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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, January 22, 2024

'Composting grandpa' bill moves through Arizona Legislature

FuneralState lawmakers in Arizona are considering a bill that would legalize natural organic reduction, also known as human composting, as an alternative to cremation and burial. 

This process uses microbes to break down the body over several weeks, resulting in nutrient-dense soil that can be used for planting trees or flowers. Natural organic reduction is promoted as an eco-friendly burial option, and several states, including Washington, California, and New York, have already legalized it. 

The bill in Arizona, which received unanimous approval in the House Regulatory Affairs Committee, may provide residents with an additional choice for the disposition of their loved ones. 

For more information, see Wayne Schutsky  “'Composting grandpa' bill moves through Arizona Legislature”, Fronteras Politics, January 19, 2024.


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