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(125th General Assembly)
(Amended Substitute House Bill Number 257)
To amend section 3705.08 of the Revised Code regarding the information included on death certificates.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1. That section 3705.08 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 3705.08. (A) The director of health, by rule, shall
prescribe the form of records and certificates required by this
chapter. Records and certificates shall include the items and
information prescribed by the director, including the items
recommended by the national center for health statistics of the
United States department of health and human services, subject to
approval of and modification by the director
, and all.
(B) All birth
certificates shall include a statement setting forth the names of
the child's parents and a line for the mother's and the father's
(C) All death certificates shall include, in the medical certification portion of the certificate, a space to indicate, if the deceased individual is female and the manner of death is determined to be a suspicious or violent death, whether any of the following conditions apply to the individual:
(1) Not pregnant within the past year;
(2) Pregnant at the time of death;
(3) Not pregnant, but had been pregnant within forty-two days prior to the time of death;
(4) Not pregnant, but had been pregnant within forty-three days to one year prior to the time of death;
(5) Unknown whether pregnant within the past year.
(D)(1) The director shall prescribe methods, forms, and blanks and
shall furnish necessary postage, forms, and blanks for obtaining
registration of births, deaths, and other vital statistics in
each registration district, and for preserving the records of the
office of vital statistics, and no forms or blanks shall be used
other than those prescribed by the director.
(2) All birth, fetal death, and death records and certificates
shall be printed legibly or typewritten in unfading black ink and
signed. Except as provided in division (G) of section 3705.09,
division (A) of section 3705.12, division (D) of section 3705.15,
or section 3705.16 of the Revised Code, a signature required on a
birth, fetal death, or death certificate shall be written by the
person required to sign and a facsimile signature shall not be
(3) All vital records shall contain the date received for
(4) Information required in certificates, records, or reports
authorized by this chapter may be filed and registered by
photographic, electronic, or other means as prescribed by the
SECTION 2. That existing section 3705.08 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.