91st General Assembly
Summary of HB0631
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Short description: 
ADOPTION REGISTRY                                                          

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Adoption Act.  Creates the Illinois Adoption  Registry      
   and  Medical  Information  Exchange  to  replace  the current Adoption      
   Registry. Provides that on and after January 1, 2000 birth parents          
   shall be asked to register with the Registry and complete a Medical         
   Information Exchange Questionnaire at the time a child is surrendered       
   for adoption. Provides for the establishment of an Adoption/Surrender       
   Records  File for all records pertaining to each surrender or adoption      
   case finalized by court action in Illinois on or after January 1, 2000      
   (with some cases finalized before that date included).  Provides  that      
   the  Illinois  Adoption  Registry  Application shall include space for      
   general information of the parties, the Medical  Information  Exchange      
   Questionnaire,  space  for  a  written statement by the applicant, and      
   contact information for the applicant.  Provides  for  the  conditions      
   under which the Registry may release information upon finding a match.      
   Provides for a $40 registration fee, which shall be waived for parties      
   completing a medical information  questionnaire  and  certain  others.      
   Exempts the State, any agency or employee thereof, any private agency,      
   and  any  attorney  for  good  faith  acts  within  the  scope of this      
   amendatory Act of 1999.  Amends the State Finance Act  to  create  the      
   Illinois  Adoption  Registry  and  Medical  Information Exchange Fund.      
   Repeals  current  provisions  regarding  the  Adoption  Registry   and      
   liability. Effective immediately.                                           
          JUDICIAL NOTE (Administrative Office of Ill. Courts)                 
          There may be an increase in judicial workloads; impact on the        
          number of judges needed cannot be determined.                        
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
        Deletes everything after the enacting clause.  Reinserts language      
   similar to the introduced bill, but extends the  information  campaign      
   to  be  undertaken  by  the  Department of Public Health regarding the      
   Registry from 6 months to one year, and to 4 years on license renewal       
   applications;  expands  the  persons  for  whom  an Adoption/Surrender      
   Records File shall be established; provides that all forms filed  with      
   the  Registry  shall  be  accompanied  by  appropriate identification;      
   identifies who  may  execute  adoption-related  documents  in  foreign      
   countries; and provides that an Adoption Registry Authorization allows      
   a person to access information not in  his  or  her Adoption/Surrender      
   Records File. Makes other changes.  Effective immediately.                  
          FISCAL NOTE (Department of Public Health)                            
          Cost the first 3 years would be $375,000 annually; subsequent        
          year annual costs would be $125,000.                                 
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (Department of Public Health)                    
          No change from previous DPH note.                                    
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                 
          Deletes reference to:                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.063 new                                               
        Deletes everything after the enacting clause.  Reinserts language      
   similar to House Amendment No. 1 with the following changes:  provides      
   that participation in the Illinois Adoption Registry is voluntary  and      
   takes  place  between  mutually  consenting parties; provides that the      
   directive to the Department of Public Health to redefine the  function      
   of   the   Registry   is   subject  to  appropriation;  provides  that      
   Adoption/Surrender records files  may  be  established  for  adoptions      
   finalized  prior  to,  on,  and  after  the  effective  date  of  this      
   amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly; provides that the Medical      
   Exchange Questionnaire may include a disclaimer that the Department of      
   Public  Health  cannot  guarantee  the accuracy of medical information      
   exchanged; removes provisions  regarding  execution  of  documents  in      
   foreign  countries  and  executing  documents in the military; removes      
   provision authorizing certain persons to  assist  a  birth  parent  in      
   completing  the  Registry  Application;  provides  that  disclosure of      
   identifying  information  in  violation  of  the  Act  is  a  Class  C      
   misdemeanor; and makes other changes.  Effective immediately.               
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                
          Deletes reference to:                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.051 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.052 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.053 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.054 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.055 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.056 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.057 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.058 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.059 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.060 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.061 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.062 new                                               
          750 ILCS 50/18.1 rep.                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.3 rep.                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.5 rep.                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.6 rep.                                                
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          625 ILCS 5/6-115                                                     
          750 ILCS 50/18.04 new                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.05 new                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.06 new                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.07 new                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.1                                                     
          750 ILCS 50/18.1a new                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.1b new                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.1c new                                                
          750 ILCS 50/18.2                                                     
          750 ILCS 50/18.3                                                     
          750 ILCS 50/18.4a                                                    
          750 ILCS 50/18.5                                                     
          750 ILCS 50/18.6                                                     
          750 ILCS 50/18.7 new                                                 
          750 ILCS 50/18.8 new                                                 
        Deletes everything. Amends the Adoption Act. Provides for an           
   Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange to              
   facilitate the exchange of identifying information and medical              
   information between birth parents, adoptive parents or legal                
   guardians of adopted persons, adopted persons age 21 or older,              
   and adopted persons' birth siblings who are age 21 or older.                
   Creates the Adoption Registry Advisory Council to advise the Depart-        
   ment of Public Health on the development of rules, procedures, and          
   forms used by the Registry, make other recommendations, and submit a        
   report to the General Assembly and the Governor. Provides for the           
   creation of an Adoption/Surrender Records File for each adopted or          
   surrendered person born, adopted, or surrendered in Illinois. Pro-          
   vides for a $40 fee for registering with the Registry and Medical           
   Exchange, which fee shall be waived for parties to an adoption and          
   birth siblings of an adopted person who complete a Medical Informa-         
   tion Exchange Questionnaire and birth and adoptive parents regis-           
   tering within 12 months of the adoption. Creates the Illinois               
   Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange Fund as a                
   special fund into which fees shall be deposited and which shall             
   be used to operate the Registry and Medical Exchange. Amends the            
   State Finance Act to create the Fund. Amends the Illinois Vehicle           
   Code to add provisions requiring notice of the Registry and Medical         
   Exchange to be included with notices of drivers' license renewals.          
   Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2000.                             
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0417

   Last action date: 99-08-06

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   2     SENATE -   1


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