FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 19, 1996
Lowry signs bills to vote on medical
examiner, expand higher education center
SPOKANE - Gov. Mike Lowry today
signed into law Senate Bill 6226, which allows counties with populations
over 250,000 to vote on whether to have an elected coroner or
an appointed medical examiner. Six counties in the state are
affected by this legislation, including Clark and Spokane, which
both favored the bill.
"This gives county residents a choice about the functions
of local government," Lowry said. "In some jurisdictions,
autonomy is desired among government officials, but in other cases,
voters may wish to have a single elected body choose the stewards
of various departments. This bill gives voters that choice."
SB 6226 allows qualified county legislative authorities to place
on the ballot a motion to switch from an elected coroner to an
appointed medical examiner. A medical examiner must be a certified
forensic pathologist or qualified physician able to take the forensic
pathology exam within a year of appointment. A coroner does not
need to be a qualified pathologist. During the recent legislative
session, the bill passed the House 94-0 and the Senate 35-14.
The governor also signed into law House Bill 2637, which expands
the board of the Joint Center for Higher Education. The center
promotes higher education services in the Spokane area and coordinates
higher education programs at the Riverpoint Higher Education park.
The center also oversees the multi-institutional Spokane Intercollegiate
Research and Technology Institute. The bill passed both houses
Gov. Lowry also signed into law SB 6441, which requires that
nonresident pharmacies include the expiration date of medication
on all prescription container labels for prescriptions that are
shipped, mailed or otherwise delivered to Washington residents.
The bill enhances consumer protection in the rapidly expanding
field of mail-order pharmacies. This bill passed both houses
For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office