HB 491/FN (BR 1743) - J. Kay, R. Meeks, B. Yonts
AN ACT relating to rare plant protection.
Create new sections of KRS Chapter 146 to establish a database of endangered or threatened plant species and prohibit any person from engaging in an activity which would threaten or harm the species; require the State Nature Preserves Commission to promulgate administrative regulations related to protecting endangered or threatened plant species; exempt ginseng and give permissive authority to exempt commercially propagated species from regulation by State Nature Preserves Commission; create a registry for people that sell endangered or threatened species; require those who sell endangered or threatened plant species to keep records for 2 years; create a certification for those propagating nursery stock of endangered or threatened plant species; prohibit state agencies from undertaking actions that would harms endangered or threatened plant species; exempt information concerning the location of endangered or threatened plant species from Open Records Act; amend KRS 146.605 to add definitions; amend KRS 146.990 to add a civil penalty of up to $500 for violation.
HB 491 - AMENDMENTS
HCS - Retain original provisions of HB 491; clarify that the provisions regarding taking rare or endangered plants without written permission of the owner, lessee, or other person entitled to possession applied only to state property, state highways or private property of another person; apply penalty for violation to only taking plants or selling plants when not being properly registered with the Nature Preserves Commission; make expiration of registration to sell plants biannual rather than annual; added definitions for state agency and state property; change definition of "take."
Feb 27-introduced in House
Mar 4-to Natural Resources & Environment (H)
Mar 6-reassigned to Agriculture & Small Business (H)
Mar 17-posted in committee
Mar 19-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Mar 20-2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 21-taken from Rules; placed in the Orders of the Day
Mar 24-3rd reading, passed 56-40 with Committee Substitute
Mar 25-received in Senate
Mar 26-to Agriculture (S)