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Pa. bill would create next-of-kin database

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Two Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced legislation that would create an online database for people to post their emergency contact information.

Under House Bill 2098, residents could submit up to three emergency contacts and their medical information.

Sponsors Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-York) said only police and emergency responders would have access to the information.

"This database, which would be modeled after a similar program in Ohio, would allow only emergency personnel and law enforcement officers to access the information in emergency situations by swiping the individual's driver's license or identification card," Farry said in a news release.

The database would be purely voluntary, and residents could change or remove their information at any time.

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