Substitute for SENATE BILL No. 556*
An  Act concerning sericea lespedeza; relating to control and eradication;
research and demonstration efforts.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

      Section  1. (a) The purpose of this act is to provide for the coordi-
nation, enhancement and continuation of federal, state and local efforts
as well as public and private efforts to develop an effective and affordable
method of controlling or eradicating sericea lespedeza and to encourage
communication of information about sericea control methods to land-
owners and land managers.

      (b) The secretary of agriculture in cooperation with the secretary of
wildlife and parks shall designate an appropriate parcel of land as a re-
search area to study and demonstrate methods of controlling or eradi-
cating sericea lespedeza. Such site shall be designated on land managed
by the department of wildlife and parks at toronto lake and shall be util-
ized to provide a focal point for activities that further the purposes of this

      (c) The research and demonstration efforts conducted on the site
designated as provided in subsection (b) shall include a variety of methods
used to control or eradicate sericea lespedeza and shall include utilization
of experiment and demonstration plots and development of field days and
workshops to demonstrate methods of control or eradication of sericea

      (d) The secretary of agriculture and the secretary of wildlife and parks
shall have authority to request assistance from any federal, state or local
authority, from any public or private university or other research insti-
tution, from any business organization, or from any individual in further-
ing the purposes of this act. All such entities are hereby requested to
cooperate with the secretary of agriculture and the secretary of wildlife
and parks in furthering the purposes of this act.

      (e) The provisions of this act shall expire on June 30, 2007.

      Sec.  2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the Kansas register.

Approved April 4, 2002.
 Published in the Kansas Register April 11, 2002.