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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2974         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2350

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Kate Hogan and Karen E. Spilka

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the release of a body by the medical examiner to a person charged with an offense which resulted in the death of the deceased.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Karen E. Spilka

 

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Nick Collins

4th Suffolk

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

William N. Brownsberger

 

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Katherine M. Clark

Middlesex and Essex

Patricia D. Jehlen

 

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2974        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2350

By Representative Hogan of Stow and Senator Spilka,  a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2350) of Karen E. Spilka, Kate Hogan and others relative to the release of a body by the medical examiner to a person charged with an offense which resulted in the death of the deceased.  Public Health.  


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to the release of a body by the medical examiner to a person charged with an offense which resulted in the death of the deceased.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 13 of chapter 38 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- 

              "After investigation or examination by the office, the body shall be released to the person with the proper legal authority to receive it, including the surviving spouse, the next of kin if such person is aged 18 years old or older, or any family member or friend of the deceased, who shall have priority in the order named herein; provided, however, that any named person charged with or convicted of an offense which resulted in the death of the deceased,  such person shall be skipped in the order of priority; provided further that such person shall be disqualified from acting as executor of the estate of the deceased."  

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