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Returns should be made to the central office in one of these two ways:
a. A copy of each record may be made by the local registrar; in which case the original record will be forwarded to the state office.
b. The original record may be retained by the local registrar; in which case a complete copy should be made in permanent form, certified by the local registrar, and forwarded to the state office.
The first mentioned method is considered preferable.
NOTE.—These provisions insure available records in both local and state offices. One of these necessarily must be a copy. Both are intended to serve the same purposes, and it is therefore imperative that-whether retained by the local registrar or forwarded to the state office the copy should contain every item of information included in the original.
8. PENALTIES SHOULD BE PROVIDED. Penalties should be provided for violation of any of the provisions of the law. Each section should specify the penalties imposed which should be based upon the importance of its requirements.
CO-OPERATION OF OFFICIALS. Municipal and other local registration offices should co-operate with the central registration office of the state; state offices should co-operate with the federal offices collecting or using mortality statistics; and all should labor harmoniously, to the end that a reliable and fully satisfactory registration of deaths be extended over the United States at the earliest possible moment.
Whatever variations from approved practice peculiar local conditions may seem to require, it is of prime importance that the registration laws of each state should harmonize as closely as possible with those of contiguous states. It is, however, both unnecessary and inexpedient to omit any of the preceding provisions for the sake of any apparent local difficulty either within or without a proposed registration area.
A synopsis of the proposed bill is here submitted.
SECTION 1. Places the State Board of Health in charge of the system.
SEC. 2. The Secretary of the board is given general supervision over the central bureau of vital statistics. He shall be a medical practitioner of not less than five years' practice.
SEC. 3. Divides the state into registration districts.
SEC. 4. A local registrar of vital statistics to be appointed for each registration district. He may be removed by the State Board of Health for neglect of duty.
Sec. 5. Forbids burial or removal of body without permit based upon certificate of death.
SEC. 6. Certificates of death of still-born children to be signed by attending physician and not by midwife.
SEC. 7. Contents of certificate of death,
SEC. 8. Providing for signature by undertaker, by local registrar and physician, or other competent informant. Requires undertaker to notify local registrar of deaths without medical attendance, and for investigation of such deaths by health officer or coroner.
Sec. 9. Imposes duty upon undertaker of obtaining and filing certificate of death and securing burial or removal permit and delivering such permit to person in charge of burial place, etc.
SEC. 10. Contents of burial permit where the interment is to be made within the state.
SEC. 11. Forbids interments without permit, requires sexton to keep record of interments and report same to the local registrar.
SEC. 12. Requires all births to be immediately registered in the districts in which they occur.
SEC. 13. Requires physician or others in attendance to file birth certificates within ten days after date of birth, and imposes duty on local registrar to procure necessary signatures, etc.
SEC. 14. Contents of birth certificates, to be signed by attending physician or other person designated.
SEC. 15. Requires report of name of child to be filed.
Sec. 16. Requires every physician, midwife and undertaker to register with the local registrar, and for registration of such names with state registrar.
SEC. 17. Requires managers of hospitals and all institutions, public or private, for treatment of disease, to keep certain statistical records.
Sec. 18. Requires state registrar to prepare and supply blanks, etc., to local registrar, and provides for examination and collection of reports, and for their preservation; also requires him to inform local registrars of such facts as may prevent the spreading of dangerous diseases.
SEC. 19. Imposes duty upon local registrars to see that certificates are properly made out and to issue burial or removal permits thereupon; provides for keeping records and transmitting them monthly to state registrar.
SEC. 20. Each local registrar is entitled to twenty-five cents for each certificate correctly registered with him.
SEC. 21. Certified copies of certificates and fee for searching files; also regulates account of state registrar.
SEC. 22. Penalties for non-observance of law.
SEC. 23. Requires local registrar to report to state registrar violations of this law, gives the state registrar supervisory powers over local registrars, and provides for institution of proceedings against violators of this law.
SEC. 24. Makes act effective from date of publication.
F. L. SIDDONS, Chairman.
WALTER C. CLEPHANE. NOTE.—The two appendices submitted with the report are omitted. They consist of the following:
1. A Vital Statistics Bill for the Consideration of State Legislatures approved by the American Medical Association and the Division of Vital Statistics of the United States Bureau of the Census, being a pamphlet of 26 pages which can be obtained by sending a two-cent stamp or addressed envelope to the Bureau of Medical Legislation, American Medical Association, 103 Dearborn Ave., Chicago.
2. The Bulletin of the U. S. Census Bureau, S. N. D. North, Director, on the Legal Importance of Registration of Births, being a pamphlet of 32 pages, of which the last 10 pages are a reprint of portions of the committee's report in 1907 (see A. B. A. Reports, Vol. XXXI, p. 1223).
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