Funeral services; sale of caskets. (SB1247)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Funeral services; sale of caskets. Provides that no person other than a licensed funeral establishment or funeral service licensee shall offer for sale or sell a casket unless such offer or sale is made at-need. The bill provides that the requirement that a funeral service licensee accept a casket provided by a third party applies only in cases in which funeral arrangements are made at-need. When funeral arrangements are made preneed, a funeral service licensee is not required to accept caskets provided by third parties. The bill also clarifies the definition of "next of kin" as it relates to other relatives of blood relationship. Amends § 54.1-2800, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/14/2019: passed committee

History

DateAction
01/05/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101786D
01/05/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/10/2019Impact statement from VDH (SB1247)
01/14/2019Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2019Rereferred to Education and Health

Comments

Isabel Berney writes:

This bill if very unfriendly to consumers. A funeral home should accept a casket from a third party whether it is purchased at-need or months or years before the death. It should make no difference to the funeral home. The Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Rule should be followed and that allows for consumers to provide a casket from any source and the funeral home must accept it. Be fair to consumers. This bill should die in committee.

Isabel Berney writes:

This bill is very unfriendly to consumers. It should be killed.

Philip Olson writes:

This bill should not pass committee. The bill would only benefit funeral service licensees, without providing any benefit to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia who would be subject to the law. The bill's "at need" restriction on the FTC Funeral Rule's provisions regarding casket sales is an arbitrary restriction that would unfairly burden grieving families who do not wish to purchase a casket from funeral service licensees, even if those same grieving families were to choose to hire funeral service licensees to provide other services: namely, the services for which funeral service licensees are specially trained. The bill severely and unfairly limits a growing segment of market actors by restricting their participation in the marketplace to a specific period of time. Moreover, the bill fails to provide any principled basis for restricting casket sales in the manner specified in the bill.

Philip Olson writes:

This bill should not pass committee. The bill would only benefit funeral service licensees, without providing any benefit to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia who would be subject to the law. The bill's "at need" restriction on the FTC Funeral Rule's provisions regarding casket sales is an arbitrary restriction that would unfairly burden grieving families who do not wish to purchase a casket from funeral service licensees, even if those same grieving families were to choose to hire funeral service licensees to provide other services: namely, the services for which funeral service licensees are specially trained. The bill severely and unfairly limits a growing segment of market actors by restricting their participation in the marketplace to a specific period of time. Moreover, the bill fails to provide any principled basis for restricting casket sales in the manner specified in the bill.

Linda Plaut writes:

This bill should not become law--it is unfair to consumers, who should have the freedom to choose a casket from any source.

Linda Plaut writes:

This bill is unfair to consumers, who should have the right to choose any casket for their loved ones.

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