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Egg Marketing, Abolish Treasurer Bills Pass Frankfort Committees

From the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

Bill to abolish treasurer’s office clears Senate panel:

A bill that would abolish the state constitutional office of treasurer was approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee today.

Senate Bill 58, sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, would amend the state constitution to dissolve the State Treasurer’s office at the end of the current term.

According to McDaniel, most of the office’s duties could be performed by the state’s Finance Cabinet. He called the measure a “common sense and financially prudent update to the constitution” that would save the Commonwealth $1.4 million annually. If the measure becomes law, the question will be posed to voters for final ratification in the 2014 general election in November.

SB 58 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Egg bill passes House committee:

Legislation that would revise Kentucky law governing egg marketing passed the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee unanimously today.

House Bill 181, sponsored by House Agriculture and Small Business Committee Chair Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, and Rep. Wilson Stone, D-Scottsville, would define “lot consolidation” as removal of damaged eggs from consumer-labeled cartons and replacement of those eggs with products of the same grade, size, brand, lot and source. It would call for lot consolidation to be performed by someone registered with the Department of Agriculture and trained in a department-approved course.

Changes would be overseen by the Kentucky Egg Marketing Program, which performs random inspection of eggs sold in the Commonwealth to protect consumers.

State law requires that businesses and shippers of shell eggs and egg products be licensed by the Commonwealth.

HB 181 now moves to the full House for consideration.

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