Rush Bill Expands Funeral Consumer Protection-FTC|YourFuneralGuy

28 Jan

Cemeteries may soon be covered under federal law

A bill Proposed in Congress will expand consumer protection for those who buy a funeral. That includes most everybody. The FTC put out a statement saying ” FTC Tells House Subcommittee it will Help Identify Ways to Strengthen Consumer Protections in the Funeral Industry

The hearing on 1/27/10 was led by Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush.

The Bill expands the FTC “Funeral Rule” to cover everything Funeral and Cemetery. The bill takes on problems brought into the light by the “Horriffic” Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal outside Chicago.

In the Consumers mind funeral and cemetery mean the same thing but cemeteries have never been brought in under the federal law.

The Federal Trade Commission today told the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Energy and Commerce that the FTC will use its expertise to help the Subcommittee address the problems highlighted by last year’s horrific events at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.

The testimony presented by Charles Harwood, Deputy Director in the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, also expressed strong support for the goals of H.R. 3655, to give consumers greater protection against fraud and abusive practices in the funeral industry.

via www.ftc.gov

This bill goes a step further than the recent Illinois Cemetery Oversight Act in that it covers religious  cemeteries. Those cemeteries are not covered under the recent Illinois Law.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT BEREAVED CONSUMERS PROTECTION ACT.COM  FOR ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ON THIS BILL.

It appears that the funeral rule may soon regulate cemeteries. Maybe the cemetery industry will begin to follow basic rules.

Funeral Industry|Funeral News|Funeral blog by Your Funeral Guy


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