- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska lawmakers are considering a measure that makes changes to the state’s autopsy and death certificate process.

Supporters say SB161 and HB301 would help to ease burdens on grieving families in rural Alaska.

The measure would direct the state medical examiner’s office to use existing technology in rural health facilities to make preliminary decisions on whether remains need to be transported to Anchorage for further examination.

It also allows copies of death certificates to be issued in the region of the death, and strengthens provisions allowing the medical examiner’s office to transport remains to the family’s home instead of the place of death.

Rep. Bob Herron, a Democrat from Bethel, says if a fisherman or hunter dies many miles from home, it makes little sense to return the body to the community closest to where the death occurred.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.adn.com

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