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Following News10NBC investigation, lawmakers introduce legislation to update 80-year-old state law

January 29, 2019 10:57 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Lawmakers introduced legislation Monday to update an 80-year-old state law that denies a basic right to some American citizens. 

It would allow an adopted person to get a copy of their birth certificate without requiring judicial review.

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News10NBC looked into it after our investigation into how Rochester Police treated a man who wanted to become a police officer.

The Rochester Police Department told Peter Abee to prove his race by getting his parents and grandparents' birth certificates. 

But Abee was adopted as a child from Bulgaria, and state law seals the birth records of adopted children.

Versions of the bill were introduced in the state Assembly and the Senate.

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