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March 07, 2012 06:15 AM

SD Governor Signs Law On Cremation Of Indigents

pierre, sd

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that allows South Dakota counties to choose cremation when indigent people die.

Counties pay funeral and burial expenses when a destitute resident dies and no one else is available to pay the costs.

The measure passed by the Legislature says a destitute person's next of kin could decide whether that person is buried or cremated.

When a destitute Native American dies, that person's tribe could make that decision.

If no next of kin or tribe is available, county commissioners could decide whether someone is buried or cremated.

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