June 17, 2024

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Colorado to license funeral home directors, require inspections

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Gov. Jared Polis on Friday signed a pair of bills that will bring Colorado in line with other states in regulating the funeral home and mortuary industry.

SB24-173 will require, for the first time, that funeral home directors and people holding other industry jobs obtain licenses by passing background checks, earning a degree in mortuary science and apprenticing under a seasoned worker.

The second bill, HB24-1335, requires state regulators to conduct routine inspections of facilities — something they have never had the power to do.

The governor’s signatures come after a string of horrifying cases across the state in recent years, including the illegal sale of body parts, findings of hundreds of decomposing bodies and the dispersal of fake ashes to grieving families.

Colorado’s…

Sam Tabachnik

2024-05-24 09:38:54

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