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HB 358/CI (BR 1187) - J. Bell, W. Stone, W. Coursey, M. Denham, J. Gooch Jr., D. Keene, T. McKee, J. Richards, J. Short, K. Sinnette, J. Tilley, D. Watkins, B. Yonts

     AN ACT relating to the Department of Corrections' farm operations.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 196 to establish the Farm Operations Program; expand the Department of Correctionsí current farm operations to all correctional institutions in the Commonwealth, including adult correctional facilities operated by private contractors; require that all food and agricultural products grown or produced under the Farm Operations Program be solely for the consumption or use of inmates housed in facilities operated within the Commonwealth; provide that farm operations may include livestock, vegetable, and grain production as well as apiary and aquacultural programs; require that the department utilize the services of inmates to perform such work as necessary under this section; provide that the department shall promulgate administrative regulations to expand and incorporate existing farm operations into the program; develop a strategic plan to implement the program, identify and lease or purchase as necessary suitable farmland, create a strategic plan to increase the use of food items and agricultural products in inmate diet, coordinate with existing farms operations outside of the Commonwealth, and identify and apply for federal and private grant opportunities to help subsidize costs related to the implementation of the program; require that the department submit an annual report to the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary by November 1 of each year that provides information on the status of the program including progress made in achieving the programís purposes, land leased or purchased for program operations, information on the various types of agricultural production, expenditures and cost-savings attributed to the program and any other information the department can provide to inform the committee of the programís operations.


     HCS/CI - Retain original provisions except include definitions of "agriculture", "agricultural commodity", "apiary", "aquaculture", "food bank", livestock", and "poultry"; include "to the extent feasible" to the provision requiring the expansion of the Farm Operations program to all correctional facilities; expand section on consumption and use of agricultural commodities to include persons employed by correctional facilities and associated staff; require that any surplus of agricultural commodities be donated to food banks or other charitable nonprofit food distribution program; exempt livestock production, use and sale, domestic and foreign, of cattle and bovine animal product from these requirements; authorize the department to create an outreach program to facilitate the development and implementation of a farm operations program for county jails; revise and delete in pertinent part, language requiring the department to identify and lease or purchase, as necessary, suitable farmland to "identify land and property suitable for development pursuant to this section"; remove section "identify and apply for federal and private grant opportunities to help subsidize costs related to the implementation of the program."

     Feb 6-introduced in House
     Feb 10-to Judiciary (H); posted in committee
     Mar 5-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 6-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 7, 2014
     Mar 12-3rd reading, passed 69-30 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 13-received in Senate
     Mar 17-to Judiciary (S)

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