After the feds raid shut down a Montrose, Colorado, funeral home in February, it didn’t take lawmakers long to crack down on the state’s body broker trade.
Legislators quickly drafted and passed the Human Remains Disposition Sale Businesses Act, which went into effect earlier this summer. The law prevents anyone from owning both a funeral home and a body broker business. Additionally, the law requires so-called body brokers to register with the state and maintain meticulous records.
While it’s a move Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg applauds, he contends the state has more work to do.
In a Westword interview, Burg says that “having any kind of a law on the books is a great first step. But we believe more needs to be done. I don’t care if you’re a Republican, a Democrat or an independent: We all can agree that we need to protect people’s loved ones from this kind of deceit.”
For more than 40 years, Burg has been a vigilant consumer watchdog, representing thousands of individuals and helping their families overcome catastrophic injuries and immense hardship.