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Minutes for SB117 - Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Short Title

Allowing boards of county commissioners to declare the wild blackberry a noxious weed within counties.

Minutes Content for Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Chairperson Kerschen opened the hearing on SB117.

Tamera Lawrence from the Revisor of Statutes Office reviewed the bill.

Mike Beam with the Kansas Livestock Association testified in support of the bill.  He believes that the wild blackberry is a prime example of a plant that causes economic and ecological concerns in most areas of the state. (Attachment 1)

Written testimony in support of the bill was submitted by:

Mike Holder, Kansas State Extension Research (Attachment 2)

Daniel Mushrush, private citizen and rancher(Attachment 3)

Written testimony in opposition of the bill was submitted by:

Dennis Peterson, County Weed Association (Attachment 4)

Chairperson Kerschen closed the hearing on SB117.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30.