JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT
AN ACT CONCERNING THE CUSTODY AND CONTROL OF A DECEDENT'S BODY.
Joint Favorable Substitute
Disclaimer: The following JOINT FAVORABLE Report is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.
SPONSORS OF BILL:
REASONS FOR BILL:
Funeral Directors are increasingly faced with estranged families and difficult situations. The proposed changes would provide certainly and protection to funeral directors who rely in good faith on the representations being made to them by those persons holding disposition rights.
No funeral director or embalmer who relies upon the instructions of a person claiming the final rights of dispositions. Shall be subject to a criminal liability or disciplinary action. However the substitute language does not prevent civil liability.
RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:
Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, Inc; Supports this bill. Often an elderly consumer will visit the funeral home to make their final arrangements and select the type of service and merchandise they wish to include when they pass away. This person will sign and pre- pay. However, the surviving family members will disregard the pre-paid wishes.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
Capital Consulting, LLC, Michael S. Dugan Supports this bill. Connecticut Funeral
Directors Association, also have situations pertaining to consumer last wishes being
disregarded by surviving family members.
Peter T. Szymonik ; Supports this bill. The wishes of a decedent must take priority above all
else in this our state laws.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:
Reported by: Freda Seritella Date: 4/11/18