An Act To Include the Record of Emergency Data Form as an Acceptable Instrument for the Disposition of Remains of a Service Member
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, a person in the United States Armed Forces completes a United States Department of Defense record of emergency data form to designate a person to be responsible for disposition of the person's remains; and
Whereas, the form is not always taken into account when a determination is made in who has final responsibility of the person's remains; and
Whereas, it would clarify the current law to include the form as an acceptable written and signed document that may be used to determine who has custody and control of the remains; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §2843-A, sub-§2, ¶A, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 609, §1, is amended to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill clarifies that a United States Department of Defense record of emergency data form, which is currently identified as "DD Form 93," is an acceptable document to use to determine who has custody and control of the remains of a service member.