New York State Funeral Directors Association

Issued June 19, 2019

We are very pleased to inform you that our #1 Legislative Priority - the "Preneed Trust Accountability Act" - was passed UNANIMOUSLY (106-0) by the NYS Assembly!  

Sponsored by NYS Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan), this bill (A.7777) would require any entity holding preneed funds - such as banks, credit unions and funeral trusts - to undergo an annual audit and thereby make available more information to the consumers (families) who have pre-paid their funeral/burial expenses. At the same time, this bill imposes NO new additional requirements on funeral homes.

This follows unanimous passage by the State Senate on June 6 of Senator Leroy Comrie's companion bill (S.5677-A).

With passage by both houses of the NYS Legislature, the bill will soon be transmitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo for consideration on a date yet to be determined. If he signs the bill into law - as expected - our best-in-the-nation preneed laws would be further strengthened for the benefit of both funeral directors and the families you serve.

A big THANK YOU goes to all of our members who contacted their State legislators to urge their support of this bill.

Please be assured that NYSFDA's Government Affairs Team will keep you posted when our bill is sent to the Governor for executive action.