SB 113 (BR 1401) - J. Turner
AN ACT relating to outdoor recreation and tourism development and making an appropriation therefore.
Create new sections of KRS Chapter 148 to establish the Kentucky Mountain Trail Authority (KMTA) as an independent, de jure municipal corporation attached to the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet for administrative purposes only; authorize the KMTA to establish the Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreation Area for tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors; prioritize the development of trails and outdoor recreation on private lands, through agreements with willing landowners who would become participating landowners, with the KMTA; identify eighteen (18) eastern Kentucky counties which would be target counties for initial development of the KMTA; identify a process whereby target counties would become full participating counties in the authority and authorized to appoint two representatives, one from the governmental sector and one representing participating landowners, to serve on the KMTA board; establish a process whereby counties outside the target counties could fulfill requirements to become a participating county in the KMTA through one of the fifteen (15) area development districts (ADDs); require the chair of each ADD board to designate a county, which has fulfilled the requirements to become a “participating county” as the district’s designated liaison county, which would serve on the KMTA’s board; authorize the ADDs to assist counties throughout the state in planning and developing involvement with the KMTA; amend KRS Chapter 147A to authorize ADDs to provide assistance to counties interested in participating in the KMTA as part of the regular duties of the ADD board and staff; authorize KMTA board meetings and establish duties; authorize the KMTA board to adopt bylaws for governance; outline methods for appointing an executive director and hiring additional staff; establish that all personnel and operational costs of the corporation shall be paid from funds accruing to the corporation, through fees, grants, or other self-funding mechanisms; enable the authority to procure insurance, execute contracts, accept grants and loans, maintain an office, assess fees for trails, parking, and other trail-related recreational purposes, and to promulgate administrative regulations to govern the Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreational Area; authorize the board to hire trail rangers and establish experience and training requirements for rangers; establish procedures for the authority to issue revenue bonds and revenue refunding bonds; ensure that participating landowners are not liable for willful negligence or similar damages; establish a framework for adopting administrative regulations for a penalty schedule for violations of trail laws and rules.
Feb 7-introduced in Senate
Feb 9-to State & Local Government (S)