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Bill Detail: HB20-1060

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Title Natural Organic Reduction Human Remains
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (03/02/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Human Services
  • Professions & Occupations
  • Public Health
House Sponsors B. Titone (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors V. Marble (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 01/08/2020

The bill authorizes human remains to be converted to soil using a
container that accelerates the process of biological decomposition, also
known as natural reduction.
Current law has various provisions that deal with burial,
cremation, interment, and entombment. In connection with authorizing

natural reduction, the bill replaces these terms with the phrase final
disposition, which term is defined to include natural reduction. The
following types of provisions are updated to reflect the option to use
natural reduction:
  • Life insurance statutes;
  • Preneed funeral insurance contracts;
  • The Mortuary Science Code;
  • Funeral picketing statutes;
  • Litigation damages;
  • The Colorado Probate Code;
  • The Disposition of Last Remains Act;
  • The Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act;
  • Missing person reports for unidentified human remains;
  • Public peace and order statutes;
  • Vital statistics statutes;
  • The Colorado Public Assistance Act; and
  • Firefighter pension plans.
Natural reduction is added to the statutes that regulate funeral
establishments, and this addition will result in the regulation of the natural
reduction process. But the definitions of cremation and mortuary
science practitioner are amended so that a practitioner of natural
reduction is not regulated as a cremationist or mortuary science

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