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PO Box 1070, Frankfort, KY 40602  Phone 502.875.2428, Fax 502.875.2845

THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORT  Posted: January 30, 2002
This morning,(Jan 29), the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee rejected House Bill 367, a bill developed by the Kentucky Farm Bureau that created a blanket exemption from public disclosure for any documents relating to agricultural operations and the Agricultural Water Quality Act. The blanket exemption, which precludes disclosure of any documents "relating to" an agricultural operation, including agricultural water quality plans, conservation plans, stewardship plans and compliance plans, unless the agricultural operation is deemed a "bad actor," or under court subpoena, conferred an unjustified status of confidentiality to information in which there is a legitimate public interest in the compliance status of agricultural operations with respect to air, land and water pollution, particularly where the operation is the recipient of government funds.

In other good news, the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee overwhelmingly approved House Bill 244, which 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 bill goes now to the House floor.

HB 174, Rep. Stumbo's solid waste reform bill, was not taken up by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee and will be heard later this week at a special meeting or early next week. Your calls and faxes to the House A&R Committee on this bill are very important and are still timely! . The House A&R 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.

Remember that with a single fax to 502-564-6543, you can reach all the members of this committee by listing their individual names on a cover sheet and asking that each get a copy of your letter.

THANKS FOR YOUR CALLS AND FAXES ON HOUSE BILL 244 - THEY HELPED GET THAT IMPORTANT BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE. PLEASE CONTINUE TO CONTACT THE HOUSE A&R COMMITTEE SUPPORTING HOUSE BILL 174.

Tom FitzGerald KRC Directo


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