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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: A GREAT WAY TO START TUESDAY MORNING!  Posted: January 29, 2002

.Kentucky Resources Council, Inc.

Post Office Box 1070

Frankfort, Kentucky 40602

(502) 875-2428 phone (502) 875-2845 fax

e-mail FitzKRC@aol.com

January 28, 2002

A GREAT WAY TO START TUESDAY MORNING!

While the inevitably contentious redistricting issue and the budgetary shortfalls have dominated the news, several of the troublesome bills have been introduced among the over 600 bills pending before the General Assembly will be taken up by committees on Tuesday, January 29.

In addition, two important positive reform bills will be heard.

PLEASE TAKE FIVE MINUTES MONDAY NIGHT OR TUESDAY MORNING AND SEND A FAX OR MAKE A CALL ON THESE BILLS:

HB 174, which will be heard by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, deserves and needs your support.

The bill imposes a modest environmental impact fee of of 1 cent on disposable cups and fast food packaging, and a $1 per ton tipping fee on municipal solid waste disposed at landfills, to fund the "Kentucky Pride Fund," a portion of which would fund debt service on a loan program to local communities to close former landfills, a grant program to local government to clean up illegal dumps, and funding of the environmental education master plan. To be eligible, counties must hire a solid waste coordinator, and implement and enforce their solid waste and anti-litter laws.

Under the bill the state may petition to assume responsibility for local solid waste programs if the community fails to achieve and maintain 85% participation in proper disposal of wastes by mid-2007. Additionally, authority to collect delinquent waste fees with property taxes is provided.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee will also hear HB 244, sponsored by Rep. Rob Wilkey, Tuesday morning. The bill is straightforward - it simply removes the sunset clause on the state hazardous waste assessment fund, allowing it to continue to be assessed against hazardous wastes generated in the state in order to pay for cleanup of abandoned sites where hazardous substances were dumped or disposed of in the past. The industries that created and dumped the wastes, and their successors, should foot the bill for cleaning up the former dumpsites. Ask the House A&R Committee to oppose efforts to shift the cost of cleanup to the General Fund, and to support this bill.

Send a fax to the House A&R Committee members and ask them to support HB 174 and HB 244.

The Committee members are: Representatives Harry Moberly, Mike Cherry, Robert Damron, Bob DeWeese, Bob Heleringer, Joni Jenkins, Robin Webb, Royce Adams, Rocky Adkins, Joe Barrows, Dwight Butler, Jim Callahan, Larry Clark, Jack Coleman, Barbara White Colter, Jesse Crenshaw, Danny Ford, Jimmie Lee, Mary Lou Marzian, Thomas McKee, Lonnie Napier, Fred Nesler, Stephen Nunn, Charles Siler, John Will Stacy, Mark Treesh, John Vincent, Jim Wayne and Rob Wilkey.

So How Do I Contact The Legislators?

Glad you asked. It has never been easier to contact legislators in order to make your voice heard. With a single fax to 502-564-6543, you can reach any legislators that you want to contact? You can send a letter, for example, to all Senators and Representatives or all the members of a committee by listing their individual names on a cover sheet and asking that each get a copy of your letter. The good folks at the LRC fax room will copy your fax and distribute it to all that you list (the recipients must be listed by name.) The LRC webpage has a list of all legislators and all committee members.

WANT TO READ THE BILLS OR CONTACT LEGISLATORS?

For a copy of any bill, or to check the status of the bill, which committee it has been assigned to for hearing, and other legislative information, visit the Legislature's Homepage at http://www.lrc.state.ky.us

The toll phone number to reach a legislator in person is 502-564-8100. The toll-free message line is 1-800-372-7181, to leave a message for a legislator or a committee.



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