Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights HB 162 Action Alert 6/25/2015

Please disseminate freely. 6/25/2005 On Thursday, June 25, the Pennsylvania House Children and Youth Committee passed a bill that would allow adult adoptees to access their original birth certificates with restrictions. The bill, HB162, has been amended from its original

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House Bill to Restore Birth Certificate Access to Pennsylvania-born Adult Adoptees Goes to House Committee with Amendment Added

For immediate release HARRISBURG, PA—June 22, 2015 On Thursday, June 25, the Pennsylvania House Children and Youth Committee voted on a bill that would allow adult adoptees to access their original birth certificates. The bill, HB162, has been amended from

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HB162 Hearing Recap and Call-to-Action

On April 14, 2015, House Bill 162, the Adoptee Rights Bill, was heard before the Children and Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. HB162 currently sits in the Children and Youth Committee awaiting a hearing. Testifying in favor

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01/24/15 Call-to-Action

HB 162 was released to circulate the House of Representatives this week to obtain co-sponsors. If you haven’t already, please contact your Representative if he/she is not listed as a co-sponsors and as for their support. Need help locating your Representative? Click here.

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Bill to Restore Birth Certificate Access to Pennsylvania-born Adult Adoptees to be Reintroduced Next Legislative Session

A bill that would have allowed adult adoptees to access their original birth certificate has been pulled from consideration following an amendment that would have resulted in the perpetuation of unequal treatment for adoptees under law. Supporters now intend to

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How the Mensch Amendment Affects HB 162

Supporters have asked, “Why doesn’t PAR support the Mensch amendment? Don’t we have to give something up to get closer to what we want?” PAR had attempted to compromise by supporting the Wagner amendment, that did not pass, that introduced

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September 16, 2014 Voting Hearing Vote Results

On September 16, 2014, the Senate Committee on Aging and Youth held a voting hearing for HB 162. The votes were as follows: Contact Preference amendment – Wagner (supported by Rep. Benninghoff):Yeas: Mensch, Schwank, WagnerNays: Argall (proxy), Baker, Scarnati (proxy),

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