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California – SB 658 requires online prices, 2011

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestMarch 15, 2011—A first-in-the nation California bill, SB 658, would require funeral homes to post their price lists online if the funeral home maintains a website. FCA has sent a letter supporting the bill. Read more

Minnesota -2010, Caring for Your Own Dead

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestUPDATE— HF3151 has passed both the House and Senate, and only awaits the governor’s signature to become law. The bill reverses some misguided changes the law that restricted families who wanted to care for their own dead without hiring a funeral director. Read more

Washington – Disposition Agent 2010

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterest1/14/2010— Washington is considering SB 6394, which would give citizens the right to appoint a legal agent to carry out their funeral wishes. For status updates, go the legislature’s site and click on “bill information.” FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterest Read more

New Jersey Beefs up Cemetery Trusting – 2009

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterest11/23/2009 — Kudos to the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association for their work tightening protections consumers enjoy when prepaying for cemetery services. They succesfully pushed for a bill that would require cemeteries to deposit 100 percent of any money a consumer spends on cemetery services, such as opening/closing the grave, or the crematory fee. Read more

Colorado Passes Mixed Up Funeral Laws

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestColorado’s HB 1202 was signed into law by the governor in summer, 2009. (See our earlier post about this troubling bill). While the final version did amend some of the most troubling provisions, the law remains murky and contradictory. Read more

Utah – Freedom to Care for One’s Own Dead restored – 2009

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterest3/25/2009 UPDATE – HB 265 has been signed into law by the Utah governor!
2/15/2009 – Joyce Mitchell called us crying with happiness today; after tireless organizing, lobbying, and testifying, this one-woman powerhouse got a bill passed in the Utah House to restore citizens’ rights to care for their own dead. Read more