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New Speakers Added to Advocacy Summit Line-up; Hotel Deadline is Feb. 10

The authors of the recent General Accountability Office (GAO) report on federal and state regulation of funeral service will present their findings during the 2012 NFDA Advocacy Summit, which will take place March 7-9 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The GAO report found that 94-95 percent of the states responding to the GAO survey (approximately 40 states) regulated some funeral homes and funeral directors, which was little change from the 2003 findings. In contrast the study found that the number of states regulating cemeteries increased from 77 percent in 2003 to 88 percent in 2011. Moreover, the study also found the state laws and regulations varied widely from state to state, especially in the regulation of cemeteries, preneed sales and third-party sellers. The report concluded that state officials have a mixed opinion on the need for future federal involvement in regulating funeral service. More information about the report can be found on the NFDA website.

The NFDA Advocacy Summit is your chance to join with your colleagues from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association (NFD&MA), KAVOD – Independent Jewish Funeral Chapels, the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), and Selected Independent Funeral Homes (SIFH) to encourage your elected Congressional representatives to support federal legislation that impacts funeral homes, small business and families served by funeral homes:

In addition to speakers from the GAO, NFDA has invited several other guest speakers: Reps. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) and Ron Kind (D-WI); Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME); and Kyle Scherrer of the FBI Office of Victim Assistance.

Complete details about the Advocacy Summit, including registration information, can be found online,

The deadline for making your room reservations at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel at is Friday, February 10. NFDA has secured a special Advocacy Summit rate of $279 per night, plus tax. Hotel reservations can be made by visiting and clicking on the "Hotel/Travel" link or by calling the hotel at 800-468-3571 and mentioning the "NFDA Advocacy Summit."