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    Maryland Register
    Issue Date:  June 24, 2016
    Volume 43 • Issue 13 • Pages 742—743
    Title 10
    10.35.01 Medical Examiner Cases
    Authority: Health-General Article, §§5-307 and 5-311, Annotated Code of Maryland
    Notice of Proposed Action
    The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to amend Regulation .14 under COMAR 10.35.01 Medical Examiner Cases.
    Statement of Purpose
    The purpose of this action is to reduce the fee for a copy of an official medical examiner’s autopsy report from $30 to $25 for a first-degree relative and from $120 to $100 for all others.
    Comparison to Federal Standards
    There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
    Estimate of Economic Impact
    I. Summary of Economic Impact. This proposal will result in a reduction in the fee for a copy of an official medical examiner’s autopsy report from $30 to $25 for a first-degree relative and from $120 to $100 for all others.
    Revenue (R+/R-)
    II. Types of Economic Impact.

    A. On issuing agency:
    $13, 960
    B. On other State agencies:
    C. On local governments:
    Benefit (+)
    Cost (-)

    D. On regulated industries or trade groups:
    E. On other industries or trade groups:
    F. Direct and indirect effects on public:
    III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
    A. and D. There will be a revenue decrease to the Department and a savings to those who request a copy of the official autopsy report. The amount of $13,960 is based on an estimated 944 first-degree relatives requesting autopsy reports × $5 savings, plus an estimated 462 others requesting autopsy reports × $20 savings.
    Economic Impact on Small Businesses
    The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
    Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
    The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
    Opportunity for Public Comment
    Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to dhmh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through July 25, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
    .14 Release of Medical Examiner’s Records.
    A.—C. (text unchanged)
    D. Fee Schedule.
    (1) Autopsy reports may be sent electronically to the requestor. The fees schedule is the same for paper or electronic reports and is as follows:
    (a) A fee of [$30] $25 for a first-degree relative may be charged; and
    (b) A fee of [$120] $100 for all others may be charged for providing a requested autopsy report and included consultation reports.
    (2)—(7) (text unchanged)
    E. (text unchanged)
    Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene