|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to health|
|Jan 31, 2013||referred to health|
senate Bill S3295
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S3295 - Details
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
BILL NUMBER:S3295 TITLE OF BILL: 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 PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to enact a one-year study for package pricing methods for funerals and funeral services and require the Consumer Protection Board to submit a report to the Governor and Legislature regarding the implementation of package pricing in New York State. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would enact a one-year study that would amend the public health law to authorize funeral directors to provide price information to consumers in a package format in addition to the current required item pricing list. Monuments and memorials as defined in paragraph (b) of section 454 of the General Business Law would be exempt from the provisions of this act. Additionally, the Consumer Protection Board shall, within one year, study the effectiveness of this act and present its findings in a report to the Governor and the Legislature. JUSTIFICATION: Forty-nine states and the Federal Trade Commission recognize and allow funeral directors to offer package funeral services
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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