The status of bills introduced in current or prior legislative sessions and are considered in play for 2020 as carry-overs. Status is current as of September 19, 2019. Click on a state for more details, which appear below the map. Looking for federal legislation related to intercountry adoptees? Go here.
Bills that are either currently active or are expected to be active through carryover to the 2020 session. Federal bills, typically related to issues of intercountry adoption, are listed here.
HB89/SB302: Bill with technical amendments that do not change a permission-based system. Rep. Richard Stark has filed a bill for the 2020 session, identical to a prior bill that died in 2019. The bill provides technical amendments that do not change Florida law but will likely negatively impact future efforts to enact clean legislation in the state. The Florida legislative session for 2020 begins with committee meetings in September 2019 and convenes for the session on January 14, 2020. These bills are identical to the two 2019 bills, which are discussed on the 2019 legislative map and most recently here.
H.1892/S.1267: Clean bill that removes date-based restrictions. This is the same short and sweet bill (14 words long) from prior sessions that closes a date-based loophole in current Massachusetts law, eliminating the discriminatory provision that denies an unrestricted right to the OBC for adoptees who were adopted between 1974 and 2008. H.1892 has been referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health. OBC for Massachusetts is advocating on behalf of the bills. The Massachusetts legislature adjourns November 20, 2019, but bills carryover to 2020.
SF2606/HF2906: Clean bills that dismantles Minnesota’s forty-plus-year history of compromise. SF2606/HF2906 are the first clean bills ever filed in Minnesota and they constitute a necessary step toward dismantling a complex system that has existed in Minnesota since 1977—which I’ve frequently written about, including here and here. A detailed memo explaining each of the sections in the Senate bill is here. The Minnesota legislature adjourned its regular session on May 20, 2019, though the bills are expected to carry over to the 2020 session.
A5494/S3419: PASSED! Clean bill known as the “Weprin/Montgomery Bill.” Assembly Member David Weprin and Senator Velmanette Montgomery introduced comprehensive equal rights legislation in 2019 that restores the rights of adult adoptees to request and obtain their own original birth certificates. The New York Assembly passed the legislation on June 20, 2019, and it is still awaiting delivery to the governor for signature. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill. The New York Adoptee Rights Coalition is behind the efforts and has more information about developments here. Adoptee Rights Law Center has a FAQ about the bill here.
Bills that ain’t going anywhere this year. Dead.