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Senate Bill 0271


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Senate Bill 0271

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF SB271 (Updated April 18, 2007 2:18 pm - DI 84)

Next of kin control of bodies in murder cases. Provides that if a coroner, after consultation with law enforcement, determines that there is a reasonable suspicion that a person committed murder, voluntary manslaughter, or another criminal act resulting in the death of the decedent, the person is prohibited from making certain determinations concerning the remains of the decedent. Excludes certain criminal acts involving the operation of a motor vehicle. Requires the coroner, in consultation with law enforcement, to notify a cemetery owner, a crematory authority, or a seller of prepaid funeral and burial services that the person is barred from making the determinations concerning the remains of the decedent. Specifies the order of priority among individuals, including an individual who possesses a health care power of attorney, who are permitted to authorize the interment, entombment, or inurnment of the body or cremated remains of a deceased human. Provides that, when a coroner investigates a death, the coroner may hold the remains of the decedent until the investigation is concluded. Permits the parent or adult child of a decedent to receive a full autopsy report and, with certain exceptions, prohibits the parent or adult child from publicly disclosing the contents of the full autopsy report. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on criminal justice matters.)
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