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Governor Lamont has signed a bill into law co-sponsored by two local lawmakers.  Redding Representative Anne Hughes and Amiee Berger-Girvalo of Ridgefield backed the bill granting all adoptees in Connecticut access to their birth certificates.  Previously state law allowed access to original birth certificates for people, 18 years and older, whose adoptions were finalized after October 1983. That’s when the state adoption form was changed and a clause added, warning that birth parents’ identities could be disclosed. Proponents noted that commercial DNA testing services have made it difficult to protect the privacy of birth parents.

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