Fake ashes and rotting bodies have prompted Colorado lawmakers to pass regulations on funeral homes

By Canadian Press

May 6, 2024 | 11:48

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers passed a sweeping bill Monday aimed at overhauling the state’s lax oversight of funeral homes after a series of horrific incidents including sold body parts, fake ashes and the discovery of 190 decomposing bodies.

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

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

It joins a second bill that passed both houses last week that, if signed into law, would require funeral home directors and others in the industry to pass a background check, obtain a degree in mortuary sciences and pass a state exam and complete an internship.