The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 16
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 16

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 6, 2001
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B8 SUNDAY, MAY 6. 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL • CREMATION Law would regulate cremation As it stands now, there is no one overseeing the way Kansas crematories operate By CAROL CRUPPER Harris News Service TOPEKA — People who want to be cremated after they die can now rest assured they won't share facilities with pets, and that Kansas will keep an eye on the process. By unanimous vote Tuesday, the Senate sent a bill to license and regulate crematoriums on to the governor. "Not having facilities licensed causes some consumer concern," said Macl^ Smith, executive secretary of the State Board of Mortuary Arts. It's not that things are amiss, he said. "As it is, we just don't know." He said 18 percent of Kansans choose cremation and predicts that number could grow to 65 percent by 2010. To get the bill passed, members of the House relinquished the idea of allowing pets to be cremated in the same burn chamber as humans. "Some people seem to be offended by that," said Rep. Jim Morrison, R-Colby Rep. Lana Gordon, R-Topeka, had pushed to allow facilities to use the same chamber for both pets and humans and "I'd rather be in there after a dog than some people I know." Ben Coates executive director of Mount Hope Cemetery, quoting some of his customers noted Mount Hope Cemetery, a nonprofit cemetery in her district, sei-ved both. "They clean out the ashes," she said. Separate chambers But legislators decided that if a crematorium wanted to serve both, it would have to use separate chambers. Ben Coates, Mount Hope's executive director, said the new law would force his cemetery to invest in an expensive new chamber just for pets. He said customers had not expressed any concern with the facility. In fact, Coates said he's had some say, "I'd rather be in there after a dog than some people I know." Kansas has 15 crematoriums. After Jan. 1,2002, no crematory may be operated that is not licensed by the mortuary arts board. The bill says crematories: • Must have motorized mechanical de­ vices to process cremated remains and a holding facility to retain human remains awaiting cremation; • Are prohibited from cremating bodies with pacemakers or other potentially hazardous implants in place; and • Are prohibited from cremating bodies until they receive authorization forms. The board must adopt rules and regulations needed to implement the bill, including the conditions under which remains of persons who die from infectious, contagious, communicable or dangerous diseases may be transported to crematories. Rules and regulations are to establish minimum standards regarding sanitation, required equipment and fire protection. License fees License fees will pay for regulation costs. The bill exempts University of Kansas Medical Center for the purpose of cremating remains donated for dissecting, demonstrating or teaching purposes. The bill passed the House of Representatives Monday 95-28-1. Rep. Richard Aldritt, D-Harper, didn't vote. He said legislation regarding "dead human bodies" didn't do much for his mental state. • KANSAS LEGISLATURE Loss of secretaries adds to turmoil Because the session is in overtime, the secretaries have left By JOHN HANNA 'Hie Associated Press TOPEKA — Most legislators are taking their own phone calls, answering their own mail and even making coffee for themselves these days. A few are downright grumpy about it. Legislative leaders decided Tuesday would be the last day' of work for about 120 secre­ taries hired for the 2001 session. The move saves taxpayers about $11,000 a day, but leaders contend the lack of work for the employees was a bigger factor in their decision. House Majority Leader Shari Weber noted House members have been keeping a relatively light schedule, with only brief sessions and almost no committee meetings. "All of our members will not be busy," said Weber, R-Herington. "They can be in their offices and taking phone calls, answering mail and checking e-mail." But not all House members saw it that way A few started forwarding constituent calls to Weber's office in protest. Others used campaign funds to pay secretaries for a few hours of work, said Rep. R.J. Wilson, D- Pittsburg. "I've been answering the phone a lot," Wilson said. Senators had a heavier schedule and couldn't spend as much time in their offices. S.en. Kay O'Connor, R-Olathe, said her constituents had a difficult time reaching her "I'm one furious lady," O'Connor said Thursday "My TMP Student sues over alleged molestation By The Associated Press HAYS — A former student who claims he was molested by a priest at Thomas More Prep- Marian High School has filed a lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit claims the school was negligent, engaged in deceptive trade practices and breached its contract with the boy's parents. It was filed in Tarrant County, Texas, District Court in March and was moved to U.S. District Court in Fort Worth April 23. The former student claims he was molested between August 1993 and October 1994 by Ron S. Gilardi, a Capuchin priest who taught at the school. Gilardi was charged last summer in Ellis County District Court with 14 counts of indecent solicitation Gilardi remains in a Ca- of a child, indecent liberties puchin-run psychiatric hospital, with a child, sodomy and at- A preliminary hearing on the tempted sodomy charges is scheduled for May 11. Ducoxie Gas Grills rCCfi"}-, 823-7512 ~ .\»J/Ai,1125 E. Crawford SUNFLOWER Gift Certificates Available 825-8155 1-800-834-8151 Moil,- IT!. 8:30 -1 :45 Clim-il .Sai. • Perms • Colors • Shampoo Sets • Cuts • Sculptured Nails Academy of Hair f&r Personal ScTvicc Central Beot National Bank MEMBER FDIC 120 E. Main St.> Beloit 785-738-4044 She'll Be One Happy Mother when she gets a Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano for Mother's Day Starting at $1,645 • 6 months same as ^ \h" 825-6273 / South St. & Clark. Salina / 1 -800-875-6273 I 1 cashW.A.C. • Free deliver/50 mile radius Mother's Day Gifts & Cards Steinhauser's 109 NW 3rd. St., Abilene 785-263-1401 /1-800-321-7668 • HOISINGTON TORNADO No siren warning may have been beneficial By The Associated Press HOISINGTON — No sirens warned Hoisington residents that a tornado was headed their way April 1\. But some public officials say the silence might have saved lives. The officials said curiosity might have been very costly for residents. "Ordinarily when you set off the sirens you've got some time before a tornado hits," said John Workman, director of Barton County emergency communications. "That wasn't the case here. Had we set them off, we'd have had more people hurt when they went out to see what was happening." Barton County Sheriff Buck Causey agreed. "Obviously nobody saw it or we'd have blown the sirens sooner," Causey said. "Would it have been wise to have the sirens on? In this case, I don't know. I think we'd have had people going out to see what was going on and more would have gotten hurt. It was only by the grace of God we only lost one life." Gerald Tauscher, 69, died in the storm. His wife said he wasn't in a hurry to get to the basement because he hadn't heard warning sirens. Chance Hayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita, said Barton County was never placed under a tornado watch, and a warning wasn't issued until after the tornado had struck. BOOKCASES SHOCKEY& LANDES <(FURNITUREANDGIFTg ))i 324 N. Broadway, Abilene, Kansas Mon.-Frl. 9-5:30 • Sat, 9-5:00 • 785-263-4770 Financing AvaUaMe»Pel»v«ry Available • WkWHWSA phone rings off the hook from people who say, 'Don't raise my taxes.' The only people I can be lobbied by are the professional lobbyists." Sen. Jim Barone, D-Frontenac, showed his dissatisfaction with the message on his answering machine. In a matter-of-fact tone, Barone says; ""The president of the Senate has ruled that we no longer need secretarial help during this critical time of the session, in a titne when you, my constituents, and other folks in Kansas need direct access." Assessment & Treatment for Anxiety ckmhc Central Kansas Mental Health Center Sewing the people o/ Dickinson, Edswortfi, hmcoln, Ottawa & Saline Counties 809 Elmhurst ' Salina 823-6322 1-800-794-8281 rARRCW J PRINTING COMPANy, INC. 825-8124 ' 115 W. Woodland In north Salina lust off Santa Fe PRINTING COMPANY, INC. Mortgage Interest Rates Have Dropped!! YOUR OPPORTUNITY IS NOW! No one can predict the future, so NOW is the time to lock in your refinance or purchase mortgage rate, CALL TODAY! No cost or obligation for pre-approvals. 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