Indiana legislature considers closure of vital records

The Indiana Legislature is reviewing a proposed bill that would make vital records – birth and death certificates – confidential and open to review only by certain classes of the public. Exceptions would be made for family members, genealogists and journalists – although it’s a questionable policy to give access to a specific segment of the general public, excluding others. The putative motive is to thwart terrorism and identity theft but no study or instance of the use of Indiana death records has linked death records to these activities, according to the report in the IndyStar.

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