Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-260

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DUTIES OF A CONSERVATOR AND OTHER PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO MAKE DECISIONS RELATING TO THE CARE AND DISPOSITION OF A DECEASED PERSON'S BODY.

Vote Date:

3/10/2014

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/5/2014

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Judiciary Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

There were conserved persons with no surviving relatives or relatives that did not wish to or were unable to participate in or agree on the disposition of the person's remains.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE: The decision regarding disposal of the body will be made within a reasonable time not to exceed ten calendar days by a majority of willing and available members of the class.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Entered

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

CT Funeral Directors Association - Richard Holmes, Member – “This legislation is the result of a collaborative effort of the Probate Court Administration and the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association.” “This legislation closes gaps in the law regarding disposition especially regarding conserved persons….establishes a clear methodology in regards to disposition where families are spread out over the country or cannot be located, or have no interest in being part of the disposition.” CDFA supports the provision which would permit “majority rule” to make disposition arrangements when there is family disagreements regarding disposition.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

CT Legal Rights Project, Sally R. Zanger, Staff Attorney - We are a “legal services organization that advocates for low-income individuals in institutions and in the community who have, or are perceived to have, psychiatric disabilities….Our concern about this bill is that it needs to be drafted in a way that preserves the decisions made by individuals about the disposal of their remains. It does not address all of those decisions as it is currently drafted.”

Reported by: Elizabeth Santangelo

Date: March 11, 2014