Florida Senate - 2016                                     SB 620
       By Senator Grimsley
       21-00634-16                                            2016620__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to medical examiners; amending s.
    3         382.011, F.S.; providing that a member of the public
    4         may not be charged for certain examinations,
    5         investigations, or autopsies; authorizing a county to
    6         charge a medical examiner approval fee under certain
    7         circumstances; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 382.011, Florida
   12  Statutes, is amended to read:
   13         382.011 Medical examiner determination of cause of death.—
   14         (1) In the case of any death or fetal death involving the
   15  circumstances due to causes or conditions listed in s. 406.11(1)
   16  s. 406.11, any death that occurred more than 12 months after the
   17  decedent was last treated by a primary or attending physician as
   18  defined in s. 382.008(3), or any death for which there is reason
   19  to believe that the death may have been due to an unlawful act
   20  or neglect, the funeral director or other person to whose
   21  attention the death may come shall refer the case to the
   22  district medical examiner of the county in which the death
   23  occurred or the body was found for investigation and
   24  determination of the cause of death. A county or district
   25  medical examiner may not charge a member of the public a fee for
   26  an examination, investigation, or autopsy performed to determine
   27  the cause of death involving the circumstances listed in s.
   28  406.11(1). However, a county, by resolution or ordinance of the
   29  board of county commissioners, may charge a member of the public
   30  a fee for medical examiner approval not to exceed $50 when a
   31  body is to be cremated, buried at sea, or dissected, provided
   32  the fee is not charged for a death under the jurisdiction of the
   33  medical examiner when such death involves the circumstances
   34  listed in s. 406.11(1)(a).
   35         Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2016.