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UPDATE 5/24/06 — Wisconsin Assembly Bill 984, sadly, failed to get out of committee.

2/22/06 — Wisconsin Assembly Bill 984 would give consumers the right to determine how their bodies will be disposed of after death, and the right to name an agent to make sure their wishes are carried out. For more information, go to our Personal Preference Laws page and scroll down to Wisconsin.

10/2005 — Thanks to protests from consumer groups and bad press, a Wisconsin legislator has amended a bill that funeral directors' trade groups were pushing. The bill would have shut out competition from lower-cost funeral homes with a new state law that would ban "strip mall funeral homes." Read all about the undertakers' efforts to circle the hearses.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 January 2008 01:42 )
 

An Afternoon with the FTC

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The Federal Trade Commission held a conference in April to teach funeral homes how to comply with the Funeral Rule. The highlight? They tried to eject a Funeral Consumers Alliance board member from this public meeting! Read all about it [LINK TO watchdogsleeps.pdf]  Click [LINK TO ftcenforcementhistory.pdf] for a brief history of the FTC's "regulation-light" approach.
 

Mississippi Beefs Up Preneed

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While it's not enough to truly protect consumers from problems with prepaid funerals, Mississippi's House Bill 1046 is a good first step. The bill was signed into law, and it requires funeral homes to deposit 85 percent of consumers' prepaid funeral money into a trust account --- up from 50 percent, which was the lowest requirement in the country.

 

You Can't Do That in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Assembly Bill 984 would have give consumers the right to determine how their bodies will be disposed of after death, and the right to name an agent to make sure their wishes are carried out. For more information. But as of May, 2006, the bill had never made it out of committee.

 

Sen. Schumer of NY introduced the Safe Tissue Act

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Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York introduced the Safe Tissue Act to bring oversight to the largely unregulated sale of donated human tissue. Sen. Patrick Leahy is cosponsoring the bill.
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Download this file (safetissueact.pdf)safetissueact.pdf[Safe Tissue Act]33 Kbm/j/Y
 


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