Fuller Statement On Passage Of Legislation To Aid Kern River Valley Cemetery District

State Senate Passes SB 159
Friday, March 22, 2013

Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) introduced Senate Bill 159 early this year that would allow the Kern River Valley Cemetery District to inter more non-residents. The bill passed in the State Senate yesterday on a 33-0 vote.

“The death and proper burial of loved ones can be a sensitive matter. Rules and regulations that could prevent the burial of family and friends at public cemeteries can also be a burden at an inopportune time,” said Senator Fuller.

Existing law prohibits a public cemetery district from interring any person who is not a resident or property owner within the physical boundaries of the cemetery district, except in certain situations. This, and no-cost burials at nearby state and federal veteran cemeteries, have made it more challenging for public cemetery districts to stay in business. 

SB 159 would permit a local district – the Kern River Valley Cemetery District – to inter up to 40 nonresidents each year. This bill will now move to the Assembly.

State Senator Jean Fuller, with Randy Kyt, District Manager, and Laura Kyt, Secretary, both with the Kern River Valley Cemetery District, on the State Senate Floor earlier this month.