Governor Charles D. Baker's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2016

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Secure Vital Registry Trust Fund

SECTION 19.   Chapter 46 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

Section 35. There shall be established on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund known as the Secure Vital Registry Trust Fund to be expended without prior appropriation by the department of public health. The trust shall consist of the commonwealth's share of revenues collected after July 1, 2015 for the provision of records under this chapter by state or local officials under a schedule promulgated pursuant to section 3B of chapter 7. The commissioner of public health or a designee shall be the trustee of the fund and shall make expenditures from the fund for the administrative costs of development, maintenance, and operation of the centralized, automated database for the system of vital records and statistics described in section 33. The department may incur expenses, and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts in anticipation of expected receipts; provided however, that no expenditure shall be made from the fund which shall cause the fund to be in deficit at the close of a fiscal year. Monies deposited in the trust fund that are unexpended at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund.

This section establishes the Secure Vital Registry Trust Fund as a trust administered by DPH, that it can use to support its development and maintenance of a secure registry of vital records, accessible by both state and municipal officials.

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