Dear Senator Schatz,

We appreciate that your Senate Appointment Committee has a packed hearing date for April 20th.  So, the Missouri funeral industry not represented by the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association requests a single question be asked of Ms. Solon:

If confirmed as executive director of the Division of Professional Registration, will you honor the autonomy that we the Legislature gave the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors with RSMo Section 324.001.11?

If clarification is needed why the question, please feel free to share my January 6th letter.  If the appointee and the industry can come to an understanding about the authorities that the Legislature gave the State Board, then signal to the Governor that it’s time to make independent and qualified appointments to the Board.