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SD Senate turns down birth-parent information bill

PIERRE -- A bill to make birth-parents information available to adopted adult children was killed this week in the South Dakota Legislature.

Sen. Angie Buhl, D-Sioux Falls, sponsored the measure, which lost 16-19 in the Senate on Wednesday. She couldn't get a majority to reconsider it Thursday. Needing 18 ayes to re-open debate, she got 17. The bill, SB 215, would have made an original birth certificate available to a child at least age 18. Buhl said in the Wednesday debate that she is adopted.