Lawmaker Wants to Restrict Access to Birth Certificate Info
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota lawmaker wants to restrict public access to parental contact information on birth certificates.
Mankato DFL Sen. Kathy Sheran says she wants to prevent companies from collecting the email, home addresses and phone numbers that parents list on birth certificates.
Sheran attached the measure to a broader bill that covers vital statistics.
Her amendment would allow researchers and the media to continue to access the information on birth certificates.
Supporters say the measure is aimed at protecting parents from being bombarded with mailings after a child is born.
But opponents say the measure would put the lid on information that’s been considered public for more than a century.
A spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health tells Minnesota Public Radio News the department is neutral on the bill.