HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to further reduce the modest state stipend that helps cover funeral-related costs for impoverished residents.

The latest proposals come about six months after the General Assembly cut the state’s maximum indigent burial benefit from $1,800 to $1,400. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had originally proposed reducing it to $1,000.

Malloy in his latest budget proposal has again called for a $1,000 stipend. Lawmakers on Tuesday heard about a second bill offered by Malloy’s administration that would allow the Department of Social Services to craft new regulations to ensure the state only pays for what they call “truly necessary” funeral expenses.

The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association opposes such changes, contending they will make it more financially challenging to provide a “proper burial” for the indigent.

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