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2022 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 6, 2022, 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) 317-3112, Access Code: 752-118-709.

The FEBRUARY PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on February 3, 2022, 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 (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 540-266-813.

The MARCH PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on March 3, 2022, 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) 240-3212, Access Code: 653-850-789.

The APRIL PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on April 7, 2022, 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-6; or by teleconference by calling (786) 535-3211, Access Code: 369-604-549.

The MAY PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on May 5, 2022, 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-9; or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 504-495-405.

The JUNE PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, will be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on June 21, 2022, 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-6; or by teleconference by calling (408) 650-3123, Access Code: 294-181-013


NEW DEADLINE: 2021 Appointment Process for Appointment to the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services

PLEASE NOTE: The application period for the 2021 Appointment Process for appointment to the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services has been reopened. The new deadline for receipt of applications is close of business on September 30, 2021. Those who have already applied do NOT need to reapply; their applications will remain in the application pool for consideration.

There are no other changes to the application instructions or process (see the Notice below).

 

AMENDED NOTICE REGARDING 2021 APPOINTMENT PROCESS FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD OF FUNERAL, CEMETERY, AND CONSUMER SERVICES

NEW APPLICATION RECEIPT DEADLINE: Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services (the “Board”) is created by section 497.101, Florida Statutes. In partnership with the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services (the “Division”), the Board regulates the death care industry in Florida under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes. The Board consists of 10 persons. The requirements for appointment to the Board are specified in section 497.101, Florida Statutes. Pursuant to this section, when a vacancy on the Board occurs, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides nominations for each position to Office of the Governor and the Governor appoints Board members from among the CFO's nominees.

The current term of appointment of the following five members of the Board is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2021. The descriptions below, as applied to the five referenced positions, are from section 497.101, Florida Statutes, as recently changed during the 2021 legislative session (House Bill 1209/Senate Bill 1408).

Current Board Member

Satisfies Specified Board Position Criteria

Joseph Brandenburg

A funeral director licensed under part III of chapter 497, Florida Statutes, who is associated with a funeral establishment licensed under part III of chapter 497, Florida Statutes, which has a valid preneed license issued pursuant to chapter 497, Florida Statutes, and who owns or operates a cinerator facility approved under chapter 403 and licensed under part VI of chapter 497, Florida Statutes

Keenan Knopke

A funeral director licensed under part III of chapter 497, Florida Statutes, who is associated with a funeral establishment

Lewis Hall

A person whose primary occupation is associated with a cemetery company licensed pursuant to chapter 497, Florida Statutes.

Darrin Williams

A consumer member who:

  • is a resident of Florida
  • has never been licensed as a funeral director or embalmer
  • is not connected with a cemetery or cemetery company licensed pursuant to chapter 497, Florida Statutes, and
  • is not connected with the death care industry or the practice of embalming, funeral directing, or direct disposition

VACANT

A consumer member who:

  • is a resident of Florida
  • is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant under chapter 473, Florida Statutes
  • has never been licensed as a funeral director or an embalmer
  • is not a principal or an employee of any licensee licensed under chapter 497, Florida Statutes, and
  • does not otherwise have control, as defined in section 497.005, Florida Statutes, over any licensee licensed under chapter 497, Florida Statutes

Each Board member whose term is expiring may seek reappointment. Pursuant to section 497.101, Florida Statutes, however, all applicants for the referenced positions will be considered.

Persons interested in applying for appointment or reappointment to the Board must follow the initial phase of the application process outlined below.

  • Complete the “2021 Application for Appointment to Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services,” which is found with this notice
  • Complete the “Application for Chief Financial Officer Board and Commission Appointments” which is which is also found with this notice
  • Submit both completed application forms referenced above, and any attachments, to the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services by EMAIL to:

 

Email: LaTonya.Bryant@MyFloridaCFO.com

The deadline for the Division’s receipt of applications is close of business on Thursday, September 30, 2021. To best meet this receipt deadline, the Division recommends that submissions be sent by email to Ms. Bryant in advance of the deadline.

If you are one of the selected nominees, you will be notified by Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis’ office and provided further instructions regarding the completion of the application process.

Questions regarding any of the application process should be directed to LaTonya Bryant, Administrative Assistant III for the Division, at 850-413-3039 or to Mary Schwantes, Division Director, at 850-413-4984.

Click the following links to download the forms. Please note that although the forms refer to the original filing deadline, applications will be accepted until the close of business on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

 

Proposed Rule Change

The Division will give interested persons until 5:00 P.M. EST on June 11, 2021, to submit any written comments regarding the changes that were published in the May 10, 2021 issue of the Florida Administrative Register regarding rule 69K-1.001. Please send written comments to Ellen Simon at ellen.simon@myfloridacfo.com

 


Continuing Education Credit Available
for Videoconferences

We are excited to announce that we have developed a process for our licensees to obtain CEU credits for attending our Videoconferences. In order to receive credit, licensees must provide their name, license number, meeting date, email address and the phone number you connected to the meeting with. This is very important, as the phone number (or email address if you connected via the web) will be used to confirm your attendance and the length of time you were on the call. Please email ALL of the requested information to LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com.


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Online License Renewal

You may have recently received a notice regarding online license renewal using our LICENSEE DATABASE SYSTEM. For instructions on renewing your license using this system, we have created a special interactive tutorial.

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Online Licensing: Getting Started

You may have recently received a notice regarding registration for our licensee database. To find out how to create a new user profile, update your current profile or retrieve a lost username or password, watch our tutorial.

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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 IdentoGO By MorphoTrust USA regarding fingerprinting procedures and to obtain fingerprint cards. Please see the IdentoGO web site for further instructions..


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.

 

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