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2013 Senate Bill 485: Establish state “unclaimed body program”
  1. Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on September 11, 2013, to require Department of Community Health to establish an “unclaimed body program” that would refer unclaimed bodies either to medical schools or to “preferred provider” funeral homes in different counties, who would be paid to supervise the final disposition according to standards and procedures specified or authorized in the bill.
    • Referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee on September 11, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 30, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
  2. Passed 28 to 8 in the Senate on October 1, 2014, to create a state "Anatomy Board" comprised of designated medical school representatives, , within the Department of Community Health (DCH), which would allocate unclaimed bodies to teaching institutions, hospitals, and other people that required them for educational use. This entity would also develop criteria, standards, and procedures for which unclaimed bodies are suitable for scientific use. The bill would also require the authority person in charge of a decedent's body to attempt to identify and notify the family member or other person who would have final say over to make decisions about the body.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on October 2, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on October 2, 2014.

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