assault special fund established under section 321-1.3;
(4) $1 for each certified copy to the credit of the vital statistics improvement special fund established under section 338-14.6; and
(5) The remainder of the fee for each certified copy to the credit of the state general fund.
(b) The fee for a copy of a birth record of a person of civic prominence shall be $100, which shall be in addition to the fee charged by the department under subsection (a)."
SECTION 4. Section 338-18, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§338-18 Disclosure of records. (a) To protect the integrity of vital statistics records, to ensure their proper use, and to ensure the efficient and proper administration of the vital statistics system, it shall be unlawful for any person to permit inspection of, or to disclose information contained in vital statistics records, or to copy or issue a copy of all or part of any such record, except as authorized by this part or by rules adopted by the department of health.
(b) The department shall not permit inspection of public health statistics records, or issue a certified copy of any such record or part thereof, unless it is satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible interest in the record. The following persons shall be considered to have a direct and tangible interest in a public health statistics record:
(1) The registrant;
(2) The spouse of the registrant;
(3) A parent of the registrant;
(4) A descendant of the registrant;
(5) A person having a common ancestor with the registrant;
(6) A legal guardian of the registrant;
(7) A person or agency acting on behalf of the registrant;
(8) A personal representative of the registrant's estate;
(9) A person whose right to inspect or obtain a certified copy of the record is established by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction;
(10) Adoptive parents who have filed a petition for adoption and who need to determine the death of one or more of the prospective adopted child's natural or legal parents;
(11) A person who needs to determine the marital
status of a former spouse [
in order] to determine the payment of
(12) A person who needs to determine the death of a nonrelated co-owner of property purchased under a joint tenancy agreement; and
(13) A person who needs a death certificate for the determination of payments under a credit insurance policy.
(c) Notwithstanding subsection (b), the department may issue, for an additional fee as described in section 338-14.5(b), a copy of the birth record of a person of civic prominence to a member of the general public who requests the record in a form and manner as prescribed by the department.
(c)] (d) The department may
permit the use [ of[ ]] the data contained in public health
statistical records for research purposes only, but no identifying use thereof
shall be made.
(d)] (e) Index data consisting
of name and sex of the registrant, type of vital event, and such other data as
the director may authorize shall be made available to the public.
(e)] (f) The department may
permit persons working on genealogy projects access to microfilm or other
copies of vital records of events that occurred more than seventy-five years
prior to the current year.
(f)] (g) Subject to this
section, the department may direct its local agents to make a return upon
filing of birth, death, and fetal death certificates with them, of certain data
shown to federal, state, territorial, county, or municipal agencies. Payment
by these agencies for these services may be made as the department shall
(g)] (h) The department shall
not issue a verification in lieu of a certified copy of any such record, or any
part thereof, unless it is satisfied that the applicant requesting a
(1) A person who has a direct and tangible interest in the record but requests a verification in lieu of a certified copy;
(2) A governmental agency or organization who for a legitimate government purpose maintains and needs to update official lists of persons in the ordinary course of the agency's or organization's activities;
(3) A governmental, private, social, or educational agency or organization who seeks confirmation of a certified copy of any such record submitted in support of or information provided about a vital event relating to any such record and contained in an official application made in the ordinary course of the agency's or organization's activities by an individual seeking employment with, entrance to, or the services or products of the agency or organization;
(4) A private or government attorney who seeks to confirm information about a vital event relating to any such record which was acquired during the course of or for purposes of legal proceedings; or
(5) An individual employed, endorsed, or sponsored by a governmental, private, social, or educational agency or organization who seeks to confirm information about a vital event relating to any such record in preparation of reports or publications by the agency or organization for research or educational purposes."
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Birth Records; Persons of Civic Prominence
Allows the Department of Health to issue a copy of the birth certificate of a person who is a candidate for, or elected to, a public office that requires the person to be a United States citizen for an additional $100 fee.
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