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House Bill 1503


House Bill 1503

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF HB 1503 (Updated April 29, 2007 5:12 pm - DI 107)


Coroners and child deaths. Requires the state department of health to adopt rules for hospitals and physicians to identify suspicious deaths of children. Provides that the medical licensing board may certify certain physicians as a child death pathologist. Provides that the medical licensing board may approve an annual training program for pathologists concerning procedures for child death investigations. Requires a hospital, physician, coroner, or mental health professional to provide certain records requested by a local child fatality review team or the statewide child fatality review committee. Provides that a pathologist appointed to a local child fatality review team or the statewide child fatality review committee shall be certified in forensic pathology. Provides that data collected regarding an investigation by a local child fatality review team or the statewide child fatality review committee shall be provided to the appropriate coroner or pathologist who performed an autopsy. Requires a child death pathologist (CCDP) to: (1) consult with the coroner; (2) conduct certain autopsies; and (3) perform certain duties. Requires a coroner to notify a local child fatality review team or the statewide child fatality review committee of: (1) certain deaths of children; and (2) a possible SIDS death. Provides procedures to be followed if a coroner and a CCDP do not agree on whether an autopsy of a person less than 18 years of age is necessary. Increases the coroners continuing education fee to $1.75 and raises the fee by $0.25 in 2013 and every five years thereafter. Provides that a coroner shall file a certificate of death with a county health department within a specified time frame. Removes a provision allowing a coroner to employ the services of the medical examiner system. Provides that a parent or guardian of a child who died shall receive a copy of the autopsy report upon request. Provides that an autopsy report provided to the department of child services, a local child fatality review team, or the statewide child fatality review team is confidential. Provides that if a local child fatality review team or the statewide child fatality review committee requests certain records from a hospital, physician, coroner, or mental health professional, the requested records are subject to laws concerning privileged communications of health care provider peer review committees. Provides that, upon request, a hospital shall provide to a coroner a blood or tissue sample of an individual who is admitted or was admitted to the hospital and on whom the coroner performs a death investigation. Removes requirement that a coroner shall request the state police to ensure that persons entering certain data into certain databases have appropriate training to understand the information being entered. Requires a coroner to follow the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act concerning organ and tissue procurement. Changes knowingly or intentionally failing to notify a coroner or law enforcement agency of the discovery of the body of a person who died from violence or in an apparently suspicious, unusual, or unnatural manner from a Class B infraction to a Class A misdemeanor if it is done with intent to hinder a criminal investigation. Makes it a Class D felony for a person, with intent to hinder a criminal investigation and without the permission of a coroner or a law enforcement officer, to knowingly or intentionally alter the scene of death of a person who has died from violence or in an apparently suspicious, unusual, or unnatural manner. (Current law provides that it is a Class D felony if a person moves or transports the body.) Makes it a Class B infraction for a person to knowingly or intentionally fail to notify a coroner or law enforcement agency of the discovery of the body of a child less than 3 years old who has died. Makes conforming amendments. Repeals provisions: (1) allowing a coroner to issue a warrant for the arrest of an individual whom the coroner is charging with a felony; and (2) requiring a coroner or a coroner's representative to attend meetings of the commission on forensic sciences when invited.
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