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File #: 2007-0549    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/22/2007 In control: Operating Budget, Fiscal Management and Mental Health Committee
On agenda: 11/5/2007 Final action: 11/13/2007
Enactment date: 11/26/2007 Enactment #: 15952
Title: AN ORDINANCE requiring that prior to cremating remains of decedents who came to their death in King County the death must be reported to the King County medical examiner's office, and an authorization from the King County medical examiner received releasing the body for cremation; establishing a fee under the authority of K.C.C. 2.99.030.B. to be charged by the King County medical examiner's office for review of reports of deaths of persons whose remains are to be cremated; and adding a new section to K.C.C. chapter 2.24.
Sponsors: Bob Ferguson
Indexes: Budget, Fees, Medical Examiner
Code sections: 2.99.030 -
Attachments: 1. 15952.pdf, 2. 2007-0549 Fiscal Note.xls, 3. 2007-0549 Hearing Notice.doc, 4. 2007-0549 Index to the 2008 Proposed Ordinance.xls, 5. 2007-0549 King County Administrative Policies and Procedures Accepting Electronic Payments FIN 8-5 (AEP).doc, 6. 2007-0549 Regulatory Note.doc, 7. 2007-0549 REVISED Staff Report from 11-08-07 OBFMMHC - Cremation Permit Fees.doc, 8. 2007-0549 Staff Report for 11-07&08-07 OBFMMHC - Cremation Permit Fees.doc, 9. 2007-0549 Transmittal Letter.doc
Drafter
Clerk 11/09/2007
Title
AN ORDINANCE requiring that prior to cremating remains of decedents who came to their death in King County the death must be reported to the King County medical examiner's office, and an authorization from the King County medical examiner received releasing the body for cremation; establishing a fee under the authority of K.C.C. 2.99.030.B. to be charged by the King County medical examiner's office for review of reports of deaths of persons whose remains are to be cremated; and adding a new section to K.C.C. chapter 2.24.
Body
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
SECTION 1. A. Section 2 of this ordinance proposes a new fee for persons reporting a death to the medical examiner's office of a person whose remains are to be cremated.
B. The fee is imposed under RCW 70.58.230.
NEW SECTION. SECTION 2. There is hereby added to K.C.C. chapter 2.24 a new section to read as follows:
A person shall not cremate the body of a decedent who died in the county without first reporting the death to the medical examiner's office and receiving an authorization from the medical examiner releasing the body for cremation.
B.1. A person reporting a death to the medical examiner's office of a person whose remains are to be cremated shall be charged a fee of fifty dollars.
2. The medical examiner may waive the fee if the cost of the cremation to be performed was paid before the effective date of this ordinance. The fee shall not be charged if the cost of the cremation is borne by the county.
3. Revenues generated by the cremation permit fee shall be expended to support the King County medical examiner's office.
SECTION 4. Severability. If any provision of this ordinance or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the ordinance or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is

not affected.
SECTION 5. This ordinance takes effect January 1, 2008...

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