State Rep. Kenneth Kurtz today announced legislation that would help funeral directors and grieving Michigan families.
House Bills 4303, 4329 and 4330 would allow Midwest funeral directors to cross state lines to participate in the removal, document signing, and transportation process. Michigan funeral directors would be allowed the same rights in other states that have enacted so-called courtesy card legislation. So far Indiana and Ohio have passed courtesy card legislation.
“No one understands better than the families we serve the trust given to a funeral director to protect the dignity and respect of their loved one,” said Kurtz, R-Coldwater, a funeral director. “I understand how much the families involved depend on a reliable and caring funeral director. This legislation ensures that families can continue to receive this kind of service from Michigan funeral directors even if the death occurs out of state.”
HB 4304 also would require all funeral homes to be registered under the Pre-paid Funeral and Cemetery Act when applying for or renewing a license. The purpose of this legislation is to crack down on the increasing amount of fraud being committed in recent years by funeral homes that are not registered to sell pre-need contracts.
The bills have been referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.