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Bill to clarify fate of remains

on March 19, 2014 10:30 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — A bill is on its way to the state Senate to clarify what should happen when surviving family members can’t agree on what to do about their dead relative’s remains.

The House voted unanimously on Tuesday for a proposal to put the decision up to a majority vote of the people with standing as next of kin. If two or more people with equal standing can’t make a majority decision, the final say will be in the hands of a judge.

The sponsor, Allegheny County Democratic Rep. Harry Readshaw, said he was spurred to act by hearing funeral directors describe cases where someone’s heirs couldn’t agree.

He said the bill would eliminate disputes that can delay funeral arrangements.

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