South Carolina General Assembly
122nd Session, 2017-2018

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S. 185

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senator Shealy
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Introduced in the Senate on January 10, 2017
Introduced in the House on March 21, 2017
Last Amended on March 15, 2017
Currently residing in the House Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry

Summary: Funeral service provider definitions

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/13/2016  Senate  Prefiled
  12/13/2016  Senate  Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry
   1/10/2017  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 98)
   1/10/2017  Senate  Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 98)
    3/9/2017  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Labor, 
                        Commerce and Industry (Senate Journal-page 15)
   3/10/2017          Scrivener's error corrected
   3/15/2017  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 13)
   3/15/2017  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 13)
   3/15/2017  Senate  Roll call Ayes-41  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 13)
   3/16/2017  Senate  Read third time and sent to House 
                        (Senate Journal-page 14)
   3/21/2017  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 122)
   3/21/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry 
                        (House Journal-page 122)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/13/2016
3/9/2017
3/10/2017
3/15/2017

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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED

March 15, 2017

S. 185

Introduced by Senator Shealy

S. Printed 3/15/17--S.

Read the first time January 10, 2017.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 40-19-20(1) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "ADVERTISEMENT" AS USED IN REGARD TO EMBALMERS AND FUNERAL DIRECTORS, BY ADDING THE TERM "INTERNET" TO THE DEFINITION OF ADVERTISEMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 40-19-20 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING A DEFINITION FOR THE TERM "THIRD PARTY FUNERAL SERVICE PROVIDER"; AND TO AMEND CHAPTER 19, TITLE 40 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING SECTION 40-19-40, TO PROVIDE THAT THIRD PARTY FUNERAL SERVICE PROVIDERS MUST BE LICENSED BY THE STATE BOARD OF FUNERAL SERVICE, TO PROVIDE NOTICE AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIRD PARTY FUNERAL SERVICE PROVIDER ADVERTISEMENTS, TO PROVIDE FOR LICENSE REVOCATION FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE ADVERTISING REQUIREMENTS, TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE BOARD OF FUNERAL SERVICE SHALL PRESCRIBE THE FORMAT OF ADVERTISEMENT DISCLOSURE BY REGULATION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIRD PARTY FUNERAL SERVICE PROVIDERS MUST DISCLOSE TO CUSTOMERS THE NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE FUNERAL ESTABLISHMENT THAT WILL BE IN CHARGE OF HANDLING ALL FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.

Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 40-19-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 40-19-20.    As used in this chapter:

(1)    'Advertisement' means the publication, dissemination, circulation, or placing before the public an announcement or statement in a newspaper, magazine, or other publication in the form of a book, notice, circular, pamphlet, letter, handbill, poster, bill, sign, placard, card, label, or tag, or over radio, or television, or internet. The term does not include funeral or death notices and obituaries.

(2)    'Aiding and abetting' means allowing or permitting an internet service provider, unlicensed person, establishment, or entity to engage in the practice of funeral service, embalming, cremation, or conducting business as a funeral home, funeral establishment, crematory, or mortuary.

(2)(3)    'Apprentice' means a person who is preparing to become licensed for the practice of embalming and funeral directing under the supervision and instruction of a person licensed for the practice in this State and who is registered with the board pursuant to Section 40-19-120.

(3)(4)    'Board' means the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service.

(4)(5)    'Branch funeral home' means an establishment separate and apart from the licensed parent funeral home that has embalming facilities, a chapel, a lay-out room, or a sales room, or any combination of these.

(5)(6)    'Cremation' means the reduction of the dead body by intense heat to residue.

(6)(7)    'Crematory' means an establishment in which the dead body is reduced to residue by intense heat.

(7)(8)    'Disposition' means the final disposal of the body whether by earth interment, aboveground burial, cremation, burial at sea, or delivery to a medical institution for lawful dissection and experimentation or removal from the State pursuant to obtaining a burial transit permit.

(8)(9)    'Embalmer' means a person licensed by the board to disinfect and preserve or attempt to disinfect and preserve the dead human body, entirely or in part, by the use of application of chemicals, fluids, or gases, externally or internally, or both, by their introduction into the body by vascular or hypodermic injections, by direct application into the organs or cavities, or by other method and includes the restoration or attempted restoration of the appearance of the dead human body.

(9)(10)    'Embalming' means the disinfection of the dead human body by replacing certain body fluids with preserving and disinfecting chemicals.

(10)(11)    'Funeral director' means a person licensed by the board to engage for hire or profit in the profession of arranging, directing, or supervising funerals.

(11)(12)    'Funeral home', 'funeral establishment', or 'mortuary' means an establishment where the practice of funeral service and embalming is practiced. All of these establishments must include the following facilities:

(a)    a chapel or parlor in which funeral services may be conducted;

(b)    a preparation room equipped with a sanitary floor and necessary drainage, ventilation, necessary approved tables, hot and cold running water, and a sink separate from table drainage, instruments, and supplies for the preparation and embalming of dead human bodies;

(c)    a room containing a displayed stock of at least six adult caskets and other necessary funeral supplies;

(d)    at least one motor hearse for transporting casketed human remains.

(12)(13)    'Funeral merchandise' means that personal property used in connection with the conduct of funerals or with the transportation and final disposition of a dead human body including, but not limited to, caskets, cremation caskets, urns, and burial clothing. The term does not mean mausoleum crypts, interment receptacles preset in a cemetery, and columbarium niches.

(13)(14)    'Funeral service' or 'funeral' means a period following death in which there are religious services or other rites or ceremonies with the body of the deceased present.

(14)(15)    'Graveside service' means a rite or ceremony held only at graveside, which is not generally construed as the committal service which follows a funeral.

(15)(16)    'Inspector' means an inspector employed by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

(16)(17)    'Manager' means a licensed funeral director who has been licensed in this State for at least one year, who is a full-time regular employee, and who is responsible for and has the binding authority from the owner for the day-to-day management of funeral establishments or crematories including compliance with all applicable laws governed by this chapter and Chapters 7 and 8, of Title 32.

(17)(18)    'Memorial service' means a gathering of persons for a program in recognition of a death without the presence of the body of the deceased.

(18)(19)    'Practice of funeral service' means:

(a)    engaging in providing shelter, care, and custody of the human dead;

(b)    the practice of preparing the human dead by embalming or other methods for burial or other disposition;

(c)    arranging for the transportation of the human dead;

(d)    making arrangements at or before the time of death, financial or otherwise, including arrangements for cremation, for providing these services, or the sale of funeral merchandise, whether for present or future use; provided, that no funeral director, embalmer, funeral company, cemetery, or related entity shall charge a fee for the assignment to the funeral director, embalmer, funeral company, cemetery, or related entity of an insurance policy providing burial expenses, excluding preneed contracts as provided in Section 32-7-35; and

(e)    engaging in the practice or performing any functions of funeral directing or embalming as presently recognized by persons engaged in these functions.

(19)(20)    'Retail sales outlet' means an establishment wherein funeral merchandise is sold or provided, or both, to the general public. A retail sales outlet may not contain lay-out or chapel facilities and is restricted solely to the sale of funeral merchandise and may not handle or arrange for the handling or disposition, or both, of dead human remains and may not offer or execute preneed funeral contracts, except as authorized by Chapter 7, Title 32.

(20)(21)    'Owner' means a sole proprietor, partnership, limited partnership, corporation, limited liability corporation, or any business entity possessing authority and control over a funeral establishment."

SECTION    2.    Section 40-19-110(2) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(2)    using false or misleading advertising or using the name of an unlicensed person in connection with that of a funeral establishment;. An advertisement must include the physical address of the funeral home, funeral establishment, mortuary, or crematory where the advertised services will be provided. The board shall promulgate regulations establishing additional requirements for advertisements relating to providing funeral services, including internet advertisements;"

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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