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2004 House Bill 2387
Introduced by Sen. Mike Carrell (Lakewood) (R) on January 13, 2004
To release some patient records for the purpose of restoring state mental health hospital cemeteries. In order to properly mark the resting place of mental patients the bill allows the state to release records relating to identifying the buried individuals. See also Companion SB 6678.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Health Care Committee on January 13, 2004
Testimony in support offered to the House Health Care Committee on January 22, 2004
By Rep, Carrell, prime sponsor; Rep. Talcott, secondary sponsor; Sherry Storms, Mental Health Ombudsman; Stacie Larson,NAMI Thurston/Mason; and Laurel Lemke, Grave Concerns Association who testified that this bill presents a way by which the state may honor citizens who have been buried in unmarked graves for more than 50 years at state hospitals at no cost to the state. Volunteer groups have been working to restore the hospital cemeteries for several years, but their work cannot be completed without the passage of this legislation. This legislation is necessary to restore the dignity and personhood of people who suffered from mental illness. These people deserve to have their names remembered.
Referred to the House Rules Committee on January 23, 2004
Regarding the release of state mental health hospital patient records.
Received in the Senate on February 16, 2004
Referred to the Senate Children and Family Services and Corrections Committee on February 16, 2004
Amendment offered to the Senate Children and Family Services and Corrections Committee on February 27, 2004
To make techinical corrections.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 27, 2004
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 27, 2004
Received in the House on March 9, 2004
And the House concurred in the Senate amendments.
Signed by Gov. Gary Locke on March 22, 2004
Regarding the release of state mental health hospital patient records.

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