Washington Report 082004
Behind the Scenes: How the ICFA Takes Its Stand on the Issues
- FTC Funeral Rule: The ICFA views the expansion of the Funeral Rule as the expansion of the federal regulation of the entire funeral services profession. The ICFA supports the FTC's procedures that require proof of substantial evidence of consumer harm in order to justify expansion of the rule. To date, this burden of proof has not been met.
- Federal Anti-Spam Commercial E-mail Restrictions: The ICFA supports the development of federal regulations through the FTC to restrict unsolicited commercial e-mail. However, current rulemaking by the FTC suggests that legitimate e-mail communications between businesses and their customers may also be restricted. The ICFA opposes such restrictions and has urged the FTC to develop practical regulations to exempt e-mail where an existing business relationship has been established.
- Chairman Irwin Shipper, CCE, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Putnam Valley, New York
- William B. Addison Jr., Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory, Tucson, Arizona
- Gregory J. Easley, CCE, Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park, Funeral Home & Crematory/Stewart Enterprises, Nebraska
- Paul M. Elvig, Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home & Cemetery, Washington
- Andrew Gauntley, Alderwoods Group, British Columbia, Canada
- Caressa Hughes, Service Corporation International, Texas
- Keenan L. Knopke, CCE, Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, Florida
- Edward C. Laux, CCE, cemetery consultant, Arizona and New Jersey
- John F. Llewellyn, CCE, Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries, California
- Mark J. Revitz, Vista Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home/Pershing Industries, Florida
- Gregg A. Strom, Cornerstone Family Services, Pennsylvania
- William L. Wright, CCE, Fairlawn Burial Park/The Heritage Funeral Home, Kansas