AN ACT DESIGNATING POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY AWARENESS DAY IN NORTH CAROLINA; ADDRESSING PARENTAL CONSENT AND THE DISPOSITION OF FETAL REMAINS; AND AUTHORIZING ENGAGEMENT WITH THIRD-PARTY TOXICOLOGY LABORATORIES TO GUIDE RESOURCES.
House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.
Increases the membership of the proposed Joint Legislative Task Force on Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Student Athletes from seven to nine members, adding representatives of the NC High School Athletic Association and the NC Athletic Trainers' Association, appointed upon recommendation of the cochairs.
Enacts new GS 130A-421 to require the attending physician or individual in charge at the facility where an unintended fetal death occurs to obtain consent from the mother before disposing of expelled or extracted fetal remains when fetal death results from accidental injury, stillbirth, or miscarriage. Requires consent from the father if the mother is unable to give consent and the father is known and able to be contacted within seven days. Allows the fetal remains to be disposed of if neither parent is able or available to give consent. Restricts disposal upon parental consent, or without consent when parental consent is not available, to burial, cremation, or incineration in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Further restricts disposal of fetal remains to burial or cremation only if disposing of fetal remains that have developed beyond completion of the second trimester of gestation. Applies to the disposition of remains on or after January 1, 2020.
Makes organizational changes. Makes conforming changes to the act's titles and effective date provisions.