Congressman Bobby Rush(Sponsor) has asked that HR 3655 Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act of 2009 be pulled from consideration By The House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rush opposes an amendment to the bill that would allow exemption for religious cemeteries.
The Federal Legislation was initially Drawn up because of The Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal.
The legislation was NOT Marked up to The Full House for a vote on May 5th, 2010. Details on Further consideration of cemetery reform legislation is not known at this time.
The State Law In Illinois passed a law in response to the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal-“Cemetery Oversight Act” signed by Illinois Governor Quinn in January allows for the same religious cemetery exemption to the law.
The Federal Legislation received STIFF opposition from the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association, Republicans, and Cemetery Industry Lobbyists.