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Senate Bill 0191


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Senate Bill 0191

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF SB191 (Updated April 9, 2007 12:18 pm - DI 84)

Coroner issues. Prohibits disturbing a body, any evidence, and the scene of death until the coroner has photographed the body and law enforcement and the coroner have finished their investigation. Requires the coroner to positively identify a dead person by one of four specified methods. Requires the coroners training board (board), in consultation with the Indiana law enforcement academy, to create and offer an introductory training course and an annual training course for coroners and deputy coroners. Provides that the courses must include instruction regarding death investigation, crime scenes, and preservation of evidence at a crime scene for police and crime lab technicians. Requires the board to consult with a pathologist in creating the training courses. Requires each coroner and each deputy coroner to successfully complete: (1) the introductory training course; and (2) the annual training course. Provides that a coroner's or deputy coroner's paycheck may be withheld for failing to successfully complete the introductory training course or the annual training course. Provides that a coroner's paycheck may be withheld for failing to release a written report or full autopsy report. Requires certain autopsy reports to be released to certain entities. Requires specified information concerning autopsy reports to be completed and available within a specified time frame. Allows a prosecuting attorney to petition a court to prohibit a coroner from releasing specified information if the release of the information would create a significant risk of harm to the criminal investigation of the death. Provides that 5 members of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission (commission) constitute a quorum. Provides that staff support for the commission may not make any decisions on behalf of the commission. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim committee on criminal justice matters.)
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