Public Act 098-0340
SB1226 EnrolledLRB098 04241 RPM 34266 b

    AN ACT concerning health.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be referred to as the
Danny Stanton Act.
    Section 5. The Counties Code is amended by adding Section
3-3016.5 as follows:
    (55 ILCS 5/3-3016.5 new)
    Sec. 3-3016.5. Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy
    (a) All autopsies conducted in this State shall include an
inquiry to determine whether the death was a direct result of a
seizure or epilepsy. If the findings in an autopsy of a medical
examiner, examining physician, or coroner are consistent with
known or suspected sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy
(SUDEP), then the medical examiner, examining physician, or
coroner shall:
        (1) cause to be indicated on the death certificate that
    SUDEP is the cause or suspected cause of death; and
        (2) forward a copy of the death certificate to the
    North American SUDEP Registry at the Langone Medical Center
    at New York University within 30 days.
     (b) For the purposes of this Section, "sudden unexpected
death in epilepsy" refers to a death in a patient previously
diagnosed with epilepsy that is not due to trauma, drowning,
status epilepticus, or other known causes, but for which there
is often evidence of an associated seizure. A finding of
sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy is definite when clinical
criteria are met and autopsy reveals no alternative cause of
death, such as stroke, myocardial infarction, or drug
intoxication, although there may be evidence of a seizure.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
1, 2014.