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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 17, 2014 01:05 PM
From: Representative Kerry A. Benninghoff
To: All House members
Subject: Amend Coroner Law
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend the Coroners law, which has not seen a major updated since 1955. The legislation follows the recommendations of the PA County Commissioners Association that all county Coroner/Medical Examiner offices, except for Philadelphia, be placed under one umbrella statute.

In response to concerns about the proper use of forensic sciences in dealing with death investigations, the National Academy of Sciences issued its report in 2009, “Strengthening Forensic Science in America: Path Forward.” In this report, the NAS called for increasing the education in forensic sciences and strengthening the application of the forensic sciences. Pennsylvania is currently a leader in the nation on national death investigation certification of Coroners. In order to build on this momentum, this legislation will require all Coroners to attain and maintain such certification. In addition to current law, all deputy coroners will also be required to successfully complete certification by the Pennsylvania Coroners Education Board. It will also require all Coroners to maintain at least 12 hours of continuing education annually.

In addition, this legislation will establish uniform review policies for the investigation of child deaths. This continues the efforts of the Legislature over the last two years to more effectively recognize and investigate child abuse. This is particularly important when that child abuse results in the child’s death.

Please join me in making the necessary changes to update this law. Thank you!



Introduced as HB2456