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2021

Notice of Legislative Workshop – July 12, 2021

In preparation for the 2022 legislative session, the Florida Department of Financial Services seeks input on matters impacting the death care industry and chapter 497, Florida Statutes. To this end, the Department has scheduled a public workshop to allow for open discussion and input from industry licensees and the public. The public meeting will be held via videoconference on July 12, 2021, at 12:00 PM. The public may participate in the videoconference meeting by CLICKING ON THE LINK OR DIALING THE NUMBER PROVIDED IN THE AGENDA LINKED BELOW.

CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE AGENDA

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise LaTonya Bryant at (850) 413-3039 at least 48 hours before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, contact LaTonya Bryant via the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD); or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice), for assistance.

For more information, you may contact: LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850) 413-3039.

 


2021 Board Videoconference Schedule

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The JANUARY PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on January 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-january; or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3122, Access Code: 708-535-845.

The FEBRUARY PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on February 4, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-february; or by teleconference by calling (408) 650-3123, Access Code: 239-248-765.

The MARCH PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on March 4, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-march; or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3412, Access Code: 886-831-973.

The APRIL PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on April 1, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-april; or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3122, Access Code: 188-884-685.

The MAY PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on May 6, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-may; or by teleconference by calling (646) 749-3122, Access Code:263-034-837.

The JUNE PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on June 24, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-june; or by teleconference by calling 646) 749-3122, Access Code:423-281-085.

The JULY LEGISLATIVE WORKSHOP of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on July 12, 2021, at 12:00 PM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/legislative-workshop-july; or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 580-223-589.

The JULY PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on July 13, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-july; or by teleconference by calling (224) 501-3412, Access Code: 371-999-485.

The AUGUST PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on August 5, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-august; or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 464-501-581.

The SEPTEMBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on September 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-september; or by teleconference by calling (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 767-612-469.

The OCTOBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on October 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-october; or by teleconference by calling (408) 650-3123, Access Code: 378-083-301.

The NOVEMBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on November 4, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-november; or by teleconference by calling (646) 749-3122, Access Code:817-576-541.

The DECEMBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on December 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-december; or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3311, Access Code:874-995-613.

 


2020

IMPORTANT NOTICES REGARDING COVID-19

 

NOTICE REGARDING
CFO DIRECTIVE 2020-12

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has executed CFO Directive 2020-12. The directive promotes public health and safety by relieving certain requirements of Florida licensure for individuals who are active, out-of-state licensed deathcare professionals to enable these individuals to perform services related to the final disposition of human remains in Florida during this time of critical need.

Click here to view CFO Directive 2020-12

 

POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL SOURCE FOR

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

Many businesses licensed under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes, may now request various forms of PPE from the state’s Division of Emergency Management. The Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services is pleased to assist in this request process by reviewing and coordinating the licensees’ PPE requests with the Division of Emergency Management. To request supplies, licensees should carefully review and follow instructions contained in the Information Regarding Requests for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Division of Emergency Management. Requesting licensees must also complete and submit the PPE request form by email as indicated on the form in order for their request to be considered. It is preferred that the form be completed electronically using Microsoft Excel.

There are several factors to consider before making a request. Businesses must first attempt to obtain PPE through their available supply chains before making a request. Additionally, since PPE quantities are limited in all occupations, businesses may not receive the PPE requested. As a result, businesses may want to continue pursuing other avenues for PPE, even after a request is made using this process. Finally, at some point, it is expected that licensees will be billed for any PPE supplies obtained from the Division of Emergency Management, just as they would if the supplies had been obtained through their private supply chain.

The PPE request process is the result of joint efforts between the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Division of Emergency Management, the state’s Emergency Operations Center, the Florida Department of Health, and Florida’s deathcare associations – the FCCFA, IFDF, FMA, and FMBA. If you have questions or need assistance with the request process, please email Division Director Mary Schwantes at Mary.Schwantes@myfloridacfo.com or Assistant Division Director Ellen Simon at Ellen.Simon@myfloridacfo.com. Association representatives at the FCCFA, IFDF, FMA, and FMBA may also be able to assist you.

 

NOTICE REGARDING

CFO DIRECTIVE 2020-08

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has executed CFO Directive 2020-08. The directive promotes public health and safety by suspending section 872.03, F.S., which imposes a 48-hour waiting period before human remains may be cremated. The Directive also suspends administrative rules limiting funeral establishments to using cremation, refrigeration, embalming, or removal services located less than 75 miles away. Finally, the Directive grants the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services the authority to approve limited licenses for retired professionals who were once licensed, in any state, as a funeral director, embalmer, combined funeral director and embalmer, or direct disposer during this time of critical need, as provided in section 497.143, F.S.

Click here to view CFO Directive 2020-08

 

REMAINING 2020 BOARD MEETINGS
CHANGED TO VIDEO CONFERENCES

September

The SEPTEMBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held by teleconference, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on September 3, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference or by teleconference by calling (669) 224-3412, Access Code: 859-724-437.  

October

The OCTOBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held in Jacksonville FL, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on October 1, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-october, or by teleconference by calling (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 670-459-349.

November

The NOVEMBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held by teleconference, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on November 5, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-november, or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 999-406-517.  

December

The DECEMBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held in Gainesville FL, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on December 3, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-december, or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3112, Access Code: 645-422-701.

If accessing by video, please begin at least ten minutes before the meeting, as the conferencing software will need to be downloaded in order to operate.

For more information, please contact LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039.

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CLICK for a guide to attending Board videoconferences using GoToMeeting.

 

JUNE BOARD MEETING CHANGED TO TELECONFERENCE

Please note that the JUNE PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held in Daytona Beach, FL, will now be held via TELECONFERENCE on June 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in the teleconference by calling (669) 224-3412, Access Code: 674-866-853

For more information, you may contact: LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039.


APRIL BOARD MEETING CHANGED TO TELECONFERENCE

Please note that the APRIL PUBLIC MEETING, which was originally scheduled to be held in Tampa FL, will now be held via TELECONFERENCE on April 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in teleconference meeting by calling (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 541-360-885.

For more information, you may contact: LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039.

 

 


2019

NOTICE REGARDING HURRICANE DORIAN

FCCS BOARD MEETING RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

 


 

2019 BOARD APPOINTMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for receipt of applications has been extended to close of business on Friday, August 16, 2019. Persons interested in applying for appointment or reappointment to the Board must follow the application process outlined in the attached Notice Regarding Board Appointment Process (Page 2).


2019 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 four board members is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2019. Additionally, the Board has one current vacancy. While each member whose term is expiring may seek reappointment, all applicants for the expiring and/or vacant 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. The deadline for receipt of applications is close of business on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

 

Notice Regarding Board Appointment Process 2019
CFO Appt Questionnaire
2019 Application for Appointment to Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services


Notice of License Review Committee Meeting

The License Review Committee of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, operating under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes, hereby gives notice that it will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m., at the Claude Denson Pepper Building, 111 W Madison Street #G-01, Tallahassee FL 32399 to discuss the licensure requirements of funeral directors.

General subject matter to be considered: Future licensure requirements for individual licensure.

Click here for a meeting agenda

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise LaTonya Bryant at (850) 413-3039 at least 48 hours before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, contact LaTonya Bryant via the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD); or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice), for assistance.

For more information, you may contact: LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039.


Board Meeting Rescheduled

Please note that the April Board meeting previously scheduled for April 4, 2019, to be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 555 North Westshore Boulevard, 10:00 A.M., has been rescheduled for April 18, 2019. The location and time remains unchanged.


2018

Public Workshop to Discuss Matters Regarding Chapter 497, Florida Statutes

The Division will hold a public workshop Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Hillsborough County Center Board Room, 2nd Floor, 601 E Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida.

If you have any questions, please contact the Division at (850) 413-3039.


Public Meeting Notice

The Board of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services Probable Cause Panel B meeting has been rescheduled due to Hurricane Michael. The meeting will be held October 25, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Click here for a meeting agenda.


Public Workshop Notice

The next Public Workshop to Discuss Matters Regarding Chapter 497, Florida Statutes will be held:

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

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



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.

Click here for map with parking details


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:

 

For further information,


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.


2017

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
Click here for map with parking details


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 board 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
Click here for map with parking details


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 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