Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Counties Code. Provides that any blood, buccal, or tissue specimen collected by a coroner or medical examiner from a body of a decedent whose death is found to be due to a homicide are to be dried or frozen. Provides that the specimens collected shall be delivered to the police agency responsible for investigating the homicide as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after collection of the specimen. Provides that the police agency must submit the specimens to a National DNA Index System (NDIS) participating laboratory for testing as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after the police agency receives the specimens. Provides that the NDIS participating laboratory shall provide the testing results to the Department of State Police.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 In a Section concerning investigation of deaths, provides that a coroner or medical examiner responsible for investigating a death must preserve certain specimens if available equipment exists. Further provides that the coroner or medical examiner shall release (currently, deliver) dried blood and buccal specimens and frozen tissue specimens to the police agency responsible for investigating the death (currently, homicide).