SB 0618 Allows abandoned burial sites revert to the cemetery after seventy-five years
LR Number:2190S.01I Fiscal Note:2190-01
Committee:Financial and Governmental Organization
Last Action:03/26/01 - Voted Do Pass S Financial & Governmental Org., Journal page:
Veterans' Affairs & Elections Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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Current Bill Summary

SB 618 - The act provides for abandoned burial sites to revert to the private or public cemetery. A burial site is deemed abandoned if after seventy-five years from the last activity of record, a reasonable search for the owner fails to locate the owner.

A reasonable search entails sending notice to the last known address of the record property owner and publishing a description of the burial site in a newspaper circulated in the county of the last known address of the record property owner for three weeks. After a year from publishing the notice and no owner has claimed the burial site, the burial site is deemed abandoned.

If persons with a legitimate claim to the burial site present themselves after the abandoned burial site has been used for a different purpose or resold, the cemetery must provide an equal burial site.

Identical provisions are contained in TAT CCS/SS/SCS/HCS/HB 567.