2018 House Bills

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House Bill Positions reviewed by KCC as of 1/13/2018. Bills that are ranked as “Strong Support” or “Strong Oppose” will have the highest attention from KCC lobbyists for direct action. Bills ranked as “Monitor” means that we will continue to review these bills for any consequences that may not yet be apparent, but wish to inform the public that these issues are being debated due to their subject matter. If you wish to engage directly with KCC on any of the bills below, please email us.

This list with KCC recommendations is regularly sent to every legislator in the House and Senate during the session.

Bill Position Priority Sponsors Summary  Status  History
HJR5 Monitor C. Harris,
R. Adkins,
A. Hatton,
R. Nelson,
K. Sinnette
Direct the PSC to reexamine electric rates charged to certain ratepayers to determine if they remain fair, just, and reasonable. 1/2/2018,  introduced,
to Nat. Resources & Energy
HCR7  Oppose B. Reed, M. Castlen, M. Hart, R. Heath, DJ Johnson, K. King, R. Rothenburger, B. Rowland, S. Rudy, J. Shell, W. Thomas, J. Tipton Urge the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to issue more migratory bird depredation permits and subpermits to allow Kentucky farmers to legally take black vultures that are depredating their livestock. (Black vultures are protected by federal law and cannot be killed without a federal permit. We feel this new proposal is pre-emptive of Federal laws and weaken protections in the Migratory Bird Act). 1/2/18 introduced in House; to Agriculture (H); 1/10/18 First reading reported favorably; 1/11/18 Second reading, to Rules
HJR8  Oppose R. Huff, T. Couch Apply to U.S. Congress pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States for the calling of a convention of the states. (Only 6 more states needed). 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)
HCR9 Support G. Brown Jr, R. Meeks Urge Congress to encourage all state and local governments to participate in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program administered by the United States Census Bureau. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)
 HB10 Oppose K. Imes, S. Wells, C. Morgan 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. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)

1/8/18 First reading, reported favorably; 1/9 Second reading, to Rules.

 HJR12 Oppose R. Huff Apply to U.S. Congress pursuant to Article V of the Constitution for a consitutional convention – looks like a duplication of HJR 8 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergov. Affairs (H); 1/11 WITHDRAWN
 HJR16 Monitor  S. Rudy Designate and declare the Mallard as the State Game Waterfowl of Kentucky. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; 1/4/18 to Tourism & Outdoor Recreation (H)
HCR18 Strongly Support A. Koenig Create the Mileage-Based Transportation Funding Task Force to develop and study the implementation of a mileage-based transportation funding mechanism. Learn about different transportation proposals on the KCC website. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; 1/4/18 to Transportation (H)
HB22/LM Oppose D. St. Onge, R. Meeks St. Onge’s annual drone bill that prohibits the use of drones and evidence gathered by drones except for law enforcement purposes. 1/2/18 – introduced in House;  1/4/18  to Judiciary (H); 1/10 Reported favorably 1st reading, to consent calendar, 1/11 second reading, to Rules.
HB23/LM Support K. Imes Requires the election of state-wide offices to be on the same year as presidential elections. Could boost KY’s turnout because people would vote for state-level offices the same time as president, which is the highest turnout election. Companion bill in the Senate, SB4 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergov. Affairs 1/3 Posted in committee, 1/8 reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; 1/9 Second reading, to Rules  (H)
HR25 Support M. Marzian and 68 others Adjourn in honor and loving memory of Judge Richard J. FitzGerald. 1/5/18 Adopted by voice vote in the House.
HB26/LM Monitor S. Miles,
J. Nemes
Limestone tax credit bill, was introduced last year as well. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Approp. & Revenue (H)
HB27 Support C. Harris, R. Adkins, A. Hatton, R. Nelson, K. Sinnette, J. York Requires the Public Service Commission to reconsider previously issued orders that involve contracts with other states, and those states have failed to approve the transaction. Retroactive to all Public Service Commission orders issued on or after July 1, 2013. See HB455 last session 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Natural Resources & Energy (H)
HB29/LM Monitor J. Wayne and 11 others Democrat’s tax bill. Monitor for implications 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Approp. & Revenue (H)
HB33 Support  J. Miller Requires the operator of any vehicle on a highway to keep to the right unless signage or markings indicate otherwise, and requires vehicles overtaking bicycles to pass at a distance of at least three feet. If a minimum of three feet is not available, the passing vehicle is to use reasonable caution. Many cycling groups are in favor of this. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Transportation (H)
HB34 Monitor  R. Nelson Does not allow an electric utility to bill a basic service charge in excess of ten percent (10%) of the amount charged for electricity usage in a billing period. We have listed as “monitor” because while we appreciate the intent of addressing excess basic charges, doing this through a percentage threshold may have un-intended consequences.   1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Nat. Resources & Energy (H)
 HR36  Support J. Gooch Jr., J. DeCesare, M. Hart, B. Linder, C. McCoy, P. Pratt, S. Santoro Honors the top five energy-efficient school districts in Kentucky for 2017 1/5/18 Introduced in House
HB38 Monitor S. Wells,
J. Sims Jr
Requires that the Auditor of Public Accounts’ bill shall not exceed a quote given to an area development district by a certified public accountant for the same audit.   1/2/18 – introduced in House; to State Government; 1/10 WITHDRAWN (H)
HB 43/LM Monitor J. Nemes,
J. Gooch Jr.
Would allow governor to appoint supreme court justices and court of appeals judges.   1/2/18 – introduced in House; 1/8 assigned to Judiciary (H)
HB45/LM Strong Oppose  ✔ S. Santoro,
J. Sims Jr
Establishes a base registration fee for hybrid vehicles, hybrid electric plug-in vehicles, and non-hybrid electric vehicles. The fee to be adjusted with any increase or decrease in the gasoline tax but can never go lower than the base fee. Defines the terms “hybrid vehicle,” “hybrid electric plug-in vehicle,” and “non-hybrid electric vehicle.”

Learn about different transportation proposals on the KCC website.

1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Transportation (H)  

 

HJR47 Oppose  R. Huff Apply to Congress under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States for the calling of a convention of the states WITHDRAWN   

 

HB52  Support R. Huff Directs the Transportation Cabinet to include a requirement for bicycle helmets for operators and passengers under the age of 12 in the bicycle standards and safety regulations. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Transportation (H)
HB53 Oppose  C. Morgan Anti-protest legislation. This bill: (1) Makes a person who wears a mask or hood concealing his or her face while engaging in a public protest criminally liable for a Class A misdemeanor; (2) abolishes criminal or civil liability for a motor vehicle operator who causes injury or death to a person obstructing the flow of traffic during a public demonstration for which a permit has not been granted, unless the infliction of injury or death is intentional; and (3) prohibits any person, including a public servant, from preventing a peace officer from performing official duties at a protest. Again, while we appreciate the intent of this legislation, we are concerned with unintended consequences for those who engage in peaceful protest, based on whether or not a permit was filed. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Judiciary (H)  

 

HB54 Oppose C. Morgan Confederate statue legislation – Establishes the Kentucky Memorial Preservation Act of 2018.  Establishes a petition process for a waiver if an entity wants to remove, alter, rename, relocate, or disturb certain significant properties, with exemptions for university owned or municipally owned memorials. Since many such memorials  are in grounds such as state parks, we believe this creates an undue burden on their ability to manage their properties. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to State Gov. (H)
HB72 Support K. King Requires roll call votes on any state fiscal measure, including an appropriation or revenue-raising measure, voted upon in the Senate or House of Representatives or a committee thereof. This is a transparency issue 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to State Gov. (H)
HB73/LM Monitor J. DuPlessis, R. Mills,
J. Sims Jr, W. Thomas
Proposes to amend Section 32 of the Constitution of Kentucky to prevent Senators from serving more than four consecutive terms of office and to prevent members of the House of Representatives from serving more than six consecutive terms of office. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergov. Affairs (H)
HB76/LM Monitor P. Moffett Initiates the process for calling a convention to revise or amend the Constitution of Kentucky, and the amendments that may have been made to it, as provided by Section 258 of the Constitution of Kentucky.  1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergov. Affairs (H)
HB77 Monitor  P. Moffett Amend KRS 511.070 to allow notice of trespass to be given through the placement of identifying purple paint marks on property. KCC is presently working with allies to fully review the potential impacts to landholders, wildlife, hunters, etc. Some states are looking at this as a way to save cost for signage and fencing however we are engaging with all stakeholders to ensure the best way of dealing with trespass and theft issues.  1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Judiciary (H)
HB78 Support  J. Kay Proposes several amendments to statutes that allows more transparency in the legislature, including communication made by members of the General Assembly on publicly owned computers or cell phones in the definition of records available for public inspection; prohibiting a public servant from acting as an executive branch lobbyist for one year after leaving employment, and prohibiting a public servant from bidding on or holding a state contract unless approved by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.  1/2/18 – introduced in House; to State Gov. (H)
HB 87 Monitor P. Moffett Proposes to allow standing to any person who owns property in a territory to file suit against a city that annexes the territory. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Local Gov. (H)
HB89/LM Support J. Wayne Clarifies the powers of certain cities within a consolidated local government, regarding home rule powers that do not conflict with the comprehensive plan. Rep. Wayne has introduced this bill over the past several years to address noise issues with LIA and the Audubon Park neighborhood in Louisville. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Local Gov. (H)
HB90 Support  J. Donohue, R. Meeks Establishes a refundable income tax credit for the costs of mitigating noise from a commercial airport. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Approp. & Revenue. (H)
HB106 Monitor B. Reed, M. Hart Allows volunteer firefighters to be issued a combination hunting and fishing license free of charge. While we support firefighters, we question this during times of tight revenues. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Tourism & Outdoor Rec. (H)
HB 114/LM Monitor B. Rowland, M. Castlen, W. Coursey, J. DeCesare, R. Heath, J. Hoover, K. Imes, M. Meredith, S. Miles, J. Petrie, M. Prunty, S. Riley, W. Stone, W. Thomas Requires that a portion of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in-lieu-of-tax revenue deposited in the general fund be distributed to agencies designated by counties that have TVA property located in that county or purchase power from TVA, increasing from zero percent currently to 50 percent or a maximum of $6,000,000. Senate has filed a counterpart bill, SB9 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Approp. & Revenue. (H)
HB 119 Monitor  C. McCoy, J. Sims Jr Replaces the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council fund with the Kentucky small farm wineries support fund and creates the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council Vineyard Expansion Reimbursement Grant Program. 1/3/18 – introduced in House; to Agriculture. (H)
HB121 Support C. McCoy, J. Sims Jr Exempts bees used in a commercial enterprise for the production of honey or wax for sale, or in the pollination of crops, and certain items used in that commercial enterprise from the sales and use tax. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Approp. & Revenue. (H)
HB125  Monitor A. Koenig, A. Simpson, C. Morgan, J. Nemes Allows for the voluntary unification of certain counties. 1/2/18 – introduced in House; to Local Government (H)
HB130 Monitor KK. Upchurch, J. Petrie, K. Imes, J. Tipton, T. Turner Requires the staff of the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee to submit to that committee’s co-chairs an annual report on administrative regulations found deficient by a legislative committee and allows a committee to take action on an administrative regulation within 60 days of LRC referral. 1/4/18 – introduced in House
HB 140/LM Oppose D. Hale, J. Blanton, C. Fugate, J. Sims Jr Amends various sections of the Law Enforcement Foundation Program fund to provide that the annual training stipend paid to all conservation officers be paid from the game and fish fund established in KRS 150.150 in an amount commensurate to the annual supplement paid to other police officers. 1/4/18 – introduced in House; 1/8 to Tourism & Outdoor Recreation (H)
HB145 Monitor R. Rothenburger Requires zoning compliance for non-baseload generation facilities under 10 megawatts. KCC believes communities benefit from good zoning, however concerns have been raised about impacts to solar companies. 1/8/18 – introduced in House; 1/10/18 to Local Government (H)
HB154 Oppose S. Wells,
C. Morgan
Amend KRS 13A.290 to require the administrative regulations compiler to compile a list of administrative regulations considered during the year, including their disposition.  1/8/18 – introduced in House; 1/10/18 to State Government (H)
HB163  Monitor  S. Wells,
C. Morgan
Proposes an amendment to Section 32 of the Constitution of Kentucky requiring term limits for members of the General Assembly.  1/9/18 – introduced in House; 1/11/18 to Elec, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs (H)
HB165 Monitor R. Nelson Rare Disease Advisory Council. Companion bill, SB7, has already made its way through the Senate with amendments.  1/9/18 – introduced in House; 1/11/18 to Approp. & Revenue (H)
 HB171-173 Monitor S. Rudy This range of bills may be placeholders for budget bill substitutions. We will be monitoring for those changes.
HB174 Monitor M. Castlen, R. Heath Clarifies statutes and definitions related to livestock, communicable diseases, euthanizing, and management of communicable diseases within livestock.  1/10/18 – introduced in House
HB196 Strong Support  M. Marzian, J. Jenkins, M. Cantrell, A. Scott Clean Energy Opportunity Act. This is a bill KCC has sponsored for years as part of the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance. Requires retail electric suppliers to use increasing amounts of renewable energy and energy efficiency; provide for alternative compliance plans for public utilities who fail to meet renewable energy or efficiency requirements; requires the Public Service Commission to develop tariff guidelines for purchase of renewable power.  1/16/18 – introduced in House; 1/18 to Natural Resources & Energy
 HB200 Strong Oppose   ✔ S. Rudy Budget Bill. We oppose due to the $5million in funding “sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund, elimination of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, elimination of state support for conservation districts, and elimination of the Mesonet Program that is part of the Kentucky Climate Center.  1/16/18 – introduced in House; 1/18 to Appropriations & Revenue