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Only physicians should conduct autopsies, board votes

The California state medical board has voted unanimously to support a new state senate bill that allows only licensed physicians to conduct autopsies, according to a May 6 article in by the Ventura County Star.

California has dealt with instances where assistants performed autopsies under little to no supervision. And while the lack of supervision hasn’t been deemed illegal, Senate Bill 1189 seeks to change the law to require that licensed physicians conduct autopsies in the state.

According to the report, the Ventura County DA’s Office is seeking to add amendments to the bill that would allow police and prosecutors to be present at autopsies.

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