S0776B0873A05321       MSP:SRA 01/14/08    #90             A05321
                       AMENDMENTS TO SENATE BILL NO. 776
                                    Sponsor:  SENATOR WONDERLING
                                           Printer's No. 873

     1       Amend Title, page 1, line 14, by removing the period after
     2    "duties" and inserting
     3               , for death and fetal death registrations and for
     4               reports.


     5       Amend Sec. 1 (Sec. 303), page 1, line 21, by striking out
     6    "(a)"
     7       Amend Sec. 1 (Sec. 303), page 2, lines 7 through 20, by
     8    striking out all of said lines and inserting
     9       Section 2.  Section 501 of the act, amended July 9, 1971
    10    (P.L.213, No.38), is amended to read:
    11       Section 501.  Death and Fetal Death Registration:
    12    Certificates to be Filed.--A certificate of each death or fetal
    13    death which occurs in this Commonwealth shall be filed within
    14    ninety-six (96) hours after the death or fetal death or within
    15    ninety-six (96) hours after the finding of a dead body or fetal
    16    remains. In every instance, the certificate shall be filed prior
    17    to the issuance of a permit for interment or other disposition
    18    of the dead body or fetal remains. The person in charge of
    19    interment or of removal of the dead body or fetal remains from
    20    the registration district shall file the certificate with any
    21    local registrar or the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, who
    22    shall be authorized to issue certified copies of such death.
    23       Section 3.  Section 504 of the act, amended October 27, 2006
    24    (P.L.1200, No.129), is amended to read:
    25       Section 504.  Death and Fetal Death Registration: Permits
    26    Concerning Dead Bodies and Fetal Remains.--No person shall

    27    dispose of a dead body or fetal remains until a local registrar
    28    or the State Registrar of Vital Statistics issues a permit for
    29    disposal. The local registrar or the State Registrar of Vital
    30    Statistics shall be authorized to issue the permit and may issue
    31    blank presigned permits to the funeral director only. The
    32    funeral director or the person in charge of interment or removal
    33    shall, within ninety-six (96) hours after the death or fetal
    34    death or within ninety-six (96) hours after the finding of a
    35    dead body or fetal remains, file with the local registrar a
    36    certificate of death or fetal death.
    37       The sexton or other person in charge of any premises in which


     1    bodies are interred or cremated shall not allow the interment or
     2    cremation of any dead body or fetal remains unless a permit
     3    issued under this section is presented to the sexton. The sexton
     4    or other person in charge of the premises shall endorse upon
     5    each permit presented to the sexton or other person the date of
     6    interment or cremation, over the sexton's or other person's
     7    signature, and shall return the permit so endorsed to the local
     8    registrar of the sexton's or other person's district or the
     9    State Registrar of Vital Statistics within ten day from the date
    10    of interment or cremation.
    11       Section 4.  Section 801.1 of the act, amended November 23,
    12    2004 (P.L.909, No.122), is amended to read:
    13       Section 801.1.  Records: Reports to County Registration
    14    Commissions.--[The department shall report monthly in writing to
    15    the registration commission of each county the deaths of
    16    residents of such counties, except residents less than eighteen
    17    years of age, for the preceding month. Said report shall contain
    18    the full name of the decedent, his or her last address, the date
    19    of his or her birth if available, and the date of his or her
    20    death.] The department shall transmit monthly to the Department
    21    of State an electronic file containing information on all
    22    resident deaths, except residents less than eighteen years of
    23    age, for the preceding month. The electronic file shall include,
    24    at a minimum, the full name of the decedent, gender, last
    25    address, the date of birth if available, county of residence and
    26    the date of death. The Department of State shall enter this
    27    information into the "sure system" as defined in 25 Pa.C.S. §
    28    102 (relating to definitions), or a similar successor system,
    29    which shall be used by the county boards of election for the
    30    purpose of purging deceased individuals from their voter
    31    registration rolls.

    32       Amend Sec. 2, page 2, line 21, by striking out "2" and
    33    inserting
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