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Minutes for HB2547 - Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Short Title

Naming the bison herd at mined land wildlife area.

Minutes Content for Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Chair Schwartz opened the hearing on HB2547.

Natalie Scott, Revisor, explained the bill (Attachment 1).
Responding to a question from the Committee, Ms. Scott stated that the bill just names the buffalo herd; not the mined wildlife area where they are contained.

Representative Adam Lusker presented testimony in support of HB2547 (Attachment 2) . Representative Lusker stated that Bob Grant served twenty years in the House of Representatives. He was instrumental in insuring that the buffalo herd in southeast Kansas remained and was taken care of.

Responding to questions from the Committee, Representative Lusker noted that the buffalo herd has been a big attraction in southeast Kansas. Representative Lusker indicated that a sign is currently in place and the bill merely adds former Representative Bob Grant's name to the sign.

Steven Adams, Natural Resource Coordinator, Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, appeared before the Committee and presented testimony in support of HB2547 (Attachment 3).

Responding to questions from the Committee, Mr. Adams stated that the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism maintains the wood sign and will be responsible for adding the verbiage to the sign if the bill becomes law.

The Committee noted that since the herd is a tourism attraction, it might be worthwhile to replenish the herd as there are two other buffalo herds within the state. Mr. Adams noted that drought conditions in southeast Kansas has had an effect on the herd.

There were no other proponents, neutrals or opponents to appear before the Committee.

The hearing on HB2547 was closed.