Pennsylvania moves to close autopsy reports…

A bill that would prevent people from seeing autopsy records in the possession of county coroners is on its way for consideration by the full state Senate.

The Senate Local Government Committee voted in favor of the bill Tuesday, 10 months after then-Gov. Ed Rendellvetoed a similar measure.

The only “no” vote was by Lackawanna Democratic Sen.John Blake.

The law would require coroners only to release the dead person’s name, cause and manner of death.

The state newspaper association says the change would make it harder for people to know whether their elected coroners are doing their jobs properly.

The association also says coroners could delay producing even the more limited information until they make an annual filing with the county prothonotary’s office at the end of January.