Q Does a new law allow boards of supervisors to establish indigent burial policies to authorize the full cost of burials?

A Yes. Senate Bill 2504, 2009 Regular Session, provides that the board of supervisors shall establish an indigent burial policy which shall be spread on its minutes. The policy shall establish standards and eligibility criteria for the administration of indigent burials. The board may be able to establish the status of someone as a pauper, either before or after death, based upon available records of recent public assistance or any other available evidence. After review of the records, the board may adjudicate a person as a pauper and shall spread upon its minutes the adjudication. The board, in its discretion, may then pay the full cost of burial or may contribute funds to assist in the cost of burial. Effective July 1, 2009.