SCS/SB 975 - This act requires all data providers in the death registration process, including the state registrar, local registrars, medical examiners, coroners, or funeral directors to use an electronic death registration system within 6 months of the system being certified by the Department of Health and Senior Services to be operational and available to all data providers in the death registration process.
The State Registrar may adopt pilot programs or voluntary electronic death registration programs until such time as the system can be certified. However, no such pilot or voluntary program shall prevent the filing of a death certificate with the local registrar or the ability to obtain certified copies of death certificates under current law until 6 months after the system is certified as operational. The department shall have in place, within 18 months of certification of the electronic death registration system, such systems so as to allow the funeral director filing the death certificate to print certified copies of the certificates after the certificates have been electronically registered at a licensed funeral establishment. Any fees for the certified copies printed at a funeral establishment shall be directed as if the certified copies were obtained from a local registrar.