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SB-1303 Coroner: county office of the medical examiner.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Pan (S)
Gonzalez Fletcher (A)
Coroner: county office of the medical examiner.
An act to amend Sections 24000, 24009, and 24010 of the Government Code, relating to local government.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/18/18 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/18/18 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/12/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m.
08/31/18 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 26. Noes 11. Page 6134.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 1303 without my signature.

This bill requires certain counties to establish a medical examiner's office in lieu of a sheriff coroner office. In cases where the sheriff-coroner has a potential conflict of interest, this bill requires death investigations to be referred to another county that uses a medical examiner model of investigation.

Counties have several options when delivering coroner services to the public. This decision is best left to the discretion of local elected officials who are in the best position to determine how their county offices are organized.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.