February 21 Alert Posted: February 21, 2001
February 21 Legislative Update
Here is the status of key bills we have been tracking:
1. House Bill 176, which sought to limit the state's ability to impose odor-related setbacks on industrial poultry and hog operations, and to prevent the co-permitting of corporate owners and controllers of contract poultry and hog operations, is not on the agenda for this Thursday's House Agriculture Committee. It was passed over at the sponsor's request last week, and indications are that he will not try to move the bill this session.
The regulations now in effect which provide setbacks and co-permitting will die when the General Assembly adjourn in late March. The Natural Resources Cabinet has indicated that it will publish regulations thereafter to address concentrated animal feeding operations, including integrator liability.
Thank you for your efforts regarding this bill and this issue. Your calls to House members and House leadership have helped firm up their resolve not to undercut integrator liability.
2. Senate Bill 48, which would immediately prevent enforcement of the vehicle emissions testing programs in northern Kentucky and Jefferson County, and would end the testing in 2003, is awaiting a vote on the Senate Floor. Three floor amendments have been filed on the bill. Please urge your Senator by fax or phone (fax 502-564-6543, phone 1-800-372-7181 or 502-564-8100) to oppose SB 48. Please call or fax this morning, since it could come to a vote at 2 p.m. today.
Also, please contact Rep. Steve Riggs, Chair of the House Local Government Committee, and ask him not to post HB 291 for consideration. HB 291 is the companion bill to SB 48, containing identical language ending the VET program.
3. House Bill 183 passed out of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee yesterday, with a committee substitute. The bill provides a comprehensive approach to solid waste management reform, providing a 1/2 cent environmental impact fee on non-essential beverage containers and fast food cups, to raise over $30 million per year to: begin funding of the environmental education master plan, provide a revolving loan program to cities and counties to close old landfills, provide for litter cleanup on county and local roads, fund litter abatement and recycling education programs, and to improve collection rates. It needs and deserves your support.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND HOUSE LEADERSHIP (REPS.
CALLAHAN, BARROWS, RICHARDS, FORD, ALLEN AND LARRY CLARK) and ask them to pass House Bill 183.
4. A committee substitute to House Bill 104 will be voted on at noon today in the House Natural Resources Committee. It is a compromise "brownfields" bill that protects the rights of neighbors, requires any remediation to meet public health and environmental standards, and avoids the many problems presented by Senate Bill 2.
THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORT - YOUR CALLS AND FAXES DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!