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Special Committee on the Powers and Duties of Coroners and Medical Examiners

Chair: Rep. Ann Nischke
Legislative Council Staff: Dan Schmidt and Don Salm
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The Special Committee is directed to review current laws and practices on the roles of coroners and medical examiners in the reporting and investigation of deaths to determine if those laws should be revised for enhanced organization and clarity and to achieve greater efficiency, uniformity, and quality in the reporting and investigation of deaths.

December 14, 2005 Joint Legislative Council Meeting
November 22, 2005 Meeting
  • Memo No. 2, Discussion of Selected Statutory Provisions in Other States Relating to Qualifications of Coroners and Medical Examiners; Examples of States With Statutory Provisions Relating to a Coroners and Medical Examiners Training and Standards Board or Commission (11-14-05)
  • LRB-3899/P1, relating to abolishing the office of coroner
October 18, 2005 Meeting
  • Memo No. 1, Suggestions Made at, and in Response to, the September 14, 2005 Meeting of the Special Committee on the Powers and Duties of Coroners and Medical Examiners (10-06-05)
    • WLC: 0234/2, relating to anatomical gifts and the powers and duties of coroners and medical examiners.
  • Letters, submitted by Dr. Anthony M. D'Alessandro (9-20-05)
  • Letter, to John Stanley, Dane County Coroner, and chart submitted by Dr. Anthony M. D'Alessandro (8-04-05)
  • Letter, from George A. Herrera, Vice President, Donor Services, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), submitted by Gina Reese, MTF (09-28-05)
  • Handout, UW Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) Coroner/ME/DA Organ Donation Denials, distributed at the request of committee member Anthony M. D’Alessandro, M.D. (undated)
  • Letter,  to Kelly M. Mills, M.D. from Anthony M. D’Alessandro, M.D. (06-08-05)
September 14, 2005 Meeting    
  • Staff Brief 04-8, Powers and Duties of Coroners and Medical Examiners (9-2-05)
  • Testimony, from Melanie Ramey, Executive Director, The HOPE of Wisconsin
  • Presentation from Lynda Biedrzycki, M.D., Waukesha County Medical Examiner
  • Powerpoint, Powers and Duties of Coroners and Medical Examiners, presentation from Adam Peer, Rock County Supervisor
  • Powerpoint, Coroners, Medical Examiners and Organ and Tissue Donation, presentation from Anthony M. D'Alessandro, M.D., Division of Transplantation
  • Presentation, Proposal for Medical Examiner Position, Pierce County, from Susan Dzubay, Office of the Coroner, Pierce County
  • Memorandum, from Jayme Sellen, Legislative Associate, Wisconsin Counties Association
  • Chart, Death Investigations, Types of System By States, provided by The Hospice Organization & Palliative Experts of Wisconsin and Melanie Ramey, The HOPE of Wisconsin