The state Senate voted today in favor of repealing South Dakota’s 30-day waiting period to scatter ashes after a cremation. Why South Dakota has such a law isn’t clear. South Dakota adopted model national legislation about 20 years ago and the requirement was part of that, according to Sen. Shantel Krebs, R-Renner. She said funeral directors aren’t sure why the waiting period was necessary. She siad it might have resulted from the scarcity of crematorium services back then. The legislation, SB 103, now heads to the House for consideration. The Senate vote was 33-0.
UPDATE: Just to clarify, the 30-day period covers the time until the ashes can be released.