Funeral directors and embalmers; Board to promulgate regulations for licensure. (SB1044)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Ashburn), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Funeral directors and embalmers; Board to promulgate regulations for licensure. Directs the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers to promulgate regulations that establish requirements of licensure for funeral directors and embalmers. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104415D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/29/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Committee substitute printed 20107052D-S1
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB1044S1)
01/31/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Floor substitute printed 20107505D-S2 (McPike)
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB1044S2)
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Committee substitute rejected 20107052D-S1
02/03/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/03/2020Substitute by Senator McPike agreed to 20107505D-S2
02/03/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB1044S2
02/04/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/13/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
02/21/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/25/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read second time
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Passed by for the day
03/02/2020Passed by for the day
03/03/2020Read third time
03/03/2020Passed House (76-Y 18-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Passage (76-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1044ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB1044ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/07/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 943 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0943)


Dianne Rencsok writes:

Separate licensing for Funeral Director and Embalmer emphasizes the different skills needed for the different tasks. This bill should be passed.
The Funeral Director must have superior "people skills". This person is interacting with families at a very fragile time. The person performing Embalming has no interaction with the living, but needs technological skills to meet the family desires as obtained by the Funeral Director.
More people are choosing cremation or green burial than the previously accepted common custom of Embalming. A separate license for Embalmer gives recognition to the skill required in this endeavor and reduces the number of individuals who routinely handle hazardous chemicals.
There are many people who are essential to the successful and caring operation of a Funeral Home that do not have a degree in Mortuary Science. Separating the license for the Embalmer gives recognition that there are disparate tasks required in serving the public.