Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Counties Code. Provides that, except in a county with a population over 3,000,000, fees for a certified copy of a transcript of sworn testimony of a coroner's inquest made by written request declaring the request is for research or genealogy purposes is $15.00 for the entire transcript. Provides that a request shall be deemed a proper request for purposes of research or genealogy if the requested inquest occurred not less than 20 years prior to the date of the written request. Provides that the transcript shall be stamped with the words "FOR GENEALOGY OR RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY". Provides that, except in a county with a population over 3,000,000, a coroner may waive, at his or her discretion, any coroner fees (rather than only the cremation permit fee) if the coroner determines that the person is indigent and unable to pay the permit fee or under other special circumstances as determined by the coroner.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Provides that the provisions setting the fee for a certified copy of a transcript or sworn testimony of a coroner's inquest and concerning waiver of coroner fees apply on and after January 1, 2024. Adds language to specify that the changes made by the amendatory Act do not apply retroactively.