I learned recently of pending legislation (soon to reach a vote) in the
state of Massachusetts (MA) that would restrict access to all birth
records since 1915 and all marriage & death records since 1955.
Many might think this doesn't apply to them but this state and its
history to Ireland, holdings of vital records and many forms of records
are in danger of not being available. My fear is that it will (as
legislation often does) snowball with impacts on other records, other
states or even plant ideas with other countries.
I am 3000 miles away myself but made some e-mail contacts and heard back
from a MA Representative that expressed his displeasure with such
legislation. We might have a few more days to make an impact and I'd be
glad to pass along any information that I have received if it will help
you in making legislative inquiries.