Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:22
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a
measure that allows South Dakota counties to choose cremation when
indigent people die.
Counties pay funeral and burial expenses when a destitute
resident dies and no one else is available to pay the costs.
The measure passed by the Legislature says a destitute person's
next of kin could decide whether that person is buried or cremated.
When a destitute Native American dies, that person's tribe could
make that decision.
If no next of kin or tribe is available, county commissioners
could decide whether someone is buried or cremated.
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