New York Governor David A. Paterson signed a bill which, according to his press
release, "resolves a current split in decisional law
in relation to the degree of proof necessary to show paternity after a
purported father's death, by allowing two methods for establishing paternity
after the death of a father: a genetic marker test or the open and notorious
acknowledgement during the father's lifetime."
Surrogate's Court Advisory Committee to the Chief Administrative Judge of the
Courts of the State of New York suggested this legislation because appellate
courts were split on whether genetic testing needed to be performed during the
father's lifetime or could be done after the father's death.
law should make it easier for nonmarital children to share in their fathers'
newly-proposed bill is also of note this week in New York where State
Assemblyman Richard Brodsky introduced Bill Number A09865 that would require individuals
to actively opt out of organ donation rather than the current system which
requires opt in via a mailed-in form.
doubt, this bill will get a lot of opposition from religious groups and privacy
advocates but it's the first bill of its kind in the United States so it will be
important to watch in the coming months.
News in New York City
has an article online that discusses the bill and its issues in detail: http://wcbstv.com/health/ny.organ.donor.2.1662437.html.