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NY law limits mail solicitations for grave markers

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - A New York law will prohibit gravestone merchants from sending mail solicitations unless they are clearly marked.

The measure was signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It is scheduled to take effect Feb. 11.

It outlaws mailed solicitations for monuments and memorials unless they say in bold-face type on top "SOLICITATION."

The penalty is up to $500 for one violation and $1,000 for each subsequent violation within the next 18 months.

State Sen. Charles Fuschillo says some offers are designed to look like bills, not advertisements.

The Long Island Republican sponsored the legislation. He says the misleading solicitations can lead grieving families to pay without realizing the mailing wasn't a contract.

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