00RS HB221


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HB 221/FN (BR 885) - J. Haydon, T. Feeley, B. Colter, R. Palumbo, M. Weaver

     AN ACT relating to a Rails to Trails Program.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 147A to create within the Department for Local Government a railtrail development office and set out responsibilities for that office; create a new section of KRS Chapter 147A to require the Department for Local Government to publish a booklet detailing the process of converting an abandoned railroad corridor into a railtrail; create a new section of KRS Chapter 277 to allow a railroad corridor to be railbanked under the provisions of state law; create a new section of KRS Chapter 277 to forestall inadvertent abandonment of railroad corridors and to allow a railroad to preserve those corridors which have proceeded through the federal regulatory abandonment process; amend KRS 148.690 to set out procedures for the Department of Parks to follow in instances of railroad abandonment; create a new section of KRS Chapter 174 to require the Transportation Cabinet to publish a map of the Commonwealth's active and abandoned railroad corridors; amend various sections to require notice of railroad abandonments to be forwarded to the state's railtrail office; amend KRS 411.190 to include railtrail ownership interests and activities within its provisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to set out certain liability protections for owners of land adjoining a railtrail; direct the Department for Local Government to inventory and assess for suitability to conversion to railtrails the Commonwealth's railroad corridors; direct the Legislative Research Commission to reauthorize the Rails-to-Trails Task Force.


     HCS (1/FN) - Retain original provisions of bill except to make technical corrections and to insert a section amending KRS 511.090 to set out that a person leaving a railtrail to stray onto adjacent private property comes within the purview of the criminal trespass statutes as a replacement for a section relating to trespassers and landowner liability to them.
     HCS (2/FN) - Retain original provisions of HCS 1 and amend various sections to reduce fiscal impact, clarify application of conservation easements, and increase notice provisions for pending federal abandonment proceedings.

     (Prefiled by the sponsor(s))

     Jan 4-introduced in House; to State Government (H)
     Jan 21-posted in committee
     Jan 25-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Jan 26-2nd reading, to Rules
     Jan 27-recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue (H)
     Mar 6-posted in committee
     Mar 10-reported favorably, to Rules with the original Committee Substitute (1) and Committee Substitute(2)
     Mar 13-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 14, 2000
     Mar 14-3rd reading, passed 93-0 with Committee Substitute (2)
     Mar 15-received in Senate
     Mar 17-to Economic Development, Tourism & Labor (S)
     Mar 20-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 21-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 24-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 27, 2000
     Mar 27-3rd reading, passed 38-0
     Mar 28-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 6-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 338)

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