02RS HB367


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HB 367 (BR 1561) - J. Gooch, J. Arnold Jr, A. Arnold, L. Belcher, B. Crall, D. Sims, G. Tapp, M. Treesh

     AN ACT relating to agriculture water quality.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 224 relating to the Agriculture Water Quality Act to grant confidentiality to documents submitted to local conservation offices and the Division of Water for purposes of the Act; direct that "bad actors" under the Act shall lose the confidentiality; allow a limited disclosure of statistical data that may arise from the documents.


     HCS - Retain original provisions with the following changes: provide confidentiality to documents submitted to a state agency rather than to the Division of Water; limit the documents that are granted confidentiality by excluding applications for financial assistance from the soil erosion and water quality cost share program; allow a court to review documents claimed as confidential to determine if the confidentiality is lost because of evidence of noncompliance; clarify that agency data relating to water quality is not confidential.

     HFA (1, J. Barrows) - Expand the exclusion from confidentiality plans written for farms in regions designated as water priority protection regions and to certain actions of the Kentucky Water Quality Authority.

     HFA (2, J. Barrows) - Direct that the confidentiality granted by the Act shall not preclude disclosure of an agriculture operation's agriculture water quality plan to the Agriculture Water Quality Authority.

     Jan 15-introduced in House
     Jan 16-to Natural Resources and Environment (H)
     Jan 17-posted in committee
     Feb 5-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 6-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 13-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 14, 2002
     Feb 19-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Feb 27-floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 4-3rd reading, passed 91-4 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (2)
     Mar 5-received in Senate
     Mar 7-to Agriculture and Natural Resources (S)
     Mar 21-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 22-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 27-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 27, 2002; 3rd reading, passed 36-2
     Mar 28-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 2-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 191)

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