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2008 1st Quarter

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Policy Board Report

by

Jeff

Blackmer

The NFDA Policy Board met in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 10 in conjunction with the 2008 NFDA Advocacy Meeting. A proposal by the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association failed. Their proposal wanted NFDA to state a policy position in the education requirements for a funeral directors only curriculum at an accredited college of Mortuary Science. Their proposal wanted to have embalming classes included in the funeral director only program. This was defeated. Most states with dual licenses (Idaho included) saw no need for embalming classes for those students wanting a funeral directors only license.

A couple of interesting events happening in other states: The Illinois Attorney General’s office declared that the Illinois Master Trust was 30 million dollars short. They looked at a particular date and if everyone died, who had money in the trust, on the same day, the trust would be 30 million short. New regulations are now in place. The Minnesota Funeral Directors Assoc. for the last 5 or 6 years has been battling the Minnesota Legislature over the issue of mercury emissions from dental fillings. They have chosen to fight no more. They are in negotiations with local dental schools for training in removal of dental fillings prior to cremation.

IFSA President Myrna Gordon, Steve Gordon and I visited with our Idaho delegation or their staff regarding Idaho funeral issues. We were fortunate to visit with Congressman Bill Sali and Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig. Congressman Mike Simpson was unavailable.

The preneed issues across the country are taking up a lot of time in our discussions and are receiving a lot of press. Thanks again to the IFSA Board of Directors for letting me represent IFSA. Sincerely,

Jeff Blackmer Idaho Policy Board Rep.

Steve and Myrna Gordon and Senator Mike Crapo

Senator Mike Crapo, Steve Gordon, Myrna Gordon, Austin Blackmer and Jeff Blackmer

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