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Senate Bill 0436

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF SB 436 (Updated April 29, 2001 6:26 PM - DI 105)

Autopsies. Provides that photographs, and audio and video recordings of an autopsy may not be disclosed by a public agency. Provides that the cost of an autopsy requested by a party other than the local health official, county prosecutor, or county coroner must be paid by the requesting party. Provides that the cost of an autopsy of a person who dies in a county where the person does not reside and that has at least one air ambulance shall be paid by the county where the incident occurred that caused the death of the person. Provides that photographs and, audio or video recordings of an autopsy in the custody of a physician, coroner, or coroner's designee are confidential. Makes exceptions to the confidentiality requirements for a surviving spouse, surviving parents, adult children, and certain units of local, state, and federal government. Empowers a court to issue an order authorizing a person to view, copy, or listen to confidential autopsy information. Requires a surviving spouse to be given notice, an opportunity to be heard, and a copy of a petition seeking a court order for confidential autopsy information. Creates a class D felony if a physician, coroner, or coroner's designee violates the autopsy information requirements. Creates a class D felony if a person violates a court order relating to confidential autopsy information. Provides that a physician, coroner, or coroner's designee who has custody of a photograph, a video recording, or an audio recording of an autopsy may allow the use of the photograph, video recording, or audio recording for educational or training purposes if all information that identifies the individual on whom the autopsy is performed is removed.
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