02RS HB792


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HB 792 (BR 2617) - J. Gooch

     AN ACT relating to mining.
     Amend KRS 351.090 to delete the requirements that persons, other than those employed by a company, who by contractual or other rights, perform mine inspection work shall be familiar with mining and possess experience equal to that required of a state mine inspector and that they be held responsible for their conduct in the performance of their inspections and related acts; amend KRS 351.102 to require the commissioner to issue a trainee miner permit to any person who has completed a program of education of twenty-four hours rather than sixteen hours and to allow rather than require the examination to be given orally if a miner is unable to read; amend KRS 351.106 to require sixteen rather than eight hours of annual retraining for all certified persons; amend KRS 351.1291 to require all inexperienced surface coal miners complete a twenty-four rather than sixteen hour course of instruction; amend KRS 352.020 to require that every coal mine provide two separate and distinct escapeways, one of which is vented by the intake air, but allow the commissioner to approve an alternate ventilation plan for a mine originally licensed prior to January 1, 1990; amend KRS 352.150 to prohibit the transport of men on belts except when conditions as prescribed by the commissioner constitute an emergency; amend KRS 352.170 to require all mine foremen and fire bosses employed in mines to carry approved gas detection devices rather than flame safety lamps; amend KRS 352.241 to eliminate the provisions relating to use of compressed air for blasting; make numerous technical changes.


     HFA (1, J. Turner) - Restore original language regarding belts being used for transporting men and add the proviso that belt transport may take place unless the commissioner finds that a safety hazard exists which cannot be corrected.

     Feb 27-introduced in House
     Feb 28-to Natural Resources and Environment (H)
     Mar 4-posting waived
     Mar 5-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 6-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 11-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 12, 2002
     Mar 12-3rd reading, passed 95-0 with floor amendment (1)
     Mar 13-received in Senate
     Mar 18-to Agriculture and Natural Resources (S)
     Mar 21-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 22-2nd reading, to Rules
     Apr 15-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, April 15, 2002; 3rd reading, passed 38-0; received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 23-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 355)

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