Wisconsin Funeral Trade Groups Back Bill to Restrict Low-cost Competition
UPDATE 10/18/05 — Rep. Phil Montgomery's office announced last week that AB 485 was "dead," but Rep. Karl Van Roy, a co-sponsor and the chairman of the small business committee, brought the bill to a vote in amended form on October 17, 2005. The amended bill took out two of the most objectionable provisions — the ban on "strip-mall" funeral homes and the requirement to provide seating for 50 at all funeral homes — but still prohibits medical institutions, churches, synagogues, or "creed"- based groups from operating a funeral home. It will be interesting to see if this stands constitutional muster.
- protection - n. supervision or support of one that is smaller or weaker
- protectionism - n. . . . government economic protection for domestic producers through restrictions on foreign competitors