Sec. 2. The membership of the commission shall be appointed not later than July 31, 1959, and the commission shall hold its organization meeting upon call of its secretary within ten (10) days after its members are appointed.
(Formerly: Acts 1959, c.361, s.2.) As amended by P.L.5-1984, SEC.182.
Meetings; quorum; per diem and actual expenses
Sec. 3. The commission shall meet at least once in each two-month period. A majority shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and a per diem of ten dollars ($10.00) per day, and actual expenses incurred shall be allowed to each member for his attendance.
(Formerly: Acts 1959, c.361, s.3.)
Sec. 4. The objectives of the commission shall be to promote in the state of Indiana scientific information and services in pathology, immunology, radiology, photography, psychiatry, dentistry, anthropology and other forensic sciences.
Sec. 5. (a) The powers of the commission shall be as follows:
(1) To establish and maintain a scientific laboratory for research and experimentation. The commission shall not duplicate adequate facilities for experimentation, research, or information which are available to the citizens of the state.
(2) To appoint an administrative director who shall be a physician and should be a pathologist certified by the American Board of Pathology and to select and appoint or accept the loan of such other personnel as it deems necessary to carry out its purposes.
(3) To establish and maintain a system of records and to collect data pertinent to the objectives of the commission.
(4) To correlate information concerning forensic science facilities and make this information available to coroners, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and others.
(5) To contract from time to time for the services or opinion of experts in connection with a particular problem or a program of research.
(6) To engage in research and experimentation consistent with the objectives of the commission.
(7) To establish and maintain a forensic sciences library either alone or in cooperation with any other agency of the state, the use of which shall be available to any interested persons.
(8) To engage in and foster programs of information in forensic sciences for interested groups.
(9) To establish from time to time and to promulgate a schedule of reasonable fees and to collect the same for the services of the commission. The considerations in formulating such a schedule shall be:
(B) recovery of at least a portion of the cost of furnishing the major services of the commission; and
(C) availability of the services without burdensome expense to officers, agencies, and others in need of the services.
All money received by the commission pursuant to this subdivision shall be paid to the commission, which shall give a proper receipt for the same, and shall at the end of each month report to the auditor of state the total amount received by it under the provisions of this subsection, from all sources, and shall at the same time, deposit the entire amount of such receipts with the treasurer of state, who shall place them to the credit of a special fund to be created and known as the forensic sciences commission laboratory expense fund. The commission shall, by its chairman from time to time, certify to the auditor of state any necessary laboratory expenses incurred by the commission, and the auditor shall issue his warrant for the
same, which shall be paid out of any funds so collected and
hereby appropriated to the commission. However, payments
made by the auditor of state from the forensic sciences
commission laboratory expense fund created herein shall be
limited so as not to exceed the amounts allotted from this fund
by the budget committee.
(10) To accept gifts and grants of money, services, or property and to use the same for any given purpose consistent with the objectives of the commission.
(11) To use the services and facilities of the state department of health, state educational institutions, and hospitals and other agencies supported in whole or in part by public funds.
(12) To establish and maintain such branch offices as it deems necessary.
(13) To cooperate with any state or local agency or with any hospital or postsecondary educational institution in any scientific program consistent with the objectives of the commission.
(Formerly: Acts 1959, c.361, s.5.) As amended by P.L.2-1992, SEC.39; P.L.2-2007, SEC.55.
Medical examiner system
Sec. 6. (a) The commission on forensic sciences shall promulgate and adopt rules in accordance with IC 4-22-2 to:
(1) create a medical examiner system to aid, assist, and complement the coroner in the performance of his duties by providing medical assistance in determining causes of death; and
(2) establish minimum and uniform standards of excellence, performance of duties, and maintenance of records to provide information to the state regarding causes of death for cases investigated.
The commission shall also adopt any other rules that are necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.
(b) The commission shall establish five (5) medical examiner districts within the state, taking into consideration population, geographical size of the area covered, availability of trained personnel, death rate by both natural and unnatural causes, and similar related factors. No county may be divided in the creation of a district.
(c) A district medical examiner shall be appointed by the commission for each district from nominees who are physicians licensed to practice in Indiana. Nominees must reside in the district they are nominated for, and a preference shall be given to practicing physicians in pathology.
(d) The district medical examiner may appoint as many physicians as associate medical examiners as may be necessary to provide service within the district. The associate examiners shall be licensed to practice in Indiana with a preference to practicing pathologists.