The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Representative D. Valdez, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-027, concerning authorization for a county to use any lawful method to give final disposition to an unclaimed dead body. Representative Valdez explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. The following persons testified regarding the bill:
Mr. Jason Kelly, representing Alamosa County, testified in support of the bill. He discussed some issues associated with paying for the final disposition of the indigent.
Mr. Eric Bergman, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill. He discussed the position of county coroners on the bill, and the optional nature of the legislation. Mr. Bergman discussed the rate of cremation as compared to burial, and the effect of some forthcoming amendments. Discussion ensued regarding the typical process with respect to handling an unidentified or unclaimed dead body, and the typical amount of time that local governments take to try to identify a body. Mr. Bergman responded to questions regarding the number of bodies that go unclaimed each year.