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Adult adoptees one step closer to knowing their history

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The governor’s office is reviewing a bill that passed both chambers to give adult adoptees the ability to get copies of their original long-form birth certificates.

The New York State assembly overwhelmingly passed the so-called ‘clean bill’ Thursday. 

“That’s… decades in the making to give adoptees the rights to knowing their history,” said assembly member Pat Fahy.

Adoptee Susan Moyer who watched the assembly vote says she’s hopeful that she will soon be able to see her original birth certificate for the first time in her life.

“I just happened to put on my computer and to sit there and watch that live, I still get very emotional,” said Moyer.

In 2017, the governor vetoed similar legislation.

“What happened in 2017, we asked the governor to veto that because we put a ‘clean bill’ in, by the time it was going to vote, it had been changed, meaning it wasn’t open to everybody,” said Moyer.

Counsel to the governor, Alphonso B. David wants to make sure that the feedback from the prior bill has been taken into account with the new modified bill.

“We’re going to have to take a closer look at that bill. If you may recall when the first version of the bill was passed there were strong objections from the advocacy community. The bill has now been modified. But we have to take a closer look at it to make sure that the concerns have been addressed,” said David.

If the governor signs off on the legislation, it would take effect in January.

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