H.B. 361





Chief Sponsor: Jim Nielson

Senate Sponsor: Todd Weiler

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the Utah Vital Statistics Act related to stillbirths.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    amends the definition of "dead fetus" in the Utah Vital Statistics Act; and
             13          .    directs the state registrar to issue a certificate of early term stillbirth to a parent who
             14      requests the certificate under certain circumstances.
             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 2013, Chapter 397
             22      ENACTS:
             23           26-2-14.3 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 26-2-2 is amended to read:
             27           26-2-2. Definitions.

             28          As used in this chapter:
             29          (1) "Advanced practice registered nurse" means a person licensed to practice as an
             30      advanced practice registered nurse in this state under Title 58, Chapter 31b, Nurse Practice Act.
             31          (2) "Custodial funeral service director" means a funeral service director who:
             32          (a) is employed by a licensed funeral establishment; and
             33          (b) has custody of a dead body.
             34          (3) "Dead body" or "decedent" means a human body or parts of the human body from
             35      the condition of which it reasonably may be concluded that death occurred.
             36          (4) "Dead fetus" means a product of human conception, other than those circumstances
             37      described in Subsection 76-7-301 (1):
             38          (a) of [16] 20 weeks' gestation or more, calculated from the date the last normal
             39      menstrual period began to the date of delivery; and
             40          (b) that was not born alive.
             41          (5) "Declarant father" means a male who claims to be the genetic father of a child, and,
             42      along with the biological mother, signs a voluntary declaration of paternity to establish the
             43      child's paternity.
             44          (6) "Dispositioner" means:
             45          (a) a person designated in a written instrument, under Subsection 58-9-602 (1), as
             46      having the right and duty to control the disposition of the decedent, if the person voluntarily
             47      acts as the dispositioner; or
             48          (b) the next of kin of the decedent, if:
             49          (i) (A) a person has not been designated as described in Subsection (6)(a); or
             50          (B) the person described in Subsection (6)(a) is unable or unwilling to exercise the
             51      right and duty described in Subsection (6)(a); and
             52          (ii) the next of kin voluntarily acts as the dispositioner.
             53          (7) "File" means the submission of a completed certificate or other similar document,
             54      record, or report as provided under this chapter for registration by the state registrar or a local
             55      registrar.
             56          (8) "Funeral service director" is as defined in Section 58-9-102 .
             57          (9) "Health care facility" is as defined in Section 26-21-2 .
             58          (10) "Health care professional" means a physician or nurse practitioner.

             59          (11) "Licensed funeral establishment" means a funeral service establishment, as
             60      defined in Section 58-9-102 , that is licensed under Title 58, Chapter 9, Funeral Services
             61      Licensing Act.
             62          (12) "Live birth" means the birth of a child who shows evidence of life after the child is
             63      entirely outside of the mother.
             64          (13) "Local registrar" means a person appointed under Subsection 26-2-3 (2)(b).
             65          (14) "Nurse practitioner" means an advanced practice registered nurse specializing as a
             66      nurse practitioner who has completed an education program regarding the completion of a
             67      certificate of death developed by the department by administrative rule adopted in accordance
             68      with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
             69          (15) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice as a physician or osteopath in this
             70      state under Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act, or Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic
             71      Medical Practice Act.
             72          (16) "Presumed father" means the father of a child conceived or born during a marriage
             73      as defined in Section 30-1-17.2 .
             74          (17) "Registration" or "register" means acceptance by the local or state registrar of a
             75      certificate and incorporation of the certificate into the permanent records of the state.
             76          (18) "State registrar" means the state registrar of vital records appointed under
             77      Subsection 26-2-3 (1)(e).
             78          (19) "Vital records" means:
             79          (a) registered certificates or reports of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce,
             80      dissolution of marriage, or annulment;
             81          (b) amendments to any of the registered certificates or reports described in Subsection
             82      (19)(a); and
             83          (c) other similar documents.
             84          (20) "Vital statistics" means the data derived from registered certificates and reports of
             85      birth, death, fetal death, induced termination of pregnancy, marriage, divorce, dissolution of
             86      marriage, or annulment.
             87          Section 2. Section 26-2-14.3 is enacted to read:
             88          26-2-14.3. Certificate of early term stillbirth.
             89          (1) For purposes of this section, "early term stillborn child" means a product of human

             90      conception, other than in the circumstances described in Subsection 76-7-301 (1) that:
             91          (a) is of at least 16 weeks' gestation but less than 20 weeks' gestation, calculated from
             92      the day on which the last normal menstrual period began to the day of delivery; and
             93          (b) was not born alive.
             94          (2) The state registrar shall issue a certificate of early term stillbirth to a parent of an
             95      early term stillborn child if:
             96          (a) the parent requests, on a form created by the state registrar, that the state registrar
             97      register and issue a certificate of birth resulting in early term stillbirth for the early term
             98      stillborn child; and
             99          (b) the parent files with the state registrar:
             100          (i) an accurate copy of the parent's medical records related to the early term stillborn
             101      child, or a signed statement from a physician confirming the birth of the early term stillborn
             102      child; and
             103          (ii) any other record the state registrar determines is necessary for accurate
             104      recordkeeping.
             105          (3) The certificate of birth resulting in early term stillbirth shall meet all of the format
             106      and filing requirements of Section 26-2-4 relating to a live birth.
             107          (4) The person who prepares a certificate under this section shall leave blank any
             108      references to an early term stillborn child's name if the early term stillborn child's parent does
             109      not wish to provide a name for the early term stillborn child.
             110          (5) The state registrar may make rules, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
             111      Administrative Rulemaking Act, to determine:
             112          (a) the additional records required under Subsection (2)(b)(ii); and
             113          (b) the form of the certificate of birth resulting in early term stillbirth.

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