Town clerk has worked on bill for 16 years
September 1, 2010 - Old Colony Memorial - By Kathryn Koch
PLYMOUTH —Town Clerk Laurence Pizer has been waiting 16 years for the day a governor of Massachusetts would be this close to signing new legislation making it easier for residents to get their vital records in order.
Two years after becoming town clerk in 1992, Pizer joined the effort by the Massachusetts Town Clerks’ Association to pass legislation that allows for electronic registration of birth and death certificates and marriage licenses. After years of frustration, the legislation has now passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature....
Pizer said one of the sponsors, Rep. Vinny deMacedo, R-Plymouth, who is the ranking minority leader on the House Ways and Means Committee, deserves credit for acting on behalf of Pizer and other local town clerks by seeing that the vital records legislation was one of approximately 165 that has passed out of the almost 7,000 proposed each year.
“Vinny was relentless,” he said. “His work was critical for the bill’s passage.”
DeMacedo said he supported the legislation because it will benefit the public by simplifying record keeping for people seeking death certificates.
“It’s simply working through the process and trying to make a case to the Legislature that this is important,” he said.