Brown Signs Autopsy Bill Following Furor Over Non-Licensed Assistant Performing Procedures
"Hopefully, it will increase public confidence in autopsies," state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who coauthored the legislation.
Ventura County Star:
Autopsy Bill Signed After Ventura County Woes
A bill that says only licensed physicians may conduct autopsies was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation was prompted in part by the disclosure that an assistant without a medical license had performed postmortem exams in Ventura County while the chief medical examiner was vacationing in Florida and abroad. (Wilson and Carlson, 9/28)
In other news from Sacramento —
California Eliminates Statute Of Limitations On Rape Cases
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that ends a statute of limitations on prosecuting rape cases. The bill is widely believed to be inspired by allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, after some of his accusers came forward long after the alleged sexual assaults took place. (Kennedy, 9/28)