There's legitimate reason to complain when the General Assembly does almost nothing.
Even worse, though, is when it passes legislation that makes matters worse.
That's the risk the House will run with Senate Bill 105, which has already cleared the upper chamber.
SB 105, sponsored by Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale, and Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, allows people to use metal detectors in state parks or monuments.
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It provides that they register at the office, "if there is one," but does not require them to get permission or to provide any other information about either what they plan to do or, after the fact, what they found and where.
SB 105 is unnecessary because there already is a law, the state antiquities act, that deals with archeological research on state and municipal property in Kentucky.
Worse, it's in conflict with that law.
George Crothers, director of the Office of State Archeology, which administers the antiquities act, said it sets out a permitting process before historic or prehistoric sites are excavated, and stipulates that any artifacts discovered remain the property of the state.
SB 105, he said, "seems to be circumventing that process."
When trained archeologists do their work they gain information from the context as well as the artifacts, he said. "It's not about the process of discovery it's about how they (the artifacts) came to be there."
Amateurs using metal detectors, on the other hand, may discover objects but are unlikely to make the detailed observations and notes that help solve the mystery of how they got there.
Even if they did surrender what they find to the proper authorities, the information is lost. Many, though, will never turn over the artifacts they find on public properties or even report them. Kentucky's treasures instead will either be kept for their private collections or sold to the highest bidder.
The result is that both the artifacts and the information — our history — are lost to Kentucky.
SB 105 has been skating under the radar. Neither Crothers nor the Kentucky Heritage Council were consulted before it was introduced. With the support of Seum, the majority caucus chair, it passed the Senate Tuesday.
That's where this bill should end.