S.B. 32 - Wrongful Death Amendments

Review by Utah Eagle Forum ( based on a written analysis provided via an e-mail Alert dated 1/26/2009:

General DescriptionEdit

This bill expands the definition of "heirs" to include a wrongful death designee.

Key PointsEdit

  • Heirs are surviving relatives by blood or marriage. This bill gives heir status to non-heirs, people NOT related by blood or marriage.
  • SB32 is NOT about giving property to non-relatives--that can already be done by using wills. This bill is about giving legal status as a relative, to non-relatives.


SB32 is one of six bills being promoted by Equality Utah at the Legislature this year. Who is Equality Utah? From their website: Equality Utah is a grassroots, statewide political advocacy organization working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to secure equality and fairness, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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