- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - New noxious weeds would be marked for eradication from Kentucky’s roadways under dual bills which passed out of two committees Tuesday.

Japanese knotweed, marestail, poison hemlock, amure honeysuckle, kudzu and common teasel will all be added to the state’s list of invasive herbaceous species.

Sen. Dennis Parrett of Elizabethtown and Rep. Rita Smart of Richmond are the Democrats sponsoring the twin bills.

Eliminated from the list of watched plants were black nightshade, wild cucumber, giant foxtail and nodding plumeless thistle.

Both passed from their committees on unanimous votes. They move now to their respective chambers for further deliberation by the General Assembly.

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The bills are House Bill 434 and Senate Bill 170.

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