SB 547
Grants courts power to appoint trustees to disburse funds for health care when a patient is in a persistent vegetative state
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Last Action:
4/6/2005 - Hearing Conducted S Aging, Families, Mental & Public Health Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2005

Current Bill Summary

SB 547 - This act provides that when a dispute arises regarding sustaining the life of a patient who is in a persistent vegetative state, the court may award custody to any party willing to continue care. The court must take into account the relationship the party has with the patient and the degree of consanguinity. If there is a financial settlement or sizeable estate at issue, the court may appoint a trustee to disburse funds for appropriate care.