senate Bill S6584

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides for clarification of the disposition of human remains

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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Feb 10, 2014 referred to health

S6584 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §4201, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S2307
2011-2012: S4540, A591
2009-2010: S5001A, A881D

S6584 - Summary

Provides for clarification of the disposition of human remains.

S6584 - Sponsor Memo

S6584 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 10, 2014

Introduced  by  Sen.  RIVERA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in  relation  to  disposition  of
  human remains


  Section 1. Section 4201 of the public health law, as amended by  chap-
ter 76 of the laws of 2006, paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 as amended by
chapter 401 of the laws of 2007, paragraph (e) of subdivision 2 as added
by  section  1 of part B of chapter 491 of the laws of 2012, subdivision
4-a as added by chapter 348 of the laws of 2009, is amended to  read  as
  S 4201. Disposition of remains; responsibility therefor. 1. As used in
this  section,  the  following  terms shall have the following meanings,
unless the context otherwise requires:
  (a) "Cremation" means the incineration of human remains.
  (b) "Disposition" means the care,  disposal,  transportation,  burial,
cremation  or embalming of the body of a deceased person, and associated
  (c) "Domestic partner" means a person who,  with  respect  to  another
  (i) is formally a party in a domestic partnership or similar relation-
ship  with  the  other  person, entered into pursuant to the laws of the
United States or any state, local or foreign jurisdiction, or registered
as the domestic partner of the person with any  registry  maintained  by
the  employer  of  either  party  or any state, municipality, or foreign
jurisdiction; or
  (ii) is formally recognized as a beneficiary or covered  person  under
the other person's employment benefits or health insurance; or
  (iii)  is dependent or mutually interdependent on the other person for
support, as evidenced by the totality of the circumstances indicating  a
mutual  intent  to  be  domestic  partners including but not limited to:
common ownership or joint leasing of real or personal  property;  common
householding,  shared  income  or  shared  expenses; children in common;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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