Montana Administrative Register Notice 24-147-34 No. 4   02/23/2012    
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In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.147.401 fee schedule





TO:  All Concerned Persons


            1.  On March 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., a public hearing will be held in room B-07, 301 South Park Avenue, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment of the above-stated rule.


            2.  The Department of Labor and Industry (department) will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this public hearing or need an alternative accessible format of this notice.  If you require an accommodation, contact the Board of Funeral Service (board) no later than 5:00 p.m., on March 9, 2012, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need.  Please contact Jodi Koehnke, Board of Funeral Service, 301 South Park Avenue, P.O. Box 200513, Helena, Montana 59620-0513; telephone (406) 841-2037; Montana Relay 1 (800) 253-4091; TDD (406) 444-2978; facsimile (406) 841-2305; e-mail dlibsdfnr@mt.gov.


            3.  The rule proposed to be amended provides as follows, stricken matter interlined, new matter underlined:


            24.147.401  FEE SCHEDULE

            (1) remains the same.

            (a)  Mortuary                                                                                          $ 250 375

            (b)  Mortuary branch facility                                                                   250 375

            (c)  Crematory                                                                                           250 375

            (d) through (3) remain the same.

            (a)  Mortician                                                                                             250 375

            (b)  Crematory operator                                                                           200 300

            (c)  Crematory technician                                                                       200 300

            (d)  Mortician intern                                                                                 220 330

            (4) through (5) remain the same.

            (a)  Mortuary                                                                                              300 450

            (b)  Mortuary branch facility                                                                        50 75

            (c)  Crematory                                                                                           300 450

            (d)  Cemetery (five-year renewal)                                                     1000 1500

            (6) remains the same.

            (a)  Mortician - active                                                                               200 300

            (b)  Mortician - inactive                                                                            100 150

            (c)  Crematory operator - active                                                             100 150

            (d)  Crematory operator - inactive                                                              50 75

            (e)  Crematory technician - active                                                         100 150

            (f)  Crematory technician - inactive                                                           50 75

            (7) through (9) remain the same.


            AUTH:  37-1-131, 37-1-134, 37-19-202, 37-19-301, 37-19-303, 37-19-304, 37-19-403, 37-19-702, 37-19-703, 37-19-808, 37-19-814, 37-19-815, 37-19-816, MCA

            IMP:     37-1-134, 37-1-141, 37-19-301, 37-19-303, 37-19-304, 37-19-402, 37-19-403, 37-19-702, 37-19-703, 37-19-808, 37-19-814, 37-19-815, 37-19-816, MCA


REASON:  The board has determined it is reasonably necessary to increase license application and renewal fees as proposed to comply with the provisions of 37-1-134, MCA, and keep the board's fees commensurate with program costs.  Over the last several years, the board has experienced an increase in expenses in excess of revenue generated through board licensure fees.  In providing administrative services to the board, the department has determined it is necessary to increase fees as proposed to ensure that the board can cover their operating expenses.  The board decided to increase fees by 50 percent at this time to avoid another increase in the near future.  The board estimates the proposed fee changes will affect approximately 455 applicants/licensees and generate $46,535 in additional annual revenue.


            4.  Concerned persons may present their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing.  Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to the Board of Funeral Service, 301 South Park Avenue, P.O. Box 200513, Helena, Montana 59620-0513, by facsimile to (406) 841-2305, or by e-mail to dlibsdfnr@mt.gov, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., March 23, 2012.


            5.  An electronic copy of this Notice of Public Hearing is available through the department and board's web site on the World Wide Web at www.funeral.mt.gov.  The department strives to make the electronic copy of this notice conform to the official version of the notice, as printed in the Montana Administrative Register, but advises all concerned persons that in the event of a discrepancy between the official printed text of the notice and the electronic version of the notice, only the official printed text will be considered.  In addition, although the department strives to keep its web site accessible at all times, concerned persons should be aware that the web site may be unavailable during some periods, due to system maintenance or technical problems, and that technical difficulties in accessing or posting to the e-mail address do not excuse late submission of comments.


            6.  The board maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this board.  Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies the person wishes to receive notices regarding all board administrative rulemaking proceedings or other administrative proceedings.  The request must indicate whether e-mail or standard mail is preferred.  Such written request may be sent or delivered to the Board of Funeral Service, 301 South Park Avenue, P.O. Box 200513, Helena, Montana 59620-0513; faxed to the office at (406) 841-2305; e-mailed to dlibsdfnr@mt.gov; or made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the agency.


            7.  The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.


            8.  Colleen White, attorney, has been designated to preside over and conduct this hearing.



                                                               BOARD OF FUNERAL SERVICE

                                                               R.J. (DICK) BROWN, CHAIRPERSON



/s/ DARCEE L. MOE                                 /s/ KEITH KELLY

Darcee L. Moe                                           Keith Kelly, Commissioner

Alternate Rule Reviewer                           DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY



            Certified to the Secretary of State February 13, 2012


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