State task force set to study cemetery, funeral businesses

June 17, 1996|By Joe Mathews | Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF

A state task force to study the cemetery and funeral industries will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. today on the 23rd floor of the William Donald Schaefer Tower, at 6 St. Paul St. in downtown Baltimore.

Baltimore attorney Edward Michael Ranier, an expert in funeral law, is chairman of the 25-member group. Ranier represents the National Funeral Directors Association on occupational safety and health matters. He said he believes representatives of the cemetery industry, which long has fought with the funeral industry over government regulation, will consider him fair.

The group must report to the General Assembly by the end of the year. "We have a lot to discuss, and not a lot of time to discuss it," said Thomas J. Murphy III, a task force member and president of the State Board of Morticians.

The task force also includes Dr. John E. Smialek, the state's chief medical examiner; Delegates Hattie N. Harrison, Dan K. Morhaim and C. Anthony Muse; state Senators John J. Hafer, Martin G. Madden and Decatur W. Trotter; and David M. Goodman of Columbia, who has complained of mistreatment by the cemetery where his daughter first was buried.

Pub Date: 6/16/96

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