• Below are actions we have highlighted for each week with special mid-week alerts.

    ALERT UPDATE TODAY April 14, last day of season

    Emails and Calls still needed on Anti-Solar Bill-

    The House and Senate have recessed for the week but will reconvene on Friday, April 13. Kentucky Educational Television has on their schedule a meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee at 10AM. Lawmakers may not be up to speed on the latest changes on the bill, so emails and calls from now till Friday period are very important! Utilities have spent a record in lobbying funds at customer expense to ensure this bill clears the legislature this session (See memo here) so every email and call matters.

    We understand that calls are PARTICULARLY needed in Senator Ralph Alvarado’s district (Clark, Fayette, Montgomery co.) and Senator Julie Raque Adams district.

    ACT:
    1. Contact Senate Leadership and the full Senate as well as the full House
    • Ask them to vote NO on this bill, and tell this this bill is NOT a REAL compromise that grows the independent solar industry and protects residential solar owners. The Senate Committee substitute (1) that passed out of the Senate Natural Resources committee is no compromise.
    • EMAIL both the Senate and House over the veto period and before the 10AM meeting on Friday  link here 
    • Phone Message line 1-800-372-7181. (phone lines only open from 7:30AM-9PM 
    • If the bill is passed by the Senate, the bill will need to be concurred with the House version. However the language of the bill could ALSO be amended into other bills still awaiting completion! 

     

    Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in the Transportation Bill:

    HB609, (KCC Strong Oppose) is a comprehensive transportation funding bill, contains language adding fees to Hybrid and Electric vehicles. While we agree that all users of the road should pay for its upkeep, we do not support this method of flat fees which sends the wrong price signals and could depress the market for these efficient cars.


ALERT for March 31, April 1, April 2:

Anti-Solar Bill passes out of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Now on to the Senate. Senate in Recess till April 2 for holiday…emails and calls

The bill was voted out of committee on a 6-3 vote with a Senate committee substitute. Voting for the bill were Carpenter, Harris, Hornback, McDaniel, Schickle and Westerfield. Voting against the bill, (in support of homegrown solar) were Jones, Turner and Smith. Please thank these three Senators for sticking up for homegrown solar.

Before the close of the session on Thursday, a floor amendment was filed by Senator McGarvey on the bill to add language on net metering benefits.

IMPORTANT: The House and Senate have recessed for the holiday and will reconvene on Monday, April 2. Lawmakers may not be up to speed on the latest changes on the bill, so emails over the holiday are very important! Utilities have spent a record in lobbying funds at customer expense to ensure this bill clears the legislature this session (See memo here) so every email and call matters.

ACT:
1. Contact Senate Leadership and the full Senate as well as the full House
  • Ask them to vote NO on this bill, and tell this this bill is NOT a REAL compromise that grows the independent solar industry and protects residential solar owners. The Senate Committee substitute (1) that passed out of the Senate Natural Resources committee is no compromise.
  • EMAIL both the Senate and House over the holiday weekend  link here 
  • Phone Message line 1-800-372-7181. (phone lines only open from 7:30AM-9PM weekdays and we expect this bill to be heard on Monday)
  • If the bill is passed by the Senate, the bill will need to be concurred with the House version.  
  • Finally, THANK the following Senators on the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee for voting against the latest Committee Substitute: Jones, Turner, Smith.

ALSO Land Conservation Funding Still in Peril:

 The House Budget Bill, HB 200 , STILL sweeps $2.5 million each year ($5m total) in a two-year budget from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in both the House and Senate versions of the bill. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands and is also critical funding for maintenance of lands already purchased. The bill has now been turned over to a Free Conference Committee representing both parties to work out budget differences.

ACT TODAY:

 

Bills on the Governor’s Desk:

If you wish to comment on any of these bills and resolutions, please contact Governor Bevin.

  • HCR 7 – Migratory bird depredation permits for black vultures (KCC Oppose)
  • HB114 – TVA in-lieu-of-tax revenue bill (KCC Monitor)
  • HB140 – Asks for annual training stipend paid to all conservation officers be paid from the game and fish fund (KCC Oppose)
  • HB261 – Amends several mining statute provisions (KCC Monitor)
  • HB370 – Streamlines the voluntary environmental remediation program application process for contaminated properties. (KCC Support)
  • SB7 – Establishes a rare disease advisory task force. (KCC Monitor)
  • SB107 – Requires underground facility operators to report to the PSC excavation damage to an underground facility used in the transportation of gas or hazardous liquid (KCC Monitor)
  • SB249 – Restructures and reorganizes Department of Oil and Gas administrative hearings (KCC Support)

UPDATE: Anti-Solar Bill passes out of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Now on to the Senate. Senate in Recess till April 2 for holiday

The bill was voted out of committee on a 6-3 vote with a Senate committee substitute. Voting for the bill were Carpenter, Harris, Hornback, McDaniel, Schickle and Westerfield. Voting against the bill, (in support of homegrown solar) were Jones, Turner and Smith. Please thank these three Senators for sticking up for homegrown solar.

Before the close of the session on Thursday, a floor amendment was filed by Senator McGarvey on the bill to add language on net metering benefits.

IMPORTANT: The House and Senate have recessed for the holiday and will reconvene on Monday, April 2. Phone lines open Friday till Noon. Emails can be sent at any time.

ACT:
1. Contact Senate Leadership and the full Senate as well as the full House
  • Ask them to vote NO on this bill, and support a REAL compromise that grows the independent solar industry and protects residential solar owners. The Senate Committee substitute (1) that passed out of the Senate Natural Resources committee is no compromise.
  • Message line 1-800-372-7181. (phone lines only open till noon on Good Friday..they are open from 7:30am-9pm weekdays)
  • If the bill is passed by the Senate, the bill will need to be concurred with the House version.  
  • You can also email:  link here 
  • Finally, THANK the following Senators on the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee for voting against the latest Committee Substitute: Jones, Turner, Smith.

Watch this link for the latest info on this bill:
http://kyconservation.org/house-bill-227-information/

ALSO Land Conservation Funding Still in Peril:

 The House Budget Bill, HB 200 , STILL sweeps $2.5 million each year ($5m total) in a two-year budget from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in both the House and Senate versions of the bill. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands and is also critical funding for maintenance of lands already purchased. The bill has now been turned over to a Free Conference Committee representing both parties to work out budget differences.

ACT TODAY:


ALERT: Anti Solar bill likely to be heard on
Thursday, 3/29

NEW INFORMATION TODAY: For those following the anti-solar bill, PLEASE NOTE: The Senate Natural Resources Committee has just announced that they WILL be meeting tomorrow, Noon, in the Capitol Annex, Room 171. Bills on the agenda are listed as “To Be Determined.” We ask for you to attend if possible, anticipating HB227 is likely to be heard.

ACT:
1. Contact Senator Jared Carpenter, chair of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee.
  • Ask him to support a REAL compromise that grows the independent solar industry and protects residential solar owners.
  • And sets a reasonable and fair process to determine costs and benefits to consumers in a single rate case before the Public Service Commission (not multiple cases).
  • Phone Jared and the rest of the Senate Natural Resources committee. the message line 1-800-372-7181.  
  • You can also email:  link here 

2. Attend the Meeting this Thursday, Capitol Annex Room 171 at Noon

 

NOTE: State lawmakers adjust 2018 session calendar

Senate and House will next convene on Thursday

FRANKFORT — Lawmakers have decided to convene the Senate and House on Thursday, March 29, instead of Wednesday, March 28, as originally planned.

Lawmakers serving on a free conference committee are expected to continue state budget negotiations tomorrow.

The updated 2018 General Assembly calendar can be viewed here: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/calendars/18RS_calendar.pdf


 

 

 

ALERT: Actions to take for Monday 3/26 thru Wednesday 3/28:

Land Conservation Funding Still in Peril:

 The House Budget Bill, HB 200 , STILL sweeps $2.5 million each year ($5m total) in a two-year budget from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in both the House and Senate versions of the bill. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands and is also critical funding for maintenance of lands already purchased. The bill has now been turned over to a Free Conference Committee representing both parties to work out budget differences.

ACT TODAY:

ACT on House Bill 227 (Anti-solar bill)

House Bill 227 is now in the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee.  The bill could be acted on by the Committee and full Senate this week. Committee Chair Jared Carpenter has said wants to find a fair compromise. The solar industry has provided the Senator Carpenter with proposed revisions to the existing bill language that would protect the solar industry. These changes are critical to avoid great damage to Kentucky’s young solar industry.

ACT:
1. Contact Senator Jared Carpenter, chair of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee.
  • Ask him to support a REAL compromise that grows the independent solar industry and protects residential solar owners.
  • And sets a reasonable and fair process to determine costs and benefits to consumers in a single rate case before the Public Service Commission (not multiple cases).
  • Phone the message line 1-800-372-7181.  
  • You can also email:  link here 
2. Continue to Call or email remaining members of the Committee:

3. Continue to Call or email the rest of the Senate:

  • Ask to leave a message for “my Senator and all Senators.” Tell them to oppose HB 227, a bill that would crush rooftop solar in our state. 1-800-372-7181.  
  • You can also email:  link here 
4. Continue to spread the word to all allies.
 
The bill has already had two readings in the Senate, so if it passes the Senate Natural Resources committee it could move quickly from there.

Other bills that need action:

On the Governor’s Desk:
We ask for you to contact Governor Bevin and express your support:
  • HB33 Bike Safe Passing Bill (KCC Support)
  • HB370 (KCC Support) Streamlines the voluntary environmental remediation program application process for contaminated properties.
  • SJR218 (KCC Support) Directs state agencies to conduct self-studies to examine current practices that contribute to food waste and to identify opportunities to reduce food waste by increasing donations to charitable feeding agencies.

Still in the House and Senate:

  • HB324 (KCC Oppose) Establishes a criminal offense of trespass by drones upon key infrastructure assets such as electric power plants, pipelines, refineries, research facilities, and water treatment facilities. This could interfere with citizen monitoring of environmental hazards. This bill is close to making its way to the Governor’s desk. Contact members of the Senate and ask them to oppose this bill. A related drone bill, HB22, has now become law.
  • HB513 (KCC Support) Allows the Energy and Environment Cabinet to require structural analyses and secure financial or performance measures for small wastewater treatment plants before issuing Clean Water Act discharge permits. Allows the Cabinet to appoint a receiver to assume the management and operations of a plant. This bill is now making its way to the Senate. Contact members of the Senate and ask them to support this bill.
  • HB609, (KCC Strong Oppose) is a comprehensive transportation funding bill, contains language adding fees to Hybrid and Electric vehicles.
  • SB200 (KCC Oppose) Appears to take authority away from executive branch and requires more oversight of the executive branch by the legislative branch. May have separation of powers issues. The bill is currently in the House State Government committee. Please ask them to oppose this bill.

 


UPDATES on critical bills: Actions to take for Friday, 3/23

 

Land Conservation Funding Still in Peril:

The Senate has released their version of the Budget Bill  HB 200 and we are disappointed to see that the Senate and House bills BOTH STILL sweep $2.5 million each year ($5m total) in a two-year budget from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands and is also critical funding for maintenance of lands already purchased. With time running out in the session, the House and Senate budget bills will soon be worked out in a special budget committee. 

ACT TODAY:

 

Update on Fees on Electric, Plug In and Hybrid Cars (in HB609)

HB609, a comprehensive transportation funding bill, contains the same language adding fees to Hybrid and Electric vehicles as we described in the stand-alone bill HB45 (KCC Strong Oppose).
ACT TODAY:
  • Please call  1-800-372-7181  or email  link here  all members of the Senate Transportation Committee and ask them to “oppose flat registration fees on hybrids and EVs that will send the wrong signals and depress the market”

Update on House Bill 227 (Anti-solar bill)

House Bill 227 was NOT called during the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee, where the bill presently resides.  HOWEVER if a special meeting is called and passed through, the bill could be acted on by the full Senate soon after. WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 
1. Contact Senator Jared Carpenter, chair of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee.
  • Ask him to support a REAL compromise that grows the independent solar industry and protects residential solar owners.
  • And sets a reasonable and fair process to determine costs and benefits to consumers in a single rate case before the Public Service Commission (not multiple cases).
  • Phone the message line 1-800-372-7181.  
  • You can also email:  link here 
2. Continue to Call or email remaining members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee:

3. Continue to Call or email the rest of the Senate:

  • Ask to leave a message for “my Senator and all Senators.” Tell them to oppose HB 227, a bill that would crush rooftop solar in our state. 1-800-372-7181.  
  • You can also email:  link here 
4. Continue to spread the word to all allies.
 
The bill has already had two readings in the Senate, so if it passes the Senate Natural Resources committee it could move quickly from there.

Other bills that need action:

HB22, (KCC Oppose) a bill which regulates the use of drones, prohibits the use of drones and evidence gathered by drones except for law enforcement purposes. This would challenge citizen monitoring of environmental hazards.

There are three other bills on the Governor’s desk which we ask for you to contact Governor Bevin and express your support:

  • HB33 Bike Safe Passing Bill (KCC Support)
  • HB370 (KCC Support) Streamlines the voluntary environmental remediation program application process for contaminated properties.
  • SJR218 (KCC Support) Directs state agencies to conduct self-studies to examine current practices that contribute to food waste and to identify opportunities to reduce food waste by increasing donations to charitable feeding agencies.

 

 


UPDATES on critical bills: Actions to take starting now for Wednesday 3/21:

Land Conservation Funding Still in Peril:

The Senate has now released their version of the Budget Bill  HB 200 and we are disappointed to see that the Senate and House bills BOTH STILL sweep $2.5 million each year in a two-year budget from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands. 

ACT TODAY:

 

Update on Fees on Electric, Plug In and Hybrid Cars (in HB609)

HB609, a comprehensive transportation funding bill, contains the same language adding fees to Hybrid and Electric vehicles as we described in the stand-alone bill HB45 (KCC Strong Oppose).
If the additional hybrid/EV fee will be imposed it will be put into a senate bill and sent back to the House for “concurrence.”
ACT TODAY:
  • Please call  1-800-372-7181  or email  link here  all members of the Senate Transportation Committee and ask them to “oppose amending any House bills to impose additional flat registration fees on hybrids and EVs.”

Update on House Bill 227 (Anti-solar bill)

The next regularly scheduled committee meeting for the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee (where the bill currently resides) is Wednesday 11AM (March 21). UPDATE: the bill was NOT called!  HOWEVER if a special meeting is called and passed through, the bill could be acted on by the full Senate soon after. WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 
1. Continue to Call The Kentucky legislative message line: 1-800-372-7181.  Ask to leave a message for “my Senator and all Senators.” Tell them to oppose HB 227, a bill that would crush rooftop solar in our state. SPREAD THE WORD! You can also email:  link here 
 
2. Consider coming to the Wednesday meeting of the Senate Natural Resources Committee meeting, 11AM, Capitol Annex room 154 to show solidarity. If the bill is not called, you can stay to try and lobby committee members in person on the bill. (bill was not called!)
 
3. Continue to spread the word to all allies.
 
The bill has already had two readings in the Senate, so if it passes the Senate Natural Resources committee it could move quickly from there.

Actions for the Week of 3/19


Anti-Residential Solar Bill now in SENATE

House Bill 227, which will severely impact customer choice for rooftop solar and will threaten independent solar installer jobs, PASSED the house by a SLIM margin of 49 to 45 after it passed the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee earlier in the week (during a hastily called meeting, See KCC video here). The version of the bill which passed was House Committee Substitute 2: HCS2.

The bill is now going to the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee. So please call these members and members of the committee and full Senate at 1-800-372-7181. The bill could be heard at the next regularly scheduled committee meeting, which will be Wednesday, March 21 at 11AM.

Special detailed information on this bill here.

If you want to lobby in person, please call the KCC office and we will assist you on any day you are in Frankfort. Our office number is 502-209-9659.

ACT:

IMPORTANT: Please also THANK the bipartisan coalition of House members  who voted AGAINST this job-killing bill (Adkins, Bechler, Belcher, G. Brown, Burch, Cantrell, Couch, Coursey, DeCesare, Donohue, DuPlessis, Elliott, Flood, Gentry, Goforth, Graham, Hale, Harris, Hart, Hatton, Jenkins, Kay, Keene, Marzian, McCoy, Meeks, Meyer, C. Miller, Moffett, Morgan, Nelson, Nemes, Overly, Owens, Palumbo, Rand, Richards, Riggs, Rothenburger, Scott, Simpson, Sinnette, Stone, Turner, Westrom).

 

Land Conservation Funding Action Still Needed:

 HB 200 is now in the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee. The current version of this bill STILL sweeps $2.5 million each year in a two-year budget from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands. 

ACT:

If you want to lobby in person, please call the KCC office and we will assist you on any day you are in Frankfort. Our office number is 502-209-9659.

 

Drone Bill Moves to the Governor’s Desk:

We are concerned about HB22 (KCC Oppose), delivered to the Governor on March 12th. This bill prohibits the use of drones and evidence gathered by drones except for law enforcement purposes. This would challenge the use of drones for citizen monitoring of environmental hazards. Contact the Governor’s Office and urge Governor Bevin to VETO this bill.

ALERT: Updates on Solar Bill and Land Conservation Funding

Actions for 3/15 thru 3/18:


Anti-Residential Solar Bill Moves on to the SENATE

House Bill 227, which will severely impact customer choice for rooftop solar and will threaten independent solar installer jobs, PASSED the house by a SLIM margin of 49 to 45. The version of the bill which passed was House Committee Substitute 2: HCS2.

The bill is now going to the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee. So please call these members and members of the full Senate at 1-800-372-7181. The bill could be heard at the next regularly scheduled committee meeting, which will be Wednesday, March 21 at 11AM.

ALSO: if you want to lobby in person, please call the KCC office and we will assist you on any day you are in Frankfort. Our office number is 502-209-9659.

ACT:

Land Conservation Funding Action Still Needed:

 HB 200 is now in the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee. The current version of this bill STILL sweeps $2.5 million each year in a two-year budget from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands. 

ACT:

ALSO: if you want to lobby in person, please call the KCC office and we will assist you on any day you are in Frankfort. Our office number is 502-209-9659.

 

 

 


***ALERT: HB227 Anti-Residential Solar Bill Moves on to the HOUSE***

Actions for 3/13 and 3/14:

Alert: a new bill substitute was heard today (Tuesday 3/13) in a meeting called with only a couple hours notice and PASSED out of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. The bill now moves on to the full House and could be heard as early as TOMORROW (Wednesday) when the House convenes at 2pm.

ACT:

Call ALL members of the House at 1-800-372-7181 and  tell them: “An amended bill still does not fix the fundamental problems with this legislation. Vote NO on this flawed bill.”

Call House Speaker Pro Tempore Leader David Osborne at  502-564-8100 and tell him “I object to HB227, which is still fundamentally flawed despite multiple amendments. It is time to kill the bill.”

And then work ahead and contact Senate members in case the bill moves to the Senate. Message: “Please protect homegrown solar jobs and vote NO on HB 227.

Actions for the week of 3/12: 

Land Conservation Funding Action Still Needed:

This week is a critical week for HB 200 which is now in the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee. The current version of this bill STILL sweeps $2.5 million in both 2018 and 2019 from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands. 

ACT: Please call 1-800-372-7181 and leave the following message for members of the Senate Leadership and members of the Senate A&R committee and ask them to “remove the funding sweeps and restore Heritage Land Conservation Funds in the budget.” See this page for additional information and handouts.

PLEASE spread the word to friends and family to make their calls as well!

HB227 Anti-Residential Solar Bill Status:

Due to your actions, this bill is still stalled in the House Natural Resources Committee. Please keep calling! This bill could move to the House floor at any time.

ACT: (Messages for this week are same as last week)

Call members of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee at 1-800-372-7181 and tell them “the proposed bill substitute is deficient and still does not correct a fundamentally flawed bill. Please vote NO on HB227. It is time to pull the plug on this bill.”

Call House Speaker Pro Tempore Leader David Osborne at  502-564-8100 and tell him “I object to HB227, which is still fundamentally flawed despite multiple amendments. It is time to kill the bill.”

Call the rest of House Leadership at 1-800-372-7181 and  tell them:
“An amended bill still does not fix the fundamental problems with this legislation. Please do not bring HB227 to a vote.”

Message to House and Senate members: “Utilities have produced no evidence of impacts to ratepayers that this bill is attempting to fix.  Please protect homegrown solar jobs and vote NO on HB 227.

Bill Threatening Electric Cars & Hybrids:

HB609, (KCC Strong Oppose) and HB45 both impose a new flat road usage fee on electric cars, hybrids and plug-in hybrids. 

ACT: We urge you to contact House Leadership 1-800-372-7181 and tell them you oppose flat fees for electric cars and hybrids in these bills. There are better options available for funding our road infrastructure without depressing the emerging electric and hybrid markets. See KCC’s Green Transportation page for examples.

Bills Threatening Citizen Monitoring Close to Passing:

HB22, (KCC Oppose) a bill regulating drones, prohibits the use of drones and evidence gathered by drones except for law enforcement purposes. This would challenge citizen monitoring of environmental hazards. This bill has now gone through the House and Senate and the House has now concurred with the Senate’s committee substitute, passing unanimously. This means the bill is almost ready to go to the Governor’s Desk. Please contact House and Senate leadership, 1-800-372-7181, and ask them to hold his bill.

HB324 (KCC Oppose) is similar in impacting citizen monitoring, in that it establishes a criminal offense of trespass upon key infrastructure assets such as electric power plants, pipelines, refineries, research facilities, and water treatment facilities. While we understand privacy concerns, we also are concerned that it may restrict citizen monitoring of environmental risk sites. This bill has also passed the House Judiciary committee and has now gone to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please call the committee at 1-800-372-7181 and express your opposition to this bill.

See details about all of these bills and more in this week’s KCC Guardian.

 


Actions for the week of 3/5: ALERT

1. URGENT- Land Conservation Action Needed:

The budget bill substitute for (HB 200) was filed and immediately passed last week. The substitute unfortunately  STILL sweeps $2.5 million in both 2018 and 2019 from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands. Sweeping $2.5 million each year will leave little or no funding for those years. The the bill is now in the Senate.
Over 45 organizations have signed on to a letter challenging the “sweeps,” which was sent to all House and Senate members two weeks ago. See letter here.

ACT: Please call 1-800-372-7181 and leave the following message for members of the Senate Leadership and members of the Senate A&R committee and ask them to “remove the funding sweeps and restore Heritage Land Conservation Funds in the budget.”

2. URGENT: Movement Expected this week on HB227
Anti-Residential Solar Bill:

The bill was not heard in committee last week, but a bill substitute is attempting to move this week. Please keep calling! See this latest Letter to the Editor from Eastern Kentucky citizens who want to bring solar jobs into Letcher County.

ACT: Please leave the following messages:

Call members of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee at 1-800-372-7181 and tell them “the proposed bill substitute is deficient and still does not correct a fundamentally flawed bill. Please vote NO on HB227. It is time to pull the plug on this bill.”

Call House Speaker Pro Tempore Leader David Osborne at  502-564-8100 and tell him “I object to HB227, which is still fundamentally flawed despite multiple amendments. It is time to kill the bill.”

Call the rest of House Leadership at 1-800-372-7181 and  tell them:
“An amended bill still does not fix the fundamental problems with this legislation. Please do not bring HB227 to a vote.”

Message to House and Senate members: “Utilities have produced no evidence of impacts to ratepayers that this bill is attempting to fix.  Please protect homegrown solar jobs and vote NO on HB 227.”

3. New Bill Threatening Electric Cars & Hybrids:

HB609, (KCC Strong Oppose) is a new bill including language from HB45 to impose a new flat road usage fee on electric cars, hybrids and plug-in hybrids. 

ACT: We urge you to go ahead and contact House Leadership and tell them you oppose flat fees for electric cars and hybrids in this bill. There are better options available for funding our road infrastructure without depressing the emerging electric and hybrid markets. See KCC’s Green Transportation page for examples.

See details about all of these bills and more in this week’s KCC Guardian.


 

Actions for 3/1: ALERT

URGENT- Land Conservation Action Needed:

The budget bill substitute (HB 200) heard yesterday in committee still sweeps $2.5 million in both 2018 and 2019 from the Heritage Land Conservation Funds. This is Kentucky’s only dedicated state funding to conserve natural and agricultural lands. Sweeping $2.5 million each year will leave little or no funding for those years.
Over 45 organizations have signed on to a letter challenging the “sweeps,” which was sent to the full House and Senate last week. See letter here.

ACT: Please call 1-800-372-7181 and leave the following message for members of the House Leadership and members of the House A&R committee and ask them to “remove the funding sweeps and restore Heritage Land Conservation Funds in the budget.”

 

Action Needed on Proposed Constitutional Amendment:

HB 10, a proposed constitutional amendment to give legislative committees veto power over administrative regulations, has passed the House and is now in the Senate’s State and Local Government Committee. KCC is opposed to HB 10 because it will violate the separation of powers doctrine, will have a detrimental impact for agencies to pass environmental regulations, and, in the words of our friend Tom FitzGerald at the Kentucky Resources Council, is “a solution in search of a problem.”

ACT: Please CALL the the Senate State and Local Government Committee at
1-800-372-7181 
to oppose this bill

 

New Bill Threatening Electric Cars & Hybrids:

HB609, a new bill filed this week, includes language taken from HB45 to impose a new flat road usage fee on electric cars, hybrids and plug-in hybrids. KCC already strongly opposes HB45, but this new bill includes several other items for funding transportation and already has thirteen sponsors in a very short period.

ACT: While we have yet to rank this bill for its other components, and the bill has not yet been assigned to committee, we urge you to go ahead and contact House Leadership and tell them you oppose flat fees for electric cars and hybrids in this bill. There are better options available for funding our road infrastructure without depressing the emerging electric and hybrid markets. See KCC’s Green Transportation page for examples.

 

No movement **so far** on HB227 Anti-Residential Solar Bill:

The bill was not heard in committee today, and we believe they are still working on a bill substitute. Please keep calling! And see this article from KCC on the amount of spending from utility lobbyists on this single bill.

ACT: Please call 1-800-372-7181 and leave the following messages:

Message to House Leadership: “The amended bills still do not fix the fundamental problems with this legislation. Please do not bring HB227 to a vote.”

Message to House and Senate members: “Utilities have produced no evidence of impacts to ratepayers that this bill is attempting to fix.  Please protect homegrown solar jobs and vote NO on HB 227.”


HB 227 BILL UPDATE (as of 2/28):

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) was sent back to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee on Tuesday, 2/27 where we understand that a new bill substitute has been drafted. We assume the substitute will continue to be lacking on what is a fundamentally flawed bill. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee is at 9:15 on Thursday 3/1. The bill is not currently listed on the agenda, but could be added. If a substitute is presented and passes the committee, then the bill could immediately move to the full House and could be voted on as early as Thursday March 1.

Please call 1-800-372-7181 and leave the following messages:

Message to House Leadership: “The amended bills still do not fix the fundamental problems with this legislation. Please do not bring HB227 to a vote.”

Message to House and Senate members: “Utilities have produced no evidence of impacts to ratepayers that this bill is attempting to fix.  Please protect homegrown solar jobs and vote NO on HB 227.” 

Please keep those calls and emails moving, and please continue to enlist additional allies and supporters, particularly those from rural counties. 

House Bill 227, which would devalue what a customer is credited for rooftop solar, is being lobbied heavily by utilities. HB 227 is not simply an anti-solar bill. It is an anti-free market bill that disadvantages independent solar businesses for the benefit of the monopoly utilities. This week the Legislative Ethics Commission identified the fight over HB227 was one of the top lobbying expenses during the January reporting period. So every new call and email matters.

 


Actions for the week of 2/26:

Clean Energy Actions:

Please keep calling and reaching out to others! Your calls are working!

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) was not heard last week, but may be heard on the house floor at any time.

Please call Monday, 1-800-372-7181 and leave a message for House Leadership, all House and Senate members to oppose HB 227.

More amendments were added last week, however all the amendments, even the best ones, do not fix a fundamentally flawed bill.  Please keep those calls and emails moving, and please continue to enlist additional allies and supporters, particularly those from rural counties. 

Land Conservation Actions This Week:

House Bill 200 (Budget Bill): Call members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee, all members of the House and your own legislators in the Senate, (message line 1-800-372-7181) and ask them to “stop the funding sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in the budget (HB200). Strong Oppose.  To see a list of legislators and the state nature preserves in their district, click HERE. Tell your legislator about the lands in their district! Legislators received copies of a sign-on letter from 45 stakeholder organizations protesting the funding sweeps, so thank you for helping us get that done!

 


Actions for the week of 2/19:

Clean Energy Actions:

Your calls and emails are working!
Please keep calling and reaching out to others!

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) was NOT recommitted to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee as expected this past week. It was placed in the orders of the day in the House at the end of their session this past Friday. This means that, due to the President’s Day holiday, the earliest the bill could now be heard in the House would be 4pm on Tuesday, Feb. 20th.  So please keep those calls and emails moving, and please continue to enlist additional allies and supporters. 

What’s with all these amendments? We are getting lots of questions about the bill amendments. What was moved to the House as of Friday was a committee substitute version HCS1  and its related amendments, 1-22. You can find all of the amendments with the bill text for HCS1 at this link. Related amendments for the bill will need to be moved and debated.  Following debate and amendments, a final vote is taken. It is because of all of your calls and emails on this legislation that lawmakers offered so many amendments to repair or improve what is still fundamentally a flawed bill. So please keep calling! To learn more about the full process, see our link on “How a Bill Becomes a Law in Kentucky.”

Actions to take this week on HB227: 

Continue to call and email your individual Representative and House Leadership, and leave a message: “Please protect homegrown solar and vote NO on HB 227. The multiple amendments to this bill still do not fix its fundamental flaws.”

Then Call or email all members of the House and send a message that monopoly utilities are imposing unfair restrictions on small and emerging independent solar businesses who are providing much-needed new jobs and none of the substitutes and amendments offer real compromise to a fundamentally flawed bill.

Tell them that as a consumer, you want to ensure customer choice and support local and independent installers who benefit your local community.

Finally, begin calling your Senator and all members of the Senate with the same message!
The message line number is 800-372-7181.

Reach out to friends & family to make calls and send emails – especially people who live in eastern and western Kentucky.

Continue to watch for updates on the KCC Alerts Page for fast-changing developments.

Finally, Come to Frankfort for a Clean Energy Lobby Day on Feb. 22 and March 14. (Fill out the form and we will contact you with logistics).

You can also contact KCC at any time you may be in Frankfort (502-209-9659) and we can help you lobby on any day you are here!

Land Conservation Actions This Week:

House Bill 200 (Budget Bill): Call members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee, and your own legislators, (message line 1-800-372-7181) and ask them to “stop the funding sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in the budget (HB200). Strong Oppose.  To see a list of legislators and the state nature preserves in their district, click HERE. Tell your legislator about the lands in their district!

Sign On to the Conserve Kentucky letter to stop the “sweep” of land conservation funding in the state budget bill (HB200) and ask organizations to sign on. Sign on to letter HERE. Downloadable copy of Sign on letter HERE.

Other Continuing Actions This Week:

Call Senate Leadership to tell them you oppose HB10, which proposes to amend Section 29 of the Ky Constitution relating to administrative regulations to permit the General Assembly or an agency or committee it creates to review, approve, or disapprove any administrative reg. of the executive branch during or between regular sessions of the General Assembly.

Call your legislator and ask them to sign on to support HCR18 (A. Koenig) Strong Support. Asking for the formation of a Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force. Learn about different transportation proposals on the KCC website.

Call the Senate State & Local Government committee to oppose SB82, which pre-empts local governments from adopting container ordinances.

Call the to express your support for HB33 (KCC Support), the Safer Passing law for cyclists. The bill is now in the Senate Transportation Committee.

 


Actions for 2/16: ALERT

Your calls and emails are working! Please keep calling and reaching out to others!

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) as of late Thursday evening has now had two more floor amendments filed (one to the original bill and one to the committee substitute), but the bill was NOT recommitted to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee as anticipated. We now anticipate that the bill (committee substitute version HCS1  and its amendments) will be heard on the House floor either Friday morning at 9AM or early next week.

Actions to take now on HB227: 

Continue to call and email your individual Representative and Senator, members of House Leadership, and all members of the House  right now for Friday. Leave a message to protect homegrown solar and vote NO on HB 227. The message line number is 800-372-7181.

Reach out to friends & family to make calls and send emails – especially people who live in eastern and western Kentucky.

Call or email all members of the House and send a message that monopoly utilities are imposing unfair restrictions on small and emerging independent solar businesses who are providing much-needed new jobs and that the House Natural Resources Committee’s amendments and substitutes offer no real compromise.
800-372-7181.

Tell them that as a consumer, you want to ensure customer choice and support local and independent installers who benefit your local community.

Continue to watch for updates on the KCC Alerts Page for fast-changing developments.

Finally, Sign up for Clean Energy Lobby Days HERE, next one on Feb. 22 


Actions for 2/15: ALERT

There is a meeting of House Natural Resources on adjournment today (any time after the adjournment of the House session at 2pm). The House Natural Resources committee meets in room 171 of the Capitol Annex).
This means the House may recommit HB 227 to the House Natural Resources Committee as early as today and the committee may amend the bill immediately after. WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE “ACTIONS” to amend the bill WILL BE ONLY MINOR, NOT SUBSTANTIVE, CHANGES  and that it will then be sent back to the House for a vote on Friday on a bill that is largely similar to the original flawed bill.

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) passed out of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee last week, going to the House with 20 amendments to fix what is considered to be a flawed bill. The House is expected to recommit the bill to the Natural Resources Committee to address the amendments.

Actions to take now on HB227: 

If you are able, come to the Capitol Annex TODAY (Thursday), room 171, “after adjournment” (the House meets at 2pm- (“Adjournment” could be approximately 1-2 hrs. after the House meeting begins at 2. So 3:00 would be a good time to come to room 171). Remind lawmakers on the House Natural Resources Committee that they needed to make real and significant changes to this flawed bill.

Call and email your individual Representative and Senator, members of House Leadership, and members of the House Natural Resources Committee right now and again on Friday. Leave a message to protect homegrown solar and vote NO on HB 227. The message line number is 800-372-7181.

Reach out to friends & family to make calls – especially people who live in eastern and western Kentucky to do the same.

Also call all members of the House and send a message that monopoly utilities are imposing unfair restrictions on small and emerging independent solar businesses who are providing much-needed new jobs and that the House Natural Resources Committee’s revised bill is no real compromise. 800-372-7181.

Tell them that as a consumer, you want to ensure customer choice and support local and independent installers who benefit your local community.

Watch for updates on the KCC Alerts Page for fast-changing developments.

Note that solar installers have met with utilities to work out issues, but the utilities have shown an unwillingness to compromise at all, and the bill we anticipate will reflect that. Please make sure your legislators know this.

Finally, Sign up for Clean Energy Lobby Days HERE, next one on Feb. 22 


Actions for the week of 2/12:

Clean Energy Actions This Week:

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) finally passed out of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee last week after a tremendous effort from KCC members, solar installers and other allies to stall the bill. (Important information: While all calls are important, it is particularly important for legislators to hear from constituents who reside outside of Lexington and Louisville. So please contact friends & family to call in).

Actions to take now on HB227: 

Call House Leadership and all members of the House to express your concerns and opposition to House Bill 227. Call 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.

Ask House Leadership to recommit the bill for further work (the bill now has 16 proposed amendments).

Tell the House that monopoly utilities are imposing unfair restrictions on small and emerging independent solar businesses who are providing much-needed new jobs.

Tell them that as a consumer, you want to ensure customer choice and support local and independent installers who benefit your local community.

THANK Reps. Cantrell, Donohue, Flood and Meeks for voting against the bill and Reps. Couch, Keene, Nelson for passing on the bill. And please note that while Reps. Duplessis, Dossett,  Elliot and Riley voted for the bill, they all asked for the bill to be amended on the House floor and are reserving the right to change their votes.

Land Conservation Actions This Week:

House Bill 200 (Budget Bill): Call members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee, and your own legislators, (message line 1-800-372-7181) and ask them to “stop the funding sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in the budget (HB200). Strong Oppose.  To see a list of legislators and the state nature preserves in their district, click HERE. Tell your legislator about the lands in their district!

Sign On to the Conserve Kentucky letter to stop the “sweep” of land conservation funding in the state budget bill (HB200) and ask organizations to sign on. Sign on to letter HERE. Downloadable copy of Sign on letter HERE.

Other Actions This Week:

Call Senate Leadership to tell them you oppose HB10, which proposes to amend Section 29 of the Ky Constitution relating to administrative regulations to permit the General Assembly or an agency or committee it creates to review, approve, or disapprove any administrative reg. of the executive branch during or between regular sessions of the General Assembly. This is a “separation of powers” issue.

Call your legislator and ask them to sign on to support HCR18 (A. Koenig) Strong Support. Asking for the formation of a Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force. Learn about different transportation proposals on the KCC website.

Call the Senate State & Local Government committee to oppose SB82, which pre-empts local governments from adopting container ordinances.

Call the Senate to express your support for HB33 (KCC Support), the Safer Passing law for cyclists.

 


Actions for Thursday, 2/8 and beyond

House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) finally passed out of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee after a tremendous effort from KCC members, solar installers and other allies to stall the bill.

Important information on this issue: While all calls are important, it is particularly important for legislators to hear from constituents who reside outside of Lexington and Louisville. This issue has incorrectly been framed by some as “rich homeowners against poor people” and large cities vs. rural, even though all of the affected solar companies service customers throughout the state, including several companies from rural areas who are providing much needed new jobs.

Utility supporters of the bill are also trying to tie this bill to the decline of the coal industry with misinformation. The growth of independent and residential solar should not be tied to coal. Monopoly utilities should not be using their market power and ratepayer funds to stifle independent installers and customer choice.

Actions to take now on HB227: 

Call House Leadership and all members of the House to express your concerns and opposition to House Bill 227. Call 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.

Tell them that monopoly utilities are imposing unfair restrictions on small and emerging independent solar businesses who are providing much-needed new jobs.

Tell them that as a consumer, you want to ensure customer choice and support local and independent installers who benefit your local community.

THANK Reps. Cantrell, Donohue, Flood and Meeks for voting against the bill and Reps. Couch, Keene, Nelson for passing on the bill. And please note that while Reps. Duplessis, Dossett,  Elliot and Riley voted for the bill, they all made several comments asking for the bill to be amended on the House floor and are reserving the right to change their votes.

 


Your Calls Important Today (2/7):
Call House Natural Resources on HB227-
Bill being heard tomorrow!

The House Natural Resources Committee declined to vote so far on House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose)  due to your effective work. citizens Three new committee members have now been added, and TODAY is an important day to make your calls if you have not already.

Continue your calls TODAY in opposition to
House Bill 227.

Call members of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Say you oppose this bill which unfairly impacts independent solar installers and rooftop solar. 

Message any legislator on this committee, especially NEW ones (Rep. Mills, Rep. Dossett and Rep. Nelson) at 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.

Also contact House Leadership with the same message.

See previous alerts (below line) for additional information on this bill. If you have already called, call again!

THE BILL WILL BE HEARD IN ROOM 171 THIS THURSDAY, 9AM, CAPITOL ANNEX. PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING!

 

Second Alert for Today: SB2 

We also need people to call the Senate Standing Committee on State and Local Government on SB2 (KCC Strong Oppose). This bill amends the Kentucky Constitution to give power to the legislature to cap damages on the amount recovered for injuries to persons and property (this includes damages resulting from environmental harm and to public health). This bill is expected to be heard later today! Tell the committee you oppose this bill!


Actions for the week of 2/5:

Clean Energy Actions This Week:

Due to your effective calls and emails,  House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) has still not been able to be brought to a vote in the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Citizens packed the hearing room this past Wednesday (one day earlier than expected) to express their opposition to the bill. This Friday, Chairman Gooch has added three new members to his committee in hopes of passing the bill. We are now asking you to contact the  House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. And also contact NEW individual members Rep. Mills, Rep. Dossett and Rep. Nelson. 

Message any legislator on this committee, especially NEW ones at 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.

And then also contact all members of the House (message line 1-800-372-7181) and tell them you support local solar installers and small business jobs and oppose HB227.

“Solar in Kentucky is Threatened. See who is behind it” Courier-Journal, Feb. 1, 2018

“House Should Reject Gooch’s Dirty Trick to Subvert Rooftop Solar,” Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb. 2, 2018

“Kentucky’s Emerging Solar Industry Threatened by a Bill to End Net Metering,” Insider Louisville, Feb. 5, 2018

“Clean Energy Backers: Solar’s Viability in KY in Peril,” featuring Eastern Ky Solar businesses, Public News Service, Feb. 5, 2018

“Will GOP Leaders Let Utilities Crush Solar?” Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb. 5, 2018

“Who is Strangling Solar Panels in the State of Kentucky?” Cleantechnica, Feb. 5, 2018

“Solar Could Cloud Over,” Middlesboro Daily News, Feb. 6, 2018

Land Conservation Actions This Week:

Call members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee, and your own legislators, (message line 1-800-372-7181) and ask them to “stop the funding sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in the budget (HB200). Strong Oppose.  To see a list of legislators and the state nature preserves in their district, click HERE. Tell your legislator about the lands in their district!

Sign On to the Conserve Kentucky letter to stop the “sweep” of land conservation funding in the state budget bill (HB200) and ask organizations to sign on. Sign on to letter HERE. Downloadable copy of Sign on letter HERE.

 

Other Actions This Week:

A reminder to call your legislator and ask them to sign on to HCR18 (A. Koenig) Strong Support. Asking for the formation of a Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force. It is important to build up momentum for this bill, particularly since there are less favorable legislative alternatives that have also filed this session.

You will see that we upgraded our ranking of HB10 (which proposes to amend the state constitution with regard to administrative regulations) to Strong Oppose. Please make calls to the House Elections & Constitutional Amendments committee and House Leadership to express your opposition to this bill.

 

 


 

ALERT UPDATE for Friday 2/2:
Call Members of the House Natural Resources Committee on
 Anti-Home-Grown Solar Bill – Note New Members

Due to your effective calls and emails this week,  House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) has not yet been able to be brought to a vote in the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Because of this, Chairman Gooch has added three new members to his committee in hopes of passing the bill. We are now asking you to contact the  House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. And also contact NEW individual members Rep. Mills, Rep. Dossett and Rep. Nelson.

Message any legislator on this committee, especially NEW ones at 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws.

And then also contact all members of the House (message line 1-800-372-7181) and tell them you support local solar installers and small business jobs and oppose HB227.

More Information:

“Solar in Kentucky is Threatened. See who is behind it” Courier-Journal, Feb. 1, 2018

“House Should Reject Gooch’s Dirty Trick to Subvert Rooftop Solar,” Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb. 2, 2018

 


ALERT for Friday 2/2: Call House Leadership on
Anti-Home-Grown Solar Bill 

Due to your effective calls and emails this week,  House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) has not yet been able to be brought to a vote in the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Due to your effective calls, the committee may add additional members in order to pass the bill. We are now asking you to contact House Leadership early Friday AM with the message below:

Message House Leadership at 502-564-8100 (not toll free) or 1-800-372-7181 and tell them you oppose House Bill 227 and oppose attempts to pack the House Natural Resources Committee in order to pass this bill.

 

Also continue your calls to both the House Natural Resources and Senate Natural Resources committees in opposition to  House Bill 227. 


ALERT: Anti Solar Bill Meeting CHANGED to Wednesday 1/31
Capitol Annex Room 154

The House Natural Resources Committee has been receiving tons of calls from you all on House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) which would negatively re-define Net Metering in Kentucky. Regular meetings of the committee are always on Thursdays, where we anticipated a strong turnout of grassroots support for local solar installers, but in a surprise move, the committee has suddenly moved the meeting one day early, to TOMORROW, 1/31, to meet upon adjournment of the House and Senate, which meets at 2PM (this means the House Natural Resources will likely convene somewhere around 3-4PM)  The hearing will be in Capitol Annex Room 154.

For those of you who are able to come to Frankfort tomorrow, please call KCC at 502-209-9659 for more information as we have it, and please Continue your calls in opposition to  House Bill 227. 

More information about this bill here.

 


Actions for the Week of  1/29/18

Clean Energy Actions This Week:

Continue calls in opposition to  House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) which would negatively re-define Net Metering in Kentucky. The bill has temporarily been deferred from its first reading due to your calls and letters!! But could have its first hearing on the next meeting of the  House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, which will now be at 8AM February 1, Capitol Annex room 171. Watch this page for updates, particularly the night before the scheduled meeting to ensure this bill will be on the schedule. Message any legislator on this committee at 502-564-8100 (not toll free) or 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws. Please contact KCC at 502-209-9659 or email if you wish to meet legislators in person on this bill.

In the meantime, begin also making calls and sending emails to the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee and educate them on what net metering does to support independent solar and Kentucky’s economy.

 

2. Ask your representative to sign on as a co-sponsor to the Clean Energy Opportunity Act (HB196).

 

3. Call your legislator and ask them to sign on to HCR18 (A. Koenig) Strong Support. Asking for the formation of a Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force.

Learn about different transportation proposals on the KCC website.

 

Land Conservation Actions This Week:

Call members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee, and your own legislators, (message line 1-800-372-7181) and ask them to “stop the funding sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in the budget (HB200). Strong Oppose.  To see a list of legislators and the state nature preserves in their district, click HERE. Tell your legislator about the lands in their district!

Sign On to the Conserve Kentucky letter to stop the “sweep” of land conservation funding in the state budget bill (HB200) and ask organizations to sign on. Sign on to letter HERE. Downloadable copy of Sign on letter HERE.

Other Actions This Week:

Ask members of the Senate State & Local Government Committee to oppose SB2, which Amends the Kentucky Constitution to give power to the legislature to cap damages on the amount recovered for injuries to persons and property, including environmental damage.

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to restore funding to the “Mesonet Program” in the budget (HB200) which is part of the Kentucky Climate Center and is responsible for weather and climate monitoring across the state.

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to restore budget funding for local conservation districts and the Environmental Education Council.

 


Actions for the Week of  1/22/18

URGENT ALERT: Anti-Home-Grown Solar Bill Filed, Actions Needed

HEARING CANCELLED! YOUR ACTIONS ARE WORKING!

Just filed late on Monday, House Bill 227 (J. Gooch, KCC Strong Oppose) would negatively re-define Net Metering in Kentucky. The bill was expected to have its first reading during the next meeting of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, which will be at 8AM THIS THURSDAY(Jan 25) Room 171, Capitol Annex. NOTE MEETING HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED- WATCH FOR A RE-SCHEDULE FOR FEB. 1 AND KEEP THOSE CALLS COMING!

KCC Lobbyists will be on site at the Capitol to assist citizens who wish to meet with their legislators on this bill, and will provide information. And please consider attending this week’s meeting of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee where this bill is anticipated to be heard. 

Message any legislator on this committee at 502-564-8100 (not toll free) or 1-800-372-7181. Tell them you oppose the utility-recommended changes to net metering laws. Please contact KCC at 502-209-9659 or email if you wish to meet legislators in person on this bill.

See Louisville Courier-Journal story on this issue HERE.

What is Net Metering?? Net metering is a metering and billing arrangement designed to credit distributed energy generation system owners for any generation that is exported to the utility grid. Currently, in Kentucky, the NEM customer generator is credited for excess electricity that is exported to the grid by the utility on a per kilowatt-hour (kWh) basis at the retail rate. However, efforts have been made across the United States to reduce that credit to substantially below the retail rate.  This bill will severely scale back the credits for customer generators.


Other Clean Energy Actions This Week:

Ask your legislator (message line 1-800-372-7181) to sign on as a co-sponsor to the Clean Energy Opportunity Act (HB196) Strong Support. Downloadable handout about the Act HERE.

Land Conservation Actions this week:

Call your legislator (message line 1-800-372-7181) and ask them to “stop the funding sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund in the budget (HB200). Strong Oppose.  To see a list of legislators and the state nature preserves in their district, click HERE.

Sign On to the Conserve Kentucky letter to stop the “sweep” of land conservation funding in the state budget bill (HB200). Sign on to letter HERE. Downloadable copy of Sign on letter HERE.

Budget Bill Actions (HB200) this week:

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to remove funding sweeps from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund (info above)

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to restore funding to the “Mesonet Program” which is part of the Kentucky Climate Center and is responsible for weather and climate monitoring across the state.

Ask members of the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee to restore funding for local conservation districts and the Environmental Education Council.

Container Legislation (SB82):

SB82, Strong Oppose: This bill prohibits local governments from adopting ordinances or regulations concerning the use, prohibition of, or taxes upon auxiliary containers. This defines these containers as “a bag, cup, bottle, or other packaging, whether reusable or single-use, that is designed for transporting, consuming, or protecting merchandise, food, or beverages from or at a food service or retail facility.  Contact members of the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

 

Continue Actions from 1/15 and 1/8


Actions for the Week of  1/15/18

HCR18 (A. Koenig) Strong Support. Asking for the formation of a Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force.

Thank Rep. Koenig for filing. Encourage that the task force include representation from air quality and environmental health interests.

Encourage additional house members to sponsor.

Contact members of the House Transportation Committee in support of the resolution.

Learn about different transportation proposals on the KCC website.

HB45/LM (S. SantoroJ. Sims Jr) Strong Oppose. Establishes a base registration fee for hybrid vehicles, hybrid electric plug-in vehicles, and non-hybrid electric vehicles. Contact members of the House Transportation Committee and tell them you oppose HB45 and prefer HCR18 (above).

Continue actions from 1/8.


 

Actions for the Week of 1/8/2018

HR36 (J. Gooch Jr., J. DeCesare, M. Hart, B. Linder, C. McCoy, P. Pratt, S. Santoro) Support. Thank Representative Gooch and Co-Sponsors for filing this resolution. Encourage lawmakers to consider laws that make it easier to add solar to these efficient schools.


We ask that you act on all legislation by doing the following:

Review our latest updated list of the House and Senate bills we have reviewed, addressing topics within our mission. You will find several we have listed that also address fundamental democracy issues such as access to voting.

Check to see if your legislator is a sponsor of any bills we have flagged as “support” or “strong support.” If you do not know who your legislator is, you can find out here.

Regarding legislation you support: If your legislator is not currently a sponsor, please call their office, which you can reach through the central message line, and encourage them to sign on to your preferred legislation. If they HAVE sponsored your preferred legislation, please call and THANK them!

Regarding legislation you oppose, contact members of the committees where the legislation currently resides,  and express your opposition. List of House standing committees here, List of Senate standing committees here. The status of where each bill currently resides is listed in the last column of KCC reviewed bills.