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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 26, 2013 04:01 PM
From: Representative Curtis G. Sonney
To: All House members
Subject: Allows Windmills on Farmland Preservation
Currently, the Agricultural Easement Program does not prevent the granting of rights-of-ways (after preservation) for the installation of, transportation of, or use of water, sewage, electric, telephone, coal or non-coal minerals by underground mining methods, gas, oil or oil products lines.

My legislation, which is attached for your purview, will add the ability for a preserved farmland owner to grant a right-of-way to install a wind power generation system, with limitations on the amount of preserved acreage that can be used for such a system by amending the Agricultural Area Security Law.
Former (HB 2228) contained similar provisions; however this proposal includes limitations that will help safeguard the integrity of the preserved farmland. Prior co-sponsors include; ELLIS, EVANKOVICH, FABRIZIO, FLECK, GERGELY, GODSHALL, HARKINS, HELM, MILLARD & SWANGER.


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Introduced as HB920