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SB 61 (BR 179) - J. Rhoads

     AN ACT relating to recreational tourism and economic development and making an appropriation therefor.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 97 to enable local parks and recreation boards and regional recreation boards to establish landowner incentive programs for increasing access to lands for recreational use and tourism development; require those local parks and recreation boards, as well as the regional recreation boards choosing to implement a landowner incentive program for recreational use of lands, develop a proposed program and submit the proposal to local governing bodies, which includes the legislative body of any city, unified local government, consolidated local government, charter county government or fiscal court of any county, for review and approval; require local governing bodies to conduct a public hearing on the proposed landowner incentive program and require that any program approved be adopted as an ordinance; establish minimum provisions for landowner incentive programs; clarify that landowner incentives do not constitute a charge, as defined in KRS Chapter 411.190; specify the types of incentives which may be adopted including: remuneration of a portion or all of local taxes actually paid by the landowner to the local governing body, or by other measures; cost-sharing programs for equipment or other types items; grants; participation in pilot programs; participation in demonstration projects for improving environmental management of the land used for outdoor recreation; and other similar incentive programs; amend KRS 147A.028 to establish a recreational lands fund to support the development of outdoor recreation for tourism development; authorize the Department for Local Government to establish a grants program for local governing bodies using moneys from the recreational lands fund; amend KRS 186A.130 to redistribute portions of the $15 fee required for the certificate of title for an all-terrain vehicle fee, as follows: $5 to the Transportation Cabinet, rather than the current $9; and $4 to the Kentucky Department for Local Government, to be deposited in the recreational lands fund for grants to local governing authorities for increasing recreational use of lands; make corresponding changes in the distribution of the $10 fee required for replacement or corrected certificate of title for an all-terrain vehicle, allocating $3 to the Transportation Cabinet, rather than the current $6, and allocating $3 to the Kentucky Department for Local Government for the recreational lands fund.

     Jan 6-introduced in Senate
     Feb 1-to State & Local Government (S)

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