Lawmakers are coming to the rescue of small cemetery operators who complain 2010 regulations are too harsh. The Senate passed a bill this week which reduces licensing fees so they're more in line with other professional fees. It also removes the fingerprint requirements necessary for licensure and increases the cost of death certificates.
Operators of the small cemeteries say regulations implemented after the Burr-Oak Cemetery scandal were too costly. In fact the stricter regulations forced many smaller entities to shut down. The new bill, which is headed to Governor Quinn's desk, is designed to help them stay in business.