It is the mission of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association to advance the economic and professional interests of Colorado's funeral directors and the service they represent.
In doing so, CFDA relies on team of dedicated volunteers to keep abreast of legislation and regulatory changes that could affect the association and its members.
CFDA's Legislative & Advocacy Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding any government activities that could affect the industry and works with CFDA staff to provide ongoing information to members via the association’s newsletter and other communications media. Members are often called upon to testify before the State legislature at bill hearings and to contact their local Representatives or Senators to discuss the impact of legislation on small business.
The committee is chaired by Chuck Bowman, CMSP/CFSP, Horan & McConaty Funeral Service, Centennial.
The association's efforts are supplemented by a team of professional lobbyists led by Bill Clayton and Tony Lombard at Lombard & Clayton, Inc.
A Message from CFDA's Legislative Committee Chair:
"I have served as CFDA’s Legislative Chair since 2004 and have learned a great deal about state laws and the legislative process. I have testified in support of funeral service on numerous occasions and continue to serve as a liaison with state regulatory authorities as a resource for funeral service in Colorado.
Working in a state without licensing, the practice of funeral service is dependent upon the committed professionals within the industry to maintain high standards of fairness and ethics. I have led the charge towards reinstating a funeral service license system in Colorado and helped to introduce several (unsuccessful) licensure bills, including one that passed through the state legislature but was vetoed by the Governor in 2006.
Our efforts were finally rewarded in 2009 when House Bill 1202 was signed into law. Since 2010, funeral establishments and crematories must register annually with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), consumers may file complaints with DORA, and disciplinary measures can be taken.
CFDA has also helped to craft and pass other important funeral service legislation, such as instituting laws to define standards of practice and control disposition rights; create an electronic death registration system; clarify disposition rights for last remains of members of the armed forces; and allow for the disposition of abandoned cremated remains. Our 2013 legislative efforts strengthened the laws regarding preneed funeral plans."
Chuck Bowman, CMSP/CFSP/CCO