Summary of the Introduced Bill

HB 2107 -- Unclaimed Veterans' Remains

Sponsor:  Day

This bill allows the unclaimed remains of a veteran to be
collected by a veterans' service organization for the purpose of
internment in a veterans' cemetery if the remains have been in
possession of a funeral establishment for at least three years
and the funeral establishment has given written notice to the
next-of-kin by mail.  If the address of the next-of-kin cannot be
reasonably ascertained, notice must be given once a week for
three successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in
the county of the veteran's residence.  If the veteran's
residence is unknown, notice must be given in the county where
the veteran died or, if the death location is unknown, in the
county in which the funeral establishment is located.  If the
remains are not claimed within 30 days of notice or within four
months of the date of the first newspaper publication, the
remains may be given to a veterans' service organization for

A veterans' service organization is not liable for simple
negligence if it does not scatter the remains and will not be
responsible for any storage costs incurred by the funeral
establishment or the cost for internment in a veterans' cemetery.

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94th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
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