§1879. Prohibited practices
An antique dealer shall not:
(1) Accept cemetery artifacts from any natural person under the age of eighteen.
(2) Knowingly accept an object that they know or should have known has been stolen, and the original use of which was a cemetery artifact.
(3) Falsify, obliterate, remove from the records, or fail to include in the report required in this Part any accounts relating to the antique dealer's transactions involving objects which the antique dealer knew or should have known were cemetery artifacts as defined in this Part.
Acts 1999, No. 218,§ 1.
PART II. SECONDHAND DEALERS
§1861. "Secondhand dealer" defined
A.(1) Every person in this state engaged in the business of buying, selling, trading in, or otherwise acquiring or disposing of used or secondhand property, including but not limited to jewelry, silverware, diamonds, precious metals, furniture, pictures, objects of art, clothing, mechanic's tools, carpenter's tools, automobile hubcaps, automotive batteries, automotive sound equipment such as radios, CB radios, stereos, speakers, cassettes, compact disc players, and similar automotive audio supplies, and items defined as cemetery artifacts is a secondhand dealer.
(2) For purposes of this Part "cemetery artifacts" means any object produced or shaped by human workmanship or tools, including ornaments of archaeological, historical, cultural, or sentimental significance or interest, which may be used to memorialize the dead and shall include but not be limited to all cemetery items, objects, and properties including but not limited to any type of religious or sentimental addition or adornment, inside or outside of a tomb, gravesite, plot, mausoleum, vault or interment location, whether placed privately or by assignment, regardless of monetary worth, age, size, shape, or condition including but not limited to statues, bricks, signage, plaques, tablets, urns, pots, planters, benches, chairs, crosses or other religious symbols, vases, gates, fences, or any portions thereof.
B. The provisions of this Part shall not apply to:
(1) Dealers in coins and currency, dealers in antiques, nor to gun and knife shows or other trade and hobby shows.
(2) Persons solely engaged in the business of buying, selling, trading in, or otherwise acquiring or disposing of motor vehicles and used parts of motor vehicles, and shall not apply to wreckers or dismantlers of motor vehicles who are licensed under the provisions of R.S. 32:771 et seq.
(3) Private residential sales commonly known as "garage sales" or "yard sales" as long as such sales take place at a residential address.
(4) Any bona fide charity possessing a valid exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Acts 1993, No. 1000,§ 1; Acts 1997, No. 1438,§ 1, eff. July 15, 1997; Acts 1999, No. 218,§ 1.
§653. Opening graves; stealing body; receiving same
A. Every person who removes the dead body of a human being or any part thereof from a cemetery space where the same has been interred or is awaiting interment or cremation, without authority of law, with intent to sell the same, or for the purposes of securing a reward for its return, or for dissection, or from malice or wantonness, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than five years, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both.
B. Whoever purchases or receives, except for interment or cremation, any such dead body or any part thereof, knowing that the same has been removed in violation of this section, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three years or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or both.
C. Whoever opens a cemetery space, temporary or otherwise, or a building where a dead body is deposited while awaiting interment or cremation, with intent to remove said body or any part thereof, for the purpose of selling or demanding money or any other thing of value for the same, for dissection, from malice or wantonness, or with intent to sell or remove the coffin or of any part thereof, or anything attached thereto, or any vestment or other article interred or intended to be interred with the body, shall be punishable by imprisonment for not more than three years or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or both.
Acts 1974, No. 417,§ 1.
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§432. Camp Moore Confederate Cemetery
There is established in the parish of Tangipahoa a state owned cemetery, called the "Camp Moore Confederate Cemetery."
§1700. Clinton Confederate Cemetery, operation and maintenance; transfer to cemetery association
A. The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism may enter into a cooperative agreement with the Clinton Confederate Cemetery Association, a nonprofit charitable association formed in accordance with the provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, for the operation and maintenance of the Clinton Confederate State Historic Site, also known as the Clinton Confederate Cemetery.
B. Subject to an appropriation annually to be provided in appropriations for the operations of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and specifically designated for such purpose, the department is authorized to transfer funds of not more than fifteen hundred dollars annually to the cemetery association for the performance of such operation and maintenance. The department shall include in its annual request for operating funds an amount sufficient to accomplish the obligations so transferred to the association.
C. The association shall establish rules and regulations consistent with the general laws of the state, the parish, and the town of Clinton for the operation of the cemetery, and all such rules and regulations shall be subject to approval by the office of state parks of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
D. The association may not transfer its responsibilities for operation, maintenance, and upkeep of the historic site to any public body or to any other state-chartered nonprofit corporation whose purpose shall be the proper care, operation, and management of the Clinton Confederate Cemetery, without prior approval by the office of state parks of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
Added by Acts 1983, No. 50,§ 1, eff. July 1, 1983. Acts 1992, No. 828,§ 1, eff. July 8, 1992; Acts 1999, No. 709,§ 3.