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HB312/LM (BR1022) - T. McKee, J. Short, R. Crimm, C. Harris, C. Howard, M. King, R. Palumbo, D. Schamore, S. Westrom

     AN ACT relating to stray equines and cattle.
     Amend KRS 259.120 to establish posting requirements for stray equine and stray cattle; authorize county judges/executive to administer an oath to a taker-up of stray equine and stray cattle; eliminate the county clerk's service fee for stray certificate; allow a taker-up to have stray equine gelded after a ten day holding period has expired; amend KRS 259.130 to reduce the taker-up's hold time of stray equine to ten days for absolute ownership; amend KRS 259.140 to change the payment requirement to the owner; make county judges/executive be immune from criminal and civil liability for any act related to taking up and posting of stray equine or stray cattle.


HB312 - AMENDMENTS

     HFA1( J. Short ) - Amend KRS 259.130 to change hold time from 10 days to 15 days.
     SCS1/LM - Amend KRS 259.120 to require county judge/executives to contract with a licensed veterinarian, who will document the stray equine's breed, color, sex, marks, brands, scars, and other distinguishing features, perform a microchip scan, and identify the existence of lip tattoos, freeze brands, or microchips; require the county judge/executive to record the veterinarian's findings, the name and residence of the taker-up, and the location of the stray equine, maintain documentation in electronic and paper format, post notification on the county of jurisdiction's Web site and require the county judge/executive to post one photograph of the stray equine's front view and one photograph of the stray equine's side view; require the hold time for stray equines to begin after all documentation has been properly filed and posted by the county judge/executive and taker-up; require that, if ownership is found from identifiers of the stray equine, efforts be made by the county judge/executive or his designee to ascertain the owner by investigatory due diligence in locating the owner and providing notice before holding time expires; require the owner/claimant of the stray equine to reimburse the county judge/executive for the cost of the veterinarian assessment per the contracted agreement; allow parties of a dispute relating to ownership, adverse claimants, third-party claims or liens, value of the equine, or actual itemized expenses incurred, to file an action in a court of competent jurisdiction in which the stray equine was taken up; require the filing of an action to toll holding time as to vesting of ownership interests; allow taker-up of the stray equine to sterilize only after the 15 day holding period has expired, ownership vested, and any pending court cases pertaining to the stray equine have been resolved; amend KRS 259.130 to require that absolute ownership of a stray equine vest in the taker-up at the expiration of 15 days after the county judge/executive and taker-up have filed and posted the required documentation; amend KRS 259.140 to exempt the taker-up from paying the owner of the stray equine if the stray equine is sold for profit before absolute ownership of the stray equine has vested; require the owner not be entitled to any payment from the taker-up if demand for payment is made more than 15 days after the posting of stray equine and vesting of ownership.
     SFA1( R. Webb ) - Amend KRS 259.120 to require the county judge/executive to send a copy of the documentation of stray equine to the Office of the State Veterinarian; require the Office of the State Veterinarian to post notification on the Office of the State Veterinarian's Web site and require the Office of the State Veterinarian to post one photograph of the stray equine's front view and one photograph of the stray equine's side view; amend KRS 259.140 to require that participating state agencies be immune from criminal and civil liability for any act related to taking up and posting of stray equine.

     Feb 05, 2015 - introduced in House
     Feb 09, 2015 - to Agriculture & Small Business (H)
     Feb 10, 2015 - posted in committee; posting waived
     Feb 11, 2015 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 12, 2015 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 13, 2015
     Feb 23, 2015 - 3rd reading, passed 97-1 with floor amendment (1)
     Feb 24, 2015 - received in Senate
     Feb 26, 2015 - to Agriculture (S)
     Mar 03, 2015 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 04, 2015 - 2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 09, 2015 - posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 9, 2015; passed over and retained in the Consent Orders of the Day
     Mar 11, 2015 - 3rd reading, passed 36-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1) ; received in House; to Rules (H); posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1) ; House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1) ; Bill passed 97-1; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Mar 19, 2015 - signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 13)