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SB-689 Records: blockchain.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 11546.8 of the Government Code is repealed.

11546.8.
 (a) For the purpose of this chapter, “blockchain” means a mathematically secured, chronological, and decentralized ledger or database.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 2.

 Section 11546.8 is added to the Government Code, to read:

11546.8.
 For purposes of this chapter, “blockchain” means a decentralized data system, in which the data stored is mathematically verifiable, that uses distributed ledgers or databases to store specialized data in the permanent order of transactions recorded.

SEC. 3.

 Section 103526.5 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

103526.5.
 (a) Each certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage record issued pursuant to Section 103525 shall include the date issued, the name of the issuing officer, the signature of the issuing officer, whether that is the State Registrar, local registrar, county recorder, or county clerk, or an authorized facsimile thereof, and the seal of the issuing office.
(b) All certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records issued pursuant to Section 103525 shall be printed on chemically sensitized security paper that measures 81/2 inches by 11 inches and that has the following features:
(1) Intaglio print.
(2) Latent image.
(3) Fluorescent, consecutive numbering with matching barcode.
(4) Microprint line.
(5) Prismatic printing.
(6) Watermark.
(7) Void pantograph.
(8) Fluorescent security threads.
(9) Fluorescent fibers.
(10) Any other security features deemed necessary by the State Registrar.
(c) (1) The State Registrar may suspend the use of any security feature described in subdivision (b) if necessary to enable the State Registrar, local registrar, county recorder, or county clerk to supply an applicant with a certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage record issued pursuant to Section 103525.
(2) Notwithstanding the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), the department may implement this subdivision through all-county letters or similar instructions from the State Registrar without taking regulatory action.
(d) The State Registrar, local registrars, county recorders, and county clerks shall take precautions to ensure that uniform and consistent standards are used statewide to safeguard the security paper described in subdivision (b), including, but not limited to, the following measures:
(1) Security paper shall be maintained under secure conditions so as not to be accessible to the public.
(2) A log shall be kept of all visitors allowed in the area where security paper is stored.
(3) All spoilage shall be accounted for and subsequently destroyed by shredding on the premises.
(e) (1) In addition to the method required by subdivision (b), a certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage record issued pursuant to Section 103525 may be issued by means of blockchain technology.
(2) For purposes of this subdivision, “blockchain technology” has the same meaning as defined in Government Code 11546.8.