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Snyder signs bill authorizing creation and sale of heirloom birth certificates

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that allows the state to create and sell heirloom birth certificates with a portion of the revenue going to the Michigan Children's Trust Fund.

The heirloom birth certificates will be sold by the Michigan Department of Community Health as family keepsakes. They are not official birth records. The new law is referred to as the Pam Posthumus Law in recognition of the late Pam Posthumus, wife of former Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus and mother of state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, who sponsored the bill. Pam Posthumus served on the Children's Trust Fund board.

"This new law is a fitting tribute to Pam's legacy of advocacy and service on behalf of Michigan's children," Snyder said. "She would be delighted to know that this creative revenue source will help the Trust Fund achieve our shared goals of protecting the health, safety and welfare of children across our state."

House Bill 4258 is now Public Act 28 of 2011.