Rep. Tipton’s bill protecting autopsy passes House vote

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PRESS RELEASE House Republican Leadership

The Kentucky House of Representatives today passed a bill to create a safety measure aimed at preventing the distribution of autopsy records. The measure was championed by Rep. James Tipton R-Taylorsville.

Specifically, House Bill 67 limits the release of any autopsy records, including any photos, videos, or audio records, to anybody other than family members, relevant law enforcement and public officials, and any attorneys, physicians, or insurance companies involved in the matter. The bill provides a penalty for violating this prohibition.

“I applaud House leadership for recognizing the vital importance of this bill, and moving it towards swift passage,” said Rep. Tipton. “Thanks to this legislation, families will be able to take comfort that the death records of their loved ones will remain private.”

On February 8, Rep. Tipton presented the bill to the Judiciary Committee. Following his presentation, the committee swiftly passed the bill and sent it to the floor for debate, where it passed unanimously.

Tipton represents House District 53 in the General Assembly, which consists of Anderson and Spencer counties, as well as part of Bullitt. Tipton was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2014.