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SB 1164 - Amends County Coroner Notification Requirements for Contagious Disease Deaths - Pennsylvania Key Vote

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Title: Amends County Coroner Notification Requirements for Contagious Disease Deaths

Title: Amends County Coroner Notification Requirements for Contagious Disease Deaths

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Title: Amends County Coroner Notification Requirements for Contagious Disease Deaths

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends county coroner notification requirements of contagious disease deaths, effective immediately.

Highlights:

 

  • Specifies that the circumstances of a death be reported to a coroner by persons having actual knowledge of an individual’s death (Sec 1).

  • Authorizes a coroner to investigate the facts and circumstances concerning a death to determine whether or not to conduct an autopsy or inquest due to a contagious disease, including any disease constituting a health disaster emergency or pandemic (Sec 1). 

  • Authorizes the Department of Health to provide electronic access to appropriate databases for the coroner to account for deaths known or suspected to be due to a contagious disease constituting a public health emergency or pandemic (Sec 1).

  • Prohibits the Department of Health from charging a fee for electronic data access or from requiring the coroner to obtain a subpoena (Sec 1).

  • Requires the corner to follow all applicable laws, regulations, and confidentiality standards for the data obtained (Sec 1).

Title: Amends County Coroner Notification Requirements for Contagious Disease Deaths

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