For several years now, there has been a bill that some legislators (for whatever reason) have tried to push through the Kentucky Legislature that would have drastic effects upon my hobby of metal detecting.
The spirit of the bill is good. The original goal was to protect burial sites and human remains. But, as always, when elected officials begin to write a new law, special interest groups and power-brokers take over. So, this bill goes much further than human remains … powerful “academics” in archaeology don’t want anyone digging in the soil anywhere. That’s just how it is … plain and simple. They believe you need a degree to dig a bullet out of the ground.
The latest manifestation of that bill declares that objects in the ground over 50 years are “archaeological.” It also would require “Written permission” (as if spoken is not good enough) for detecting and digging on private lands!
Clearly, this is yet another absurb over-reach on the part of the government.
Here’s what I’m asking all of my Kentucky friends to do.
- Identify who your representative is.
- Send that person an e-mail.
- Enthusiastically encourage them to kill HB 379.
And for that, I will be forever in your debt.
While you’re at it … you night encourage them to leave nerds like me (with knee pads and metal detectors) alone and take an honest shot at attempting to solve some REAL problems in Kentucky. Like $3.20 a gallon gas, or something like that …