HB 1503-1_ Filed 02/15/2007, 09:48
Adopted 2/15/2007


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COMMITTEE REPORT


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MR. SPEAKER:
    Your Committee on       Family, Children and Human Affairs     , to which was referred       House Bill 1503     , has had the same under consideration and begs leave to report the same back to the House with the recommendation that said bill be amended as follows:

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    " (e) If a coroner determines an autopsy report described in this chapter needs to be confidential due to a pending criminal investigation, the coroner must obtain the approval of the circuit or superior court of the county to make the report confidential.".
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SOURCE: IC 36-2-14-18; (07)AM150303.14. -->     "SECTION 14. IC 36-2-14-18, AS AMENDED BY P.L.141-2006, SECTION 113, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 18. (a) Notwithstanding IC 5-14-3-4(b)(1), when a coroner investigates a death, the office of the coroner is required to make available for public inspection and copying the following:
        (1) The name, age, address, sex, and race of the deceased.
        (2) The address where the dead body was found, or if there is no address the location where the dead body was found and, if different, the address where the death occurred, or if there is no address the location where the death occurred.
        (3) The name of the agency to which the death was reported and the name of the person reporting the death.
        (4) The name of any public official or governmental employee present at the scene of the death and the name of the person certifying or pronouncing the death.
        (5) Information regarding an autopsy (requested or performed) limited to the date, the person who performed the autopsy, where the autopsy was performed, and a conclusion as to:
            (A) the probable cause of death;
            (B) the probable manner of death; and
            (C) the probable mechanism of death.
        (6) The location to which the body was removed, the person determining the location to which the body was removed, and the authority under which the decision to remove the body was made.
        (7) The records required to be filed by a coroner under section 6 of this chapter and the verdict and the written report required under section 10 of this chapter.
    (b) A county coroner or a coroner's deputy who receives an investigatory record from a law enforcement agency shall treat the investigatory record with the same confidentiality as the law enforcement agency would treat the investigatory record.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a coroner shall make available a full copy of an autopsy report, other than a photograph, video recording, or audio recording of the autopsy, upon the written request of the next of kin of the decedent or of an insurance company investigating a claim arising from the death of the individual upon whom the autopsy was performed. The insurance company is prohibited from publicly disclosing any information contained in the report beyond that information that may otherwise be disclosed by a coroner under this section. This prohibition does not apply to information disclosed in communications in conjunction with the investigation, settlement, or payment of the claim.
    (d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a coroner shall make available a full copy of an autopsy report, other than a photograph, a video recording, or an audio recording of the autopsy, upon the written request of:
        (1) the director of the division of disability and rehabilitative services established by IC 12-9-1-1;
        (2) the director of the division of mental health and addiction established by IC 12-21-1-1; or
        (3) the director of the division of aging established by IC 12-9.1-1-1;
in connection with a division's review of the circumstances surrounding the death of an individual who received services from a division or through a division at the time of the individual's death.
     (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a coroner shall make available a full copy of an autopsy report,

including a photograph, a video recording, or an audio recording of the autopsy, to:
        (1) the department of child services established by IC 31-25-1-1, including an office of the department located in the county where the death occurred;
        (2) the statewide child fatality review committee established by IC 31-33-25-6; or
        (3) a county child fatality review team or regional child fatality review team established under IC 31-33-24-6 by the county or for the county where the death occurred;
for purposes of the entities described in subdivisions (1) through (3) conducting a review or an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of a child (as defined in IC 31-9-2-13(d)(1)) and making a determination whether the death of the child was a result of abuse, abandonment, or neglect.
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    Renumber all SECTIONS consecutively.
    (Reference is to HB 1503 as introduced.)

and when so amended that said bill do pass.

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Representative Summers


AM150303/DI 107    2007