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HB 594 (BR 273) - J. Bell, G. Stumbo, W. Stone, R. Weston

     AN ACT relating to the sustainability of Kentucky dairy farms and making an appropriation therefor.
     Amend and create sections of KRS 260.660 to 260.665 to establish the Dairy Producer Incentive Program; provide for subsidies and a low-interest loan program to support dairy producers who agree to comply with quality and production requirements established by the Kentucky Milk Commission; fund the program through the imposition of a fee on the sale of gallons and half-gallons of milk at retail, which will be collected by the Department of Revenue; set forth the duties of the Kentucky Milk Commission regarding administration of the dairy industry fund and the Dairy Producer Incentive Program; create a new section of KRS 247.940 to 247.978 to establish a low-interest loan program for dairy producers participating in the Dairy Producer Incentive Program; amend KRS 131.183 to conform.


     HCS - Delete original provisions; direct the Kentucky Milk Commission to gather data relating to the processing, marketing, distribution, and pricing of milk; direct the commission to report any potential violations of the Consumer Protection Act to the Office of the Attorney General for further action; report findings to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture by November 1, 2010.

     HCA (1/Title, T. McKee) - Make title amendment.

     Mar 2-introduced in House
     Mar 4-to Agriculture & Small Business (H)
     Mar 15-posted in committee
     Mar 22-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 23-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 23, 2010
     Mar 24-3rd reading, passed 98-0 with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; received in Senate; taken from committee; 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S)
     Mar 25-taken from committee; 2nd reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S); to Agriculture (S)

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