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OKLAHOMA FUNERAL BOARD
3700 North Classen Blvd, Suite 175
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118
NOTES OF REGULAR MEETING
MEETING PLACE: Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
DATE & TIME: November 10, 2016 10:00 A.M.
*** This symbol denotes the application and/or applicant is not in compliance with
235:1-1-2 (c ) (14 day Rule)
A copy of this notice of meeting and agenda has been posted in a prominent location at the office of the Oklahoma Funeral Board, 3700 North Classen Blvd Suite 175, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on November 8, 2016, at 10:00 AM
A copy of this agenda is available on the Funeral Board website at
ORDER OF BUSINESS: The Board may discuss, vote to approve, vote to disapprove, vote to table, change the sequence of any agenda item, or decide not to discuss any item on the agenda.
1. Roll Call-Cooper, Longanacre, Highberger, Roberts, Vice were present, Heefner and Martin were absent.
2. Approval of minutes of the October 13, 2016 Regular Board meeting- Approved
3. Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office Report
A. New OKC offices-The Medical Examiner will be moving the OKC offices to 23rdrd and Kelley in OKC. The expected date of move is October 2017. If improvements are made to the Tulsa offices and a few more Doctors are hired then in 2017 the agency would reapply for re-accreditation in 2018.
B. Permits- Effective November 1, 2016 Out of State permits went from $100.00 to $150.00 and Cremation permits went from $150.00 to $200.00
4. Discussion and possible action on FY17 Legislation
A. Directing the Executive Director to request and draft legislation pertaining to a Funeral Director Education only license and other language changes as the Executive Director finds necessary. The Board approved the following language:
SECTION 1. AMENDATORY 59 O.S. 2001, Section 396.2a, as amended by Section 4, Chapter 57, O.S.L. 2003 (59 O.S. Supp. 2010, Section 396.2a), is amended to read as follows: Section 396.2a In addition to any other powers and duties imposed by law, the Oklahoma Funeral Board shall have the power and duty to: 21. Approve course providers and course curriculum for licensure of a funeral director.
SECTION 2. AMENDATORY 59 O.S. 2001, Section 396.3, as amended by Section 5, Chapter 57, O.S.L. 2003 (59 O.S. Supp. 2010, Section 396.3), is amended to read as follows: Section 396.3 A. The Oklahoma Funeral Board shall determine the qualifications necessary to enable any person to practice as a funeral director or embalmer, and prescribe the requirements for a funeral establishment or commercial embalming establishment. The Board shall examine all applicants for licenses to practice as a funeral director or embalmer. The Board shall issue the proper licenses to applicants who successfully pass such examination and qualify pursuant to any additional requirements the Board may prescribe.
The 1. Except as provided in subsection C of this section, the minimum requirements for a license to practice funeral directing or embalming, or both, are as follows:
An applicant for a license to practice funeral directing or embalming shall be at least twenty (20) years of age, a legal resident of this state, a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and of good moral character. In addition, an applicant shall have at least sixty (60) semester hours of study earned, measured in quarter or clock hours, from a regionally accredited college or university, shall be a graduate of a program of mortuary science accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, served one (1) year as a registered apprentice. The applicant may serve as a registered apprentice prior to enrollment in an approved school of mortuary science, concurrent with mortuary school or subsequent to graduation from said school, and pass the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board National Board Science Examination and/or Arts Examination with a 75 or higher on each exam.
2. Curriculum of study for an embalmer and/or funeral director is a program of mortuary science which shall be that prescribed by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. C. If a person chooses not to meet the qualifications in subsection B of this section for a funeral director, the person may alternatively qualify for a license to practice funeral directing, but not embalming, upon meeting the eligibility requirements of this subsection as follows: An applicant for a license to practice funeral directing shall be at least twenty (20) years of age, a legal resident of this state, a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and of good moral character. An applicant is required to complete a funeral director course of study approved by the Oklahoma Funeral Board and that is administered by program of mortuary science accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). The funeral director course of Study shall include at least thirty (30) semester hours or Equivalent closely following the ABFSE curriculum standard, limited to only: Business Management, Cremation, Social Sciences/Humanities, Legal, Ethical, Regulatory, plus essential elements of embalming, restorative art, general concerns when dealing with human remains, a practicum experience and preparation for the required board exams.
In addition to the funeral director course of study the applicant is required to complete at least sixty(60)additional semester hours of study earned, measured in
quarter or clock hours, from a regionally accredited college or university and must complete a twelve-month minimum term as a registered apprentice with employment at
a licensed establishment and must have assisted with (25)arrangement conferences and assisted with twenty five (25) separate funeral or memorial services under the
supervision of a licensed funeral director in this state. The applicant may serve as a registered apprentice prior to
enrollment in an approved school of mortuary science, concurrently while in mortuary school, or subsequent to
completion of the funeral director course of study. 2. Curriculum of study for a funeral director license shall be in a program of mortuary science which shall be that prescribed by the Oklahoma Funeral Board. An applicant must pay all fees as provided in Section 396.4 of this title and pass an exam provided by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board with a seventy-five (75) or higher as well as pass a law exam provided by the Oklahoma Funeral Board, with a seventy-five (75) or higher. A license to practice as a funeral director issued pursuant to this subsection shall be restricted to funeral director, and the licensee shall not be eligible to practice as the funeral director in charge as defined in Section 396.2 of this title.
D. The Board shall issue the appropriate license to any qualified applicant whose application has been approved by the Board, and who has paid the fees required by Section 396.4 of this title, has passed the required examinations with a
general average score of not less than seventy‑five percent (75) and has demonstrated to the Board proficiency as an embalmer or funeral director. END
5. Review complaints with possible vote for probable cause or other action
16-20 Late Death Certificate Filings-Found Probable Cause
17-09 Next of Kin Issues-Tabled
17-11 Next of Kin Issues- Found Probable Cause
17-12 Shipment of Cremated Remains-Dismiss
17-16 Advertisement of an Unlicensed Name-Found Probable Cause
6. Vote to affirm or disaffirm the issuance of the following licenses,
registrations, certificates, dissolution or other action
A. Apprenticeship (original)- All Approved
1. Tucson, Smith, Guymon, Bunch-Roberts FH, Guymon
2. Andrew Haire, Duncan, Whitt FH, Duncan
3. Breana Shirley, OKC, Corbett FH, OKC
B. Apprenticeship (1st extension)-All Approved
1. Amber Milliron, Guthrie, Smith-Gallo FH, Guthrie
(enrolled at UCO)
2. Audra Smith, Bethany, Bill Eisenhour FH, OKC
(enrolled at UCO)
C. Apprenticeship (2nd extension)-Tabled
1. Lane Pilkington, Sapulpa, Schaudt’s FH, Glenpool
(not enrolled in Mortuary School)
D. Funeral Director and/or Embalmer (original)- All Tabled
1. Jennie Washington, Tahlequah (FD only)
2. Phyllis Pack, Lawton, (FD only)
3. Jason Estep, Hugo
4. Lindsay Speck, Mustang
E. Funeral Director and/or Embalmer (reciprocal)-Tabled
1. Jeffrey Hicks, Spring Field, Missouri
F. Establishments- 1 and 4 denied; 2 and 3 approved
1. Brown’s Family Funeral Home, McLoud, New Establishment,
Carson Brown Owner, Jonnie Swanson proposed FDIC.
2. Grantham Velma Chapel, Velma, Kyndall Hale request to close
***3. Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel, Tulsa request to
change FDIC from Glenn Burnett to Koby Creason
***4. McKay-Davis Funeral Home, OKC, request to change FDIC
from Jonnie Swanson to Jennettie Marshall
7. New Business. Any matter not known about or which could not have been reasonably foreseen prior to the time of posting the agenda or any revised agenda. 25 O.S. Section 311.9.-No New business
8. Executive Director’s Report
A. Agency Financial update Mr. Ferguson reported gross receipts for October 2016 to be $4,345.00 with $ 359.50 going to the general fund. The expenses for the same timeframe totaled $ 38,082.26 and net income after expenses totaled $-34,096.76
B. 2017 Renewal Notices- Renewal notices were mailed November 9, 2016. Please see the homepage if you do not receive a renewal. All application and fees are due December 31, 2016.
C. Introduction of Student Intern Quint Lockwood- Mr. Lockwood is a senior at UCO. He will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service in December 2017.
The next regular meeting of the Oklahoma Funeral Board will be held at: Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 412C, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.