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5/24/06 — Kentuckians can thank their lawmakers for selling them up the river. The legislature caved to the funeral industry's demands to pass House Bill 232 (see below), a protectionist scheme to keep existing funeral home profits high while denying families lower-cost options. The only concession consumers were able to eke out were a grandfather clause allowing currently existing low-cost, low-overhead funeral homes to keep operating, and a clarification that the state won't try to stop families from caring for their own dead. But anyone who wants to bring simple, low-cost funerals directly to the public can forget about doing it in the Bluegrass State.

1/13/06 — House Bill 232, backed by the funeral industry, would shut down low-cost, competitive funeral homes and raise prices for families. It could also take away families' constitutional right to care for their own dead! To find out more, and to see what you can do about it, click here!.



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To check the full text or present legislative status of bills, here is a link to Indiana's legislative page.

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5/24/06 - Demonstrating a lack of Aloha spirit, the state legislature failed to tighten Hawaii's prepaid trusting laws for the second year in a row - SB 60 failed. This, despite the fact that the state is suing the islands' largest funeral business for improperly diverting more than $20 million in consumers' prepaid money. Hawaii now shares the honor of being tied with Florida and for the most anti-consumer prepaid funeral trusting deposit laws in the country. Way to go, Hawaii.


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8/8/06 - Effective July 1, 2006, HB 910 goes into effect. The law guts most of the protections for cemetery consumers that were enacted in 2000, and gives control over cemetery operations to a board of six cemetery owners and just one consumer representative. Read all about it here.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 December 2007 16:25 )


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To check the present legislative status of bills, here is a link to Connecticut's home page.

Senators and contact information (including some e-mail).

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

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