In Louisiana, only a licensed FD may display and sell caskets at retail. According to my reading of the state board’s minutes, they obtained information that your Shreveport minions were observed operating out of a warehouse by operatives of the Board [Editorial note from Josh S. at FCA – Kit, I enjoy your comments, but this one is puzzling. Whose “minions” are you referring to? If I have minions, I want to know about it, because they’re slacking off:)]. Placing an ad in a newspaper sealed your fate. Though you conduct your casket transactions from Arkansas, pre-staging your units in LA is going too far, somehow. Posting an ad on the web is one thing; selling caskets from Arkansas in a Shreveport paper is another. The Texas horse racing commission , if it were as backwardly protectionist as Louisiana’s funeral board, should take a page and ban advertising of casino gaming unless licensed by Texas. No buses hauling erstwhile track betters to greener pastures in Louisiana, either. Jerry Womack, a DDS from Monroe, LA has been fighting the same battle for years. His daughter. through her Royale shop in Mississippi, beamed radio ads across state lines and Dad delivered the subsequent orders. This cannot stand! Case still in appeal. Lisa C., whose brother lived in New Orleans, used to refer to us as a Bananna Republic. Joshua [Editorial note – If you mean me, Josh Slocum, you’re right that I think Louisiana is about as backward and protectionist as it can be when it comes to funeral matters. “Banana Republic” is too kind. How about a “Mortocracy”?], I know, holds us in similar esteem . I am pleased to announce that two years ago, Louisiana’s consumers obtained the right to obtain refrigeration at a funeral home, if you can prove a religious basis. So it goes. From Josh S. – Keep posting, Kit. I get a lot of good news on LA from you. Much appreciated. By the way, to any Louisiana citizen who wants refrigeration instead of embalming – don’t let the government fool you into thinking you have to prove your religion to them. The state funeral board has no right or authority under the Constitution or common law to “test” whether your “religion” is valid or not. Tell them it’s none of their business.