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Hawaii

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5/24/06 - Demonstrating a lack of Aloha spirit, the state legislature failed to tighten Hawaii's prepaid trusting laws for the second year in a row - SB 60 failed. This, despite the fact that the state is suing the islands' largest funeral business for improperly diverting more than $20 million in consumers' prepaid money. Hawaii now shares the honor of being tied with Florida and for the most anti-consumer prepaid funeral trusting deposit laws in the country. Way to go, Hawaii.
 

Georgia

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8/8/06 - Effective July 1, 2006, HB 910 goes into effect. The law guts most of the protections for cemetery consumers that were enacted in 2000, and gives control over cemetery operations to a board of six cemetery owners and just one consumer representative. Read all about it here.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 December 2007 16:25 )
 

Connecticut

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To check the present legislative status of bills, here is a link to Connecticut's home page.

Senators and contact information (including some e-mail).

House representatives and contact information (including some e-mail).
 

Colorado

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5/24/06 - HB 06-1348 a bill that would have brought funeral director licensing to the only state that doesn't regulate mortuaries , failed. The bill needed serious work, though. As the Funeral Consumer Society of Colorado said in its newsletter, "HB06-1348 has too many onerous requirements that would make it too difficult for a new operator to open a business in Colorado. We agree the current situation is too easy, but we want to have a thriving competition among competent and ethical providers in Colorado . . .the bill as written would make Colorado like many other states where competition is thwarted and prices are much higher than need be."

What did the bill require? Among other things, anyone wanting to get an embalmer's license would have had to work 4,000 hours embalming bodies. That works out to 500 8-hour workdays . Even we think that's a bit much. In addition, the bill didn't give enough weight to consumer complaints, and gave too much deference to the state's funeral trade organization, a sure-fire way to put the fox among the hens.

 

California

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Helpful sites:
Department of Consumer Affairs Home page: www.dca.ca.gov/To search for legislation: www.leginfo.ca.gov/
 


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