One criticism of Missouri’s prior preneed law was that the Attorney General’s office was dependent upon the State Board to refer complaints for legal enforcement. If the State Board didn’t refer a Chapter 436 violation, the AG’s only enforcement alternative was to pursue an action under Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act (Chapter 407). During the 2008

Missouri’s Chapter 436 reform law goes into effect on August 28th, and the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors will have the responsibility of implementing the new changes. However, the State Board is caught in a Catch 22 situation.

Many of the changes will have to be implemented through regulations, but the Board

My kids hate August because it means its time to head back to school.  This year’s student population in Missouri will be a little larger than last year’s.  The Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors has released its meeting agenda, and the state’s preneed industry will be given four crash courses beginning July 30th. 

Generally, freshman orientation

A little more than a month has lapsed since the Missouri legislature passed a reform preneed bill, but the death care industry remains stuck in neutral until Governor Nixon signs SB1 into law. 

With an effective date of August 28th looming two months away, regulators and funeral homes (and cemeteries) face licensing and document deadlines.  The State Board