Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield, introduced this bill that would have made confidential birth and death records held by county health departments. This version proposed exceptions for journalists and genealogists, allowing them continuing access to the records. But the public would not have been able to receive those records. Cause of death records are confidential at the state level, but not at the county level. However, only about two-thirds of county agencies store those records. The bill did not receive a committee hearing.
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