Connect with us

World News

Colorado lawmakers approve regulations for funeral homes



Colorado lawmakers approve regulations for funeral homes

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers passed a sweeping bill Monday to overhaul the state’s lax oversight of funeral homes after a series of gruesome incidents, including body parts sold, fake ashes and the discovery of 190 rotting bodies.

The cases have devastated hundreds of already grieving families and emboldened lawmakers to pass the bill, which now heads to Democratic Gov. Jared Polis’ desk for his signature.

If signed, the bill would give regulators much greater enforcement power over funeral homes and require routine inspections of facilities, including after one shutters.

It joins a second bill passed by both chambers last week that, if signed, would require funeral home directors and other industry positions to pass background checks, obtain a degree in mortuary sciences, and pass a national exam and an internship.