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House Bill 1417


House Bill 1417

ARCHIVE (2003)

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DIGEST OF HB1417 (Updated April 24, 2003 10:42 AM - DI 84)


Autopsy of a child. Requires a county coroner to have an autopsy performed on the body of a child whose death is sudden and unexpected except in certain circumstances, including when the child's next of kin requests that an autopsy not be performed. Permits a physician or coroner to use a photograph, a video recording, or an audio recording of an autopsy to consult with a forensic scientist or pathologist. Describes identifying information that must be masked or removed from an autopsy photograph, video recording, or audio recording before it may be used for training or educational purposes. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a physician, coroner, or coroner's designee to fail to warn each person to whom the information is released that the information is confidential and may not be used for a purpose other than the purpose for which it was originally released. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for: (1) a person who is granted access to autopsy information for training, education, or professional consultation to use it for a purpose other than the purpose for which it was originally released; (2) a coroner or coroner's designee who is custodian of a photograph or recording of an autopsy to violate the provisions concerning autopsy records; (3) a person who uses autopsy information in a manner other than for the purpose for which it is intended; and (4) a person to violate a court order issued under the law concerning autopsy records. Makes a technical correction.
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