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Funeral director/legislator pushing bill that would up his profits

For about 18 months, lobbyists have passed through the state Capitol and interest groups have paid their financial respects to campaign accounts in an effort to influence votes on two bills.

The bills — ushered through the Legislature by Republican Sen. Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson, who owns a Bucks County funeral home — have nothing to do with education or taxes.

They have to do with another constant in everyone’s life: death.

Funeral directors and cemetery operators are on opposite sides of the bills, which would amend a 53-year-old law regulating Pennsylvania’s $698 million funeral services industry.

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