Tex. Health & Safety Code Section 691.023
Duty to Deliver Certain Bodies to Commission


An officer, employee, or representative of the state, of a political subdivision, or of an institution having charge or control of a body not claimed for burial or a body required to be buried at public expense shall:


notify the commission or the commission’s representative of the body’s existence when the body comes into the person’s possession, charge, or control if notified in writing to do so by the commission or the commission’s representative;


deliver the body in accordance with the direction of the commission; and


allow the commission, the commission’s representative, or a physician designated by the commission who complies with this chapter to remove the body to be used for the advancement of medical or forensic science.


If the commission does not require a political subdivision or agency of the political subdivision to deliver a body under this section, the political subdivision shall pay all costs of preparation for burial, including costs of embalming.
Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.
Amended by:
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 624 (S.B. 1214), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2023, 88th Leg., R.S., Ch. 961 (S.B. 2040), Sec. 1.10, eff. September 1, 2023.

Source: Section 691.023 — Duty to Deliver Certain Bodies to Commission, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.­691.­htm#691.­023 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

§ 691.023’s source at texas​.gov