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2015 Senate Bill 551: Allow enforceable funeral arrangements in wills

Public Act 57 of 2016

Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on October 7, 2015
To allow an individual to designate in a will or other advance directive a person to serve as a “funeral representative” to execute the decedent’s funeral arrangement directions, including the disposition of his or her remains.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 7, 2015
Reported in the Senate on December 10, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on December 15, 2015
To revise a detail related to a decedent was in the military when he or she died.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 15, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on December 15, 2015
To clarify that cemeteries and crematoriums would also rely on the designation the bill would authorize when determining who has authority to make arrangements for a decedent's final disposition.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 15, 2015
Received in the House on December 16, 2015
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on December 16, 2015
Reported in the House on March 1, 2016
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on March 9, 2016
To establish that if enacted the bill will go into effect 90 days afterwards.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 9, 2016
Received in the Senate on March 17, 2016
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 29, 2016

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