1997 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare
By: Representative Endt
House Bill 305
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 41-57-13, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE LIST OF OFFICIALS WHO RECEIVE DEATH CERTIFICATES; TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH TO FORM AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE REGISTRATION OF DEATH CERTIFICATES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 41-57-13, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
41-57-13. (1) Death certificate errors in the recording of personal information of the deceased may be corrected by affidavit of the informant and the funeral director of the funeral home that disposed of the body. Items in the medical certification or of a medical nature may be amended upon receipt of the specified amendment form from (a) the person originally certifying the information or, if deceased or incapacitated, from the person responsible for the completion of such items, or (b) the State Medical Examiner. All other amendments to a death certificate require adjudication by a chancery court in the county of residence of the complainant or in any chancery court district in the state if the complainant is a nonresident. In all such proceedings, the State Board of Health shall be made defendant. No death certificate shall be changed or amended by the State Medical Examiner or any county medical examiner or county medical examiner investigator after he has resigned or been removed from his office as the State Medical Examiner, county medical examiner or county medical examiner investigator.
(2) The local registrar of births and deaths in each county in the state shall, at least monthly, supply the county registrar, the tax assessor and the chairman of the county election commission of each county a list of deaths in said counties of individuals of voting age who have not been previously listed. Such lists shall include the following information for each deceased person: full name (as recorded on the death certificate), Social Security number, date of death, sex, color, age and usual place of residence.
(3) No such payment as is provided for in Section 41-57-11 shall be made by said board of supervisors unless and until said local registrar shall certify that a list of all deaths of individuals of voting age has been filed with the county voting registrar, tax assessor and with the chairman of the county election commission of the last county of residence of the decedent in this state.
(4) In the event that the decedent is a female, who at the time of her death was between the ages of ten (10) and fifty (50) years old, the physician, medical examiner, coroner or other official who certifies the decedent's cause of death shall indicate, where appropriately designated, on the death certificate whether (a) the decedent was pregnant at the time of her death; (b) the decedent had given birth within the preceding ninety (90) days; or (c) the decedent had a miscarriage within the preceding ninety (90) days. This paragraph (4) shall stand repealed on July 1, 1998.
SECTION 2. The State Board of Health shall form an Advisory Committee comprised of organizations which represent various professions concerned about completing and registering death certificates, producing mortality information and satisfying the customers of death data to develop recommendations for reengineering death registration activities in order to enhance registration timeliness, data quality and information utility and to examine the feasibility of utilizing technological advances including an electronic death registration system. The committee shall make a recommendation to the Senate and House Public Health and Welfare Committees by December 15, 1997.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.