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Kressig pushes for House bill to help pay for child burials

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DES MOINES (AP) - A Cedar Falls lawmaker is pushing for legislation that would help low-income families pay for child burials.

Democratic Rep. Bob Kressig's bill would give qualifying individuals up to $2,000 for funeral expenses after the death of a child, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports.

The measure has been assigned to an appropriations subcommittee.

Kressig says the legislation was inspired by Sing Me to Heaven, a nonprofit group in northeast Iowa that raises money to help pay for such funerals.

Group organizers say the cost of a funeral can range from $2,000 to $10,000 or more.

The bill would provide $100,000 to be administered through the state Department of Public Health. The amount is not expected to be used up within a year, and the funds would not necessarily be recurring.

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