Reform in Illinois inched closer to reality with Governor Quinn’s "amendatory veto" of SB1682. If accepted by the Illinois legislature, the reform bill will become law on January 31, 2010.
However, the Governor is seeking a 30 day window between the deadline for the report due from the Funeral Burial Task Force and SB1682’s effective date. It is doubtful much could be done to change SB1682 during that 30 day period. Accordingly, the Governor’s action adds confusion for the Illinois death care industry.
If the amendatory veto is approved, Illinois funeral homes and cemeteries should plan for the January 31, 2010 effective date.