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Should Child Death Certificates Be Released

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are scheduled to hear testimony on the last of three bills attempting to limit the release of personal information from death certificates to the public.

All three bills stem from the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The third bill, favored by Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia, would make sure personal identifying information is not included on death certificates when requested by members of the public not associated with the family, the funeral home making arrangements or the deceased parents.

It will be the subject of a public hearing before the legislature’s Public Health Committee on Wednesday.

But unlike the other two bills, which address death certificates, this bill would also apply to marriage certificates.

Both open records advocates and genealogists oppose the bills.

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