UPDATE 5/21/08 – Senate Bill 196, a bill to tighten preneed regulation, has made it out of committee. The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio supports the bill, but criticizes it for continuing to allow funeral homes to take a 10 percent fee if a customer moves his preneed funeral to a new funeral home. FCACO is also alarmed that no one involved in the legislation could find a single government agency to administer a Consumer Protection Recovery Fund that would help victims of prepaid funeral fraud. Here’s their testimony to the Senate Insurance Commerce, and Labor Committee.

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