February 28, 2006

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street  Suite 220

Boise ID  83702



ROLL CALL:             Bruce English, Chairman

                                    Laine Eckersell 

                                    John Buck


ALSO PRESENT:      Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                   Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                   Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                   Cherie Simpson, Administrative Assistant

                                   Janice Wiedrick, Technical Records Specialist I


GUESTS:                   Representative Max Black, Chairman of the House Business Committee

                                   Paul Coltrin, Chairman of the Idaho Funeral Service Association



Chairman English called the meeting to order at 4:05p.m.


Discussion was held on House Bill 540, which changes pre-need sales audits; deletes the Mortician Certificate of Authority license; lengthens the time of apprenticeship from two years to three years; and calls for the 24 hour requirement for refrigeration or embalming before burial and cremation.


The bill requires that persons who sell pre-need goods and services be a licensed Mortician or Funeral Director but not be required to hold the Certificate of Authority to sell goods and services.  The Board determined that the present law is a duplication of licenses and fees.


The bill also removes cemeteries from the act since there is no regulatory authority for cemeteries, and clarifies what records are required for pre-need sales.  The investigators for the Bureau would inspect the records, while conducting the inspection process. 


Mr. Coltrin stated the Association sent out notification to all members about the proposed changes and has not had any negative comments.  The Bureau has not received any negative comments on the proposed legislation.


Chairman Black has received seven calls in opposition of the proposed legislation and would like to avoid controversy in Committee.


Chairman Black will get back to the Board after talking with Committee Members.


Ms. Jacobsen stated her appreciation to Chairman Black for meeting with the Board.

The Board Members stated their appreciation to Chairman Black for working with them on this legislation.


Having no further business before them, the conference call adjourned at 4:54p.m.