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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/
 

Alabama

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5/24/06 - HB 405 , which would have incrementally tightened the state's abysmal protections for consumers' prepaid funeral money, failed.
 

North Carolina Regulatory Board Targets Funeral Consumer Group

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What's the state board doing sending threatening letters to a retired consumer advocate?

Which of these is a threat to consumer safety:

  • A. A funeral director who dips into customers' prepaid funeral money to buy a new hearse
  • B. Funeral homes that rent out their embalming rooms to fly-by-night tissue brokers who dissect bodies and sell them for profit
  • C. A retired woman volunteering for a nonprofit organization that helps protect grieving consumers from overspending and fraud

Most people would pick A and B. But on March 19, 2007, the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service apparently thought the most important thing they could do with taxpayer dollars was send a letter to a Funeral Consumers Alliance volunteer threatening her with criminal prosecution for - wait for it - helping a grieving family. Mary Brack, President of the FCA of the Central Carolinas (FCACC), was shocked to receive a letter from NCBFS attorney Stephen Dirksen telling her to "cease and desist from this behavior immediately and take whatever steps are necessary to prevent future representations to the public that FCACC may practice funeral service in North Carolina . . . .North Carolina law provides clear criminal liability for anyone who practices funeral directing without a license" [see attachments below].

Attachments:
Download this file (bayhamtodirksen.pdf)bayhamtodirksen.pdf[Institute for Justice Letter to NCBFS]74 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (bayhamtodirksen1.pdf)bayhamtodirksen1.pdf[IJ Response to NCBFS]95 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (bayhamtoncag.pdf)bayhamtoncag.pdf[Institute for Justice Letter to North Carolina Attorney General ]126 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (brackresponse.pdf)brackresponse.pdf[Mary Brack's Response]377 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (dirksentobayham1.pdf)dirksentobayham1.pdf[NCBFS Response to IJ - first]185 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (dirksentobayham2.pdf)dirksentobayham2.pdf[Second NCBFS Letter to IJ ]204 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (dirksentobrack.pdf)dirksentobrack.pdf[NCBFS Letter to Mary Brack]1074 Kbm/j/Y
Download this file (slocumtoncbfs.pdf)slocumtoncbfs.pdf[FCA National Letter to NCBFS]118 Kbm/j/Y
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 December 2007 11:10 ) Read more...
 

The High Cost of Funerals and How to Beat It

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The High Cost of Funerals and How to Beat it — The American Consumer Institute issues ConsumerGrams on smart funeral shopping with help from Funeral Consumers Alliance.
 


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