Brian J. Bushweller
The Division of Forensic Science (“Division”) produces numerous postmortem examination reports, autopsy reports, and laboratory reports annually. Given the high volume, and consistent with National Association of Medical Examiners accreditation standards, this Act expands the period of time within which the Medical Examiner must complete a written report from 30 to 90 days. In addition, while “next of kin” is defined for purposes of the authority to provide corneas to eye banks, other references to “next of kin” in Chapter 47 of Title 29 (regarding the Division’s authority) are undefined. This Act provides a clear definition for Division employees and the public regarding who qualifies as “next of kin” and is intended to ensure that the confidential reports prepared by the Division are released only to the appropriate individual.
Signed by Governor
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 4 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits
Assigned to Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in House
Passed By Senate. Votes: 17 YES 4 ABSENT
Reported Out of Committee (Elections & Government Affairs) in Senate with 3 On Its Merits
Introduced and Assigned to Elections & Government Affairs Committee in Senate
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