From the AP Wire:
Lawmaker Balks at Funeral Parlors at Malls
By The Associated Press September 29, 2005, 1:57 PM EDT
MILWAUKEE -- A Wisconsin lawmaker thinks strip malls are no place for the dearly departed -- he wants to ban funeral parlors from setting up shop there.
"To put it in a strip mall next to a Hooters or an auto parts store doesn't serve the industry or consumers well," said Rep. Phil Montgomery, a Republican. "Consumers have a certain expectation for a funeral home. Most people would be taken aback."
He said his measure is aimed at protecting people from funeral parlors that could come and go quickly from the malls. The bill would require funeral homes to be in buildings that don't have more than one other unrelated business.
"A funeral service is not like selling T-shirts," added Mark Paget, executive director of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.
But opponents say the bill would restrict competition in the industry.
John Bucci, who recently opened Wisconsin Chapels and Cremation Society in a strip mall near Madison, said funeral homes such as his can offer services at a substantially lower cost.
"This is all about greed," Bucci said. "It has nothing to do with protecting the consumer."
Should this not be a local zoning decision not dictated by state law ?