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HB282/CI (BR1) - J. Bell

     AN ACT relating to the Department of Corrections' farm operations.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 193 to expand, to the extent feasible, the Department of Corrections’ current Farm Operations Program to all adult correctional facilities operated within the Commonwealth including correctional facilities operated by private contractors; provide definitions for "agriculture," "agricultural commodity," "apiary", "aquaculture," "food bank," livestock," and "poultry"; require that all food and agricultural products grown or produced under the Farm Operations Program be solely for the consumption or use by inmates housed in facilities operated within the Commonwealth, persons employed by correctional facilities, and any associated staff; require that any surplus of agricultural commodities be donated to food banks or other charitable nonprofit food distribution programs; exempt livestock production, use and sale, domestic and foreign, of cattle and bovine animal products from these requirements; authorize the department to create an outreach program to facilitate the development of farm operations programs for county jails; require the department to promulgate administrative regulations in accordance with KRS Chapter 13A to develop a strategic plan for the implementation of goals, objectives, and program criteria of the Farm Operations Program, identify land and property suitable for development pursuant to this section, provide a plan to increase the use of agricultural commodities in inmate diet, and incorporate and expand the farm programs operated by the department on the effective date of this Act into the Farm Operations Program established by this section; require the department to submit an annual report to the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary by November 1 of each year that provides information on the status of the program, including progress made in achieving the program’s purposes, expenditures and cost savings attributed to the program, and any other information the department can provide to inform the committee of the program’s operations.



     Feb 04, 2015 - introduced in House
     Feb 05, 2015 - to Judiciary (H)
     Feb 13, 2015 - posted in committee
     Feb 24, 2015 - taken from Judiciary (H); 1st reading; returned to Judiciary (H)