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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 12, 2012 03:45 PM
From: Representative Ron Miller
To: All House members
Subject: Agricultural Conservation Easements (former HB 2059)
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend the Agricultural Area Security Law. The current agricultural conservation easement regulations require each preserved farm to be physically inspected once per year by the county program administrator. This inspection is designed to identify whether any violations of the deed of easement have occurred and if the required conservation plan is being followed. The program administrator is also required to send written notice by certified mail of when an inspection shall occur, and to send inspection reports by certified mail.

Since the statewide program began in the late 1980s, many counties have hundreds of farms preserved and limited staff to conduct inspections. Technology has also evolved where aerial photographs may be used to help identify possible violations. Notice of inspections and arrangements for the same can be made more informally than by certified mail.

My legislation will require an inspection at least every two years, and will eliminate some of the burdensome notification and reporting requirements. It also abrogates the appropriate sections of regulation. The legislation retains the right of an unannounced inspection if there is reason to believe an easement is being violated.

Previous cosponsors: MILLER, AUMENT, BOYD, CREIGHTON, FLECK, GIBBONS, GROVE, KAUFFMAN, M. K. KELLER, KILLION, MOUL, MURT, PICKETT, ROSS, SCAVELLO, SCHRODER, STURLA, SWANGER, TALLMAN and RAPP



Introduced as HB84