June 11, 2019 11:38 PM
NEW YORK (WHEC) -- Lawmakers are making progress on updating an 80-year-old state law that denies a basic right to some American citizens.
The state Senate passed a bill that would allow an adopted person to get a copy of their birth certificate without judicial review.
News10NBC looked into the issue in January after speaking with a Rochester Police recruit who was asked to prove his race by getting his parents' and grandparents' birth certificates.
Peter Abee was adopted as a child from Bulgaria, and state law seals the birth records of adopted children.
The bill was sent to the Assembly for approval.
Created: June 11, 2019 11:38 PM
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