Authorizes the commissioner of health to issue a death certificate to any applicant upon the request of a sibling of the deceased.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to authorizing the commissioner of health to issue a death certificate to any applicant upon the request of a sibling of the deceased
To add siblings to the list of authorized family members who can request a death certificate.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 4174 of the public health law would be amended to add siblings of deceased persons to the list of family members authorized to obtain a death certificate upon request.
Current law only allows a parent, spouse or child of the deceased to obtain a death certificate upon request. This bill would simply add siblings to the list of family members that are authorized to request and be issued a death certificate.
Often a sibling may be the closest living relative to the deceased. In the case where a decedent's parents may also be deceased and the decedent has no children, a sibling should be authorized to be issued a death certificate upon request.
This shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 6314 A. 9107 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 25, 2012 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. GUNTHER -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to authorizing the commissioner of health to issue a death certificate to any applicant upon the request of a sibling of the deceased THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 4174 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 396 of the laws of 1989, is amended to read as follows: (a) upon request, issue to any applicant either a certified copy or a certified transcript of the record of any death registered under the provisions of this chapter (1) when a documented medical need has been demonstrated, (2) when a documented need to establish a legal right or claim has been demonstrated, (3) when needed for medical or scientific research approved by the commissioner, (4) when needed for statistical or epidemiological purposes approved by the commissioner, (5) upon specific request by municipal, state or federal agencies for statistical or official purposes, (6) upon specific request of the spouse, children, SIBLINGS or parents of the deceased or the lawful representative of such persons, or (7) pursuant to the order of a court of competent jurisdic- tion on a showing of necessity; except no certified copy or certified transcript of a death record shall be subject to disclosure under arti- cle six of the public officers law; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13905-01-2