From the Office of State Senator John Carona

For Immediate Release
January 28, 2003
CONTACT: Paul Reyes, (512) 463-0116

Legislators Announce Introduction of Cremation Bill

Two members of the Texas Legislature announced introduction today of comprehensive legislation, SB 306 and HB 587, regulating the cremation industry.

State Senator John Carona, R-Dallas, and State Representative Kenny Marchant, R-Carrollton, said their respective bills would provide Texans with a broad range of consumer protection.

"Our legislation will require licensing of all crematories, training and certification of all crematory operators, tracking and verification of human remains' identities through the entire cremation process, and state inspection of cremation facilities," the two sponsors said in a joint statement.

The bills draw from some of the most demanding state cremation laws in the country and are crafted to provide Texans with a much improved level of consumer protection.

More than 26,000 cremations were performed in the state during 2001 and the number is increasing every year, according to the bill's sponsors. "Comprehensive legislation is long overdue and this is the right time to provide a proper level of safety and assurance for grieving families," they said.

The two sponsors said the legislation could serve as a model for other states in strengthening their own laws regarding cremation.