HB4559 HFAT Capito 2-18
Delegate Capito moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:
Eng. House Bill No. 4559 -- H. B. 4559 -- A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-12-16; and to amend and reenact §61-12-3, §61-12-5, §61-12-6, §61-12-7, §61-12-10, §61-12-10a, §61-12-11, §61-12-12, §61-12-13, §61-12-14 and §61-12-15 of said Code, all relating to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the disposition of unidentified and unclaimed remains; authorizing the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to locate lands suitable for use as a cemetery; authorizing the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the appropriate length of time a decedent may be kept prior to burial or cremation; establishing burial for certain conditions; establishing cremation of certain conditions; authorizing the Chief Medical Examiner or a designee to return a decedent’s remains to next of kin and remove a decedent from the cemetery; prohibiting any cause of action against the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for disposal of remains consistent with these provisions; providing for the final disposition of unidentified and unclaimed remains in the possession of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pursuant to legislative rule; and providing for emergency legislative rulemaking allowing for the final disposition of unidentified and unclaimed remains.