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County Authority Unclaimed Body Final Disposition

Concerning authorization for a county to use any lawful method to give final disposition to an unclaimed dead body.
2019 Regular Session
Local Government
Probate, Trusts, & Fiduciaries
Bill Summary

Current law requires a county to bury an unclaimed dead body after following certain procedures. The bill authorizes the county to also cremate the body or use any lawful method of final disposition. The bill also harmonizes conflicts in existing law to the standards required by the final disposition statute.

Current law gives a coroner or other governmental official who has control over an unclaimed dead body between 24 and 48 hours to find any relatives or friends of the deceased. The bill extends this deadline to 5 days.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text

Pursuant to HJR20-1007, the Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly is Temporarily Adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2020. 

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Temporary Guidelines for Review and Comment Meetings

The legislature will meet in limited session on Monday, March 30th. The Capitol will be open for the duration of the session for those with essential business related to the session. The building will not be available for public tours. People without essential business are encouraged to access the session through the General Assembly website and Colorado Channel.  Anybody with essential business related to the session will be required to practice appropriate social distancing measures.