Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Bill Opens Access To Adoptees’ Birth Certificates
A bill approved by Ohio lawmakers will make it easier for many adopted Ohioans to get their original birth certificates.
The state House passed the bill Wednesday that will give about 400,000 people access to original Ohio birth certificates that was largely blocked without a court order.
Under the bill, those adopted between January 1964 and September 1996, or their adult direct descendants, can request their adoption files from the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics for a $20 fee.
Those adopted before and after those dates already have that access. Birth certificates before 1964 are public record. When the law was changed again in 1996, it was not made retroactive to those caught between the two laws.