On 1/27/20010 a hearing was held on the Bereaved Consumers Bill Of Rights Act by Congressman Bobby Rush. Four organizations testified according to WGN Radio 720 in Chicago. The Hearing was held by the House Committee on Commerce and Energy. The legislation was brought on by the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal
NFDA-The National Funeral Directors Association-represented by Randal L Earl.
Earl Said that the NFDA supported the bill, but requested that Amazon.com and WalMart.com(selling Caskets) be covered by the FTC regulation. They must pose a threat!
FTC-Federal Trade Commission represented by Charles Harwood, deputy director of it’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Harwood stated that most cemeteries operate as non-profits, and that the FTC does not currently regulate them.
ICOTF- Illinois Cemetery Oversight Task Force represented by Patricia Brown Holmes, a retired judge.
Holmes said that the public thinks that cemetery and funeral people are one in the same and BOTH should be regulated.- This is an important statement for the funeral consumer.
ICCFA-International Cemetery Cremation represented byPaul M. Elvig
Elvig stated he was against the bill becoming law and that the legislation would make life diffucult for the non profit an religious cemeteries.by Your Funeral Guy.
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In Congress the legislation is known as the Rush Bill