Pa. House moves to clarify what happens to remains

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 19, 2014 5:46 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A proposal is on its way to the state Senate to clarify what should happen when surviving family members can't agree on what to do about their dead relative's remains.

The House has voted unanimously for a proposal to put the decision up to a majority vote of the people with standing as next of kin.

If two or more people with equal standing can't make a majority decision, the final say will be in the hands of a judge.

The sponsor, Allegheny County Democratic Representative Harry Readshaw, says he was spurred to act by hearing funeral directors describe cases where someone's heirs couldn't agree.

He says the bill would eliminate disputes that can delay funeral arrangements.

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