(a) The board may refuse to license any person or establishment for violation of this chapter. If the board refuses to issue, grant, or renew a license based on a violation of this chapter, including, but not limited to, violations listed in subsection (c), the licensee or prospective licensee may request a public hearing before the board to appeal the action of the board. The request for a public hearing shall be submitted to the board in writing within 14 calendar days after the date of the refusal. Upon request, the board shall provide the licensee or prospective licensee with 20 days' notice of the public hearing by United States certified mail. The public hearing shall be conducted pursuant to Section 34-13-26.
(b) A public hearing conducted pursuant to Section 34-13-26 shall be provided by the board to any licensee for whom the board is considering the probation, suspension, or revocation of a license.
(c) The board may suspend, revoke, or place on probation a license if the licensee is found guilty of any of the following:
(1) Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude including, but not limited to, any crime where the individual has to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction.
(2) Unprofessional conduct, which is defined to include any of the following:
a. Misrepresentation or fraud in the conduct of the business or the profession of a funeral director or embalmer.
b. False or misleading advertising as a funeral director or embalmer or knowingly engaging in any advertising which is misleading or inaccurate in any material particular.
c. Solicitation of dead human bodies by the licensee, his or her agents, assistants, or employees, from medical professionals or clergy, whether the solicitation occurs after death or while death is impending.
d. Solicitation of dead human bodies by the licensee, his or her agents, assistants, or employees whether the solicitation occurs after death or while death is impending.
e. Employment by the licensee of a person or persons to be used for the purpose of obtaining or soliciting funeral directing or embalming business.
f. Employment directly or indirectly of any apprentice, agent, assistant, embalmer, employee, or other person, on part or full time or on commission, for the purpose of calling upon individuals or institutions where a death has occurred or is imminent by whose influence dead human bodies may be turned over to a particular funeral director or embalmer or funeral establishment, or both.
g. The buying of business by the licensee, his or her agents, assistants, or employees.
h. Gross immorality.
i. Aiding or abetting an unlicensed person, establishment, or entity in the practice of funeral directing, embalming, cremation, or conducting business as a funeral establishment or crematory.
j. Using profane, indecent, or obscene language in the presence of a dead human body, or within the immediate hearing of the family or relative of a deceased whose body has not yet been interred or otherwise disposed of.
k. Solicitation or acceptance by a licensee of any commission or bonus or rebate in consideration of recommending or causing a dead human body to be disposed of in any mausoleum or cemetery.
l. Any violation of this chapter or order or rule of the board.
m. Any violation of state law or municipal or county ordinance or regulation affecting the handling, custody, care, or transportation of dead human bodies.
n. Fraud or misrepresentation in obtaining a license.
o. Refusing to promptly surrender the custody of a dead human body, upon the express order and payment for services rendered of the person lawfully entitled to the custody thereof.
p. Performing services in a professional capacity as a funeral director or embalmer, or both, for any unlicensed funeral establishment operating in violation of this chapter.
q. Being intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs while on duty at a funeral establishment or while performing any duty or responsibility for the funeral establishment.
r. Willfully retaining or willfully failing to account for any property of a decedent.
s. Knowingly and willfully signing any documentation as having embalmed or prepared a body for burial when, in fact, the services were not performed by the licensee.
t. Failure to give full cooperation to the board or its designees, agents, or other representatives in the performance of official duties of the board.
u. Not furnishing any relevant papers or documents requested by or for the board.
v. Not furnishing, in writing, an adequate explanation relating to a matter contained in a complaint filed with the board against the licensee.
w. Not responding to a subpoena issued by the board, without good cause shown, whether or not the licensee is the party charged in any preceding before the board.
x. Not providing reasonable access to the board or an authorized agent or representative of the board for the performance of reviews or inspections at facilities or places utilized by the licensee in the practice of funeral service or funeral directing or in performing any other activity regulated by the board.
y. Failing to provide information within a specific time as required by the board or an authorized agent or representative of the board.
z. Failing to cooperate with the board or an authorized agent or representative of the board in the investigation of any alleged misconduct or interfering with a board investigation through the willful misrepresentation of facts.
aa. Deceiving or attempting to deceive the board regarding any matter under investigation, including the altering or destroying of any records.
bb. Failure, without good cause, to cooperate with any request from the board to appear before the board.
cc. Violating any statute, ordinance, or rule of the state or any board, agency, or political subdivision of the state affecting the registration of deaths, the handling, custody, care, or transportation of dead human bodies, or the sale of funeral services or funeral merchandise.
dd. Demonstrating bad faith, incompetence, or untrustworthiness or dishonest, fraudulent, or improper dealing or any other violation of this chapter or any rule promulgated by the board or promulgated by the Federal Trade Commission relative to the practice of funeral service or funeral directing.
ee. Any other reason as determined by the board that would render an individual unsuitable for licensure or certification by the board.
ff. A funeral home or funeral director accepting funds for a preneed funeral contract or other prepayment of funeral expenses without a certificate of authority to sell preneed funeral contracts or, if registered to sell preneed funeral contracts, failing to deposit the funds with a qualified trustee or to timely remit premium payments from the consumer to the insurer.
gg. Using any funeral merchandise previously sold without prior written permission of the person selecting or paying for the use of the merchandise. A previously used casket shell may be used for the viewing of remains if a new interior or interior insert is installed before each usage of the casket shell.
(d) In addition to the disciplinary actions authorized in subsection (c), the board may levy and collect administrative fines for violations of this chapter or the rules or regulations of the board in an amount not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) for each violation, unless otherwise provided for in this chapter or by rule of the board.
Last modified: May 3, 2021