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House Bill 1678


House Bill 1678

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL


Archaeology. Defines "artifact" as a human made feature or object that is at least 125 years old. Requires certain utility companies to have a development plan (plan). Requires a plan before excavating or covering ground within 100 feet of a cemetery or burial ground. Requires a person who disturbs buried human remains or artifacts to cease disturbing the area within 100 feet of the remains or artifacts. Establishes a Class A infraction for violating certain duties concerning the unintentional discovery of artifacts. Allows confidentiality of location information of historical or archeological sites. Allows certain persons to accompany a conservation officer to investigate a violation of a historic preservation and archeology law. Establishes a fund to assist private homeowners who accidentally discover an artifact, a burial object, or human remains and need assistance to comply with a plan. Allows the court to order restitution for certain costs related to the violation of the historic preservation and archeology law. Establishes a Class D felony for possession of looted property and a Class C felony if the property is worth more than $100,000. Provides that a disinterment under a plan is exempt from other disinterment procedures. Establishes the historic and archeological site data base advisory task force. Makes conforming changes. Repeals chapter definition of "conservation officer" and applies the definition throughout the natural resources title. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the natural resources study committee.)
Current Status:
 In Committee - first House
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