98RS HB488


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HB 488 (BR 1914) - W. Scott

     AN ACT relating to forest fire prevention.
     Amend sections of KRS Chapter 149 relating to forestry to clarify the circumstances for setting fire for debris removal, cooking, heating, or for light; clarify the precautions to be taken in setting fires near timberland; change the fire hazard season to February 1 to April 30 from March 1 to May 15 and the hours for setting fires during the hazard season to 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. from 4:30 p.m. through midnight; exempt from the restrictions on fires during the hazard season qualified employees of state agencies setting fires for specified purposes; allow the Division of Forestry to issue a warning without a penalty for suspected violations during the fire hazard season.


     HCS - Retain original provisions; amend KRS 149.180 to require that firefighting costs collected from the person responsible for a fire shall be paid to a county that has paid its annual assessment for the year the firefighting costs were incurred; allow the Division of Forestry to use for improving fire protection services any recovered costs not paid to a county; amend KRS 149.160 to allow the cabinet to employ firefighters in response to a forest fire danger and not just to respond to an actual fire.
     HFA (1, W. Scott) - Change the beginning date for the spring fire hazard season to February 15.

     Feb 3-introduced in House
     Feb 4-to Natural Resources and Environment (H)
     Feb 23-posted in committee
     Mar 3-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 4-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for March 5, 1998
     Mar 9-3rd reading, passed 89-1 with Committee Substitute and floor amendment (1)
     Mar 10-received in Senate
     Mar 11-to Agriculture and Natural Resources (S)
     Mar 18-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 19-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 20-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for March 23, 1998
     Mar 23-3rd reading, passed 38-0
     Mar 24-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Mar 27-signed by Governor

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