98RS HB453


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HB 453/LM (BR 1873) - C. Geveden, A. Maricle, F. Nesler

     AN ACT relating to emergency management.
     Create new KRS Chapters as follows: KRS Chapter 39A relating to state emergency management programs; KRS Chapter 39B relating to local emergency management programs; KRS Chapter 39C relating to state aid to local emergency management programs; KRS Chapter 39D relating to continuity of government; KRS Chapter 39E elating to SARA Title III hazardous materials programs; and KRS Chapter 39F relating to local rescue squad programs; repeal the existing KRS Chapter 39 relating to disaster and emergency services; amend other statutes to conform.


     HCS/LM - Retain the original provisions of the bill except provide for the Division of Forestry within the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet to have the primary responsibility for directing the implementation of all forest fire emergency responses consistent with KRS Chapter 149.
     HFA (1, C. Geveden) - Change definition of emergency to limit it to events beyond the ability of the local emergency response agency to handle; provide that requests to send personnel and equipment out of a location to an emergency or disaster not unreasonably deplete local resources; provide that a local director may take over at a declared emergency or declared disaster at request of mayor or county judge executive.
     SCS/LM/CI - Retain the original provisions of the bill except require a peace officer arresting someone in violation or attempting to violate the provisions of this Act to be in either a full or distinctive uniform or be displaying a badge or insignia of authority; delete the provision which mandates that only the director of the Division of Emergency Management and the local director of the local emergency management agency take the oath and require each person appointed to serve in an organization for disaster and emergency take the oath; mandate that no person shall be employed or associated in any disaster and emergency response organization if that person either advocates or has ever been convicted or under indictment of any subversive act against the U.S. or calling for a change in the constitution of the U.S. by use of violence; provide that those individuals possessing liability insurance or self insurance cannot claim immunity up to the amount of the insurance.

     Jan 29-introduced in House
     Feb 2-to State Government (H)
     Feb 20-posted in committee
     Feb 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 25-floor amendment (1) filed; 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for for February 26, 1998
     Feb 26-3rd reading, passed 80-9 with Committee Substitute and Floor Amendment (1)
     Feb 27-received in Senate
     Mar 2-to State and Local Government (S)
     Mar 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 13-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 16-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for March 18, 1998
     Mar 18-3rd reading, passed 37-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 19-received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate amendment
     Mar 24-House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute; passed 90-1
     Mar 25-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 1-signed by Governor

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