An important announcement from ICCFA In Response to the 60 Minutes Segment

Letters to the Editor Opposing SB 512 & 513

Sample Letter #1
Michigan cemeteries support strong enforcement of consumer protection laws already in place. This includes complying with strict annual accounting and auditing regulations that require every cemetery to submit detailed audit reports to the state Department of Consumer & Industry Services every year. It also means setting aside - or "trusting" - 130 percent of the cost of any cemetery merchandise that is sold to customers who choose to plan ahead and take advantage of "pre-need" sales. Michigan's laws already protect us from scam artists who might try to take advantage of grieving loved ones. We don't need more laws when the ones we have are already working. 106 words

Sample Letter #2
The best consumer protection you can ask for when it comes to death and dying is the ability to pay for your funeral ahead of time. That way you know exactly what you're getting, and you're paying for it at today's prices. You're also protecting your family from making last-minute decisions driven by grief and time. Anyone who buys cemetery merchandise as part of a "pre-need" contract should know that state law requires cemeteries to set aside 130 percent of the cost of that merchandise so there's enough money to buy it after you die. State law also requires cemeteries to file detailed auditing reports with the state every year - reports that are available to the public. Michigan's cemetery laws offer strong protection for consumers. 115 words

Sample Letter #3
Michigan cemeteries are under attack by some legislators who just can't seem to leave well enough alone. These are the same legislators who are listening to the siren song of the funeral home industry - which can't wait to eliminate the competition. How strict are Michigan laws already? Michigan cemeteries are already required by law: to be licensed by the state to sell land, merchandise and services in advance (known in the industry as "pre-need"); to set aside 15 percent of each lot sale for "perpetual care" of the cemetery; to "trust" - or set aside - 130 percent of the cost of any "pre-need" sales of cemetery merchandise; and, finally, to submit detailed auditing reports - available to the public -to the state every year. I drive by Michigan cemeteries every day. They're not going anywhere, and state law soundly regulates their business practices. Let's leave them alone. 165 words