AB 351

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Apr 29, 2021
  • Passed Senate Aug 29, 2022
  • Signed by Governor Sep 18, 2022

Reduction of human remains and the disposition of reduced human remains.

Abstract

The Cemetery and Funeral Act provides for the licensure and regulation of cemeteries, crematoria, hydrolysis facilities, cremated remains disposers, funeral establishments, and their personnel by the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law creates the Cemetery and Funeral Fund, which is continuously appropriated for the purpose of implementing the act. Under existing law, the violation of the act is a misdemeanor. Existing law provides for the disposition of human remains and makes specified acts relating to human remains, including improperly disposing of human remains, a crime. This bill, commencing January 1, 2027, would require the bureau to license and regulate reduction facilities, as defined, and would enact requirements applicable to reduction facilities substantially similar to those applicable to crematoria and hydrolysis facilities and would enact provisions relating to the disposition of reduced human remains by integration into the soil. By expanding the definition of crimes relating to the disposition of human remains and creating new crimes, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the application for a reduction facility license to be made in writing on the form prescribed by the bureau and accompanied by a licensing fee. The bill would also require a licensed reduction facility to pay a specified fee to the bureau for every reduction during the preceding quarter. The bill would require the bureau to set the licensing and renewal fees and the per reduction fees in amounts that cumulatively do not exceed the reasonable costs of administering the licensing program and would cap the per reduction fee at a maximum of $8.50 per reduction. By depositing moneys in a continuously appropriated fund, this bill would make an appropriation. This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to adopt rules and regulations prescribing the standards for reduction chambers to preserve the public health and safety and to ensure the destruction of pathogenic microorganisms. The bill, commencing January 1, 2027, would require reduction chamber manufacturers to apply to the State Department of Public Health for approval of reduction chambers for use in the state and to charge a reduction chamber manufacturer a regulatory fee for the evaluation of a reduction chamber, as specified. The bill would prohibit the use of a nonapproved reduction chamber by a reduction facility or its employees. Existing law requires a local registrar of births and deaths to issue permits for the disposition of cremated and hydrolyzed remains. This bill, commencing January 1, 2027, would require a local registrar of births or deaths to issue permits for the disposition of reduced human remains. By increasing the duties of local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Bill Sponsors (3)

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Sep 18, 2022

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 399, Statutes of 2022.

Sep 07, 2022

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.

Aug 30, 2022

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 65. Noes 0.).

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.

Aug 29, 2022

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 34. Noes 0.).

Aug 25, 2022

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 15, 2022

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 11, 2022

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (August 11).

Aug 02, 2022

Senate

In committee: Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Jun 27, 2022

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 23, 2022

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (June 22).

Jun 14, 2022

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on HEALTH. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (June 13). Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Jun 06, 2022

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on B., P. & E.D.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B., P. & E.D.

May 04, 2022

Senate

Re-referred to Coms. on B., P. & E.D. and HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on B., P. & E.D. and HEALTH.

Mar 03, 2022

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on RLS pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(c).

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(c).

Mar 01, 2022

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Feb 28, 2022

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Senate

From inactive file.

Senate

Ordered to second reading.

Sep 03, 2021

Senate

Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Hertzberg.

Jun 24, 2021

Senate

Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From Consent Calendar.

Jun 23, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

Jun 22, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (June 22).

Jun 01, 2021

Senate

In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

May 12, 2021

Senate

Referred to Com. on G.O.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on G.O.

May 03, 2021

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Apr 29, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 77. Noes 0. Page 1253.)

Apr 27, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

Apr 26, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 21. Noes 0.) (April 22).

Apr 19, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on G.O.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on G.O.

Apr 15, 2021

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on G.O. Read second time and amended.

Apr 08, 2021

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Feb 12, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Com. on G.O.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on G.O.

Jan 29, 2021

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee February 28.

Jan 28, 2021

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB351 HTML
01/28/21 - Introduced PDF
04/15/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
02/28/22 - Amended Senate PDF
06/06/22 - Amended Senate PDF
06/27/22 - Amended Senate PDF
08/11/22 - Amended Senate PDF
08/25/22 - Amended Senate PDF
09/01/22 - Enrolled PDF
09/18/22 - Chaptered PDF

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06/20/22- Senate Health PDF
07/29/22- Senate Appropriations PDF
08/11/22- Senate Appropriations PDF
08/15/22- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
08/26/22- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
08/30/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF

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