I’ve personally been present at legislative hearings (retail casket sales) when attorney for the Board, Michael Rasch, once again hauled in this red herring. The man should have a commercial fishing license. As most know, New Orleans is below sea level and entombs in family vaults (rake to the rear), beginning centuries ago (a more diminutive people). Once, he alleges, bricks had to be removed from the face of the vault of one such site to accommodate a standard casket acquired without the prescient overview of a Licensed FD, as they are the only entities to possess such esoteric knowledge. (The vault owners didn’t know, both the funeral board and the cemetery commission weren’t concerned enough to disseminate a list of these unique sites, yet members of the fledgling retail casket industry must be denied access to La. markets based on the sub-standard dimensions of one vault. Perhaps, the Benedictine brothers at St Joseph Abbey will be called upon to customize an undersized unit in the future; as long as they wholesale it to Boyd Mothe. The exec. dir. of the Board, Dawn Scardino, also addressed the commerce committee that day, disparaging foreign made caskets for shoddy craftsmanship, loose handles and soft bottoms. This from the state staff commissioned to regulate the Industry and enforce federal mandates-the Funeral Rule. I truly believe these people do not even see the the insult they inflict to the integrity our State and to consumers.