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H.B. 387

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VITAL STATISTICS ACT AMENDMENTS

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Jim Nielson

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Senate Sponsor: Todd Weiler

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions in the Utah Vital Statistics Act.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    amends the definition of "dead fetus" in the Vital Statistics Act to mean a product of
             13      human conception of 16 weeks' gestation or more, calculated from the date the last
             14      normal menstrual period began to the date of delivery, that was not born alive.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          26-2-2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 27
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             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 26-2-2 is amended to read:
             25           26-2-2. Definitions.
             26          As used in this chapter:
             27          (1) "Advanced practice registered nurse" means a person licensed to practice as an


             28      advanced practice registered nurse in this state under Title 58, Chapter 31b, Nurse Practice Act.
             29          (2) "Custodial funeral service director" means a funeral service director who:
             30          (a) is employed by a licensed funeral establishment; and
             31          (b) has custody of a dead body.
             32          (3) "Dead body" or "decedent" means a human body or parts of the human body from
             33      the condition of which it reasonably may be concluded that death occurred.
             34          (4) "Dead fetus" means a product of human conception:
             35          (a) of [20] 16 weeks' gestation or more, calculated from the date the last normal
             36      menstrual period began to the date of delivery; and
             37          (b) that was not born alive.
             38          (5) "Declarant father" means a male who claims to be the genetic father of a child, and,
             39      along with the biological mother, signs a voluntary declaration of paternity to establish the
             40      child's paternity.
             41          (6) "Dispositioner" means:
             42          (a) a person designated in a written instrument, under Subsection 58-9-602 (1), as
             43      having the right and duty to control the disposition of the decedent, if the person voluntarily
             44      acts as the dispositioner; or
             45          (b) the next of kin of the decedent, if:
             46          (i) (A) a person has not been designated as described in Subsection (6)(a); or
             47          (B) the person described in Subsection (6)(a) is unable or unwilling to exercise the
             48      right and duty described in Subsection (6)(a); and
             49          (ii) the next of kin voluntarily acts as the dispositioner.
             50          (7) "File" means the submission of a completed certificate or other similar document,
             51      record, or report as provided under this chapter for registration by the state registrar or a local
             52      registrar.
             53          (8) "Funeral service director" is as defined in Section 58-9-102 .
             54          (9) "Health care facility" is as defined in Section 26-21-2 .
             55          (10) "Health care professional" means a physician or nurse practitioner.
             56          (11) "Licensed funeral establishment" means a funeral service establishment, as
             57      defined in Section 58-9-102 , that is licensed under Title 58, Chapter 9, Funeral Services
             58      Licensing Act.


             59          (12) "Live birth" means the birth of a child who shows evidence of life after the child is
             60      entirely outside of the mother.
             61          (13) "Local registrar" means a person appointed under Subsection 26-2-3 (2)(b).
             62          (14) "Nurse practitioner" means an advanced practice registered nurse specializing as a
             63      nurse practitioner who has completed an education program regarding the completion of a
             64      certificate of death developed by the department by administrative rule adopted in accordance
             65      with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
             66          (15) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice as a physician or osteopath in this
             67      state under Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act or Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic
             68      Medical Practice Act.
             69          (16) "Presumed father" means the father of a child conceived or born during a marriage
             70      as defined in Section 30-1-17.2 .
             71          (17) "Registration" or "register" means acceptance by the local or state registrar of a
             72      certificate and incorporation of the certificate into the permanent records of the state.
             73          (18) "State registrar" means the state registrar of vital records appointed under
             74      Subsection 26-2-3 (1)(e).
             75          (19) "Vital records" means:
             76          (a) registered certificates or reports of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce,
             77      dissolution of marriage, or annulment;
             78          (b) amendments to any of the registered certificates or reports described in Subsection
             79      (19)(a); and
             80          (c) other similar documents.
             81          (20) "Vital statistics" means the data derived from registered certificates and reports of
             82      birth, death, fetal death, induced termination of pregnancy, marriage, divorce, dissolution of
             83      marriage, or annulment.




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