Birth and death records now open to the public would be closed under a bill proposed in the Indiana House, pitting freedom of information against privacy concerns.
House Bill 1067 would make it harder for someone to retrieve another person's birth or death information unless they are a relative of the person listed on the record, a member of the media or someone researching genealogy. Others would have to get a court order to gain access to the records.
The proposed legislation directs the Indiana State Department of Health to create rules to govern the inspection of records by genealogy researchers.
Proponents say the legislation would cut identity theft.
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