SC funeral board shuts lid on casket-sale competition


By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

In November, a task force appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley and charged with reviewing business regulations in South Carolina, recommended, among other things, that the state repeal laws dealing with the permitting of retail casket sales.

The report contended that the state Board of Funeral Service, made up mainly of funeral home directors, has “used and interpreted these regulations in a manner that appears not related to public safety as much as it might be construed as economic protectionism.”

“The repeal of these regulations should ease the burden for small businesses or individuals that wish to make or sell low budget funeral merchandise,” the report said.

at The Nerve.