04RS HB559


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HB 559/LM (BR 2110) - R. Meeks

     AN ACT relating to cemeteries.
     Allow taxpayers to allocate a portion of refund as voluntary check-off for Department for Local Government's county cemetery fund; designate the week prior to Memorial Day as Kentucky Cemetery Cleanup Week; establish criteria to grant families and others the right of ingress and egress to cemeteries on privately owned lands; require deeds to property with a cemetery to indicate location; increase $25 fine-per-incident for judicial officers who fail or refuse to enforce statutes related to cemeteries to no less than $500 and no more than $1,000; repeal and reenact selected statutes from KRS Chapter 381 to KRS Chapter 307; require Secretary of Finance Cabinet to inventory all Native American remains currently held by state-funded agencies and to inventory state-owned real estate that would be suitable for reinterment of Native American remains and report to General Assembly on or before January 15, 2004; require individual who files death certificate to include specific location of interment site, effective January 1, 2004; require cemetery owners to keep records at cemetery's place of business to allow families to readily access interment site of loved ones; impose on cemetery owners who do not keep records fines not less than $100 and not more than $500 for each offense.


     HCS/LM - Retain original provisions of bill except delete amended portion of KRS Chapter 141 to create a tax-refund check-off donation to the Department for Local Government's cemetery fund; add penalty for landowner who denies cemetery access on his or her property to deceased's family members.

     Feb 23-introduced in House
     Feb 24-to Licensing and Occupations (H)
     Feb 26-posted in committee
     Mar 3-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 4-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 5, 2004
     Mar 16-3rd reading, passed 63-22 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 17-received in Senate
     Mar 22-to Appropriations and Revenue (S)

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