OHIO ADOPTION RECORDS NEWS!
On Wednesday, January 16, the Ohio House Health Committee will hold a public PROPONENT hearing on HB 7, a bill to reform various aspects of adoption and foster care in Ohio. Included in this bill is a section that restores the right of unrestricted access to the original birth certificates of ALL Ohio adoptees. Currently, only pre-1964 adoptee have the right to their OBCs with no restrictions. This is a clean bill. No vetoes. It has a good chance of passing in the House.
I only learned about the up-coming hearing this weekend. This is short notice obviously, but we are looking for people who can testify in favor of HB 7. If you cannot testify in person, please write letters to the Health Committee in support of it.
I will testify at the hearing and have prepared a small legislative packet to distribute to committee members. Wednesday evening I'll post my testimony on my blog: The Daily Bastardette, http://bastardette.blogspot.com
HB 7: PDF: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText127/127_HB_7_I_Y.pdf or HTML: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText127/127_HB_7_I_Y.html
This bill is very long so you may want to read the analysis instead.
Legislation Services Analysis: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/analyses.cfm?ID=127_HB_7&ACT=As%20Introduced
Pages 4-9 and 18-20 pertain to the records access section.
Members of the House Health Committee: http://www.house.state.oh.us/jsps/Committee.jsp?ID=15
Sponsor: Rep. Tom Brinkman, Jr. (District 34, Cincinnati)
Aide: Kara Joseph
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Kara if you plan to testify. Attached is a Witness Information Form you can fax to her. These forms will also be available at the hearing.
Ohio State House
Corner of Broad and High
Downtown Columbus, Ohio
Parking is usually available in the Statehouse Underground Parking garage. http://www.ohiochannel.org/your_state/ohio_statehouse/information/parking/index.cfm
Driving directions: http://www.ohiochannel.org/your_state/ohio_statehouse/information/contact/driving_directions.cfm
HEARING ROOM 121
TIME: 10:00 AM
NOTE: At this time we are looking ONLY for those with Ohio connections to testify or to contact the committee: persons born and/or adopted in Ohio; parents who relinquished in Ohio; parents who adopted in Ohio; adoptees and family members from other states currently living in Ohio. When you contact committee members please state your Ohio connection.
HB 7 has been in the works for about a year. It is not a Bastard Nation bill, but Bastard Nation supports the bill as currently written.
HELP US MAKE OHIO THE TIPPING POINT FOR THE COUNTRY!
I am collecting email addresses of Ohio access supporters and will keep everyone informed of what's happening. Please pass this information on to anyone with an Ohio interest in adoptee rights, records access, and adoption reform.