CSSB 145(STA): "An Act establishing the position of state medical examiner; and relating to preparation of death certificates."

00CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 145(STA) 01 "An Act establishing the position of state medical examiner; and relating to 02 preparation of death certificates." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 12.65 is amended by adding a new section to read: 05  Sec. 12.65.015. STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER. (a) In addition to 06 appointing medical examiners under AS 12.65.010, the commissioner of health and 07 social services shall establish in the Department of Health and Social Services the 08 position of state medical examiner. The state medical examiner is in the exempt 09 service under AS 39.25.110. 10  (b) The state medical examiner must be a physician licensed to practice in the 11 state who has education and experience in forensic pathology. 12  (c) The state medical examiner shall perform the duties assigned under 13 AS 12.65.020 and regulations implementing that section and other duties as assigned 14 by the commissioner of health and social services.

01 * Sec. 2. AS 12.65.020 is amended to read: 02  Sec. 12.65.020. [CORONER'S POWER TO ORDER] EXAMINATIONS BY 03 STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER AND INQUESTS BY CORONER. (a) When a 04 person dies unattended by a physician, or when no physician is prepared to execute the 05 certificate of death prescribed by AS 18.50 (Vital Statistics Act), the coroner assigned 06 to serve the place where the death occurs may, under regulations of the Department 07 of Health and Social Services, request the state [, BY WRITTEN ORDER, DIRECT 08 A] medical examiner to view the remains of the deceased person, [AND TO] perform 09 the post mortem examination, including an autopsy, or take other actions that are 10 appropriate under the circumstances [NECESSARY] to make a proper determination 11 of the cause of death and to execute the prescribed death certificate. When the state 12 medical examiner has completed the examination, the examiner shall, without delay, 13 complete, certify, and sign the death certificate and submit a report of the 14 examiner's findings and conclusions to the coroner. 15  (b) The coroner may order an inquest under this chapter if the findings and 16 conclusions of the state medical examiner, together with other information available 17 to the coroner, warrant the inquest. Otherwise the coroner shall enter an order 18 dispensing with the inquest and shall record the certificate of death as prescribed by 19 law. 20 * Sec. 3. AS 12.65.020 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 21  (c) The Department of Health and Social Services shall adopt regulations to 22 implement (a) of this section after consultation with the Department of Public Safety 23 and the Alaska Court System. 24 * Sec. 4. AS 39.25.110(13) is amended to read: 25  (13) the state medical examiner appointed under AS 12.65.015 and 26 physicians licensed to practice in this state and employed by the division of mental 27 health and developmental disabilities in the Department of Health and Social Services 28 or by the Department of Corrections;