JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A bill raising the standards for the next state medical examiner hired by Mississippi is on its way to the governor.
The House approved the bill Wednesday after a failed attempt to derail the legislation.
Under the bill, the medical examiner and anyone else chosen to perform an autopsy for the state must be certified in forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology. However, a non-certified doctor would be allowed to perform an autopsy if a board-certified pathologist isn't available.
Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville tried to block the bill's passage, saying the issue merits more discussion. But Judiciary B Chairman Willie Bailey says no prosecutors or district attorneys contacted him to offer suggestions.
The bill is House Bill 1456.
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