An effort aimed at curbing the trafficking of human remains is steps from final legislative passage.
Sen. Neil Riser, a Columbia Republican, says his Senate Bill 179 would outline who has the right to possess human remains and under what circumstances. He said the state justice department has seized about 100 human skulls and other remains over the last decade.
The House Commerce Committee voted without opposition Monday to send the Senate-approved bill to the full House.
Riser said his bill targets “illicit sales on the internet” that traffic remains “used in rituals and different things.” The bill would not punish the handling of remains in museums or anatomical donations.
Violators of the bill’s limits would face up to a $5,000 fine and one year in prison.