To understand that loophole, we need to return to 1992 when Georgia had last changed its laws concerning crematories. Legislators had pretty much ignored crematories up to that point because there were so few of them.
The loophole was closed in 2002 with the deletion of the words "which is open to the public." Hence, Georgia now requires crematories that are independent of funeral homes to hire specialists in embalming, a skill that is useless for independent crematories and those specializing in low-cost cremations.
In House Bill 135 or the proposed 'Accessible Crematories Act,' the authors Ako Bicol representatives Rodel Batocabe, Alfredo Garbin, and Christopher Co said it is the policy of the state to provide affordable health services to the poor.
They said the bill sought to put up state-monitored crematories 'to provide more affordable and accessible services to encourage more surviving families, especially the indigent, to opt for cremation of their deceased instead of burial.'
To recall, a few years ago, a bill on creation of crematories
in the country was submitted to the Parliament.
Media reports of desecration of graves and human remains and other types of mismanagement at cemeteries and crematories
have inspired a debate regarding whether the federal government should take on a greater role in regulating the death care industry, primarily funeral homes, crematories
, cemeteries, pre-need sales of funeral plans, and third party sales of funeral goods.
A new Connecticut law requires crematories
to be inspected annually.