HB 489/LM/CI (BR 1366) - L. Combs, E. Ballard
AN ACT relating to forestry.
Create new sections of KRS Chapter 364 to require contracts for sale of timber and specify contents thereof; require notice to neighbors of timber cutting; require marking of cut timber prior to removal from property; specify duties of the Division of Forestry with regard to timber sales and theft; require a timber buyer to provide an accurate manifest of cut timber transported from the property; grant the Attorney General, Commonwealth's attorneys, and county attorneys jurisdiction in timber theft and timber damage cases; provide whistle blower protection to persons who report timber crimes; amend KRS 364.110 relating to defacing timber brand to add a provision relating to timber branded pursuant to this act; amend KRS 364.120 to update a section reference, amend KRS 364.990 relating to penalties to provide penalties for violation of new sections of this act; amend KRS 514.010 relating to definitions for theft offenses to specifically include timber and trees as property which may be the subject of theft; create a new section of KRS Chapter 532 to provide specific measures of restitution in timber theft cases including reimbursement of costs of investigation and prosecution; repeal KRS 364.130 and 371.100.
Feb 7-introduced in House
Feb 11-to Natural Resources & Environment (H)
Mar 24-posted in committee