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65-1732. Disposal of unclaimed cremated remains; veteran's unclaimed cremated remains; rules and regulations. (a) A funeral establishment, branch establishment or crematory which has possession of the cremated remains of a dead human body may dispose of the cremated remains, if:

(1) Such cremated remains have not been claimed for at least 90 days from the time of cremation;

(2) the funeral establishment, branch establishment or crematory has sent a notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the last known address of the authorizing agent as defined under K.S.A. 65-1760, and amendments thereto. Such notice shall state that such remains will be disposed of in accordance with the provisions of this section unless claimed within 30 days of the date such notice is sent; and

(3) the funeral establishment, branch establishment or crematory has not received any claim on the cremated remains for at least 30 days from the date that such notice was sent.

(b) Such disposal under subsection (a) shall include burial by placing the remains in a church or cemetery plot, scatter garden, pond, or columbarium; relinquishing possession of the cremated remains of veterans to the director of the Kansas commission of veterans affairs office, or the director's designee, or a national cemetery in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c); or otherwise disposing of the remains as provided by rule and regulation of the board of mortuary arts. Disposition may include the commingling of the cremated remains with other cremated remains and thus the cremated remains would not be recoverable.

(c) (1) A funeral establishment, branch establishment or crematory which has held in its possession cremated remains for more than 90 days from the date of cremation and has provided notice pursuant to subsection (a) and the cremated remains remain unclaimed may, in accordance with the provisions of this section, determine if such cremated remains are those of a veteran, and if so, may dispose of such remains as provided in this section.

(2) Notwithstanding any law or rules and regulations to the contrary, nothing in this section shall prevent a funeral establishment, branch establishment or crematory from sharing information with the United States department of veterans affairs or the Kansas commission on veterans affairs office for the purpose of determining whether the cremated remains are those of a veteran. A funeral establishment, branch establishment, crematory, funeral director, assistant funeral director or crematory operator shall be discharged from any legal obligations or liability with regard to the releasing or sharing of information with such entities.

(3) Should a funeral establishment, branch establishment or crematory ascertain the cremated remains in its possession are those of a veteran and they are unclaimed cremated remains to be disposed of pursuant to provisions of subsection (a), the funeral establishment, branch establishment or crematory may relinquish possession of the cremated remains to the director of the Kansas commission on veterans affairs office, or the director's designee, or a national cemetery for disposition. Disposition shall be by placement of cremated remains in a tomb, mausoleum, crypt, niche in a columbarium or burial in a cemetery but shall not include the scattering of cremated remains.

(d) Nothing in this section shall require a funeral establishment, branch establishment or crematory to determine or seek others to determine that an individual's cremated remains are those of a veteran if the funeral establishment, branch establishment or crematory was informed by the person in control of the disposition that: (1) Such individual was not a veteran; or (2) such individual did not desire any funeral or burial-related services or ceremonies recognizing service as a veteran.

(e) The funeral establishment, branch establishment, crematory, funeral director, assistant funeral director or crematory operator, upon disposing of cremated remains in accordance with the provisions of this section, shall be held harmless for any costs or damages, except if there is gross negligence or willful misconduct, and shall be discharged from any legal obligation or liability concerning the cremated remains.

History: L. 1988, ch. 227, § 1; L. 2001, ch. 183, § 12; L. 2012, ch. 86, § 1; L. 2014, ch. 83, § 5; July 1.



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