HOUSE BILL No. 2337
An Act concerning the district coroner; relating to the disposition
of the bodies of deceased
persons; amending K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 22a-215 and repealing
the existing section.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 1998 Supp.
22a-215 is hereby amended to read as
follows: 22a-215. (a) The coroner shall cause the body of a
person to be delivered to the immediate family or the next of kin
deceased in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 65-904, and
ments thereto. If there is no immediate family or next of kin the
shall report and make delivery in accordance with the provisions of
9 of chapter 65 of Kansas Statutes Annotated. If no such delivery
quired, the coroner shall cause the body of such deceased person to
decently buried, and the expenses to be
cremated or buried. The state or
county officer responsible for the final disposition of the
may authorize and order the cremation or burial of such deceased
Cremation or burial expenses shall be paid from any property
the body. If there is no property found with the body or if the
is not sufficient to cover such expenses and if the deceased
for assistance under the provisions of article 7 of chapter 39 of
, burial expenses of final
disposition shall be paid in
accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 39-713d, and
thereto. Otherwise, such
shall be paid from the county
general fund unless the deceased died in the custody of the
Burial expenses for Expenses of
final disposition of the un-
claimed bodies of deceased inmates in the custody of the secretary
corrections shall be paid by the department of corrections.
(b) Any coroner who, over the
protest of the immediate family or
next of kin of the deceased, delivers or causes to be delivered the
of a deceased person for final disposition to a particular
director or funeral establishment, shall be deemed guilty of a
nonperson misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall forfeit
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 22a-215
is hereby repealed.
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect
and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.
Approved April 1, 1999.