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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 18, 2013 11:34 AM
From: Representative Mark B. Cohen
To: All House members
Subject: Military Personnel Next of Kin Remains
 

I plan to reintroduce HB 579 that would require state law to recognize and respect the wishes of an active military service member regarding the handling of his/her remains. Specifically, this legislation would provide for the legal recognition of DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data, for military personnel.

There have been instances where state courts instead recognize who is designated in a will to make these decisions. Often, military service personnel fail to update their wills upon entering service. There have been cases where ex-spouses have made these decisions, as designated under an old will. The bill will make it legally clear that these decisions should be determined according to the wishes of the person in military service.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Seidl of my office at kseidl@pahouse.net or 787-4117.

This would be the same as HB 579 of last session with the following co-sponsors: BISHOP, BOBACK, CALTAGIRONE, CARROLL, EVERETT, FABRIZIO, FLECK, FREEMAN, GEIST, GEORGE, GOODMAN, HARHAI, HARKINS, HORNAMAN, KAVULICH, KORTZ, MURPHY, MURT, MYERS, SACCONE, K. SMITH AND YOUNGBLOOD.

Thank you.



Introduced as HB498