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OKLAHOMA FUNERAL BOARD
3700 North Classen Blvd. Suite 175
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118
NOTES OF SPECIAL MEETING
MEETING PLACE: Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 North Lincoln Blvd Room 104
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
DATE & TIME: 1PM February 23, 2015
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A copy of this notice of meeting and agenda has been posted in a prominent location at the office of the Oklahoma Funeral Board, 3700 North Classen Blvd. Suite 175, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73118 on February 19, 2015, at 8:15 a.m. A copy of this agenda is available on the Funeral Board website at www.ok.gov/funeral
ORDER OF BUSINESS: The Board may discuss, vote to approve, vote to disapprove, vote to table, change the sequence of any agenda item, or decide not to discuss any item on the agenda.
1. Roll Call – Members Heefner, Highberger, Phenix, and Vice were present. Members Cooper, Longanacre, and Pickard were absent. Member Vice was appointed to be chairman of the meeting by a unanimous vote.
2. Discussion and possible action regarding House Bill 1827 – Chris Ferguson read the following:
“On Wednesday February 18, 2015, Representative Scott Martin, House Bill author of HB1827, called a meeting at the State Capitol to discuss House Bill 1827. The meeting consisted of Legislators, myself and Members Cooper and Vice, Representatives from Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association, Representatives from Funeral Home Owners Association, and other industry owners and Funeral Directors and Embalmers alike. The reason for Representative Martin’s meeting was to discuss the concerns that have been brought to him from other Legislators and other industry members regarding the funding mechanism we had proposed in HB1827.
During the February 18, 2015 meeting, the consensus was quickly agreed upon that the Funeral Board’s mission was very important and this could not be satisfactorily achieved without some type of fee adjustment. The conversation quickly turned to the vehicle in which HB1827 was using to achieve the adjustment. Some in the room wanted to go back to the language that had been previously unsuccessful, which utilized a cookie cutter method of adjusting the flat fee(s) across the board. Representative Martin explained that this method would not be acceptable and forecasted that the Bill would not receive a due pass out of committee which is required to move to the House floor.
After many hours of debate, we found common ground to amend the Bill to reflect deleting the previously proposed two dollar ($2.00) adjustment on the crematory side and keeping the renewal fee for crematories at $250.00 as previously paid for the past twelve years. The other deletion came at changing the two dollar ($2.00) adjustment per original death certificate filed on both the funeral establishment renewal fee and the commercial embalming establishment renewal fee and adjusting both to three dollars ($3.00) per original death certificate filed plus the $250.00 as previously paid for the past twelve years.
This brings us to the meeting today. I along with Board Members Cooper and Vice have traveled the State speaking to industry members and legislators always keeping the same message on our Board approved proposal of adjusting the fees two dollars ($2.00) per original death certificated filed on the funeral establishment and commercial embalming establishment and two dollars ($2.00) per cremation on the crematory fees plus the $250.00 as previously paid for the past twelve years. After many hours of debate and under the good guidance of Representative Scott Martin and other legislators, we have listened to them and followed their advice as they believe that this Committee Substitute before you would pass out of committee and would ultimately be successful all the way to the Governor’s desk. Today I am respectfully requesting that the Board strike the original language of HB1827 and adopt the Committee Substitute before you by a unanimous vote and that we as the Funeral Board and the Funeral Industry continue to move forward supporting HB1827 all the way to the Governor’s Desk.”
Board made a unanimous motion to approve the following language:
Section 1. Amendatory 59 O.S. 2011, Section 396.4, is amended to read as follows:
A. Until the Oklahoma Funeral Board sets fees pursuant to subsection B of this section, the The following shall be the fees charged for the licenses, registrations, and examinations required by the Funeral Services Licensing Act:
Funeral Director License or Renewal: $75.00
Embalmer License or Renewal: $75.00
Registration for Funeral Director/Embalmer apprentice $150.00
Extension of Funeral Director/Embalmer apprentice: $150.00
Embalmer Examination: $100.00
Funeral Director Examination: $100.00
State Law Examination: $100.00
Funeral Establishment License or Renewal: $250.00
Commercial Embalming Establishment License or Renewal: $250.00
Reciprocal License for Funeral Director or Embalmer: $150.00
Change of Funeral Director in Charge $150.00
Crematory License Renewal: $250.00
A funeral establishment license renewal shall be Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), plus Three Dollars ($3.00) for each disposition performed by the establishment from November 1 of the immediately preceding calendar year to October 31 of the current calendar year. For purposes of this subsection, a funeral establishment performs a disposition each time the establishment files an original death certificate pursuant to Section 1-317 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
A commercial embalming establishment license renewal shall be Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), plus Three Dollars ($3.00) for each disposition performed by the establishment from November 1 of the immediately preceding calendar year to October 31 of the current calendar year. For purposes of this subsection, a funeral establishment performs a disposition each time the establishment files an original death certificate pursuant to Section 1-317 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
B. The Oklahoma Funeral Board shall set the fees by rule for those activities not listed in subsection A of this section.
C. Fees for funeral director, embalmer, and state law examinations shall be paid prior to the scheduled examination. An examination fee shall not be refundable.
D. The Oklahoma Funeral Board is authorized to determine and fix special administrative service fees. Each such fee shall not be in excess of Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00)
E. If any renewal fee required by this section is not paid on or before December 31 of each year, the amount of the fee shall be doubled and if the fee is not paid on or before April 30 of the subsequent year, the licensee shall be in default and the license shall terminate automatically.
F. All examination of the Oklahoma Funeral Board shall be exempt from the Oklahoma Open Records Act in order to maintain the integrity of the examination process. Copies of completed examination shall only be released upon receipt of a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction.
Section 2. This act shall become effective November 1, 2015.
3. Adjournment – 1:15 PM