Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday signed into a law – along with 57 other new laws – a measure that should make it easier for residents to obtain important documents like birth and marriage certificates.
Co-authored by state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, the bill eliminates the requirement that residents get their documents from the Wisconsin county in which they originated or even from the state office in Madison. Instead, the new law allows any county in the state to issue the documents if they have access to them.
“It makes no sense for someone to have to drive hours away to get a copy of a record that can be found down the street,” Wanggaard in a written statement. “This bill updates our laws to the 21st Century, and makes government more efficient.”
Racine County Register of Deeds Tyson Fettes told The Journal Times in a written statement that he supported the bill because with the number of documents available by computer, it doesn’t make sense to make sense to make it hard on people to get the information they need.
“This is good government and with all the advances in technology, we need to continue to make it easier on our citizens to get the services they need,” the statement from Fettes was quoted.
In addition to making certain vital records available via computer for private citizens, businesses like title companies, banks, funeral homes and lawyers will also benefit, the story notes.
The law goes into effect Jan.1, 2017, but Fettes said uploading all the documents into a statewide system could take a while even though most communities are already in the process since upgrades to the system have already been implemented.