It is a bit of déjà vu for Kansas cemeteries. Legislation to increase preneed trusting and to require monthly reporting was introduced in the Kansas House. But HB 2240 will look familiar to those cemetery corporations that participated in 2009 and 2010 cemetery legislative meetings conducted by the Kansas Secretary of State.
As previously reported on this blog, the Kansas Secretary of State is seeking monthly reporting so that troubled cemeteries can be identified sooner. But, even the largest cemetery corporations claim that such reporting requirements would be burdensome.
The Kansas cemetery regulator is motivated by the experience of recent cemetery failures, and the need to impose requirements intended to keep the cemetery out of receivership, or as a ward of the state. As the law currently stands, regulators have few options until the cemetery fails (i.e., is unable to honor its preneed obligations).