Senator Rabon addresses bill to eliminate Brunswick Co. coroner

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Senate bill aimed to get rid of the Brunswick County coroner is set to hit the House floor next week.

This comes after getting favorable votes Wednesday morning from the the House Local Government Committee.

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Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick County) introduced the bill last year.

Senate Bill 215, to abolish the office of Brunswick County Coroner, is on the Tuesday, June 28 agenda for a vote in the state House of Representatives. Senator Bill Rabon released a statement Friday about the bill that has drawn opposition from leaders in Brunswick County.

Senate Bill 215, which would abolish the position of Brunswick County Coroner, left committee earlier this month and has been placed on the House calendar for June the 28th for a vote. Only seven North Carolina counties still elect a county coroner—Avery, Bladen, Brunswick, Cleveland, Columbus, Hoke, and Yadkin—most counties utilize only medical examiners to perform the coroner’s duties. The coroner system is an antiquated practice from colonial England, and is a pricey redundancy as the position around $75,000-$80,000 a year in taxes and cannot sign a death certificate. It is more efficient to utilize medical examiners, can sign death certificates and cost the tax payer much less.”