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File No. 138

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 325

Senate, March 29, 2018

The Committee on Children reported through SEN. MOORE, M. of the 22nd Dist. and SEN. SUZIO of the 13th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF THE ADEQUACY OF CERTAIN NOTICE PROVIDED TO MOTHERS OF STILLBORN FETUSES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2018) The Commissioner of Public Health shall conduct a study concerning the adequacy of notice provided to mothers by hospitals in this state regarding the right of such mothers to arrange for burial or cremation of stillborn fetuses delivered by such mothers in such hospitals. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, the form, content and adequacy of such notice, the adequacy of hospitals' policies regarding such notice and the appropriateness of the timing of such notice during such mothers' hospital admissions. Not later than January 1, 2019, the commissioner shall submit a report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and children, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the findings of such study and recommendations for a uniform policy to be implemented in hospitals in this state concerning the form, content and timing of such notice. For the purposes of this section, "stillborn fetuses" means fetuses that died after a gestation period of twenty weeks or more.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2018

New section

KID

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which requires the Department of Public Health to conduct a study on the adequacy of hospital notice provided to mothers of stillborn fetuses on their rights to arrange for burial/cremation, does not result in a fiscal impact to the agency.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 325

AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF THE ADEQUACY OF CERTAIN NOTICE PROVIDED TO MOTHERS OF STILLBORN FETUSES.

SUMMARY

The Office of Legislative Research does not analyze Special Acts.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

12

Nay

0

(03/15/2018)

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