CHAPTER 368j
CEMETERIES

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Sec. 19a-296. (Formerly Sec. 19-147). Cemetery associations.
Sec. 19a-315c. Maintenance of burial places.

      Sec. 19a-296. (Formerly Sec. 19-147). Cemetery associations. (a) Cemetery associations shall be organized in accordance with the provisions of sections 33-1025 to 33-1047, inclusive, and shall not be conducted for the purposes of speculation in cemetery lots and property, or for private gain, either directly or indirectly, to any of the members of any such association; and land for the enlargement of a cemetery may be taken in accordance with the provisions of section 48-18.

      (b) The board of directors or board of trustees of any cemetery association shall hold an annual meeting of the association. At such annual meeting, the board shall accept an annual financial statement that shall contain an accounting of income and expenses of the cemetery association for the preceding fiscal year and an accounting of assets owned by the association. Such financial statement shall be included in the minutes of the annual meeting at which such financial statement was accepted. The board shall retain the minutes of such annual meeting for a period of not less than twenty years after such meeting.

      (c) No officer, director or trustee of a cemetery association may serve as an officer, director or trustee of any company that manages or operates any aspect of the cemetery.

      (d) Any interested party may petition the probate court for the district within which the cemetery owned or controlled by a cemetery association is located to require disclosure of the minutes of an annual meeting of the cemetery association including any financial statement required to be included in such minutes. The court may, after hearing, with notice to all interested parties, grant the petition and require disclosure of such minutes for such periods of time as it determines are reasonable and necessary on finding that: (1) The petitioner has an interest in the minutes sufficient to warrant disclosure, and (2) the petition is not for the purpose of harassment.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4704; 1959, P.A. 617, S. 109; P.A. 96-256, S. 184, 209; P.A. 05-197, S. 2.)

      History: 1959 act deleted reference to section 33-146, substituting sections 33-423 to 33-432; Sec. 19-147 transferred to Sec. 19a-296 in 1983; P.A. 96-256 replaced reference to Secs. 33-423 to 33-432, inclusive, with Secs. 33-1025 to Sec. 33-1047, inclusive, effective January 1, 1997; P.A. 05-197 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added Subsecs. (b) re annual meeting and financial statement, (c) re officers, directors and trustees and (d) re petition for disclosure of minutes and financial statement.

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      Sec. 19a-315c. Maintenance of burial places. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 19a-315b, a burial ground authority shall have the right to properly maintain an ancient burial place, cemetery or burial place, which right shall include: (1) Repair, rehabilitation, repositioning or resetting of grave markers in accordance with the rules and regulations of the burial ground authority; and (2) the renovation of the ancient burial place, cemetery or burial place as a whole.

      (b) For purposes of subsection (a), no renovation of an ancient burial place, cemetery or burial place as a whole may be commenced until after: (1) The burial ground authority has conspicuously posted within the ancient burial place, cemetery or burial place, for a period of not less than ninety days, a notice that such renovation shall take place; and (2) the burial ground authority, at least ninety days before commencing a renovation, has provided written notice to the probate court having jurisdiction over the location of the burial place and to the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Such notice to the probate court shall describe the renovation plans and include photographs of any area or grave marker involved.

      (c) Following the notice period provided for in subsection (b) of this section, and subject to the provisions of subsection (d) of this section, a burial ground authority may renovate an ancient burial place, cemetery or burial place by: (1) The removal of any or all fencing, railing or curbing, if such removal is determined by the burial ground authority to be necessary or desirable for the proper and efficient maintenance of the ancient burial place, cemetery or burial place as a whole; and (2) the repositioning or resetting of any monument or tombstone.

      (d) At any time prior to the expiration of the notice period provided for in subsection (b) of this section, the probate court may assume jurisdiction over such renovation and order a hearing, with notice of such hearing to be given to the burial ground authority, the owner, the qualified lineal descendant, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and otherwise as the court deems appropriate, to determine whether such renovation is necessary for the proper and efficient maintenance of the ancient burial place, cemetery or burial place as a whole. Upon notice of such hearing, the burial ground authority shall not proceed with such renovation except in accordance with the order of the probate court.

      (P.A. 85-319, S. 4; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 210(e); P.A. 04-20, S. 3; 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 05-288, S. 77.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-20 replaced the Connecticut Historical Commission with the Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes in Subsecs. (c) and (d), effective July 13, 2005.

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