Glenn Adams of the Associated Press reports:
Maine lawmakers heard arguments Wednesday for a bill that would restrict the release of birth and marriage records as a way to combat fraud and identity theft.
Christine Zukas-Lessard, deputy director of the state Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Health and Human Services Committee that Maine is one of only 11 states that allow public inspection of birth records or the issuance of certified copies to anyone who requests them. Maine marriage records also are open to the public.
She said the policy opens the door to identity theft and fraud.
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