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File #: Int 0954-2018    Version: Name: Amending sex designation on birth records and the issuance of birth records.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 6/7/2018
Enactment date: 10/9/2018 Law number: 2018/163
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, relation to amending sex designation on birth records and the issuance of birth records
Sponsors: Corey D. Johnson, Karen Koslowitz, Ben Kallos, Carlina Rivera , Brad S. Lander, Daniel Dromm , Helen K. Rosenthal, Costa G. Constantinides, Stephen T. Levin
Council Member Sponsors: 9
Summary: This legislation would allow individuals to change the sex designation on their birth record to conform to the individual’s gender identity. The application would be supported by a signed and notarized statement by the individual, attesting that the request for a change of gender to female, male, or “X” is to conform the person’s legal gender to the person’s gender identity. The term “X” means a gender that is not exclusively male or female. Currently, individuals requesting to correct the gender on their birth certificates must submit affidavits from licensed physicians or medical professionals attesting that the changed sex designation more accurately reflects the applicant’s gender identity.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 954-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 954, 3. Int. No. 954, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-7-18, 5. Committee Report 6/13/18, 6. Hearing Testimony 6/13/18, 7. Hearing Transcript 6/13/18, 8. Proposed Int. No. 954-A - 9/6/18, 9. Committee Report 9/6/18, 10. Hearing Transcript 9/6/18, 11. September 12, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 12. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 9-12-18, 13. Fiscal Impact Statement, 14. Int. No. 954-A (FINAL), 15. Mayor's Letter, 16. Local Law 163, 17. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - September 12, 2018
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10/10/2018ACorey D. Johnson City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
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10/9/2018ACorey D. Johnson Mayor Bill Signing Scheduled by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/2/2018ACorey D. Johnson Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/12/2018ACorey D. Johnson City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/12/2018ACorey D. Johnson City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/2018*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/2018*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/2018*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/2018ACorey D. Johnson Committee on Health Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2018*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2018*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/7/2018*Corey D. Johnson City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Int. No. 954-A

 

By The Speaker (Council Member Johnson) and Council Members Koslowitz, Kallos, Rivera, Lander, Dromm, Rosenthal, Constantinides and Levin

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, relation to amending sex designation on birth records and the issuance of birth records

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Section 17-167.1 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 1 for the year 2015, is amended to read as follows:

§ 17-167.1 Sex designation on birth records. a. For the purposes of this section, “x” means a designation used to indicate a sex that is not exclusively male or female.

b. The department shall make a new birth record when an applicant submits an application and supporting documentation pursuant to this subdivision and subdivision [b] c of this section requesting the correction of sex designation to the applicant's birth record. Such application shall be made in a form or manner to be provided or approved by the department. If the department requests information, documentation or a copy of an acceptable current signed photographic identification, the department may not take into account the sex designation listed on such identification in reviewing such application.

[b] c. An application made pursuant to subdivision [a] b of this section shall be accompanied by [supporting documentation that is an affirmation from a physician licensed to practice medicine in the United States, or an affidavit from a professional licensed to practice in the United States who is a: doctoral level psychologist (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology, clinical social worker, master social worker, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor or midwife. Such affirmation or affidavit shall include a declaration affirming or attesting under penalty of perjury that:

1. the professional is licensed and in good standing in the jurisdiction in the United States in which such professional is licensed; and

2. in keeping with contemporary expert standards regarding gender identity, the applicant's requested correction of sex designation of male or female more accurately reflects the applicant's sex or gender identity] a signed and notarized statement from the applicant requesting that the sex designation be changed to female, male, or x in order to conform to the applicant’s gender identity.

d. In the event the applicant is less than 18 years old, an application made pursuant to subdivision b of this section requesting that the sex designation on the record be changed to female, male, or x to conform to the applicant’s gender identity shall be made in a manner consistent with the requirements of section 207.05 of the New York city health code, or successor provision thereto.

§ 2. Paragraph 1 of subdivision a of section 17-169 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

1. A certified copy of the record of birth shall be issued only upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction or, if the person for whom the record of birth relates is still living, upon a specific request therefor by the person, if eighteen years of age or more, or by a parent or to the legal representative of the person to whom the record of birth relates or by an attorney of law authorized in writing by the person if of the age of eighteen years or over to whom the record of birth relates. If the person for whom the record of birth relates is deceased, the department may allow family members of that person to have access to a certified copy of the record of birth. The department may issue a certified copy of a birth record of any person for official use upon the request of a department, agency, or officer of any state government or subdivision thereof or the United States government.

§ 3. This local law takes effect January 1, 2019, except that the commissioner may take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, before such date.

 

 

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