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Committee weakens access to historical records by redacting names

HARTFORD, Conn. – Legislation to increase access to historical medical records was weakened Wednesday by an amendment to redact patient names from the records.

The Government Administration and Election Committee passed the legislation Wednesday but not before an amendment raised by Sen. Michael McLachlan, the panel’s ranking Republican, was approved in a 6-5 vote.

One Democrat, Rep. Theresa Conroy, joined five Republicans to modify the bill to redact names, addresses, and Social Security numbers from the historical medical records which the underlying legislation will permit to be released. Three of the committee’s Democrats missed the vote.

The legislation is designed to lift prohibitions on accessing medical records in the state archives 50 years after the death of the person. It would set a 75-year time limit for withholding other types of documents in the archives.

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