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HB 309 (BR 478) - A. Koenig

     AN ACT relating to the abolishment of the Kentucky Wood Products Competitiveness Corporation.
     Amend KRS 42.4592 to delete a reference to the secondary wood products development fund; amend KRS 154.20-170 to make a conforming change; amend KRS 154.47-005 to define "cabinet" as the Cabinet for Economic Development; delete the definitions for "board" and "corporation"; amend KRS 154.47-040 to delete references to the Kentucky Wood Products Competitiveness Corporation and require information on secondary wood products for state capital renovation projects be maintained by the Finance and Administration Cabinet's Department for Facilities and Support Services; require the Cabinet for Economic Development approve or disapprove applications by secondary wood products businesses for economic development business incentives, loans, or grants without approval by the board of the Kentucky Wood Products Competitiveness Corporation; amend KRS 154.47-050 to require with the Department of Parks, rather than the corporation, make secondary wood products available in state park facilities and showrooms; amend KRS 154.47-055 to place secondary wood product manufacturing training under the Department of Workforce Investment rather than the corporation and delete all references to the corporation; amend KRS 154.47-060 to delete the Kentucky Wood Products Competitiveness Corporations contractual use of the Quicksand Wood Utilization Center for secondary wood products training and make use of it for that function permissive under the authority of the University of Kentucky; delete all references to the corporation and to the secondary wood products training programs and seminars offered under the aegis of the corporation; allow the Economic Development Cabinet rather than the corporation to conduct demonstration projects at the center; amend KRS 154.47-065 to require the Economic Development Cabinet rather than the corporation work with the Kentucky Division of Forestry to establish performance benchmarks for the forest industry and secondary wood products manufactures; amend KRS 154.47-075 to conform; repeal KRS 42.4586, 154.47-015, 154.47-020, 154.47-025, 154.47-030, 154.47-035, 154.47-045 and 154.47-070; abolish the Kentucky Wood Products Competitiveness Corporation and transfer any records, documents, assets and outstanding liabilities to the Cabinet for Economic Development.


     HCS - Retain the provisions of the original bill; allow rather than require the Cabinet for Economic Development to establish benchmarks to measure forest industry performance, monitor changes in patterns of wood utilization, and collect and distribute data on forest product industry sectors.

     HFA (1, A. Koenig) - Allow the Department of Labor, the Division of Forestry, and representatives from the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University to develop worker safety programs for the wood industry.

     Jan 22-introduced in House
     Jan 26-to Economic Development (H)
     Feb 23-posted in committee
     Feb 25-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 26-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 1-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 2-taken from Rules Committee, placed in the Orders of the Day
     Mar 24-taken from the Orders of the Day; returned to Rules (H)
     Mar 25-recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

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