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  • NJ A2649
  • Concerns practice of funeral directing.
Introduced
(2/8/2016)
In Committee
(2/8/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill amends the "Mortuary Science Act," P.L.1952, c.340 (C.45:7-32 et seq.) to prohibit funeral providers from soliciting, accepting, offering to pay or paying any cash advance in consideration of recommending or causing any person to use any good or service. Current law prohibits funeral providers from soliciting, accepting, offering to pay or paying any commission, bonus or rebate in consideration of recommending or causing any person to use the services of a particular funeral director, or the services of a particular crematory, mausoleum or cemetery only. This bill extends the prohibition to cash advances as well. The bill defines "cash advance" as any good or service arranged for or obtained by a funeral provider from a third party in connection with a funeral or disposition on a purchaser's behalf and itemized by the funeral provider on the statement of funeral goods and services as a "cash advance," "cash advance item," "cash disbursement" or similar term. Under the bill, the following items are to be classified as cash advances: fees charged by a cemetery or crematory; fees for the filing of death certificates and for certified copies of the same; fees for disposition, disinterment, and transit permits; fees for clergy honoraria, the use of places of worship and the provision of other religious services; and fees related to services for the determination and pronouncement of death. The bill also provides that no other law, regulation or rule will prohibit a mortuary or its employees or agents from the solicitation, acceptance, payment or receipt of any commission, bonus, cash advance or rebate, in consideration of recommending or causing any person to use or purchase any product or the services of any provider of goods or services that are not otherwise prohibited by this statute. Finally, the bill repeals section 16 of P.L.1960, c.184 (C.45:7-65.1), which prohibits a person who operates, maintains, or uses a mortuary from serving any food or refreshments in conjunction with any funeral or service offered for the preparation and disposal of dead human bodies. If this bill is enacted into law and the prohibition is lifted, food or refreshments could be served to or catered for the friends and family of the deceased on the premises of a mortuary or funeral home at the discretion of the funeral director.
Regulated Professions
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Regulated Professions Committee  (on 2/8/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/8/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Regulated Professions Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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