Posted by: Janette Silverman | February 29, 2012

IAJGS Legislative Alert Updated: New York City Municipal Archives Pending Legislation; Updates on Maine and Virginia Legislation

From Jan Meisels Allen, the  IAJGS Vice President Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

An updated IAJGS Legislative Alert has been posted for Maine, New York City and Virginia. To learn more, go to the IAJGS website for the latest alert: click on the left hand button “legislation” and hover your mouse and then click on Latest Alert.

New York City

For those interested in accessing New York City vital records from the New York City Municipal Archives, there is an attempt with legislation pending in the New York City Council that will eliminate the autonomy of New York City’s Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS). DORIS is the agency that is responsible for the records and archival documents produced by past and present City governments. The proposed legislation (Int. 486-2011) would place the currently independent agency within the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). To follow the bill’s progress and read the bill go to: IAJGS has reported on this legislation previously, but now there appears to be action, therefore, please read the important information from The Archivist’s Roundtable of New York on what is being done.


Maine LD 1627 has hearing scheduled in Judiciary for February 29. This bill would add marriage applications to the requirements for accessing vital records and the genealogical community has requested that marriage applications be added to the existing law permitting genealogists obtaining a researcher card. Virginia SB 660 Senate Substitute latest information on recent House action and resulting tabling of SB 309 and SB 310 as their provisions are included in SB 660. SB 660 would reduce waiting time for marriage and death records to 25 years along with other requirements.

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