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                                          SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1264



                                                                            C 099 L 90



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Nealey, Haugen, Ferguson, McLean, Horn, Cooper and Moyer)



Read first time 2/10/89.



AN ACT Relating to vital statistics registration; and amending RCW 70.58.030.




        Sec. 1.  Section 18, chapter 83, Laws of 1907 as amended by section 6, chapter 5, Laws of 1961 ex. sess. and RCW 70.58.030 are each amended to read as follows:

          The local registrar shall supply blank forms of certificates to such persons as require them.  He or she shall carefully examine each certificate of birth, death, and fetal death when presented for record, and see that it has been made out in accordance with the provisions of law and the instructions of the state registrar.  If any certificate of death is incomplete or unsatisfactory, ((he)) the local registrar shall call attention to the defects in the return, and withhold issuing the burial-transit permit until it is corrected.  If the certificate of death is properly executed and complete, he or she shall issue a burial-transit permit to the funeral director or person acting as such.  If a certificate of a birth is incomplete, he or she shall immediately notify the informant, and require ((him to supply)) that the missing items be supplied if they can be obtained.  He or she shall sign ((his name)) as local registrar to each certificate filed in attest of the date of filing in ((his)) the office.  He or she shall make a record of each birth, death, and fetal death certificate registered ((by him)) in such manner as directed by the state registrar.  ((He)) The local registrar shall ((on or before the tenth day of each month,)) transmit to the state registrar ((all original certificates registered by him during the preceding month)) each original death or fetal death certificate no less than thirty days after the certificate was registered nor more than sixty days after the certificate was registered.  On or before the fifteenth day and the last day of each month, each local registrar shall transmit to the state registrar all original birth certificates that were registered prior to that day and which had not been transmitted previously.  A local registrar shall transmit an original certificate to the state registrar whenever the state registrar requests the transfer of the certificate from the local registrar.  If no births or no deaths occurred in any month, he or she shall, on the tenth day of the following month, report that fact to the state registrar, on a card provided for this purpose((:  PROVIDED, That in cities of the first class the city health officer may require the filing of two original certificates and may retain one of the duplicate original certificates as the city record)).  Local registrars in counties in which a first class city or a city of twenty-seven thousand or more population is located may retain an exact copy of the original and make certified copies of the exact copy.

                                                                                                                       Passed the House January 10, 1990.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.


                                                                                                                      Passed the Senate February 26, 1990.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.