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Medical Examiner Bill Passes House, Heads To Governor's Desk

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DOVER, Del. - Four months ago, the First State's medical examiner's office shut down because of drug evidence tampering.

It's still shut down, but that may soon change. The state House passed the bill Tuesday evening.

Forty six drug cases the state of Delaware knows were compromised at the Chief Medical Examiner's office.

Hundreds more remain under investigation.

"Right now, it's kind of like in a limbo position that were unable to move forward," said Rep. Danny Short, Delaware House Minority Leader.

The lab is still closed. The courts are deciding whether to drop a number of cases involving drug evidence or to suspend until further notice.

But soon the lab could move from the Department of Health and Social Services to the Department of Homeland Security

The lab would once again be back up-and-running. A bill to make that switch already passed in the Senate last week and now in the House. It heads to the Governor's desk.

"We want to make sure that we don't compromise the integrity of the evidence that would be offered up in the courts because it's tied so close to the police agency," said Short.

Short says the lab needs to re-open. As does Homeland Security secretary Lewis Schiliro who spoke with 47 ABC last week when the bill hit the Senate floor.

"This is the result of the issues [OCME] had down there.  It's not something that was on our agenda," said Sec. Schiliro in a phone interview.

Months after the tampering came to light it has become a priority on a number of agendas.

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