It appears State Rep. Jamie Boles’ self-serving tenure in the General Assembly has finally been revealed by The Pilot article of June 8. His annual attempt (11 bills in 11 years) to use legislation to help his personal business interests has become too blatant and outrageous to be ignored.
House Bill 554 will permit uncertified funeral directors to perform funeral services at a time when families are at their most vulnerable. It creates a provisional license and doesn’t require the education, training and examinations that are currently necessary for a standard license.
The VP of the NC Board of Funeral Service says, “…the licensees of this state really deserve better than to create yet another type of license that’s unwanted. That’s unnecessary and could create a lot of liability in our industry.” He goes on to state that funeral directors across the state are concerned, “it would also lower the requirements to manage a funeral home, execute contracts, and take in money. That includes payments families make for funerals years down the road.”
Rep. Boles has previously proposed legislation that gives immunity to funeral directors (HB 293), exempts cemeteries from property taxes (HB 959), eliminates competition from small cemeteries (HB 937), and even requires individuals to disclose any life insurance policies to the funeral provider before getting a price for a funeral (HB 664).
It’s time we elect a representative that will actually work for us instead of himself.
Lisa Wells, Whispering Pines