Health & Judiciary & Public Safety: JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality, B20-142

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Room 412

Hearing Video

JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act of 2013, B20-142.  The purpose of this public hearing is to receive testimony on Bill 20-142, which was referred sequentially to the Committee on Health and the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety.  The stated purpose of Bill 20-142 is to amend the Vital Records Act of 1981 to require the Registrar to issue a new certificate of birth designating a new gender for any individual who provides a written request and signed affidavit from a licensed health-care provider that the individual has undergone a gender transition; to require that an original certificate be sealed when a new certificate of birth is issued; and to amend section 16-2501 of the District of Columbia Official Code to exempt an individual from the publication notification requirement for a name change that is requested in conjunction with a request to change the individual's gender designation. 

Those who wish to testify should contact Ronald King, Senior Policy Advisor, at (202) 741-0909 or via e-mail at and provide their name, addresses, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  If submitted by the close of business on Monday, March 25, 2013, the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing.  Witnesses should limit their testimony to four minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number