Outman legislation updating funeral director guidelines signed into law

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Outman that will update guidelines and requirements for funeral directors in Michigan.

“The idea for the legislation was brought to my attention by an individual from my district who was having some issues with the way state law addressed this particular issue,” said Outman, R-Six Lakes. “Small towns and rural communities often struggle with everyday issues because of their size and location. These same issues are forcing rural funeral homes into difficult positions — some even risk closing their doors.”

Senate Bill 696, now Public Act 138 of 2020, will allow an individual who manages one funeral home to apply for a waiver to manage a second home in certain circumstances.

For an individual to receive a waiver to manage a second home, they must live within 75 miles of each home; the homes must be within 90 miles of one another and in the same or adjacent counties; and the population density in both counties must be less than that of the state of Michigan.

Previously, state law prohibited funeral directors from managing more than one funeral home altogether.

“I believe this is a commonsense reform that eliminates several burdensome requirements and assists funeral homes across Michigan, while ensuring folks have access to the services they provide,” Outman said.

PA 138 will take effect on Oct. 6.

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