An Act To Require That Death Certificates Be Signed Using an Electronic Signature System
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §2841, sub-§2, as amended by PL 1989, c. 274, §3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §2842, sub-§§2 and 2-A, as amended by PL 2009, c. 601, §25, are further amended to read:
For the purposes of this subsection, the following terms have the following meanings.
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §2842, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2013, c. 31, §1, is further amended to read:
The medical examiner or the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is responsible for the identity of the deceased and the time, date, place, cause, manner and circumstances of death on the death certificate. Entries may be left "pending" if further study is needed; or, at the specific direction of the Attorney General relative to cases under investigation by the Attorney General's office, entries must be left "withheld" until such time as the Attorney General, in the Attorney General's sole discretion, determines that any criminal investigation and prosecution will not be harmed by public disclosure of such information. Notwithstanding section 2706, subsection 4, unless directed otherwise by the Attorney General as specified in this subsection, this information for which the medical examiner is responsible may be made available to the general public by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
This bill requires death certificates to be signed using an electronic signature. "Electronic signature" has the same meaning as in the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, an electronic sound, symbol or process attached to or logically associated with a record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record.