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Sunset Continue Mortuary Science Code Regulation

Concerning the continuation of the regulation of persons related to the final disposition of deceased human bodies, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations in the 2023 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2024 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies (department) concerning the mortuary science code (code), as the recommendations are specified in the department's sunset review of the registration of funeral establishments and crematories, as follows:

  • Sections 1 and 2 of the bill continue registration of funeral establishments and crematories and the title protection of mortuary science practitioners, funeral directors, embalmers, and cremationists until 2031;
  • Section 3 :
  • Requires the inspection of funeral homes and crematories on a routine basis and for a period of time after the business has ceased operations for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the code during this time; and
  • Repeals the limitation on the authority of the director of the division of professions and occupations (director) to inspect funeral homes and crematories only during business hours;
  • Sections 3 and 4 expand the director's authority to promulgate rules to include any rules necessary to administer the code;
  • Section 3 repeals the code's stakeholder engagement provisions for rule-making to allow the "State Administrative Procedure Act" to control stakeholder engagement;
  • Section 3 :
  • Adds the failure to respond to a complaint within the appropriate time to the grounds for discipline; and
  • Repeals the requirement that a letter of admonition be sent by certified mail;
  • Section 5 authorizes the director to suspend the registration of a person that fails to comply with the condition of a stipulation or order;
  • Sections 6 and 7 replace the term "applicant" with the term "person" in the title-protection provisions for funeral directors, embalmers, and cremationists; and
  • Sections 8 through 11 remove gendered language from the code.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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