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HF 2826

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/10/2010 02:42pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

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Introduction Posted on 02/10/2010

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to burials; including adult children with financial means in requirement
to pay funeral expense; amending Minnesota Statutes 2009 Supplement, section
261.035.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2009 Supplement, section 261.035, is amended to read:


261.035 CREMATION, BURIAL, AND FUNERALS AT EXPENSE OF
COUNTY.

When a person dies in any county without apparent means to provide for that
person's funeral or final disposition, the county board shall first investigate to determine
whether that person had contracted for any prepaid funeral arrangements. If prepaid
arrangements have been made, the county shall authorize arrangements to be implemented
in accord with the instructions of the deceased. If it is determined that the person did not
leave sufficient means to defray the necessary expenses of a funeral and final disposition,
nor any spouse new text beginor adult child new text endof sufficient ability to procure the burial, the county board
shall pay for cremation of the person's remains and the person's burial or interment if the
spouse or next of kin does not want to take possession of the ashes. If it is determined
that cremation is not in accordance with the decedent's personal preferences or the known
practices of the decedent's faith tradition or the personal preferences of the decedent's
spouse or the decedent's next of kin, the county board shall provide for a burial and
funeral. Any burial, funeral, and final disposition provided at the expense of the county
shall be in accordance with personal preferences or known practices of the decedent's faith
tradition or the personal preferences of the decedent's spouse or the decedent's next of kin.
If neither the wishes of the decedent nor the practices of the decedent's faith tradition are
known, and the county has no information about the existence of or location of any next of
kin, the county may provide for cremation of the person's remains and burial or interment.