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8/8/06 — Assembly Bill A10051 PASSED. The new law will require cemeteries to give customers lists of rules, regulations, and prices, although the cemetery will be allowed to charge customers the actual cost of duplicating the lists.

1/01/2006 — Assembly Bill A10051 would require cemeteries to give consumers General Price Lists of all their goods and services, and their regulations, just like funeral homes must. To view the bill, click here. If you want to support this effort, contact your State Senators and your State Assembly Members . Please be sure to send a copy of your letters of support to the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Long Island and New York City. Email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text23279 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

New Hampshire

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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.

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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.
 


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