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Sandy Hook Fallout: Proposal to Restrict Death Certificates
February 22, 2013 by legitgov
Sandy Hook Fallout: Proposal to Restrict Death Certificates --Requests for kids' records dismay lawmakers --GOP Rep refers to reporters who seek info as 'jackals' 21 Feb 2013 [Note: This is a summary of an article, written by Christopher Keating and William Weir, that appeared in Thursday's Hartford Courant (hard copy), but for some reason did not 'make it' to the Courant's website.] A Newtown official's distress over reporters' requests for death certificates after the Dec. 14 schoolhouse shootings has led to a bill that would restrict public access to the records for any children younger than age 18. State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, a freshman Republican lawmaker from Newtown, testified to a committee Wednesday that legislators "need to do something." "I was shocked, dismayed and deeply disturbed when, on Dec. 17, I got a call from the town clerk about the prospect of having a reporter standing beside her during one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the United States in Newtown looking for death certificates of children," Bolinsky said. Bolinksky said he felt "the outrage, the pain of observing the jackals descend upon my town clerk's office at a time of great, great community loss." Bolinksy introduced the one-paragraph bill, which states that the copy of the public record could be restricted "when the disclosure of the death certificate is likely to cause undue hardship for the family of the child."