Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Adoption Act. Provides that a confidential intermediary has access to vital records maintained by the Department of Public Health and its designees or another state's comparable public entity (instead of the Department of Public Health and its designees) and all court or adoption agency records which relate to an adoption, a surrendered person, or relatives of the parties involved in the adoption or surrender. Provides that the confidential intermediary may provide an eligible petitioner with information about the agency that had legal custody of or responsibility for the surrendered person. Provides that the confidential intermediary may inform petitioners of the state in which the surrender or the adoption occurred. Provides that if the petitioner is an adult who was adopted or surrendered or the adoptive parent or guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21, any non-identifying information learned during the search may be given to the petitioner at any time during the search before the case is closed (instead of before the case is closed).
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Adoption Act. Makes various changes regarding: legislative intent; the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange; the Adoption Registry Advisory Council; the exchange of identifying and medical information; the release of identifying information; the Illinois Adoption Registry Application; the contents of specified forms, requests, and authorizations; confidential intermediaries; and other matters. Provides that neither the Governor nor any agency or agency head under the jurisdiction of the Governor has any rulemaking authority under the amendatory Act, but that the Governor may suggest rules by filing them with the General Assembly and requesting that the General Assembly authorize such rulemaking by law, enact the suggested rules into law, or take other appropriate action in the General Assembly's discretion.
Judicial Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Admin Office of the Illinois Courts)
This legislation would neither increase nor decrease the number of judges needed in the judicial branch.
State Mandates Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
HB 4623 (H-AM 1) does not create a State mandate under the State Mandates Act.