BILL NUMBER: AB 1519 AMENDED
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JANUARY 7, 2008
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MAY 8, 2007
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Ma
FEBRUARY 23, 2007
An act to add Section 269 to the Harbors and Navigation
Code, relating to landing rights. An act to add
Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 7070) to P art 1 of
Division 7 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to human remains.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
AB 1519, as amended, Ma. Landing rights: revocation.
Human remains: commercial display.
Existing law, the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, regulates the
making of anatomical gifts and the disposition of donated bodies and
This bill would, with certain exceptions, prohibit any person from
displaying human remains to the public for commercial purposes, as
defined, without first obtaining a permit from the county. The bill
would authorize a county to issue a permit for this purpose only upon
the county's determination that the person has provided valid
written authorization from specified individuals to display human
remains for consideration, as provided. The bill would provide that
violation of its provisions is punishable by a civil penalty.
Existing law imposes various water pollution control and
prevention requirements on vessels.
This bill would authorize the State Lands Commission or a
subdivision of the state that operates a harbor or port district to
revoke, rescind, or suspend a contract granting dockage to a person
operating a vessel for commercial purposes on navigable waters, if a
federal, state, or local agency has found that the person has
violated a state or federal water pollution law in connection with
the operation of a vessel for commercial purposes within the
territorial or inland waters of the state. The bill would exempt a
vessel operated by a public agency and specified other vessels, and
would define the term "dockage" for purposes of the bill.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no
yes . State-mandated local program: no.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all
of the following:
(a) The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act requires any donor and
specified authorized individuals to authorize the use of anatomical
gifts for transplantation, therapy, research, and education purposes.
(b) Every city, county, or state official responsible for the
remains of unclaimed dead bodies is required to use due diligence to
notify the relatives of the decedent.
(c) The public display of human remains must be regulated to
protect individual bodily integrity, as well as the social and
cultural values of the state.
(d) It is the intent of the Legislature to require persons who
participate in the public display of human remains for commercial
purposes to provide evidence of informed consent from the decedent or
relatives of all humans whose remains are put on display, and to
provide for the continued use of human remains in the educational,
medical, and scientific communities to promote human health and
SEC. 2. Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 7070)
is added to Part 1 of Division 7 of the Health and Safety
Code , to read:
CHAPTER 2.5. COMMERCIAL DISPLAY OF HUMAN REMAINS
7070. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the
(a) "Commercial purposes" means either of the following:
(1) A display for which the public is charged a fee or other
consideration as a condition of viewing.
(2) A display for which an exhibitor earns a profit.
(b) "Exhibitor" means a person or entity who shows or puts on, or
contracts to show or put on, a temporary public display of human
(c) "Museum facility" means a public or private nonprofit
institution that is accredited by the American Association of Museums
or is a part of an accredited college or university, and that is
organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or
aesthetic purposes and that owns or uses tangible objects, cares for
those objects, and exhibits them to the general public on a regular
7071. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), a person shall
not display human remains to the public for commercial purposes
without first obtaining a permit issued by the county, as described
in Section 7072.
(b) This section shall not apply to a display of human remains
that is any of the following:
(1) More than 100 years old.
(2) Consisting solely of human teeth or hair.
(3) Part of the ordinary display or viewing of the deceased at a
funeral establishment or part of a similar funeral or memorial
(4) An object of religious veneration.
(5) In the possession of a museum facility. However, if the museum
facility paid an exhibitor to display the remains, and the remains
are not exempt from this chapter pursuant to paragraphs (1) to (4),
inclusive, the exhibitor shall be required to obtain a permit
pursuant to Section 7072.
(c) Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a
civil penalty of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
7072. A county may issue a permit to any person for the purpose
described in Section 7071 only upon a determination by the
appropriate county agency or department that the person has provided
valid written authorization to display human remains for
consideration from any of the following individuals:
(a) The decedent, including, but not limited to, authorization
given by will.
(b) Any person authorized to make an anatomical gift under Section
7150.15 or 7150.40.
7073. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to apply to the
utilization of human remains in a manner that meets the purposes set
forth in the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing
with Section 7150)).
SECTION 1. Section 269 is added to the Harbors
and Navigation Code, to read:
269. (a) The State Lands Commission or a subdivision of the state
that operates a harbor or port district may revoke, rescind, or
suspend a contract granting dockage to a person operating a vessel
for commercial purposes on navigable waters, if a federal, state, or
local agency has found that the person has violated a state or
federal water pollution law in connection with the operation of a
vessel for commercial purposes within the territorial or inland
waters of the state.
(b) (1) This section does not apply to a vessel operated by a
(2) This section does not apply to an ocean-going vessel engaged
in interstate or foreign commerce, any other commercial vessel
otherwise regulated by the United States Coast Guard and that was not
operated exclusively within the state's territorial or inland waters
at the time of the violation, or a vessel in distress.
(c) For purposes of this section, "dockage" means the right to
land, dock, or moor a vessel at a publicly owned or controlled wharf,
pier, quay, landing, or other similar facility.