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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: June 16, 2022 11:14 AM
From: Senator John R. Gordner and Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: Mortuary Inspectors
In the near future, we will be introducing legislation to reduce the experience required to become a mortuary inspector from 10 to five years.

The Funeral Director Law, passed in 1951, established requirements to become an inspector for the State Board of Funeral Directors. These include being a licensed funeral director and being actively engaged in the practice for at least 10 years. Recently, as some inspectors retire and the board has attempted to hire new inspectors, they are experiencing difficulties finding funeral directors with at least 10 years of experience in the field. Applicants are well-regarded in their field and come with recommendations from their colleagues but are a few years short of the 10-year threshold. For example, when trying to fill a vacant inspector position, half of the applicants were otherwise qualified and recommended for the position but did not meet the years of experience requirement.

Please join us in sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB1318