CHAPTER 368i*
ANATOMICAL DONATIONS

      *See Secs. 19a-91 and 19a-504 re transportation of bodies of deceased persons.

      Cited. 204 C. 399.


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Sec. 19a-270. (Formerly Sec. 19-139). Bodies for anatomical purposes.
Sec. 19a-270a. (Formerly Sec. 19a-283). Disposition of remains of bodies.
Sec. 19a-270b. (Formerly Sec. 19a-284). Bodies to be used for medical study.
Secs. 19a-271 to 19a-279. Donation of bodies for anatomical purposes: Generally.
Secs. 19a-279a to 19a-281. Anatomical gifts: Definitions. Making, amending, revoking and refusing to make an anatomical gift by an individual. Classes of persons who may make an anatomical gift of all or a part of decedent's body. Role of Chief Medical Examiner. Discussion and request re anatomical gift, search and notification re document of gift or evidence of refusal. Persons who may become donees, purposes for which anatomical gifts may be made. Delivery of document of gift. Rights and duties at death. Coordination of procurement and use. Examination, autopsy, liability. Transitional provision. Regulations. Sale of blood, tissue and organs. Prohibition against transfer for valuable consideration of any human organ for use in human transplantation; penalty. Removal of corneal or pituitary tissue during autopsy; authorization.
Sec. 19a-282. (Formerly Sec. 19-140). When the delivery of bodies is prohibited.
Secs. 19a-283 and 19a-284.
Sec. 19a-285. (Formerly Sec. 19-142a). Consent by minor to medical, dental, health or hospital services for child.
Sec. 19a-285a. Donation of blood by minors.
Sec. 19a-286. (Formerly Sec. 19-143). Autopsy consent. Autopsy arrangements, rights and responsibilities. Informed autopsy consent form.
Sec. 19a-287. (Formerly Sec. 19-144). Penalty.
Sec. 19a-288. (Formerly Sec. 19-145). Delivering or receiving corpse for speculation; penalty.
Sec. 19a-289. Short title: Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.
Sec. 19a-289a. Definitions.
Sec. 19a-289b. Scope.
Sec. 19a-289c. Persons who may make an anatomical gift during the life of the donor.
Sec. 19a-289d. Methods of making anatomical gifts.
Sec. 19a-289e. Methods of amending or revoking an anatomical gift.
Sec. 19a-289f. Methods of refusing to make an anatomical gift.
Sec. 19a-289g. Effect of anatomical gift, amendment, revocation or refusal.
Sec. 19a-289h. Priority of persons who may make an anatomical gift of a decedent's body or part.
Sec. 19a-289i. Methods of making or revoking an anatomical gift of a decedent.
Sec. 19a-289j. Persons who may receive an anatomical gift. Purpose of anatomical gift.
Sec. 19a-289k. Persons responsible for making a reasonable search of donor intent to make an anatomical gift.
Sec. 19a-289l. Delivery of document of gift.
Sec. 19a-289m. Rights and responsibilities of a procurement organization. Donee's rights. Procedures for removing or transplanting donated body parts.
Sec. 19a-289n. Agreements between hospitals and procurement organizations.
Sec. 19a-289o. Prohibition against transfer for valuable consideration of any part. Permissible charges.
Sec. 19a-289p. Prohibited acts re document of gift.
Sec. 19a-289q. Immunity. Implied warranties not applicable. Determining whether an anatomical gift has been made.
Sec. 19a-289r. Choice of law.
Sec. 19a-289s. Requirements re donor registry.
Sec. 19a-289t. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to cooperate with procurement organizations.
Sec. 19a-289u. Uniformity of application and construction of act.
Sec. 19a-289v. Relation to Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.
Secs. 19a-290 to 19a-294.

      Sec. 19a-270. (Formerly Sec. 19-139). Bodies for anatomical purposes. The first selectman of any town, the mayor of any city, the administrative head of any state correctional institution or the superintendent or person in charge of any almshouse, asylum, hospital, morgue or other public institution which is supported, in whole or in part, at public expense, having in his or her possession or control the dead body of any person which, if not claimed as provided in this section, would have to be buried at public expense, or at the expense of any such institution, shall, immediately upon the death of such person, notify such person's relatives thereof, if known, and, if such relatives are not known, shall notify the person or persons bringing or committing such person to such institution. Such official shall, within twenty-four hours from the time such body came into his or her possession or control, give notice thereof to the Department of Public Health and shall deliver such body to The University of Connecticut, the Yale University School of Medicine or the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic or its successor institution, as said department may direct and in accordance with an agreement to be made among said universities in such manner as is directed by said department and at the expense of the university receiving the body, if The University of Connecticut, Yale University, or the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic or its successor institution, at any time within one year, has given notice to any of such officials that such bodies would be needed for the purposes specified in section 19a-270b; provided any such body shall not have been claimed by a relative, either by blood or marriage, or a legal representative of such deceased person prior to delivery to any of said universities. The university receiving such body shall not embalm such body for a period of at least forty-eight hours after death, and any relative, either by blood or marriage, or a legal representative of such deceased person may claim such body during said period. If any such body is not disposed of in either manner specified in this section, it may be cremated or buried. When any person has in his or her possession or control the dead body of any person which would have to be buried at public expense or at the expense of any such institution, he or she shall, within forty-eight hours after such body has come into his or her possession or control, file, with the registrar of the town within which such death occurred, a certificate of death as provided in section 7-62b, unless such certificate has been filed by a funeral director. Before any such body is removed to any of said universities, the official or person contemplating such removal shall secure a removal, transit and burial permit which shall be delivered with the body to the official in charge of such university, who shall make return of such removal, transit and burial permit in the manner provided in section 7-66.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4214; 1953, 1955, S. 2143d; 1963, P.A. 642, S. 18; 1967, P.A. 53; 1969, P.A. 699, S. 24; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 85-613, S. 52, 154; P.A. 92-11; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 04-255, S. 18; P.A. 07-104, S. 6; P.A. 09-232, S. 23.)

      History: 1963 act deleted sheriff, jailer and master of workhouse from list of officers required to notify relatives of death of person who may require burial at public expense; 1967 act added exception re bodies removed to universities under provisions of Sec. 7-70; 1969 act deleted county coroners, State Prison warden and state jail administrator from list of officers required to notify relatives of person's death and added to the list administrative heads of state correctional institutions; P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-139 transferred to Sec. 19a-270 in 1983; P.A. 85-613 made technical change, substituting reference to Sec. 7-62b for reference to Sec. 7-62; P.A. 92-11 added the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic to list of institutions to which the section applies; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 04-255 replaced references to "burial or transit permit" with references to "burial transit removal permit" and deleted provision re no requirement to return body to town after removal to a university; P.A. 07-104 made technical changes and renamed burial transit removal permit as removal, transit and burial permit, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 09-232 replaced reference to Sec. 7-72 with reference to Sec. 7-66.

      See Sec. 19a-91 re transportation of bodies of deceased persons.

      Cited. 194 C. 635.

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      Sec. 19a-270a. (Formerly Sec. 19a-283). Disposition of remains of bodies. The professors and teachers in the institutions designated in section 19a-270 shall dispose of the remains of all bodies, received in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, in a manner consistent with public propriety and as directed by the Department of Public Health, after the same have answered the purposes of study. Said department shall keep a record of the name, sex and last residence, if known, of each person whose body is so received.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4216; 1953, S. 2145d; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-141 transferred to Sec. 19a-283 in 1983; Sec. 19a-283 transferred to Sec. 19a-270a in 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995.

      Annotation to former section 19a-283:

      Cited. 194 C. 635.


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      Sec. 19a-270b. (Formerly Sec. 19a-284). Bodies to be used for medical study. Such bodies shall be used for the purposes of medical and surgical study only, in a manner consistent with public propriety, and in this state only.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4217.)

      History: Sec. 19-142 transferred to Sec. 19a-284 in 1983; Sec. 19a-284 transferred to Sec. 19a-270b in 1993.

      Annotation to former section 19a-284:

      Cited. 194 C. 635.


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      Secs. 19a-271 to 19a-279. Donation of bodies for anatomical purposes: Generally. Sections 19a-271 to 19a-279, inclusive, are repealed.

      (1961, P.A. 268; 1969, P.A. 425, S. 1-9; P.A. 77-143, S. 1, 2; 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 79-47, S. 5; 79-556; 79-631, S. 102, 111; P.A. 80-190, S. 7; P.A. 86-88; P.A. 88-318, S. 14, 15.)

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      Secs. 19a-279a to 19a-281. Anatomical gifts: Definitions. Making, amending, revoking and refusing to make an anatomical gift by an individual. Classes of persons who may make an anatomical gift of all or a part of decedent's body. Role of Chief Medical Examiner. Discussion and request re anatomical gift, search and notification re document of gift or evidence of refusal. Persons who may become donees, purposes for which anatomical gifts may be made. Delivery of document of gift. Rights and duties at death. Coordination of procurement and use. Examination, autopsy, liability. Transitional provision. Regulations. Sale of blood, tissue and organs. Prohibition against transfer for valuable consideration of any human organ for use in human transplantation; penalty. Removal of corneal or pituitary tissue during autopsy; authorization. Sections 19a-279a to 19a-281, inclusive, are repealed, effective October 1, 2010.

      (1971, P.A. 397; P.A. 79-278; P.A. 82-260; P.A. 88-318, S. 1-13, 15; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-79, S. 60, 189; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 98-172, S. 1, 2, 4; P.A. 99-102, S. 19; P.A. 99-120, S. 1, 2; P.A. 02-105, S. 5; P.A. 04-122, S. 3-6; P.A. 05-288, S. 76; P.A. 06-195, S. 62; P.A. 10-123, S. 31.)

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      Sec. 19a-282. (Formerly Sec. 19-140). When the delivery of bodies is prohibited. No notice shall be given, and no body delivered, under the provisions of section 19a-270, in the case of a person dying of Asiatic cholera, yellow fever, scarlet fever, typhus fever, smallpox, diphtheria, membranous croup or measles; nor shall the body of any person known to any such officer to have relatives, either by blood or marriage, be delivered without their consent; nor shall the body of any person detained on civil process or for trial for any criminal offense, or of any traveler or stranger other than a tramp or vagrant, or of a person who is known to have expressed a desire that his body should be buried, be so delivered. The body of any person so delivered, if subsequently claimed by any relative or friend for burial, shall be given up to him for that purpose.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4215; 1953, S. 2144d.)

      History: Sec. 19-140 transferred to Sec. 19a-282 in 1983.

      Cited. 194 C. 635.

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      Secs. 19a-283 and 19a-284. Transferred to Secs. 19a-270a and 19a-270b, respectively.

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      Sec. 19a-285. (Formerly Sec. 19-142a). Consent by minor to medical, dental, health or hospital services for child. (a) Any minor who has been married or who has borne a child may give effective consent to medical, dental, health and hospital services for his or her child.

      (b) Any such minor who has given effective consent as provided in subsection (a) of this section shall be legally liable for any fees, costs or expenses incurred as a result of the rendering of any such service.

      (1971, P.A. 304, S. 1-3; P.A. 73-616, S. 16.)

      History: P.A. 73-616 deleted Subsec. (a) re consent of minors 18 or older for medical, dental, health and hospital services and for organ transplants and relettered remaining Subsecs. accordingly; Sec. 19-142a transferred to Sec. 19a-285 in 1983.

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      Sec. 19a-285a. Donation of blood by minors. Any person who is seventeen years of age or older shall have the legal capacity, without written authorization of his or her parent or guardian, to donate blood or any component thereof and to consent to the withdrawal of blood from his or her body, in conjunction with any voluntary blood donation program.

      (P.A. 83-294.)

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      Sec. 19a-286. (Formerly Sec. 19-143). Autopsy consent. Autopsy arrangements, rights and responsibilities. Informed autopsy consent form. (a) Whenever any person dies and no postmortem examination or autopsy has been ordered pursuant to subsection (b) of section 19a-406, no physician shall conduct or assist in conducting any postmortem examination or autopsy upon the body of such deceased person without first obtaining the consent of whichever one of the following persons, eighteen years of age or older, assumes custody of the body for the purposes of burial: Father, mother, husband, wife, child, guardian, next of kin, friend, a person designated by the deceased person in accordance with section 45a-318 or any person charged by law with the responsibility for burial. If two or more persons assume custody of the body, consent of one of them shall be deemed sufficient. Prior to January 1, 2002, any such consent may be in writing or may be given by telegram, and any telegram purporting to have been sent by a person authorized to give such consent shall be conclusively presumed to have been sent by such person, or may be given by telephone, provided a record of any such consent by telephone shall be kept by such physician for not less than three years. On and after January 1, 2002, such consent shall be made pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, provided such consent may be communicated in person, by telephone, electronically, by mail or by courier. If the physician who is to conduct or assist in conducting any postmortem examination or autopsy, after due inquiry and diligence, is unable to find any person authorized to give consent as provided for in this subsection, such postmortem examination or autopsy may be made by such physician without such consent but only after a reasonable time, which shall not be less than twelve hours nor more than forty-eight hours, has elapsed. Any person violating any provision of this subsection or subsection (b) of this section shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars.

      (b) Any person authorized to consent to an autopsy under subsection (a) of this section may make arrangements for an autopsy to be performed at any institution that routinely performs autopsies by any physician who is qualified to perform autopsies at such institution. The person requesting the autopsy shall be responsible for arranging for the autopsy and any necessary associated services and for the payment of any costs incurred. Information concerning the rights and responsibilities under this subsection shall be contained in the institution's patient bill of rights and shall be included in all written material that describes the institution's autopsy policy. A copy of the institution's patient bill of rights containing such information shall be given to the person who assumes custody of the body of the deceased person prior to the signing of an autopsy consent form by the person who assumes such custody. The institution shall provide such information in writing in a language understood by the person who assumes custody of the body of the deceased person.

      (c) Not later than January 1, 2002, the Commissioner of Public Health, in consultation with the Chief Medical Examiner, shall develop minimum requirements for an informed autopsy consent form that: (1) Includes clear information naming the institution and department that will perform the autopsy; (2) provides the family member or other person who assumes custody of the body of the deceased person as provided in subsection (a) of this section with an opportunity to place any restrictions or limitations on the autopsy or to express any concerns that such family member or other person may have; and (3) provides for documented and witnessed consent. Such minimum requirements shall include procedures for the oral communication of the information required by subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of this subsection, including communication by telephone, as provided in subsection (a) of this section, and shall include procedures for the written or telephonic acknowledgment of receipt of an institution's patient bill of rights containing its autopsy policy. Such minimum requirements shall not be deemed to be regulations, as defined in section 4-166.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4219; 1953, S. 2147d; 1969, P.A. 699, S. 25; 1971, P.A. 426; P.A. 99-72; P.A. 01-122.)

      History: 1969 act replaced reference to deaths "not caused by, or ... the result of, the criminal act, omission or negligence of another" with reference to deaths where "no postmortem examination or autopsy has been ordered ..."; 1971 act replaced "written" consent with consent "in writing" and allowed consent by telephone, provided that record of telephone consent be kept by physician for at least three years; Sec. 19-143 transferred to Sec. 19a-286 in 1983; P.A. 99-72 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added new Subsec. (b) re autopsy by nonaffiliated physician; P.A. 01-122 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re person designated in accordance with Sec. 45a-318, adding provision re consent in accordance with Subsec. (c) and making technical changes, amended Subsec. (b) by replacing provisions re autopsy performance or attendance by a nonaffiliated physician with provisions re autopsy arrangements, rights, responsibilities and information, and added new Subsec. (c) re informed autopsy consent form.

      Statute not applicable to autopsy of stillborn nonviable fetus with a gestational age of nineteen weeks. 46 CS 204.

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      Sec. 19a-287. (Formerly Sec. 19-144). Penalty. Any selectman, or mayor, the Chief Medical Examiner or deputy medical examiner or an assistant medical examiner, or the administrative head of any state correctional institution, or the superintendent or person in charge of any almshouse, asylum, hospital, morgue or other public institution which is supported, in whole or in part, at public expense, who delivers a corpse, for the purposes of medical and surgical study, to any person in violation of any provision of this chapter, or any person who violates any provision of this chapter for which no other penalty is prescribed, or any person knowing that the deceased had relatives, either by blood or marriage, who desired to give the body a decent burial, or to whom the deceased had expressed a desire that his body should be buried, who wilfully neglects or refuses to give information thereof to the persons in charge of such body, having reasonable opportunity for so doing and having knowledge of the fact that such body may be delivered for medical or surgical purposes, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4220; 1963, P.A. 642, S. 19; 1969, P.A. 425, S. 10; 699, S. 26.)

      History: 1963 act deleted obsolete references to delivery by sheriff or jailer, substituting state jail administrator; 1969 acts deleted coroners, added chief, deputy and assistant medical examiners and replaced state jail administrator with administrative heads of state correctional institutions and replaced masters of almshouses, asylums, hospitals, etc. with superintendents or persons in charge of such facilities as persons subject to fine; Sec. 19-144 transferred to Sec. 19a-287 in 1983.

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      Sec. 19a-288. (Formerly Sec. 19-145). Delivering or receiving corpse for speculation; penalty. Any person who delivers or receives a corpse for the purpose of speculation or pecuniary profit shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars and imprisoned not more than one year.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4221.)

      History: Sec. 19-145 transferred to Sec. 19a-288 in 1983.

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      Sec. 19a-289. Short title: Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. Sections 19a-289 to 19a-289v, inclusive, may be cited as the "Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act."

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 1.)

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      Sec. 19a-289a. Definitions. As used in sections 19a-289a to 19a-289v, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires:

      (1) "Adult" means an individual who is at least eighteen years of age.

      (2) "Agent" means an individual:

      (A) Authorized to make health care decisions on the principal's behalf by a power of attorney for health care; or

      (B) Expressly authorized to make an anatomical gift on the principal's behalf by any other record signed by the principal.

      (3) "Anatomical gift" means a donation of all or part of a human body to take effect after the donor's death for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research or education.

      (4) "Decedent" means a deceased individual whose body or part is or may be the source of an anatomical gift, including a stillborn infant and, subject to restrictions imposed by law other than the provisions of sections 19a-289a to 19a-289v, inclusive, a fetus.

      (5) "Disinterested witness" (A) means a witness other than the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, grandparent or guardian of the individual who makes, amends, revokes or refuses to make an anatomical gift, or another adult who exhibited special care and concern for the individual, and (B) does not include a person to whom an anatomical gift could pass under section 19a-289j.

      (6) "Document of gift" means a donor card or other record used to make an anatomical gift, including a statement or symbol on an operator's license or identification card or inclusion in a donor registry.

      (7) "Donor" means an individual whose body or part is the subject of an anatomical gift.

      (8) "Donor registry" means the state donor registry maintained pursuant to the provisions of section 14-42a and includes any other database that identifies donors and conforms with the provisions of section 19a-289s.

      (9) "Eye bank" means a person that is licensed, accredited or regulated under federal or state law to engage in the recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage or distribution of human eyes or portions of human eyes.

      (10) "Guardian" (A) means a person appointed by a court to make decisions regarding the support, care, education, health or welfare of an individual, and (B) does not include a guardian ad litem.

      (11) "Hospital" means a facility licensed as a hospital under chapter 368v or the law of any other state or a facility operated as a hospital by the United States, a state or a subdivision of a state.

      (12) "Identification card" means an identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

      (13) "Knows" or "knowingly" means to have actual knowledge.

      (14) "Minor" means an individual who is under eighteen years of age.

      (15) "Operator's license" means a license or permit issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles to operate a vehicle, whether or not conditions are attached to such license or permit.

      (16) "Organ procurement organization" means a person designated by the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services as an organ procurement organization.

      (17) "Parent" means a parent whose parental rights have not been terminated.

      (18) "Part" (A) means an organ, an eye or tissue of a human being, and (B) does not include the whole body.

      (19) "Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity.

      (20) "Physician" means an individual authorized to practice medicine or osteopathy under chapter 370 or the law of any other state.

      (21) "Procurement organization" means a person licensed, accredited or approved under federal laws or the laws of any state, as a nonprofit organ procurement organization, eye or tissue bank.

      (22) "Prospective donor" means an individual, except for an individual who has made a refusal, who is dead or near death and has been determined by a procurement organization to have a part that could be medically suitable for transplantation, therapy, research or education.

      (23) "Reasonably available" means able to be contacted by a procurement organization without undue effort and willing and able to act in a timely manner consistent with existing medical criteria necessary for the making of an anatomical gift.

      (24) "Recipient" means an individual into whose body a decedent's part has been or is intended to be transplanted.

      (25) "Record" means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.

      (26) "Refusal" means a record created under section 19a-289f that expressly states an intent to bar other persons from making an anatomical gift of an individual's body or part.

      (27) "Sign" means, with the present intent to authenticate or adopt a record:

      (A) To execute or adopt a tangible symbol; or

      (B) To attach to or logically associate with the record an electronic symbol, sound or process.

      (28) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

      (29) "Technician" means an individual, including an enucleator, determined to be qualified to remove or process parts by an appropriate organization that is licensed, accredited or regulated under federal or state law.

      (30) "Tissue" means a portion of the human body other than an organ or an eye, and excludes blood unless such blood is donated for the purpose of research or education.

      (31) "Tissue bank" means a person that is licensed, accredited or regulated under federal or state law to engage in the recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage or distribution of tissue.

      (32) "Transplant hospital" means a hospital that furnishes organ transplants and other medical and surgical specialty services required for the care of transplant patients.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 2.)

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      Sec. 19a-289b. Scope. The provisions of sections 14-42 and 19a-289 to 19a-289v, inclusive, apply to an anatomical gift or amendment to, revocation of, or refusal to make an anatomical gift, whenever made.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 3.)

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      Sec. 19a-289c. Persons who may make an anatomical gift during the life of the donor. Subject to the provisions of section 19a-289g, an anatomical gift of a donor's body or part may be made during the life of the donor for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research or education in the manner provided in section 19a-289d by: (1) The donor, if the donor is an adult or if the donor is a minor and is: (A) Emancipated; or (B) authorized under state law to apply for an operator's license or identification card; (2) an agent of the donor, including, but not limited to, a health care representative appointed under section 19a-576, unless the power of attorney for health care or other record prohibits the agent from making an anatomical gift; (3) a parent of the donor, if the donor is an unemancipated minor; or (4) the donor's guardian.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 4.)

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      Sec. 19a-289d. Methods of making anatomical gifts. (a) A donor may make an anatomical gift: (1) By authorizing donor designation in a donor registry; (2) by means of a will; (3) during a terminal illness or injury of the donor, by any form of communication addressed to at least two adults, at least one of whom is a disinterested witness; or (4) through execution of a record pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

      (b) A donor or other person authorized to make an anatomical gift under section 19a-289c may make a gift by a donor card or other record signed by the donor or other person making the gift or by authorizing that a statement or symbol indicating that the donor has made an anatomical gift be included on a donor registry. If the donor or other person is physically unable to sign a record, the record may be signed by another individual at the direction of the donor or other person and shall: (1) Be witnessed by at least two adults, at least one of whom is a disinterested witness, who have signed at the request of the donor or the other person; and (2) state that it has been signed and witnessed as provided in subdivision (1) of this subsection.

      (c) Revocation, suspension, expiration or cancellation of an operator's license or identification card issued to a donor shall not invalidate an anatomical gift.

      (d) An anatomical gift made by will takes effect upon the donor's death whether or not the will is probated. Invalidation of the will after the donor's death shall not invalidate the gift.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 5.)

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      Sec. 19a-289e. Methods of amending or revoking an anatomical gift. (a) Subject to the provisions of section 19a-289g, a donor or other person authorized to make an anatomical gift under section 19a-289c may amend or revoke an anatomical gift by: (1) A record signed by (A) the donor; (B) the other person; or (C) subject to subsection (b) of this section, another individual acting at the direction of the donor or the other person if the donor or other person is physically unable to sign; or (2) a subsequently executed document of gift that amends or revokes a previous anatomical gift or portion of an anatomical gift, either expressly or by inconsistency.

      (b) A record signed pursuant to subparagraph (C) of subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section shall: (1) Be witnessed by at least two adults, at least one of whom is a disinterested witness, who have signed at the request of the donor or the other person; and (2) state that such record has been signed and witnessed as provided for in subsection (a) of this section.

      (c) Subject to the provisions of section 19a-289g, a donor or other person authorized to make an anatomical gift under section 19a-289c may revoke an anatomical gift by the destruction or cancellation of the document of gift, or the portion of the document of gift used to make the gift, with the intent to revoke the gift.

      (d) A donor may amend or revoke an anatomical gift that was not made in a will by any form of communication during a terminal illness or injury addressed to at least two adults, at least one of whom is a disinterested witness.

      (e) A donor who makes an anatomical gift in a will may amend or revoke the gift in the manner provided for amendment or revocation of wills or as provided in subsection (a) of this section.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 6.)

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      Sec. 19a-289f. Methods of refusing to make an anatomical gift. (a) An individual may refuse to make an anatomical gift of the individual's body or part by: (1) A record signed by: (A) The individual; or (B) subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, another individual acting at the direction of the individual if the individual is physically unable to sign; (2) the individual's will, whether or not the will is admitted to probate or invalidated after the individual's death; or (3) any form of communication made by the individual during the individual's terminal illness or injury addressed to at least two adults, at least one of whom is a disinterested witness.

      (b) A record signed pursuant to subparagraph (B) of subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section shall: (1) Be witnessed by at least two adults, at least one of whom is a disinterested witness, who have signed at the request of the individual; and (2) state that such record has been signed and witnessed as provided for in subsection (a) of this section.

      (c) An individual who has made a refusal may amend or revoke such refusal: (1) In the manner provided in subsection (a) of this section for making a refusal; (2) by subsequently making an anatomical gift pursuant to section 19a-289d that is inconsistent with the refusal; or (3) by destroying or canceling the record evidencing the refusal, or the portion of the record used to make the refusal, with the intent to revoke the refusal.

      (d) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (g) of section 19a-289g, in the absence of an express, contrary indication by the individual set forth in the refusal, an individual's unrevoked refusal to make an anatomical gift of the individual's body or part bars all other persons from making an anatomical gift of the individual's body or part.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 7.)

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      Sec. 19a-289g. Effect of anatomical gift, amendment, revocation or refusal. (a) Except as provided in subsection (g) of this section and subject to the provisions of subsection (f) of this section, in the absence of an express, contrary indication by the donor, a person other than the donor is barred from making, amending or revoking an anatomical gift of a donor's body or part if the donor made an anatomical gift of the donor's body or part under section 19a-289d or an amendment to an anatomical gift of the donor's body or part under section 19a-289e.

      (b) A donor's revocation of an anatomical gift of the donor's body or part under section 19a-289e is not a refusal and does not bar another person specified in section 19a-289c or 19a-289h from making an anatomical gift of the donor's body or part under section 19a-289d or 19a-289i.

      (c) If a person other than the donor makes an unrevoked anatomical gift of the donor's body or part under section 19a-289d or an amendment to an anatomical gift of the donor's body or part under section 19a-289e, another person may not make, amend or revoke the gift of the donor's body or part under section 19a-289i.

      (d) A revocation of an anatomical gift of a donor's body or part under section 19a-289e by a person other than the donor shall not preclude another person from making an anatomical gift of the body or part under section 19a-289d or 19a-289i.

      (e) In the absence of an express, contrary indication by the donor or other person authorized to make an anatomical gift under section 19a-289c, (1) an anatomical gift of a part is neither a refusal to give another part nor a limitation on the making of an anatomical gift of another part at a later time by the donor or another person; and (2) an anatomical gift of a part for one or more of the purposes set forth in section 19a-289c is not a limitation on the making of an anatomical gift of the part for any of the other purposes by the donor or any other person under section 19a-289d or 19a-289i.

      (f) If a donor who is an unemancipated minor dies, a parent of the donor who is reasonably available may revoke or amend an anatomical gift of the donor's body or part.

      (g) If an unemancipated minor who signed a refusal dies, a parent of the minor who is reasonably available may revoke the minor's refusal.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 8.)

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      Sec. 19a-289h. Priority of persons who may make an anatomical gift of a decedent's body or part. (a) Subject to the provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section and unless precluded by section 19a-289f or 19a-289g, an anatomical gift of a decedent's body or part for purpose of transplantation, therapy, research or education may be made by any member of the following classes of persons who is reasonably available, in the order of priority listed:

      (1) An agent of the decedent who could have made an anatomical gift under subdivision (2) of section 19a-289c immediately before the decedent's death;

      (2) The spouse of the decedent;

      (3) A person designated by the decedent pursuant to section 1-56r;

      (4) Adult children of the decedent;

      (5) Parents of the decedent;

      (6) Adult siblings of the decedent;

      (7) Adult grandchildren of the decedent;

      (8) Grandparents of the decedent;

      (9) An adult who exhibited special care and concern for the decedent;

      (10) The persons who were acting as the guardians or conservator of the person of the decedent at the time of death; and

      (11) Any other person having the authority to dispose of the decedent's body.

      (b) If there is more than one member of a class listed in subdivision (1), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) or (10) of subsection (a) of this section entitled to make an anatomical gift, an anatomical gift may be made by any member of the class unless that member or a person to which the gift may pass under section 19a-289j knows of an objection by any other member of the class. If an objection is known, the gift may be made only by a majority of the members of the class who are reasonably available.

      (c) A person may not make an anatomical gift if, at the time of the decedent's death, a person in a higher priority class under subsection (a) of this section is reasonably available to make or to object to the making of an anatomical gift.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 9.)

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      Sec. 19a-289i. Methods of making or revoking an anatomical gift of a decedent. (a) A person authorized to make an anatomical gift under section 19a-289h may make an anatomical gift by a document of gift signed by the person making the gift or by that person's oral communication that is electronically recorded or is contemporaneously reduced to a record and signed by the individual receiving the oral communication.

      (b) Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, an anatomical gift by a person authorized under section 19a-289h may be amended or revoked orally or in a record by any member of a higher priority class under subsection (a) of section 19a-289h, who is reasonably available. If more than one member of such higher priority class is reasonably available, the gift made by a person authorized under section 19a-289h may be: (1) Amended, only if a majority of the reasonably available higher priority class members agree to the amending of the gift; or (2) revoked, only if a majority of the reasonably available higher priority class members agree to the revoking of the gift or they are equally divided as to whether to revoke the gift.

      (c) A revocation under subsection (b) of this section is effective only if the procurement organization, transplant hospital or physician or technician knows of the revocation before an incision has been made to remove a part from the donor's body or before invasive procedures have begun to prepare the recipient.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 10.)

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      Sec. 19a-289j. Persons who may receive an anatomical gift. Purpose of anatomical gift. (a) An anatomical gift may be made to the following persons named in the document of gift: (1) A hospital; accredited medical school, dental school, college or university; organ procurement organization; or other appropriate person, for research or education; (2) subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, a named individual designated by the person making the anatomical gift if the individual is the recipient of the part; or (3) an eye bank or tissue bank.

      (b) If an anatomical gift to an individual under subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section cannot be transplanted into the individual, the part passes in accordance with the provisions of subsection (g) of this section in the absence of an express, contrary indication by the person making the anatomical gift.

      (c) If an anatomical gift of one or more specific parts or of all parts is made in a document of gift that does not name a person described in subsection (a) of this section but identifies the purpose for which an anatomical gift may be used, the following provisions shall apply: (1) If the part is an eye and the gift is for the purpose of transplantation or therapy, the gift passes to the appropriate eye bank; (2) if the part is tissue and the gift is for the purpose of transplantation or therapy, the gift passes to the appropriate tissue bank; (3) if the part is an organ and the gift is for the purpose of transplantation or therapy, the gift passes to the appropriate organ procurement organization as custodian of the organ; and (4) if the part is an organ, an eye or tissue and the gift is for the purpose of research or education, the gift passes to the appropriate procurement organization.

      (d) For purposes of subsection (c) of this section, if there is more than one purpose of an anatomical gift set forth in the document of gift but such purposes are not set forth in any priority, the gift shall be used for transplantation or therapy, if suitable for those purposes, if the gift cannot be used for transplantation or therapy, the gift may be used for research or education.

      (e) If an anatomical gift of one or more specific parts is made in a document of gift that does not name a person described in subsection (a) of this section and does not identify the purpose of the gift, the gift passes in accordance with the provisions of subsection (g) of this section and the parts shall be used for transplantation or therapy, if suitable, and if not suitable for those purposes, may be used for research or education.

      (f) If a document of gift specifies only a general intent to make an anatomical gift by words such as "donor", "organ donor" or "body donor", or by a symbol or statement of similar import, the gift passes in accordance with the provisions of subsection (g) of this section and the parts shall be used for transplantation or therapy, if suitable, and if not suitable for those purposes, may be used for research or education.

      (g) In accordance with subsections (b), (e) and (f) of this section, the following provisions shall apply: (1) If the part is an eye, the gift passes to the appropriate eye bank; (2) if the part is tissue, the gift passes to the appropriate tissue bank; and (3) if the part is an organ, the gift passes to the appropriate organ procurement organization as custodian of the organ.

      (h) An anatomical gift of an organ for transplantation or therapy, other than an anatomical gift under subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section, passes to the organ procurement organization as custodian of the organ.

      (i) If an anatomical gift does not pass pursuant to the provisions of subsections (a) to (h), inclusive, of this section or the decedent's body or part is not used for transplantation, therapy, research or education, custody of the body or part passes to the person under obligation to dispose of the body or part.

      (j) A person may not accept an anatomical gift if the person knows that the gift was not effectively made under section 19a-289d or 19a-289i, or if the person knows that the decedent made a refusal under section 19a-289f that was not revoked. For purposes of this subsection, if a person knows that an anatomical gift was made on a document of gift, the person is deemed to know of any amendment or revocation of the gift or any refusal to make an anatomical gift on the same document of gift.

      (k) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section, nothing in this section shall affect the allocation of organs for transplantation or therapy.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 11.)

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      Sec. 19a-289k. Persons responsible for making a reasonable search of donor intent to make an anatomical gift. (a) The following persons shall make a reasonable search of an individual who the person reasonably believes is dead or near death for a document of gift or other information identifying the individual as a donor or as an individual who made a refusal: (1) A law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic or other emergency rescuer finding the individual; and (2) if no other source of the information is immediately available, a hospital, as soon as practical after the individual's arrival at the hospital.

      (b) If a document of gift or a refusal to make an anatomical gift is located as a result of the search required pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and the individual or deceased individual to whom such search relates is taken to a hospital, the person responsible for conducting such search shall send the document of gift or refusal to the hospital.

      (c) A person shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability for failing to discharge the duties imposed by this section, but may be subject to administrative sanctions.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 12.)

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      Sec. 19a-289l. Delivery of document of gift. (a) A document of gift need not be delivered during the donor's lifetime to be effective.

      (b) Upon or after an individual's death, a person in possession of a document of gift or a refusal to make an anatomical gift with respect to the individual shall allow examination and copying of the document of gift or refusal by a person authorized to make or object to the making of an anatomical gift with respect to the individual or by a person to which the gift could pass under section 19a-289j.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 13.)

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      Sec. 19a-289m. Rights and responsibilities of a procurement organization. Donee's rights. Procedures for removing or transplanting donated body parts. (a) When a hospital refers an individual at or near death to a procurement organization, the organization shall make a reasonable search of the records of the Department of Motor Vehicles and any donor registry that it knows exists for the geographical area in which the individual resides to ascertain whether the individual has made an anatomical gift.

      (b) A procurement organization shall be allowed reasonable access to information contained in records maintained by the Department of Motor Vehicles in accordance with the provisions of subsection (f) of section 14-10 to ascertain whether an individual at or near death is a donor.

      (c) When a hospital refers an individual at or near death to a procurement organization, the organization may conduct any reasonable examination necessary to assess the medical suitability of a part that is or could be the subject of an anatomical gift for transplantation, therapy, research or education from a donor or a prospective donor. During such examination period, measures necessary to maintain the potential medical suitability of the part may not be withdrawn unless the hospital or procurement organization knows that the individual expressed a contrary intent.

      (d) Unless otherwise prohibited by law, at any time after a donor's death, the person to which a part passes under section 19a-289j may conduct any reasonable examination necessary to assess the medical suitability of the body or part for its intended purpose.

      (e) Unless otherwise prohibited by law, an examination undertaken pursuant to subsection (c) or (d) of this section may include an examination of all medical and dental records of the donor or prospective donor.

      (f) Upon the death of a minor who was a donor or had signed a refusal, unless a procurement organization knows the minor is emancipated, the procurement organization shall conduct a reasonable search for the parents of the minor and provide the parents with an opportunity to revoke or amend the anatomical gift or revoke the refusal.

      (g) Upon referral by a hospital pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, a procurement organization shall make a reasonable search for any person listed in section 19a-289h having priority to make an anatomical gift on behalf of a prospective donor. If a procurement organization receives information that an anatomical gift to any other person was made, amended or revoked, the procurement organization shall promptly advise the other person of all relevant information.

      (h) Subject to the provisions of subsection (i) of section 19a-289j, the rights of any person to which a part passes under section 19a-289j shall be superior to the rights of all others with respect to the part. Such person may accept or reject an anatomical gift in whole or in part. Subject to the terms of the document of gift and sections 19a-289 to 19a-289v, inclusive, a person that accepts an anatomical gift of an entire body may allow embalming, burial or cremation, and use of remains in a funeral service. If the gift is of a part, the person to which the part passes under section 19a-289j, upon the death of the donor and before embalming, burial or cremation, shall cause the part to be removed without unnecessary mutilation.

      (i) Neither the physician who attends the decedent at death nor the physician who determines the time of the decedent's death may participate in the procedures for removing or transplanting a part from the decedent.

      (j) A licensed physician or technician possessing the requisite skills and qualifications may remove a donated part from the body of a donor.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 14.)

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      Sec. 19a-289n. Agreements between hospitals and procurement organizations. Each hospital in this state shall enter into agreements or affiliations with procurement organizations for coordination of procurement and use of anatomical gifts.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 15.)

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      Sec. 19a-289o. Prohibition against transfer for valuable consideration of any part. Permissible charges. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person that for valuable consideration, knowingly purchases or sells a part for transplantation or therapy if removal of a part from an individual is intended to occur after the individual's death shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

      (b) A person may charge a reasonable amount for the removal, processing, preservation, quality control, storage, transportation, implantation or disposal of a part.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 16.)

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      Sec. 19a-289p. Prohibited acts re document of gift. A person that, in order to obtain a financial gain, intentionally falsifies, forges, conceals, defaces or obliterates a document of gift, an amendment or revocation of a document of gift, or a refusal shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 17.)

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      Sec. 19a-289q. Immunity. Implied warranties not applicable. Determining whether an anatomical gift has been made. (a) A person that acts in accordance with sections 14-42 and 19a-289 to 19a-289v, inclusive, or with the applicable anatomical gift law of another state, or attempts in good faith to do so, shall not be liable for the act in a civil action, criminal prosecution or administrative proceeding. Following a donor's designation in a donor registry, signed statement by a donor or a donor card shall be prima facie evidence of good faith attempt by a person to conform to the donor's intent.

      (b) Neither the person making an anatomical gift nor the donor's estate is liable for any injury or damage that results from the making or use of the gift.

      (c) Implied warranties of merchantability and fitness shall not be applicable to human organs, tissues, eyes or human blood or blood plasma. Provision of such organs, tissues, eyes, blood, blood plasma and components, derivative or fractions thereof, shall not be considered commodities subject to sale or barter, but shall be considered as medical services.

      (d) In determining whether an anatomical gift has been made, amended or revoked under the provisions of sections 14-42 and 19a-289 to 19a-289v, inclusive, a person may rely upon representations of an individual listed in subdivisions (2) to (8), inclusive, of subsection (a) of section 19a-289h, relating to such individual's relationship to the donor or prospective donor unless the person knows that the individual's representation is untrue.

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      Sec. 19a-289r. Choice of law. (a) A document of gift is valid if executed in accordance with: (1) The provisions of sections 14-42 and 19a-289 to 19a-289v, inclusive; (2) the laws of the state or country where such document was executed; or (3) the laws of the state or country where the person making the anatomical gift was domiciled, has a place of residence or was a national at the time the document of gift was executed.

      (b) If a document of gift is valid under this section, the law of this state governs the interpretation of the document of gift.

      (c) A person may presume that a document of gift or amendment of an anatomical gift is valid unless that person knows that it was not validly executed or was revoked.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 19.)

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      Sec. 19a-289s. Requirements re donor registry. (a) A donor registry shall be: (1) A database that includes individuals who have made an anatomical gift; (2) accessible to a procurement organization in order to allow such procurement organization the ability to obtain relevant information on the donor registry to determine, at or near death of the donor or a prospective donor, whether the donor or prospective donor has made an anatomical gift; and (3) accessible for the purposes of this subsection seven days a week, twenty-four hours per day. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide access to data maintained by the department under section 14-42a in any manner that is inconsistent with said section 14-42a.

      (b) Personally identifiable information on a donor registry concerning a donor or prospective donor may not be used or disclosed without the express consent of the donor, prospective donor or person that made the anatomical gift for any purpose other than to determine whether the donor or prospective donor has made an anatomical gift.

      (c) Nothing in this section shall prohibit any person from creating or maintaining a donor registry that is not established by or under contract with the state. Any such established registry shall comply with the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 20.)

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      Sec. 19a-289t. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to cooperate with procurement organizations. Subject to the provisions of chapter 368q, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner shall cooperate with procurement organizations to maximize the opportunity to recover anatomical gifts for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research or education.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 21.)

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      Sec. 19a-289u. Uniformity of application and construction of act. In applying and construing the provisions of the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, consideration shall be given to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to the subject matter among states that enact said uniform act.

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 22.)

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      Sec. 19a-289v. Relation to Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. Sections 19a-289 to 19a-289v, inclusive, modify, limit and supersede the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 USC Section 7001 et seq., but does not modify, limit or supersede Section 101(c) of that act, 15 USC Section 7001(c), or authorize electronic delivery of any of the notices described in Section 103(b) of said act, 15 USC Section 7003(b).

      (P.A. 10-123, S. 23.)

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      Secs. 19a-290 to 19a-294. Reserved for future use.

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