LANDER, Wyo. — A state legislative committee will draft a bill that would let the Wyoming Board of Coroner Standards ban county coroners and deputy coroners from running for office if they’ve been decertified.
Some county coroners are not taking continuing-education courses, said Mark Harris, Freemont County deputy coroner and a member of the Wyoming Coroners Association. The courses are essential for learning the latest technology and laws for handling dead bodies, he said.
Bodies end up at a county coroner’s office if a death is unattended and unanticipated, Harris said Tuesday morning at a meeting of the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee.
“The Legislature told them to establish standards with the idea they’d be enforced,” Harris said of the Board of Coroner Standards. “They have no teeth to enforce them.”
The bill that the committee wants drafted would let the Board of Coroner Standards notify county clerks, who oversee local elections, that in the next election, the coroner or deputy coroner has been decertified and is unable to run for office.
Committee co-chairman Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, said a legislative staff attorney will draft the bill. Committee members will debate it at the next meeting, which will be later this summer.