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OKLAHOMA FUNERAL BOARD
4545 N. Lincoln Blvd, Suite 175
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
NOTES OF SPECIAL MEETING
MEETING PLACE: 4545 North Lincoln Boulevard, Green Room
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
DATE & TIME: 10AM January 5, 2011
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 - Board members Dugger, Parks, Phenix, Pickard, Temple & Walding were present. Board member Crutcher was absent.
2. Discussion, and possible action on the Funeral Director Committee Report that studied the possibility of a tiered license system within the State. The Board voted unanimously to amend the Funeral Director Committee Report to Reflect the following:
Require all future FDIC’s to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and both current funeral director’s and embalmer’s license. As of the date of enactment, all currently licensed funeral directors and embalmers regardless of education will be grandfathered in and be allowed to serve as the FDIC in the future. The individual must have graduated from ABFSE accredited mortuary school.
Minimum of GED or High School Grad. Complete a one year apprenticeship as a full-time employee. This apprenticeship includes assisting with a least 50 services with casketed remains. Completion of a funeral director’s course of study at a mortuary school which offers an ABFSE accredited funeral service program that is approved by the Board; Pass the Oklahoma funeral director’s exam & Oklahoma law exam. Receive the same continuing education of a dual licensee.
Note - This license has the same authority as a currently licensed funeral directors except this individual shall not serve as FDIC. This licensee may make funeral arrangements, conduct funeral services and conduct burials in the state.
Minimum of GED or High School Grad. Attend a Board approved class of specified instruction on funeral service. Pass a Board approved Exam. Receive three hours of continuing education per year, including one hour covering the topic of ethics. Complete a one year apprenticeship including 25 removals and 25 interments under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director.
Note - This license does not allow the individual to make funeral arrangements, conduct funeral services or conduct internment ceremonies in the state. This license does allow the individual to make removal of deceased from the home, conduct memorial services with cremains present and supervise interments after the conclusion of the graveside ceremony
3. Discussion, and possible action on other legislative issues pertaining to statute clarification such as who may be in the embalming room, how crematories are licensed in conjunction with other establishments, one can not interfere with board investigation and production of documents, complying with the outstanding taxes owed to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, Nolo Contendre to felony conviction and failure to discharge financial obligation. This item was tabled.
4. Adjournment - 12:08pm