SD Lawmakers Pass Bill On Cremation Of Indigents
by Associated Press
February 24, 2012 4:26 PM
The South Dakota Legislature has approved a measure allowing counties to choose cremation in indigent cases.
Counties pay funeral and burial expenses when a destitute resident dies and no one else is available to pay the costs. The House voted unanimously Friday to accept a change the Senate had made in the bill.
The bill will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
The measure says a destitute person's next of kin could decide whether that person is buried or cremated. When a destitute Native American dies, that person's tribe could make that decision.
If no next of kin or tribe is available, county commissioners could decide whether someone is buried or cremated.