- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - People who want to be buried with their pets may be able to have someone place the remains of their cats and dogs into coffins. But it’s not exactly legal, and state lawmakers have refused to change the law to make it any easier.

Louisiana law only addresses human burials. The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1XfJ2tu ) an effort to clearly allow the burial of pets with their owners was sidelined Tuesday by a Senate judiciary committee.

Sen. Conrad Appel, whose wife also had slipped the cremated remains of pet dachshunds into the casket of her mother, unsuccessfully pushed the legislation.

Louisiana cemetery owners opposed the proposal, saying it needed more work.

After the bill was rejected, Appel said he’d work on a revised version for next year.

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Senate Bill 166: www.legis.la.gov

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