By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - Are Maryland cemeteries trying to gain a business edge that other enterprises enjoy or do they just want to charge their customers more?
That was the question Thursday as lawmakers took on the delicate and often-controversial subject of cemetery costs.
At issue was legislation sponsored by Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, that would allow cemeteries to charge interest on "pre-need" burial plots and other funeral services that are purchased before a person dies.
Donoghue argued that cemeteries should be able to offer financing because lending institutions already are permitted to do so.
"The missing piece here is you can go to a bank and finance pre-need but you can't do it through the cemetery," he said.