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SB 18-223 - Requires Autopsies of Minors to Remain Confidential - Colorado Key Vote

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Title: Requires Autopsies of Minors to Remain Confidential

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Title: Requires Autopsies of Minors to Remain Confidential

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that requires autopsy reports of minors to remain confidential beginning on July 1, 2018.

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  • Requires an autopsy report prepared in connection with the death of a minor to remain confidential (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes a coroner or his or her designee to provide a copy of the autopsy report to the following individuals pursuant to various procedural requirements (Sec. 1):

    • A parent or legal guardian of the deceased;

    • Legal counsel for the defendant, or the defendant if he or she has no counsel;

    • A law enforcement or criminal justice agency, including a district attorney, that is either investigating the death or prosecuting a criminal violation arising out of the death;

    • A county department of human or social services in connection with the investigation of alleged abuse or neglect of a minor;

    • A community clinic or hospital for inclusion in the deceased's medical records;

    • An eye bank, organ procurement organization, or tissue bank;

    • The Division of Youth Services in the Department of Human Services for investigation a fatality that occured within a state-owned residential facility; and

    • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as necessary for the collection of data on violent crimes.

  • Specifies that this takes effect July 1, 2018, and applies to a request for an autopsy report submitted on or after that date (Sec. 2).

Title: Requires Autopsies of Minors to Remain Confidential

Title: Requires Autopsies of Minors to Remain Confidential

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