The Secretary of State’s Office shares the concerns expressed by both Cassandra and Carol. 


State Archivist Tanya Marshall, Deputy Secretary Chris Winters and the VMCTA have brought several issues to the committee’s attention and are urging them to take a slower, more comprehensive approach (including marriage and divorce records). 


It is our hope we can do this over the next year with the SoS and the Clerks at the drafting table.


 Jim Condos

Secretary of State

State of Vermont


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From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Carol Dawes
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 2:58 PM
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Subject: Re: H. 629


The VMCTA legislative committee has been working with VSARA and the Department of Health to bring out concerns about this bill to light.  The hope is that there will be a giant step back, and all related parties will be involved in working on a new version of the bill for 2017.  We’ll keep y’all informed.




Carolyn S. Dawes CVC CVT

Barre City Clerk/Treasurer

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Barre, VT  05641

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From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bennington Town Clerk's Office
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 2:52 PM
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If you received your Weekly Legislative Update in your emails today, you will note H. 629.  This is a vital records bill that will potentially make sweeping changes to the way we record vital records, or even our ability to have access to these records.  It is early still and I suspect if this bill has legs, there will be several changes as the bill progresses but this could be a huge blow to the general public and the ease of getting their records, and a financial blow to Hospital Towns.  Please take a look.  After reading the bill, I find it interesting the Department of Health feels birth and death records need to be further secured from the possibility of fraudulent use, but marriages are not included.  Everything that is on my birth certificate is also on my marriage license.  I am not afraid of either of those records being public. 

Cassandra Barbeau
Town Clerk
Bennington, VT
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