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Due to scheduling conflicts, the Public Workshop that was scheduled for September 12, 2018, in Tampa, Florida, has been cancelled. The Tampa workshop for stakeholders to provide input for legislative and policy changes has been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Depending upon the flow of the discussions, a brief break may be called around noon to permit attendees to have lunch.

The next Public Workshop will take place in Miami on Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. All written comments from industry representatives, which were received in preparation for the cancelled September workshop, will be discussed at the Miami workshop in October. In order to allow industry representatives additional time to submit comments for possible discussion for the Public Workshop, which will take place in Miami, we are extending the deadline for the submission of comments through close of business on Monday, September 17, 2018. Please submit your written comments, if any, via email to the attention of Mary Schwantes, Division Director at: mary.schwantes@myfloridacfo.com. All written comments received will be placed on the October 4th Public Workshop Agenda to allow time for open discussion of items. Please remember: the primary purpose of these workshops is to receive input from industry representatives on potential legislative issues relating to the death care industry.

As revised, the remaining 2018 Public Workshop schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 4, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Miami Dade College
Conference Center at North Campus
11380 NW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33167

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hillsborough County Center
Board Room, 2nd Floor
601 E Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33602

Questions regarding the workshops should be directed to the Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services at 850/413-3039.

 

August 2, 2018 Public Workshop to Discuss Matters Regarding Chapter 497, Florida Statutes

We appreciate the discussion held with those who attended the July 23, 2018, “Public Workshop to Discuss Matters Regarding Chapter 497, Florida Statutes,” which was held in Tallahassee. The next Public Workshop will be held on August 2, 2018, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the following location:

Betty Easley Conference Center, Room 166
Southwood State Campus
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

During the recent workshop, a number of attendees expressed interest in submitting written comments on items which were discussed and/or topics which they would like to see addressed at the upcoming public workshops. For this reason, we are accepting written comments regarding discussion topics through close of business on Monday, July 30, 2018. Please direct your written comments, if any, via email to the attention of Mary Schwantes, Division Director at: mary.schwantes@myfloridacfo.com. All written comments received will be reviewed at the August 2nd Public Workshop and the agenda changed, as necessary, to allow time for open discussion of items.

If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact Ms. Schwantes at 850/413-3039.

 

Upcoming Public Workshops to Discuss Legislation on Chapter 497, Florida Statutes

Attached, please find a copy of the Notice for Public Workshops to Discuss Legislation on Chapter 497, Florida Statutes. Any questions regarding these workshops should be addressed to Mary Schwantes, Division Director for the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services at 850/413-3039 or by email to: Mary.Schwantes@myfloridacfo.com.

 

RULE 69K-30.001, F.A.C. (Disciplinary Guidelines and Penalties)

During the April 5th, 2018 Board meeting in Orlando, the Working Document pertaining to Rule 69K-30.001, Florida Administrative Code, will be presented. This Working Document is the result of Rules Committee meetings taking place over the previous year. Please click here for Working Document.

 

NOTICE TO ALL PRENEED LICENSE RENEWAL FILERS

Please be advised that the initial renewal packets that were mailed out contained a misprint of the renewal deadline date as of July 1, 2018. The correct renewal deadline date is April 1, 2018. The Division will be mailing out revised renewal packets to Licensees correcting this misprint. All preneed renewal packets are due back to the Division by no later than April 1, 2018.

 

RULES COMMITTEE MEETING

The next Rules Committee meeting for 69K-30.001, Florida Administrative Code, will be held on March 27, 2018, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. in room 302 of the Claude Denson Pepper Building located at 111 West Madison Street in Tallahassee. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming meeting, please contact Mary Schwantes at (850) 413-4984 or Ellen Simon at (850) 413-4985.

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RULES WORKSHOP

The Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services will hold a Rules Workshop to discuss Rule 69K-30.001, F.A.C., Disciplinary Guidelines and Penalties, Friday, March 2, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Bldg. 4075, Conference Room 152, Tallahassee, FL, 32399. Any questions regarding the meeting should be addressed to Mary Schwantes, Division Director for the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services at (850) 413-3039 or by email to: Mary.Schwantes@myfloridacfo.com.

You can view the DRAFT - WORKING DOCUMENT in the format of your choice by clicking below.

 

Department Concerns Regarding Proposed Rules:

 

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NOTE REGARDING TIME OF NEXT BOARD MEETING

Please note that the February 1st Board meeting in Panama City begins at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time.

RULES COMMITTEE MEETING

The Rules Committee will meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Tallahassee, at the following location:

Auditor General’s Classroom
Claude Denson Pepper Bldg., Room G-01
111 W Madison Street
Tallahassee FL 32399
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RULES COMMITTEE MEETING

The Rules Committee will meet Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Claude Denson Pepper Building, Room 302, 111 W Madison Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399

 

TAMPA BOARD MEETING LOCATION CHANGED
Due to damage suffered to the hotel caused by hurricane Irma, the Oct. 5 goard meeting scheduled to take place in Tampa will be held in Tallahassee at the following location:
Auditor General's Conference Room
Claude Denson Pepper Bldg., Rm. G-01
111 W Madison Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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2017 BOARD APPOINTMENT NOTICE

The Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services implements regulation of the death care industry in Florida under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes. The Board consists of ten persons. The current term of five board members is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2017. While each member whose term is expiring may seek reappointment, all applicants for the expiring positions will be considered. Persons interested in applying for appointment or reappointment to the Board must follow the application process outlined in the documents below.

 

MONTHLY BODIES HANDLED REPORTS NO LONGER SENT TO THE DIVISION
Amended Section 497.382, F.S. (Effective July 1, 2013) CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

NEW FINGERPRINTING PROCEDURES
The Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services will no longer be providing or accepting fingerprint cards. If there is not a LiveScan location available in your area, please contact IdenttoGO By MorphoTrust USA regarding fingerprinting procedures and to obtain fingerprint cards. Please see “Fingerprinting Procedures” on our website for instructions.

MEMORANDUM TO BOARD MEMBERS AND
ALL LICENSED FUNERAL PROFESSIONALS IN FLORIDA
Memo to Board Re: Vital Statistics
Brandenburg Memo Re:Vital Statistics

ADVERTISING BEFORE A LICENSE IS ISSUED
Click here for recent guidance issued to staff of the Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services.
Posted 2-5-09

LICENSED ENTITIES – A CHANGE IN BUSINESS LOCATION, OWNERSHIP OR A SUBSTANTIAL MODIFICATION TO THE PHYSICAL PREMISES OF A LICENSED ENTITY
A change of actual physical location, a change in ownership or a substantial modification to the physical premises of a licensed funeral establishment, cinerator facility, direct disposal establishment or centralized embalming facility requires Board approval. The licensed entity is required to submit the change for Board approval using the appropriate entity license type application form.

NEW E-MAIL FORMAT
Effective immediately please use the following e-mail format when contacting the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services staff: FirstName.LastName@myfloridacfo.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO LICENSE APPLICANTS

Be sure to allow adequate time for your license application to be reviewed.

Chapter 497.167(9), Florida Statutes, requires an application to be complete at least 25 days in advance of a regularly scheduled board meeting to be considered by the board at such meeting. The Licensing Unit has internal deadlines for identifying application deficiencies, processing completed applications and submitting applications for board action. Application processing begins when an application is received in the Licensing Unit. All requirements must be received, reviewed and acted upon two weeks prior to the next board meeting. Board agendas are then produced and all processed applications and documents are copied and submitted to the board members for their review one week prior to the board meeting.

CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDERS – COURSE ROSTERS

The Division uses the DICE electronic data tracking system to manage continuing education data. This system has been enhanced to allow course providers to enter course completion information directly into DICE, from course rosters, by using the attendee’s social security number or FCCS license number.