Funeral Home Directors may refuse to Release Dead Bodies

H.4845 is a reintroduction of a bill from the last legislative session that would allow a funeral home to transfer a dead body to another funeral home only after the latter pays the former for services rendered to the body. Under current law this would be an offense for which a funeral director’s license could be revoked.

There are less ethically questionable means of recovering a debt through other avenues, such as the legal system.

Even leaving aside the moral issue of essentially holding a body for ransom, this bill is problematic due to its sponsorship. Just like the bill from last session, H.4845 is sponsored by Rep. John King, a licensed funeral home owner and director. This bill represents a clear conflict of interest.

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