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Lawmaker backs bill that would benefit his funeral business

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 22, 2016 2:41 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania legislator and funeral home director is pushing a bill that would benefit his business.

State Sen. Robert Tomlinson is backing legislation that would amend a law regulating the state's funeral services industry.

Funeral homes traditionally earn most of their money at the time of someone's death and cemeteries make the lion's share of their profits when people pre-plan funerals.

The bill would effectively eliminate the pre-planned sales that cemeteries rely on. The bills restrict how cemeteries handle inventory by not allowing them to warehouse vaults and caskets.

Tomlinson co-sponsored the Senate bill, but the Republican downplayed his involvement.

The Federal Trade Commission says the legislation would be bad for consumers.

Opponents say funeral homes would capture the bulk of casket and vault sales.

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