Bill changes oversight of state medical examiner’s office

A second state medical examiner is scheduled to begin work this week as lawmakers consider legislation to redirect oversight of that office from public safety to a nine-member board of stakeholders or the Board of Health.

“I would say the key word is stability,” said House Public Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Stave Holland, D-Plantersville, of the need for change. “We have had so much instability for so many years in the state medical examiner’s office. I think it’s because it’s just not positioned right in the law.”

Clarion Ledger
3/1/11