Senate Bill 0530
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DIGEST OF SB530 (Updated February 27, 2007 3:42 pm - DI 84)
Coroners. 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 72 hours after the completion of a death investigation. Removes a provision allowing a coroner to employ the services of the medical examiner system. 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). Defines "autopsy" for purposes of the law requiring the coroner of one county to bill another county for the costs of an autopsy under certain circumstances. Requires a coroner to follow the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act concerning organ and tissue procurement. 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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