HB 20-1060

  • Colorado House Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Mar 02, 2020
  • Passed House Feb 27, 2020
  • Senate
  • Governor

Natural Organic Reduction Human Remains


The bill authorizes human remains to be converted to soil using a container that accelerates the process of biological decomposition, also known as "natural reduction". The bill prohibits the following when done in the course of business: Selling or offering to sell the soil; Commingling the soil of more than one person without the consent of the person with the right of final disposition unless the soil is abandoned; Commingling the human remains of more than one person within the container wherein natural reduction produces soil; Using the soil to grow food for human consumption. Current law has a provision that governs the disposal of abandoned cremated remains. The soil from natural reduction is added to this provision, with an option to return the soil to the earth in a respectful manner. Current law has various provisions that deal with burial, cremation, interment, and entombment. In connection with authorizing natural reduction, the bill replaces these terms with the phrase "final disposition", which term is defined to include natural reduction. The following types of provisions are updated to reflect the option to use natural reduction: Life insurance statutes; Preneed funeral insurance contracts; The "Mortuary Science Code"; Funeral picketing statutes; Litigation damages; The "Colorado Probate Code"; The "Disposition of Last Remains Act"; The "Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act"; Missing person reports for unidentified human remains; Public peace and order statutes; Vital statistics statutes; The "Colorado Public Assistance Act"; and Firefighter pension plans. Natural reduction is added to the statutes that regulate funeral establishments, and this addition will result in the regulation of the natural reduction process. But the definitions of "cremation" and "mortuary science practitioner" are amended so that a practitioner of natural reduction is not regulated as a cremationist or mortuary science practitioner. (Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.) (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Bill Sponsors (4)


Feb 27, 2020


May 27, 2020


Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

Mar 02, 2020


Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

  • Introduction
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

Feb 27, 2020


House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Feb 24, 2020


House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Feb 21, 2020


House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

Feb 19, 2020


House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Feb 14, 2020


House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
House Committee of the Whole Appropriations

Jan 27, 2020


House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee

Jan 08, 2020


Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment

  • Introduction
Energy & Environment

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Reengrossed (02/27/2020) PDF
Engrossed (02/21/2020) PDF
Introduced (01/08/2020) PDF
PA2 (02/19/2020) PDF
PA1 (01/28/2020) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note SA1 (02/11/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN1 (01/22/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (08/10/2020) PDF


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