Session of 1998
By Committee on Federal and State Affairs
            9             AN ACT concerning district coroners; relating to special deputy coroners;
10             amending K.S.A. 22a-226 and repealing the existing section.
12       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
13           Section 1. K.S.A. 22a-226 is hereby amended to read as follows: 22a-
14       226. (a) There is hereby established the office of district coroner in each
15       judicial district of the state. The district coroner shall be a resident of the
16       state of Kansas licensed to practice medicine and surgery by the state
17       board of healing arts or shall be a resident of a military or other federal
18       enclave within the state and shall be duly licensed to practice medicine
19       and surgery within such enclave.
20           (b) The local medical society or societies in each judicial district shall
21       nominate one or more candidates for the office of district coroner and
22       submit the names of the persons so nominated to the county commis-
23       sioners of a single-county judicial district or the county commissioners of
24       the county with the largest population in multiple-county judicial districts
25       on or before January 1, 1995, and every four years thereafter. The county
26       commissioners of a single-county judicial district or the county commis-
27       sioners of the county with the largest population in multiple-county ju-
28       dicial districts shall appoint a district coroner for the district. The ap-
29       pointee may be one of the persons nominated or some other qualified
30       person.
31           (c) The district coroner shall serve for a term of four years, which
32       term shall begin on the second Monday in January of the year in which
33       such coroner is appointed, and such coroner's compensation shall be as
34       provided by law. Vacancies in the office of district coroner shall be filled
35       in the same manner as appointments for regular terms of district coroner.
36       Such an appointment shall be for the remainder of the regular term and
37       shall be effective from the date the coroner is appointed and is otherwise
38       qualified for the office.
39           (d) The coroner shall, before entering upon the duties of the office,
40       take and subscribe an oath or affirmation that such coroner will faithfully,
41       impartially and to the best of the coroner's skill and ability discharge the
42       duties of district coroner.
43           (e) The district coroner, with the approval of the county commission-

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  1       ers of a single-county judicial district or the county commissioners of the
  2       county with the largest population in multiple-county judicial districts,
  3       may appoint one or more deputy coroners, who shall have the qualifica-
  4       tions of and shall have the same duties and authority as the district cor-
  5       oner, except that, whenever a district coroner is unable to appoint a qual-
  6       ified deputy in each county of a multi-county judicial district, a special
  7       deputy coroner who does not possess the requisite qualifications is a li-
  8       censed embalmer pursuant to K.S.A. 65-1701, and amendments thereto
  9       or a licensed funeral director pursuant to K.S.A. 65-1714 and amendments
10       thereto, may be appointed for a term not to exceed one year or in that
11       county until a qualified deputy is appointed, whichever occurs first. The
12       district coroner shall have supervisory authority over all deputy coroners
13       and special deputy coroners. Special deputy coroners serve at the pleasure
14       of the district coroner. Deputy coroners and special deputy coroners,
15       before entering upon the discharge of their duties shall take and subscribe
16       an oath or affirmation to faithfully discharge the duties of their office to
17       the same extent and with like effect as the district coroner.
18           (f) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a district coroner from being
19       appointed as district coroner in more than one judicial district.
20           Sec. 2. K.S.A. 22a-226 is hereby repealed.
21           Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
22       publication in the statute book.