Missouri Senate endorses ornamental birth, marriage certificates

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 9:36 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators have advanced a bill that would create ornamental birth and marriage certificates worthy of framing.

The Senate gave the measure first-round approval Tuesday. A second vote would send it to the House.

The measure would allow the state to charge up to $50 for each of the specially printed certificates.

The Senate sponsor, Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia, said the basic birth and marriage certificates provided by the state look institutional.

Schaefer said the Department of Health and Senior Services receives many requests for more attractive versions of the documents suitable for being displayed.


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