COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill into law making it easier for many adopted Ohioans to get their original birth certificates.
The law allows individuals adopted between January 1964 and September 1996, or their adult direct descendants, to request their adoption files from the Ohio Department of Health's Bureau of Vital Statistics.
The bill signed by Kasich Thursday gives about 400,000 people access to original Ohio birth certificates that was largely blocked without a court order.
The law also creates uniformity when it comes to access to adoption records.
Birth certificates before 1964 and after 1996 were already a public record. But when the law was changed again in 1996, it was not made retroactive to those caught between the two laws.