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 practitioner.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)