Human remains; provider to maintain refrigeration at 40 degrees or embalmed if stored over 48 hours. (HB278)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Funeral services; disposition of remains.  Requires a funeral services provider to either embalm or refrigerate human remains within 24 hours of the receipt of such remains. The bill also allows a designee to take priority over next of kin in making funeral arrangements, if such designee can provide a signed and notarized writing authorizing him to do so and is willing to take financial and other responsibility for the funeral and disposition of remains. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101607D
01/11/2010Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB278)
01/20/2010Assigned HWI sub: #3
01/28/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/02/2010Committee substitute printed 10104437D-H1
02/02/2010Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Read first time
02/04/2010Read second time
02/04/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104437D-H1
02/04/2010Amendment by Delegate Albo agreed to
02/04/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB278EH1
02/04/2010Printed as engrossed 10104437D-EH1
02/08/2010Read third time and passed House (93-Y 4-N)
02/08/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (93-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB278EH1)
02/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/17/2010Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Rereferred to Education and Health
02/23/2010Assigned Education sub: Health Licensing
03/04/2010Reported from Education and Health with amendments (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Read third time
03/08/2010Reading of amendments waived
03/08/2010Committee amendments agreed to
03/08/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/08/2010Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Placed on Calendar
03/10/2010Senate amendments agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
03/10/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB278ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/24/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB278ER)
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/10/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 324 (effective 7/1/10)
04/10/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0324)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 5 minutes.


Isabel Berney writes:

There is no reason to embalm a body within 24 hours. A body is no threat to public health for a much longer time according to the CDC. Families should have a choice concerning emblaming.