color:redHtml> 08RS HB727
LRC Seal



WWW Version

The hyperlink to a bill draft that precedes a summary contains the most recent version (Introduced/GA/Enacted) of the bill. If the session has ended, the hyperlink contains the latest version of the bill at the time of sine die adjournment. Note that the summary pertains to the bill as introduced, which is often different from the most recent version.

Includes opposite chamber sponsors where requested by primary sponsors of substantially similar bills in both chambers and jointly approved by the Committee on Committees of both chambers. Opposite chamber sponsors are represented in italics.

HB 727/LM/CI (BR 2282) - L. Combs, D. Keene

     AN ACT relating to forestry-related crimes and making an appropriation therefor.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 364 to require contracts for sale of timber and specify contents thereof; create a new section of KRS Chapter 364 to require notice to neighbors of timber cutting; create a new section of KRS Chapter 364 to specify duties of Division of Forestry with regard to timber sales and theft; create a new section of KRS Chapter 364 to grant Attorney General, Commonwealth's attorneys, and county attorneys jurisdiction in timber theft and timber damage cases; create a new section of KRS Chapter 364 to provide whistle blower protection to persons who report timber crimes; amend KRS 364.120 to update section reference, amend KRS 364.990 relating to penalties to provide penalties for violation of new sections of act; amend KRS 514.010 relating to definitions for theft offenses to specifically include timber and trees as property which may be the subject to theft; amend KRS 514.030 relating to theft by unlawful taking to make theft of timber a Class D felony regardless of the value of the timber; amend KRS 514.110 relating to receiving stolen property to make receiving stolen timber a Class D felony regardless of the value of the timber; amend KRS 514.130 relating to forfeiture in theft cases to include heavy equipment as forfeitable; create a section of KRS Chapter 532 to provide specific measures of restitution in timber theft cases including reimbursement of costs of investigation and prosecution; amend KRS 15.380 relating to certified peace officers to require Wildland Arson Investigators of the Division of Forestry to be certified peace officers; amend KRS 149.080 to provide for the appointment of Wildland Arson Investigators by the Division of Forestry and specify their duties; amend KRS 149.991 to conform to repeal of KRS 149.380; amend KRS 513.010 relating to arson definitions to include definition of "timberland"; amend KRS 513.040 relating to arson in the third degree to include timberland; amend KRS 513.060 relating to burning property to defraud an insurer to include timberland; create a new section of KRS Chapter 513 to create the crime of timberland arson; amend KRS 364.120 to conform; repeal KRS 149.380 relating to setting fire on land owned by another; repeal KRS 364.130 relating to entry on land of another to cut timber and KRS 371.100 relating to requiring a written contract for sale of standing timber.

     Mar 4-introduced in House
     Mar 5-to Natural Resources & Environment (H)
     Mar 10-reassigned to Judiciary (H)

Legislature Home Page | Record Front Page