2018 Senate Bills
Senate Bill Positions reviewed by KCC as of 4/17/2018. 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 fully 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.
|SB 2||Strong Oppose||✔||R. Alvarado, D. Carroll, R. Girdler, P. Hornback, S. Meredith, D. Seum, D. Thayer, M. Wilson||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. (Related legislation from last session was found unconstitutional in circuit court but is on appeal).||1/2/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/3/18 to State & Local Gov, 2/8 Second Reading, to Rules., passed over and retained in orders of the day multiple times; 3/9 recommitted to State & Loc. Gov. (S)||SCS1 – Retain original provisions except specify the limit applies to noneconomic damages. Floor amendment filed 2/23 SFA1|
|SB4/LM||Support||C. McDaniel, J. Adams, R. Alvarado, J. Bowen, D. Carroll, C. Embry Jr., R. Girdler, P. Hornback, S. Meredith, W. Schroder, D. Thayer, S. West, M. Wilson, M. Wise||Changes elections for statewide offices to be on the same year as the presidential elections. Could increase voter turnout. Companion bill in the House: HB23.||1/2/18 introduced; to State & Local Gov., through 3 readings, 1/11 passed out of Senate Committee. 1/18 to House Elections & Gov. Aff.; 3/8 posted in committee; 3/22 reported favorably; 3/27 second reading, to rules (H)|
|SB 7||Monitor||J. Adams, C. Embry Jr., D. Harper Angel, D. Parrett||Establishes a rare disease advisory task force. If this bill progresses through the session, we want to ensure a composition that takes climate change-related health issues into consideration.||Passed House and Senate; delivered to Governor 3/21, VETOED on 4/2||Amend. SCS1, SCA1|
|Monitor||S. Humphries, D. Carroll, C. Embry Jr., R. Girdler, D. Givens, S. Meredith, D. Ridley, J. Turner, W. Westerfield, M. Wilson, M. Wise||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 0% currently to 50% or a maximum of $6,000,000.||1/2/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/3/18 to Approp & Rev.|
|SB 14/ CI/LM||Support||R. Thomas, G. Neal||Allows in-person early voting between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the three Saturdays preceding any primary, regular election or special election; and extends voting hours for election day voting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.||1/2/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/3/18 to State & Loc. Gov.|
|Support||R. Webb, M. Wilson||Defines “unmanned aircraft systems” and prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft systems to track, hunt, or harvest wildlife. Prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft systems to conduct surveillance of persons lawfully engaged in hunting, trapping, or fishing.||1/2/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/3 to Nat. Resources & Energy|
|SB 47/LM||Support||J. Adams, R. Alvarado, W. Schroder||Extends voting hours from 6 pm to 8 pm.||1/2/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/3 to State & Loc. Gov.|
|SR56||Support||M. McGarvey plus 11 others||Honoring Judge Richard FitzGerald. There is a companion resolution in the House.||1/8/18 Introduced; 1/9 to Senate Floor
3/9 adopted on senate floor
|SB58||Monitor||C. McDaniel||An act relating taxation. Amend KRS 131.181 to make a technical correction. This bill may be a placeholder for more substantive changes later in the session. Substance of bill deals with the mining of coal.||1/4/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/4 to Approp. & Revenue|
|SB59||Monitor||C. McDaniel||An act relating to taxation.
Amend KRS 131.190 to make a technical correction. This bill may be a placeholder for more substantive changes later in the session. Statute deals with property taxes.
|1/4/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/5 to Approp. & Revenue|
|SB60||Monitor||C. McDaniel||An act relating to taxation.
Amend KRS 131.030 to make a technical correction. This bill may be a placeholder for more substantive changes later in the session. Statute deals with collection of taxes, including motor vehicles, public service corporations and public utilities.
|1/4/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/5 to Approp. & Revenue|
|SB62||Monitor||C. McDaniel||An act relating to branch budget bills. Amend KRS 48.311, relating to structure of branch budget bills, to make technical corrections. This bill may be a placeholder for more substantive changes later in the session. Statute deals with appropriations.||1/4/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/5 to Approp. & Revenue|
|SB63||Monitor||C. McDaniel||An act relating to fiscal matters. Amend KRS 138.230, relating to motor fuel dealer’s records, to make technical corrections. This bill may be a placeholder for more substantive changes later in the session.||1/4/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/5 to Approp. & Revenue|
|SB 82/LM||Strong Oppose||✔||M. Wilson||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||1/17/18 introduced in the Senate; 1/18 to State & Local Government;
2/22 reassigned to Econ. Dev. & Tourism (S)
|SB104||Support||P. Hornback||Requires underground facility operators to report to the PSC excavation damage to an underground facility used in the transportation of gas or hazardous liquid and authorizes the PSC to enforce and assess civil penalties for damages to an underground facility used in the transportation of gas or hazardous liquid.||Passed by House and Senate, delivered to Governor 3/22, signed 4/2||Committee sub SCS1|
|SR103||Support||J. Carpenter, J. Schickel, C. Embry Jr., J. Higdon, D. Thayer||Honor the top five energy-efficient school districts in Kentucky for 2017.||1/18/18 – introduced in Senate; 1/23 adopted by voice vote|
|SB 128||Support||J. Carpenter||Requires that the assessments paid by utilities to cover the costs of operation and staffing of the Public Service Commission be credited to the account of the Commission instead of the general fund.||2/5/18 – introduced in Senate; 2/6- to Nat. Res. & Energy 2/14 1st and 2nd readings; 2/22 posted for passage; 2/23 passed over, 2/26 recommitted to Nat. Resources (S)|
|SB 129||Monitor||J. Carpenter||Relating to the reorganization of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, including the Ky. Wild Rivers program, Fish & Wildlife, and Nature Preserves programs. While we are generally ok with the components in this bill, there are some places where we want to see clarifications and KCC will be submitting alternative language. See detailed summary.||Passed by House and Senate with committee sub, 3/27 Signed by the Governor||Committee sub SCS1|
|SB147||Support||R. Jones II, B. Smith, R. Webb||Authorizes the Kentucky Public Service Commission to consider whether an increase in rates will have an adverse impact on the citizens of economically distressed counties and cap the rate of return on investment at six percent (6%). Allows for ratepayers to petition the commission for a rehearing of the rate increase within six (6) months of a rate increase.||2/14/18 – introduced in Senate
2/15/18 – to Natural Resources & Energy (S)
|SB151||Had been ranked as “support”
Bill was changed to a different bill
|J. Bowen||Allows water districts, sewer districts, joint sewer agencies, sewer construction districts, and sanitation districts to contract with other entities to acquire wastewater facilities in connection with the acquisition, construction, operation, repair, or maintenance when the entity’s facilities are outside of that particular agency’s jurisdictional boundaries. Now changed to a bill on retirement benefits.||Bill changed to a different bill by House substitute and Senate concurrence Delivered to Governor 3/29.||SCS1 , HCS1/AA, HCA1, HFA2|
|SR 157||Support||J. Carroll, A. Robinson||Honor the 50th anniversary of the Protest Hike, which led to the undamming of Red River Gorge, and the award-winning Kentucky Afield Radio documentary “Kentucky’s Red November.”||2/7/18 – introduced in Senate
2/8/18 – to Senate Floor; 3/31 – adopted by voice vote
|SB176||Support||M. McGarvey||Allows cities located in city-county jurisidcaitons to enact ordinances, regulations, and procedures that do not conflict with the use of property permitted by the comprehensive plan or other law.|| Feb 20, 2018 – introduced in Senate
Feb 21, 2018 – to State & Local Government (S)
|SB198||Monitor||P. Hornback||AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Rural Rehabilitation Corporation.
Amend KRS 246.285, relating to the Commissioner of Agriculture, to make a gender-neutral reference.
| Feb 22, 2018 – introduced in Senate
Feb 23, 2018 – to Agriculture (S)
(now a different bill)
|R. Stivers II||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.
Substitute is Now a Different Bill. Now relates to internet fiber project.
| 2/23/18 – introduced in Senate
2/26 – to State & Local Government; 3/14 – reported favorably 3/16; floor amendment (1) filed
3/16 – 3rd reading, passed 35-1 with floor amendment (1); 3/21 – to House State Government, Reassigned to House A&R, passed with House committee sub and amendment 1. (H), Senate concurred with House. Delivered to Governor on 4/14
|SJR218||Support||R. Girdler||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.||Passed House and Senate, 3/29 Signed by Governor|
|SR224||Oppose||B. Smith||Urge the United States Congress to support federal legislation in advancement of the Appalachian Storage Hub.||Feb 22, 2018 – introduced in Senate
Feb 23, 2018 – to Senate Floor; 3/2 adopted by voice vote (S)
|SB227||Support||G. Neal||Permits voter preregistration for persons at the minimum age of 16 years and requires county clerks to provide preregistration forms to high schools.|| Feb 28, 2018 – introduced in Senate
Mar 01, 2018 – to State & Local Government (S)
|SB232||Monitor||R. Webb||Requires utilities seeking to install smart meters to give notice to affected customers and the right to opt out of having a smart meter installed on the customer’s premises.||Mar 01, 2018 – introduced in Senate; 3/5 to Nat. Resources & Energy|
|SB234||Support||T. Buford||Allows for a “certified Kentucky honey” product within the Department of Agriculture Kentucky Proud program.||Mar 01, 2018 – introduced in Senate; 3/5 to Agriculture (S)|
|SB249||Support||J. Carpenter||Restructures and reorganizes Department of Oil and Gas administrative hearings.|| Passed with Senate Committee Amendment;
delivered to Governor 3/21, signed 4/2
|SCA1( J. Carpenter ) – Require that formal complaints relating to improper drilling or mining operations be received by the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office of Administrative Hearings|
|SR254||Strong Support||✔||D. Parrett||Request due diligence and environmentally sound practices in any future repurposing of an existing natural gas pipeline.|| Mar 01, 2018 – introduced in Senate; 3/5 to Natural Resources & Energy; 3/13 – taken from Natural Resources (S); to Senate Floor
3/15 – adopted by voice vote (S)
|SB269||Support||G. Neal||Changes tax incentives for polluted property redevelopment to establish a percentage credit instead of a capped-sum credit equal to 100% of the cost of approved remediation activities, minus any portion of the remediation cost financed through a public grant program or the petroleum storage tank environmental assurance fund, and fifty percent (50%) of the cost for construction and redevelopment of the property.||Mar 01, 2018 – introduced in Senate; 3/5 to Approp. & Revenue (S)|