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8/8/06 — Effective July 1, 2006, HB 1067 requires crematories to be licensed, requires the state to inspect them at least once every three years, and allows the state to fine law-breaking crematories up to $20,000. The state quickly passed the law — New Hampshire's first crematory regulations — after investigators found a rotting corpse and abandoned ashes at the now-closed Bayview Crematory.

To check the full text and present legislative status of bills, here is a link to New Hampshire's home page.

Senators
and contact information (no individual e-mail; send to clerk).

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

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 December 2007 16:00 )
 

Montana

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2/6/07 — Thanks to pressure from citizens and consumer groups, another funeral directors' association FAILED to outlaw low-cost cremation businesses, and failed to take away families' rights to care for their own dead. Read about it HERE.
 

Missouri

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1/04/06 — After trying to claim the power to prohibit families and religious groups from burying their own dead with interference from a commercial funeral home, the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors is backing off thanks to pressure from FCA. Read all about it HERE.
 

Mississippi

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4/12/06 —The Governor signed HB 1046, which requires funeral homes to deposit 85 percent of consumers' prepaid funeral money into a trust account. The prior law only required 50 percent deposit, which was the lowest requirement in the country.While it's not enough to truly protect consumers from problems with prepaid funerals, this is a good first step.
 

Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Legislature home page.

Board of Registration in Embalming and Funeral Directing site with links to relevant statutes and regulations.

Preneed Funeral Contract Regulations

A major redraft of the regulations for preneed funeral contracts was approved by the Board of Registration on December 9, 2003 and will be published February 27, 2004 in the Massachusetts Register and be enforced as of April 30, 2004.

As posted on the Division of Professional Licensure web site: http://www.state.ma.us/reg/boards/em/cmr/23904.htm

Press release from Office of Consumer Affairs: New Regulations For Pre-Need Funeral Arrangements Better Protect Consumers

History

  • Present preneed regulations adopted in 1992. (see attachment below)
  • The proposed text was published on June 24, 2003, and went to public hearing on September 9 in Boston and September 10 in Worcester.
    (see attachment below)
    Both of the above are in markup form, with strikethrough of deleted text and bolded inserted text.
  • The above proposal reformatted to just show the text as it would be after revision:
    (see attachment below)
  • Cover memo by Board of Registration explaining the proposed revisions:
    (see attachment below)
  • Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association comment letter:
    (see attachment below)
  • Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association redraft:
    (see attachment below)
  • Robert M. Folsom comment: (see attachment below)
  • Funeral Consumers Alliance of E. Mass. comment: (see attachment below)
Attachments:
Download this file (comment0.pdf)comment0.pdf[Funeral Consumers Alliance of E. Mass. comment]18 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (draft41D.doc)draft41D.doc[Text as it would be after revision]91 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (empreneedregrev41.doc)empreneedregrev41.doc[The proposed text was published on June 24, 2003]144 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (empreneedregrevclean2.doc)empreneedregrevclean2.doc[Final version as approved by the Board on December 9]99 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (folsom.pdf)folsom.pdf[Robert M. Folsom comment]53 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (MFDA-cover-letter.doc)MFDA-cover-letter.doc[Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association comment letter]41 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (MFDA-redraft.doc)MFDA-redraft.doc[Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association redraft]115 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (regcklstempreneed03.doc)regcklstempreneed03.doc[Cover memo by Board of Registration explaining the proposed revisions]59 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (Rules and Regulations_ CMR 239-4.pdf)Rules and Regulations_ CMR 239-4.pdf[Present preneed regulations adopted in 1992]51 Kbm/j/Y
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 December 2007 15:53 )
 


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