CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
HOUSE BILL 1216
2001 Regular Legislative Session
Passed by the House March 9, 2001
Yeas 93 Nays 0
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 5, 2001
Yeas 47 Nays 0
We, Timothy A. Martin and Cynthia Zehnder, Co-Chief Clerks of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1216 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
President of the Senate
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
HOUSE BILL 1216
Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Representatives Lambert, O'Brien, Carrell and Delvin
Read first time 01/19/2001. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AN ACT Relating to investigating sudden unexplained deaths of children; and amending RCW 43.103.100 and 68.50.104.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 43.103.100 and 1991 c 176 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The council shall research and develop an appropriate training component on the subject of sudden, unexplained child death, including but not limited to sudden infant death syndrome. The training component shall include, at a minimum:
Medical information on sudden, unexplained child death for first responders,
including awareness and sensitivity in dealing with families and child care
providers, and the importance of forensically competent death scene investigation;
Information on community resources and support groups available to assist
families who have lost a child to sudden, unexplained death, including sudden
infant death syndrome; and
and adoption of an up-to-date protocol of investigation in cases of sudden,
unexplained child death, including the importance of a consistent policy of
thorough death scene investigation, and an autopsy in unresolved cases as
appropriate; (4))) (c) The value of timely communication
between the county coroner or medical examiner and the public health
department, when a sudden, unexplained child death occurs, in order to achieve
a better understanding of such deaths, and connecting families to various
community and public health support systems to enhance recovery from grief.
(2) The council
shall work with volunteer groups with expertise in the area of sudden,
unexplained child death, including but not limited to the SIDS ((
Regional Center at Children's Hospital, the Washington chapter of the national
SIDS)) foundation(( ,)) of Washington and the Washington
association of county officials.
of an appropriate curriculum, agreed upon by the council, the training module
shall be offered to first responders, coroners, medical examiners, prosecuting
attorneys serving as coroners, and investigators, both voluntarily through
their various associations and as a course offering at the criminal justice
(3) Basic training for death investigators offered by the Washington association of coroners and medical examiners and the criminal justice training commission shall include a module which specifically addresses the investigations of the sudden unexplained deaths of children under the age of three. The training module shall include a scene investigation protocol endorsed or developed by the council. A similar training curriculum shall be required for city and county law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel certified by the department of health as part of their basic training through the criminal justice training commission or the department of health emergency medical training certification program.
(4) Each county shall use a protocol that has been endorsed or developed by the council for scene investigations of the sudden unexplained deaths of children under the age of three. The council may utilize guidelines from the center for disease control and other appropriate resources.
(5) The council shall develop a protocol for autopsies of children under the age of three whose deaths are sudden and unexplained. This protocol shall be used by pathologists who are not certified by the American board of pathology in forensic pathology, and who are providing autopsy services to coroners and medical examiners.
Sec. 2. RCW 68.50.104 and 1983 1st ex.s. c 16 s 14 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The cost of
autopsy shall be borne by the county in which the autopsy is performed, except
when requested by the department of labor and industries, in which case, the
department shall bear the cost of such autopsy((
; and except when performed
on a body of an infant under the age of three years by the University of
Washington medical school, in which case the medical school shall bear the cost
of such autopsy)).
(2) Except as
provided in (c) of this subsection, when the county bears the cost of an
autopsy, it shall be reimbursed from the death investigations((
account, established by RCW 43.79.445, as follows:
Up to forty percent of the cost of contracting for the services of a
pathologist to perform an autopsy; (( and (2))) (b) Up to twenty-five percent of the
salary of pathologists who are primarily engaged in performing autopsies and
are (( (a))) (i) county coroners or county medical examiners, or
(( (b))) (ii) employees of a county coroner or county medical
(c) When the county bears the cost of an autopsy of a child under the age of three whose death was sudden and unexplained, the county shall be reimbursed for the expenses of the autopsy when the death scene investigation and the autopsy have been conducted under RCW 43.103.100 (4) and (5), and the autopsy has been done at a facility designed for the performance of autopsies.
Payments from the account shall be made pursuant to biennial appropriation: PROVIDED, That no county may reduce funds appropriated for this purpose below 1983 budgeted levels.
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