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Missouri bill gives options for disposal of dead bodies

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri bill would give individuals more flexibility in burying dead family members.

Republican state Sen. Jay Wasson of Nixa introduced legislation Thursday that would allow a cemetery owner to unearth a body and rebury it elsewhere with permission of relatives.

The legislation also outlines who gets to choose the final disposal of a dead body if family members or others disagree.

If there are multiple people with equal priority over how to dispose of the body, the legislation would require a majority of those individuals to decide the issue