Updated IAJGS Legislative Alert Posted: New Washington State Bill on death records

Posted by Jan Meisels Allen

There is an updated IAJGS Legislative Alert posted to the IAJGS website. To read the alert, please visit www.iajgs.org and click on the left hand green tab "legislation" then on latest alert.

The alert includes updates on legislative action from last year as well including information on two new bills:

Maine : LD 258/HP0211
The provisions are sponsored by Maine genealogists and would eliminate restrictions to access to vital records that were enacted in 2010 and are current law under PL 610 (2010). No hearings have yet been set. To read the bill go to:


Washington State: HB 1241
This bill would permit anyone to access death certificates after 50 years from date of death on the certificate. Access to death certificates would be limited before 50 years to specified individuals. Genealogists are not included in those who have access before the 50 years. Currently there is no time limitation to obtain death records. As of this posting no hearings are
yet scheduled. To read the bill, please visit:

In reading legislation, generally, underlined wording is the proposed new wording, and crossed out wording is that which is being deleted.

If you learn of any legislation or regulation--not only in North America--that affects access to records, please let me know as the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee (PRAMC) would like to review it.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee.

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