WHEREAS, Governor Davis issued Executive Order D-50-01 in December 2001, prohibiting the Department of Health Services from releasing birth and death indices to the public pending the department's review of the circumstances under which information contained in the indices may be released to third parties in compliance with applicable law; and WHEREAS, the purpose of Executive Order D-50-01 was to curb identity theft facilitated by the release of information contained in birth and death indices; and WHEREAS, subsequent legislation was enacted in 2002, to provide restrictions on the release of vital records and data and thereby address the concerns regarding the use of those materials to facilitate identity theft; and WHEREAS, some local government entities may have voluntarily complied with the restrictions contained in Executive Order D-50-01 and continue to do so despite the changes in state law; and WHEREAS, it is necessary to rescind Executive Order D-50-01 to alleviate any confusion regarding the duties of the Department of Health Services and local government. NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby rescind Executive Order D-50-01.