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S.B. 74 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Evan J. Vickers

House Sponsor: John R. Westwood

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides a process for certain entities to identify, claim, and inter the
             10      unclaimed cremated remains of veterans.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    establishes the duties of a veterans remains organization;
             14          .    authorizes a facility holding unclaimed cremated remains to release status
             15      information or the remains; and
             16          .    provides for the participation in the burial process by a state agency.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      ENACTS:
             23          71-7-5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 71-7-5 is enacted to read:
             27          71-7-5. Veterans Remains Organization -- Funeral service establishments --
             28      Liability -- State agency -- Responsibilities.
             29          (1) As used in this section:

             30          (a) "Remains facility" means the same as a funeral service establishment defined in
             31      Section 58-9-102 .
             32          (b) "Status information" means a veteran or a veteran's dependent's name, date of birth,
             33      place of birth, date of death, Social Security number, military service number, branch of
             34      service, and military rank on date of death.
             35          (c) "Veterans Remains Organization" means an entity recognized and authorized by the
             36      United States Veterans Administration and the National Personnel Records Center to verify
             37      and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of United States military veterans or veterans'
             38      dependents.
             39          (2) A veterans remains organization may contact a remains facility for the purpose of
             40      identifying any unclaimed cremated remains of a military veteran or a veteran's dependent.
             41          (a) Upon contact with the remains facility, the organization shall:
             42          (i) provide identifying documentation to the remains facility; and
             43          (ii) with the permission of the remains facility, inventory any unclaimed cremated
             44      remains in order to identify any remains of a veteran or a veteran's dependent.
             45          (b) The organization shall contact the National Personnel Records Center to determine
             46      if any of the unclaimed cremated remains are:
             47          (i) a veteran's or a veteran's dependent's remains; and
             48          (ii) eligible for interment benefits.
             49          (c) The organization shall claim any unclaimed cremated remains from a remains
             50      facility upon providing the facility with proof that the remains are those of a veteran or a
             51      veteran's dependent and are eligible for interment benefits.
             52          (d) The organization shall make arrangements to inter the remains.
             53          (3) A remains facility:
             54          (a) may allow a veterans remains organization, upon presentation of identification, to
             55      inventory unclaimed cremated remains;
             56          (b) shall provide all status information in the remains facility's possession to a veterans
             57      remains organization;

             58          (c) shall release any unclaimed cremated remains to a veterans remains organization
             59      upon presentation of documentation that the remains are of a veteran or a veteran's dependent
             60      who is eligible for burial in a state or national cemetery; and
             61          (d) is not subject to civil liability for release of status information or release of the
             62      unclaimed cremated remains following the presentation of documentation indicating the
             63      remains are those of a veteran or a veteran's dependent and eligible for interment benefits.
             64          (4) The Utah Department of Veteran's Affairs shall, upon presentation of
             65      documentation that certain cremated remains in the possession of a veterans remains
             66      organization are those of a veteran or a veteran's dependent and eligible for interment benefits:
             67          (a) authorize the interment of the cremated remains in a state veterans' cemetery; and
             68          (b) provide assistance to the veterans remains organization in the interment process.

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