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2019 Senate Bill 5001: Concerning human remains
Introduced by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (Seattle) (D) on January 14, 2019
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Referred to the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee on January 14, 2019
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 17, 2019
Adds alkaline hydrolysis and recomposition as allowable reduction methods for handling deceased persons' bodies for their disposition. Provides licensing and inspection regulations for reduction facilities. Updates statutes governing the disposition of human remains and facilities offering these services to include alkaline hydrolysis and recomposition.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 18, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on February 6, 2019
Requires the natural organic reduction process to maintain a minimum C:N ratio of twenty-five parts carbon to one part nitrogen.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 6, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 6, 2019
Requires the department of health to conduct a study to determine the environmental effects on municipal water systems from alkaline hydrolysis.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 6, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (Seattle) (D) on February 6, 2019
Replaces the terms recomposition and recomposition facility with natural organic reduction and natural organic reduction facility. Makes other technical changes.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 6, 2019
Received in the House on February 8, 2019
Referred to the House Consumer Protection & Business Committee on February 8, 2019
Received in the Senate on April 19, 2019
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 21, 2019

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