senate Bill S3295

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides alternative pricing methods in the sale and offering of funeral merchandise and services; provides for the repeal after one year

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
Jan 31, 2013 referred to health

S3295 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A623
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3440-a, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5627, A8132

S3295 - Summary

Provides alternative pricing methods in the sale and offering of funeral merchandise and services; provides for repeal after one year; mandates a report by the consumer protection division on the effectiveness of alternative pricing methods.

S3295 - Sponsor Memo

S3295 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3295

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation  to  the  alternative
  pricing  methods  in  the sale and offering of funeral merchandise and
  services; and providing for the repeal of  such  provisions  upon  the
  expiration thereof

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 3440-a of the public  health  law,  as  amended  by
chapter 534 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows:
  S  3440-a.  Statement  to  be  furnished  by certain licensed persons,
funeral directors and funeral firms when funeral arrangements are  made.
1.  Every  person  licensed  pursuant to this article, including funeral
directors and funeral firms, shall furnish at the time funeral  arrange-
ments  are  made  for the care and disposition of the body of a deceased
person, a written statement showing thereon the price  of  the  funeral,
which  shall include an itemized list of the services and merchandise to
be furnished for such price and a statement of  the  cash  advances  and
expenditures to be advanced.
  2.  NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION,
FUNERAL FIRMS MAY OFFER PACKAGES OF GOODS AND SERVICES, AS LONG AS  THEY
ARE  OFFERED  IN ADDITION TO, AND NOT IN PLACE OF, ITEMIZED PRICES. IF A
PACKAGE OFFERING IS SELECTED BY THE PERSON MAKING FUNERAL  ARRANGEMENTS,
THE  CHARGES MUST BE LISTED AND PROVIDED TO THE PERSON ON AN ITEMIZATION
STATEMENT. PACKAGE PRICES MUST BE BROKEN DOWN AND LISTED BY THEIR COMPO-
NENT PARTS ON SUCH ITEMIZATION STATEMENT, EXCEPT FOR DIRECT  CREMATIONS,
DIRECT  BURIALS,  FORWARDING  OF  REMAINS  AND RECEIVING OF REMAINS. THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY MEMORIALS  AS  DEFINED
IN  PARAGRAPH  (B) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR
OF THE GENERAL BUSINESS LAW.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03855-01-3

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