Thursday, May 14, 2009

Senator Ophelia Ford says Shelby County Taxpayers

should pay to embalm indigents just like all the other counties. The County Mayor was trying to pass a bill which would exempt Shelby County from embalming the approx 600 unclaimed bodies which the county deals with each year.

Senator Ford is a licensed funeral director. She declared Rule 13, meaning she had a personal interest in the bill, but voted on the bill. Senator Marrero, the sponsor of the bill made the not so subtle point that funeral homes were welcome to offer to embalm these bodies pro bono.

Senator Ford describes what would happen to her fellow Senators if they happen to meet their maker in Shelby County without proper ID.