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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

HB 2634 Update: Now in Senate!

HB 2634 has been engrossed and has had three hearings and been passed on to the Judiciary Committee in the Senate. We'll post e-mails here when its time to write. There are only 9  committee member.

Thanks to all who helped us get through the House! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Oklahoma: HB 2634 passes House 93-0!

Pat is still having problems posting here, so I'm relaying the news! --Marley

HB 2634 passed through the House Floor today with votes  93-0.  How AWSOME!

Thankfully we were there passing out flyers to the Representatives and our sponsor's LA called and said the bill was to be heard onthe Floor in 15 minutes. We hurried to the House Floor seating and it was placed on the floor just as we got our seats. Rep Sherrer said it was about adoptees getting their original birth certificates. There was no discussion and it went up for a vote.

It all happened so fast! We sat there a few minutes and just looked at each other. UNBELIEVABLE!


HB 2634 will hit the Senate soon!  Stay tuned!

Here is the journal entry for the bill.  It's  about 1/4 down the page.

Note that 3 sponsors were added:  Purcy D Walker, Chuck Hoskin, and Jeannie McDaniel 
Rep  Walker
Rep. McDaniel

Rep Hoskin
Thank you Oklahoma House for supporting the restoration of adoptee rights in Oklahoma!

Letter to the Editor, "HB 2634 will return equal rights to adopted adults" by Pat Marler

The Oklahoman, March 12, 2012
HB 2634 will return equal rights to adopted adults

I pay taxes and do all the things law-abiding citizens do, but I'm not treated as many other law-abiding Oklahomans are because I was adopted. All people have a right to their own identity and personal birth information, but adoptees aren't accorded that right. A remedy for this oversight has passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 2634 would allow adult adoptees the right to obtain original birth certificates and let birth parents fill out a contact preference form that would tell adoptees if they'd like contact, no contact or contact through an intermediary.

Birth parents who don't want contact would be given a medical and social form to fill out to give to adoptees when they obtain their original birth certificate. At last, this piece of legislation will return equal rights to adopted adults.

Pat Marler,

Thursday, March 8, 2012

HB 2634 Placed for Floor Vote: A Limited Action Alert for Oklahomans

From Pat Marler:

Great news! HB2634 was placed on the House of Representatives Floor Calendar today! It will be heard between the 12th and the last day to be heard,i the 15th.

This is a clean bill with no restrictions; only a contact Preference Form which does not affect the release of the OBC. 
The following are e-mail addresses for the Representatives and we want all those who were born or live in Oklahoma to please write these Representatives and tell them why passing this legislation is important to all adult adoptees born before 1997. It is a sensitive way to let a birth parent to let the adoptee know how or if she/hewants to be contacted. Also, if there is no contact wanted, the birth parent will be asked to fill out a medical and social history to be given along with the Contact Preference form to the original birth certificate.

IMPORTANT:   HB 2634 sponsor Rep. Ben Scherrer  requests that  emails not be sent until  Monday morning March 12.  He wants them to be fresh in the legislators' minds. He also wants them short and to the point.

Read the bill here and then write:

Representative Email

Armes, Don

Banz, Gary W.

Bennett, John

Billy, Lisa J.

Blackwell, Gus

Brown, Mike

Brumbaugh, David

Cannaday, Ed

Casey, Dennis

Christian, Mike

Cockroft, Josh

Condit, Donnie

Coody, Ann

Cooksey, Marian

Cox, Doug

Dank, David

Denney, Lee

Derby, David

DeWitt, Dale

Dorman, Joe

Enns, John

Faught, George

Fourkiller, William

Glenn, Larry

Grau, Randy

Hall, Elise

Hamilton, Rebecca

Hardin, Tommy

Hickman, Jeffrey W.

Hilliard, Wes

Holland, Corey

Hoskin, Chuck

House District 71

House District 88

Inman, Scott

Jackson, Mike

Johnson, Dennis

Jordan, Fred

Joyner, Charlie

Kern, Sally

Key, Charles

Kirby, Dan

Kouplen, Steve

Liebmann, Guy

Lockhart, James

Martin, Scott

Martin, Steve

McCullough, Mark

McDaniel, Curtis

McDaniel, Jeannie

McDaniel, Randy

McNiel, Skye

McPeak, Jerry

Moore, Lewis H.

Morgan, Danny

Morrissette, Richard

Mulready, Glen

Murphey, Jason

Nelson, Jason

Newell, Tom

Nollan, Jadine

Ortega, Charles

Osborn, Leslie

Ownbey, Pat

Peters, Ron

Peterson, Pam

Pittman, Anastasia

Proctor, Eric

Pruett, R. C.

Quinn, Marty

Renegar, Brian

Reynolds, Mike

Richardson, Phil

Ritze, Mike

Roan, Paul D.

Roberts, Dustin

Roberts, Sean

Rousselot, Wade

Russ, Todd

Sanders, Mike

Schwartz, Colby

Scott, Seneca

Sears, Earl

Shannon, T. W.

Shelton, Mike

Sherrer, Ben

Shoemake, Jerry

Shumate, Jabar

Steele, Kris

Stiles, Aaron

Terrill, Randy

Thomsen, Todd

Tibbs, Sue

Trebilcock, John

Vaughan, Steve

Virgin, Emily

Walker, Purcy D.

Watson, Weldon

Wesselhoft, Paul

Williams, Cory T.

Wright, Harold

Letter to the Editor: "HB 2634 will allow adoptees access to their birth certificates by Tammy Figueroa

 HB 2634 will allow adoptees access to their birth certificates 

The Oklahoman, March 7, 2012

As an adoptee born in 1967 in Oklahoma, I should have the same rights to my original birth certificate as any other nonadopted individual born in the state. I'm not a child; I'm an adult. I have been denied multiple requests for my original birth certificate over the years. It shouldn't be a lottery on getting lucky enough for someone to bend the rules and approve my request.
My children, grandchildren and generations to come should have the ability to trace their lineage without running into a brick wall. I want to be able to have a tangible document that contains the factual information regarding my birth, to pass down through my family. As an armchair genealogist, I find it ridiculous that I can trace another's lineage back to the Middle Ages and locate documents centuries old, but I can't obtain my own original birth certificate!

I support House Bill 2634 for the unconditional right of adopted adults to obtain their original birth certificates. This isn't asking for special treatment. I simply want the same respect and courtesy offered to others. HB 2634 would bring Oklahoma out of the Dark Ages of secrecy and not allow our rights to be trumped by irrational fears.

Tammy Figueroa, Bella Vista, Ark.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Victory in Judiciary - Letters needed to Rep. Steele and DeWitt

Yesterday the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to pass HB 2634. The bill can now go to to the House Floor. 
Can is the operative word.
We have heard from our sponsor, Rep. Ben Sherrer that we need to e-mail the Speaker of the House, Rep. Kris Steele and Rep Dale DeWitt and ask them to let HB2634 be heard on the House floor. These individuals can kill a bill if they do not like it, and not let it be heard on the House floor. 
Please e-mail these two legislators asking for HB2634 to be heard on the House floor. You can give a reason it is important for this bill to be heard--restoring the basic human/civil rights of adult adopted people, for example.
Rep. Kris Steele
Rep. Dale Dewitt
At this time we are asking for Oklahoma letters only.
 If you write, please cc us at

Friday, February 24, 2012

Letter to the Editor: "Adoptee Rights" by Samantha Brian Franklin

A letter to the editor from adoptee rights activist Samantha Brian Franklin appeared in the Tulsa World on February 24.  Here is an excerpt:

"Adoptee Rights"

As a pro-life Oklahoman and an adult adoptee, I wanted to debunk a pervasive myth regarding Adoptee Access Legislation currently being passed in several states across our nation.

 Restoring the unconditional right of adult adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates is a human right supported by The Child Welfare League of America and several other child advocacy and adoption groups... 

 Please go to the link and comment.  Show your support for the restoration of Oklahoma adoptee rights!