2019 House Bills

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House Bill Positions reviewed by KCC as of 3/29/2019. 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.


Bill Position Priority Sponsors Summary  Status  History
HCR4 Oppose Rep. Schamore Urge the US Depts. of Interior, Agriculture, Defense, and the US Congress to consider ways to improve communications infrastructure, granting leasehold interests in federal land for the location of cell phone towers and related infrastructure in Kentucky. Passed House 99-0 on 2/26. Received in Senate on 2/27. 
HB7 Monitor  Rep. Meeks Voting statutes update. Allows for voter registration and change of party affiliation on the day of election, voting preregistration starting at 16 years old, public school voter registration, voter information packets to be published in english and spanish, and requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to develop a procedure to inform applicants for licenses and permits of how to register to vote, among other changes.  1/10 To Elections
HCR7 Oppose Rep. Schamore A concurrent resolution urging Kentucky state government agencies to consider leasing state land for the location of cell phone towers and other communication infrastructure in Kentucky. Passed House 99-0 on 2/26. Received in Senate on 2/27. 
HB9 Monitor A. Hatton,
J. Graviss,
S. Westrom
Kentucky’s net neutrality bill. Requires KentuckyWired contracts between the Kentucky Communications Network Authority and public or private Internet service providers to contain certain provisions to ensure open and fair access to the network by customers. 1/10  To Small Business & Tech
HB10 Oppose Rep. Dossett Allows an electronic billboard located on the premises of a business or organization to advertise or promote activities and products offered both on and outside of the property. This would allow for many more electronic billboards throughout the state. 2/5 To Transport.
HB11 Strong Support Rep. Moser + 13 others Same as SB 27. Prohibits use of tobacco, alternative tobacco, and vaping products by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year. 3/12 House passed 85-11 with floor amendments (2) and (5)

Passed Senate 28-10.

Delivered to the Governor on 3/28 and signed into law.







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HB13 Monitor Rep. Rothenburger plus 8 others Related to the merging and fund sharing for fire departments. KCC would like to look for opportunities in bills like this for increasing climate preparedness initiatives To Vet & Mil. Affairs, Posted 2/7 to committee, floor amendment filed, reported favorably, posted for passage 2/15, Recommitted to Approp. & Revenue on 3/12 House Floor Amendment 1
HB16 Strong Support C. Harris,
C. Booker,
A. Hatton,
C. Howard,
A. Scott
A watered down version of the bill filed last year by Harris that instead of requiring the PSC to adjust elcrtical utility rates in Eastern Kentucky to make them “affordable,” only requests the PSC to open a case to determine whether the current approved rates and charges are still fair, just, reasonable, and in the public interest, or if they should be modified, repealed, or replaced. A good opportunity here to lobby the sponsor to include a value of solar study in that case. 1/10  To Nat. Resources & Energy
HB27 Strong Support    D. Keene,
A. Gentry,
J. Graviss,
J. Jenkins,
R. Palumbo, N. Tate,
S. WestromB. Wheatley
Corrects last years tax reform bill, which failed to exclude admissions to nonprofit events. Senate and House leadership blamed it on an oversight, but the bill was one of many provided by the Pegasus Institute that have since been found to be unlawful or poorly drafted.  1/10 To Approp. & Revenue
HB28 Strong Support   Rep. Osborne + 44 others Same as HB27 except filed by Republicans and includes for more specific language related to nonprofit educational, charitable, or religious institutions, non profit property interests, and emergency provisions. 1/10 To Approp. & Revenue
HB29 Monitor D. Meade ,
+ 13 others
Exclude fees paid to enter or participate in a fishing tournament and fees paid for the use of a boat ramp from the definition of “admissions.” 1/10 To Approp. & Revenue
HB33 Support C. Harris,
B. McCool
Requires all miners to wear clothing with at least 100 square inches of reflective material while in an underground mine and clothing with at least 50 square inches of reflective material while on a surface mine site. The reflective clothing shall be readily visible and seen from all directions and shall be supplied by the coal operator at no cost to the miner. 1/10 To Nat. Resources & Energy
 HB34  Monitor Rep. Goforth Allows a person to operate an ATV on state maintained roadways if the: (a) Roadway is not a fully controlled access highway; (b) Operator is 18 or older; (c) Operator has a valid operator’s license; and (d) ATV is equipped with headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, and a rear or side view mirror. Requires a helmet in certain situations. Requires the ATV to be titled and registered. Need to monitor any amendments or revisions to this bill.  1/10 To Transport., 2/27 Re-assigned to Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
HB39 Monitor R. Goforth,
R. Brenda
 Exempts a homestead food operator from having to receive a permit from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Homestead food operator” is a person who produces homestead food products, excluding potentially hazardous food, only in the home kitchen of that person’s primary residence and only for sale directly to consumers within this state from the homestead residence, whether by pickup or delivery, from the owner’s farm stand, at farmers’ markets, community events, or online, and who has less than a maximum annual gross sales of $10,000 of food. This includes and owner that daily produces for sale less than 20 gallons of raw or pasteurized milk or processes less than 20 gallons of milk into cheese aged at least 60 days, yogurt, cream, butter, or kefir 1/10 To Agriculture
HB54 Monitor Rep. Reed Establish a crossbow deer season for youth 16 years old or younger.  WITHDRAWN
HCR54 Strong Support    A. Koenig,
K. King
Creates the Mileage-Based Transportation Funding Task Force to develop and study the implementation of a mileage-based transportation funding mechanism, report to the LRC.  2/6 To Transportation
HCR56 Strong Support J. Tipton,
C. Harris,
J. Blanton,
K. Hinkle,
P. Minter
Similar to SCR 81. Establishes a 17-member legislative task force to study small community public drinking water systems to create mechanisms for oversight and intervention so as to prevent the drinking system’s decline and failure and report tot the LRC. Amendment adds wastewater, enlarges the task force to add entities such as Ky. American Water. Passed House 95-0 with Committee Substitute (1) committee amendment (1-title). Passed House 95-0 with Committee Substitute (1) committee amendment (1-title) on 2/22 and now in Senate State & Loc. Gov. 2/27 House Committee Substitute 1
House Committee Amendment 1
HB59 Support Rep. Huff Allows a person to be guilty of criminal littering when he or she drops or permits to drop on a highway any destructive or injurious material including unsafe amounts of mowed grass, and does not immediately remove it. 1/10 To Transport.
HJR71 Strong Support    J. Gooch Jr. Directs the Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a task force to study options for generating state and local funds to directly fund water infrastructure projects or leverage other public and private funds and the administration and allocation of those funds by the cabinet for water infrastructure projects  To Nat. Resources & Energy, Posted in Committee 2/11
HB74 Monitor D. Schamore, A. Gentry Proposed to amend  Sections 30 and 31 of the Ky. Constitution to elect Senators for terms of six years beginning in November 2022, for even-numbered Senatorial districts and beginning in November 2024, for odd-numbered Senatorial districts, and Representatives for terms of four years beginning in November 2022; propose to amend Section 32 of the Constitution of Kentucky to prevent Senators from serving more than two consecutive six-year terms of office, and prevent Representatives from serving more than three consecutive four-year terms of office, beginning with those elected in November 2022. 1/10 To Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs
HB75 Strong Support   Rep. Hatton & 9 co-sponsors Reverses the legislation passed last session that only allows board certified pulmonary specialists to diagnose black lung patients. Would instead allow and “dually qualified physician” to diagnose, and allow the commissioner to select a physician or medical facility for referral in occupational disease claims. 1/10 To Econ. Dev. & Workforce Invest.
HJR87 Strong Oppose   J. Miller Apply to Congress for an Article V convention to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints, and limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and requesting Congress to similarly propose such amendments. 2/11 to Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs
HB91 Support G. Brown Jr, C. Booker,
M. Cantrell, M. Marzian, R. Meeks,
J. Nemes,
R. Palumbo, J. Raymond
Proposes amendment to Section 145 of the Ky. Constitution to limit the felonies that require disenfranchisement to those that include certain intentional killings, sexual crimes, and bribery. Also eliminates language “Idiots and insane persons.” To Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs on 1/10
HR91 Oppose Prunty  plus 76 co-sponsors Resolution opposing the closing of Paradise Power Plant. While we have concerns about the loss of jobs and want to see workers protected, this plant is a significant source of pollution.  To Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs. Adopted by Voice Vote on 2/11.
HB97 Monitor M. Hart,
C. Howard,
S. Maddox
Amend KRS 211.190 to allow local government entities and special districts to void implementation of the water fluoridation programs administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services by legislative action. First was assigned to Local Gov, then moved to State Gov., posted in committee 2/11

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 HR108 Strong Support C. Harris,
A. Hatton,
A. Scott
Resolution urging Governor Bevin to declare a state of emergency in Martin County, Kentucky, and to make emergency funds available to resolve the county’s water crisis. 2/15 To Natural Resources & Energy.
3/6 Adopted by Voice Vote
HB117  Support Rep. McCoy, Rep. Huff
Similar to HB59 – If you drop “unsafe amounts of mowed grass” on a highway any destructive or injurious material you can be held criminally liable.
1/10 To Transport.
HB122 Support Rep. Donohue, Rep. Cantrell Allows for a 100% tax credit for costs associated with noise mitigation costs related to airports under certain circumstances. The total maximum credit awarded to all taxpayers for each taxable year is $3,000,000. Also requires reporting to the LRC. 1/10 To Approp. & Rev. 
HB125  Support D. Schamore, C. Miller,
P. Pratt
Disposal of Game Carcasses. Prohibits the destruction or abandonment of usable meat from deer or elk that are taken and killed in the Commonwealth and the dumping of deer or elk carcasses on public areas or private areas without permission. Violators could lose their hunting license and be fined.
 Reported favorably out of committee with Committee Sub 1, 2nd reading, posted for passage 2/19.  Recommitted to House A&R on 3/12. House Committee Substitute 1
HCR132 Strong Support J. Donohue Directs the LRC to study the feasibility of establishing a light rail system in Kentucky between Louisville, Lexington, and northern Kentucky. 2/21 To Transportation
HB135 Oppose P. Pratt,
K. Moser,
S. Santoro,
D. St. Onge
This is an anti-labor bill. Requiring labor contracts for public works projects cannot be a condition of granting a public works project to a contractor. This would include public works such as water, sewer, and other structures involved in environmental quality. Reported out of committee with Committee Sub 1, passed 50-44 with committee substitute. Received in Senate on 2/15.  3rd reading passed 26-10. 

Signed by Gov. on 3/21.

 House Committee Substitute 1
House Floor Amendment 1
House Floor Amendment 2
House Floor Amendment 3
House Floor Amendment 4
HCR143 Monitor D. Hale Urges the Kentucky Congressional Delegation and Donald Trump, President of the United States, to enact measures to ensure a level playing field for foreign and domestic hardwood producers and manufacturers. Introduced 2/21. To Natural Resources & Energy on 2/22.
HR144 Monitor J. Gooch Jr. Urges the Public Service Commission to consider all costs related to the importation of coal for electricity generation. Introduced 2/21. To Natural Resources & Energy on 2/22. Posted 2/26. Reported favorably, to Consent 3/7. Posted for passage 3/12.

3rd reading, passed 99-1

HB146  Support Rep. Meeks
This bill amends utility and net metering statutes to allow for third party construction and operation of a solar or wind facility through a power purchase agreement (PPA), and allow that third party to be exempted from the definition of “utility” or “retail electric supplier.” These third parties will not be limited by the rated capacity limit (30 kW). The PPAs will be reviewed and approved or denied by the PSC. The PSC must deny the PPAs if the PPA results in rate increases for the utility. The bill removes the 1% cumulative cap altogether. The bill also allows the customers in the territory of the utility, including public schools and local governments, to lease or buy a portion, share, or all of that facility’s solar or wind installations to interconnect to the utility under a PPA and create a net metering arrangement. The bill allows the PSC to develop regulations or open a case to establish additional requirements to ensure proper two way measurement and credit for electric generation and proper allocation of credits to parties that have leased or purchased portions or shares of the participating third party’s solar or wind installations.
One issue we see is the ability to deny a PPA if it causes a rate increase. How a utility can attribute a specific solar/wind installation towards a rate increase is not defined.
 1/11 To Nat. Resources & Energy
HCR148 Monitor S. Santoro Urges the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to establish an Office of Intermodal and Freight Rail Advocacy. Introduced 2/25. Now in Transportation
HB152 Support Rep. Stewart Eliminates the deduction for transportation expenses from coal severance tax. Would allow coal counties to recover more funds. 1/11 To Approp. & Revenue
HB165  Strong Support Rep. Gooch  Allows the Energy and Environment Cabinet or the APCD to establish an air quality fee structure that may include a permit or registration fee in addition to the collection of a per-ton emissions-based assessment. This allows the Cabinet/APCD to collect more fees across the board, rather than only collecting fees based on emission rates. Facilities are polluting less (a good thing), but that also means, under the current scheme, the Cabinet/APCD is not able to generate as much income. This helps give some relief. Passed House 95-3
and now in Senate Natural Resources 2/15, received favorably,  passed 3rd Senate reading on 3/1 by 36-0. Delivered to Governor 3/5. Signed by the Governor 3/15.
 HB183  Support Rep. Marzian Plastic ban bill. No retail establishment shall provide a customer with a plastic bag intended to carry away goods at the point of sale. No establishment that sells food or drinks at retail shall provide a customer with a plastic beverage straw, except upon the customer’s express request. Prohibits the intentional release of more than 25 plastic balloons. To Natural Resources & Energy, posted in committee 2/13
HB198 Monitor  Rep. Gooch and 29 others Restructures how coal severance tax is allocated. To A&R, 2/6
HB199 Strong Support   Rep. Gooch Allows underground storage tank funds to be used to address orphan oil and gas wells. Increases the fees associated with drilling wells, and provides more authority for the Cabinet to address oil and gas orphan wells and to hold parties accountable for violating well closure rules. Over the past several years, the Legislature has swept the underground storage tank funds into the General Funds. This would theoretically allow the Cabinet to keep the funds and apply them to address the orphan well problems throughout the state. This bill is a product of the Oil and Gas working group. Passed House 99-0 on 2/21.  Passed Senate 37-0 on 3/5.

Signed by the Governor on 3/18.

HB209  Support J. Carney,
J. Graviss,
B. Reed,
J. Stewart III
Prohibits the chief state school officer from approving building plans and specifications that do not provide for at least two water bottle filling stations in each school, at least one drinking fountain or water bottle filling station on each floor and wing of each school building, and at least one drinking fountain or water bottle filling station for every 75 students. Passed House 93-1. Now in Senate Education committee as of 2/28
HB213 Strong Support Rep. Marzian Clean Energy Opportunity Act. This is a bill KCC has sponsored for years as part of a coalition of clean energy nonprofits. 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. In Economic Dev. & Workforce Invest. 2/6
HB222 Support S. Maddox,
P. Pratt,
M. Hart
Requires quarterly reports to be sent to solid waste coordinators of a facility and the Fiscal Court of each County with a solid waste facility that includes the number and characterization of citizen complaints received during that quarter along with the status of any investigations and enforcement actions undertaken by either state or federal regulatory agencies or by law enforcement against the solid waste disposal facilities in the solid waste management area. To Nat. Resources & Energy. Posted in committee 2/26
HB238 Monitor J. Gooch HCS 1 specifically adds above-ground [“natural gas or petroleum”] pipelines to the list that you can be criminally liable for trespassing or surveilling the infrastructure without permission. Passed House  81-16 with Committee Substitute (1). Now in Senate Natural Resources 3/1 House Committee Substitute 1
 HB247  Support  Rep. Sorolis + 16 others Extends voting hours from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in counties with a population of 90,000 or more. 2/7 To Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs
HB249  Monitor C. Fugate,
A. Bowling, D. Frazier,
A. Hatton
Amends the Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreation Authority (KMRRA) statute to add counties to the definition of “target county”, to reauthorize the KMRRA for five years, and addresses several governance and funding issue of the KMRRA. Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor on 3/26.
HB252  Monitor M. Hart,
J. Gooch Jr., R. Huff
Permits municipal utilities to join together into a municipal electric authority to buy and sell electricity and natural gas, and will have the power to undertake projects, bonding, and other borrowing power. Although this will allow municipal utilities more leverage in negotiating contracts, this proposed entity would have no Public Service Commission oversight.  To Local Government, Posted in Committee 2/14
HB253 Support Rep. Sorolis + 21 others Allows for in-person early voting between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the three Saturdays preceding any primary, regular election, or special election.  To Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs 2/7
HB268 Support S. Rudy Appropriates about $50 million in bond funds for state parks improvements, and $20 million in bond funds for water infrastructure improvements for fiscal year 2019-2020.

Bill was amended through Free Conference Committee.

Passed House 93-6 with Committee Sub (1), Passed Senate 35-1 w/committee sub 1. House refused to concur with Senate Committee sub. 1. Conference committee appointed, did not concur, sent to Free Conference Committee. Passed 76-20, Governor line-item vetoed on March 26 but was partially overridden.


See story here

House Committee Substitute 1
House Committee Amendment 1
House Floor Amendment 1Senate Committee Substitute 1
HB276 Monitor Rep. Nemes Allows for a refundable tax credit for cleanup costs at a qualifying voluntary environmental remediation property up to $10 million for a minimum project investment of $30 million. For projects after 1/1/2019. Sunsets 1/1/23. To Approp. & Revenue 2/8
HB278 Monitor D. Frazier,
T. Turner
More specifically defines “tourism attraction project” and requires tourism project application evaluation standards to include mandatory considerations for independent consultants. To Tourism & Outdoor Rec, 2/8
HB280 Support R. Huff,
D. Osborne, J. Jenkins,
J. Miller,
R. Palumbo, B. Reed
Directs the Transportation Cabinet to include a requirement for bicycle helmets for operators and passengers under the age of 12. Passed House 96-3, received in Senate 3/1. To Health & Welfare 3/7. Reported favorably 1st reading, to Calendar on 3/12. Second reading, to Rules, 3/13
HB311 Support M. Meredith, B. Reed,
M. Dossett, D. Hale,
R. Heath,
K. King,
M. Koch,
S. Miles,
J. Tipton
Food labeling bill. Provides that a food is deemed mislabeled if a food product that purports to be or is represented as meat or a meat product that contains any cultured animal tissue produced from in vitro animal cell cultures outside of the organism from which it is derived. Passed House 93-1. Passed Senate  36-0. Delivered to Governor on 3/12.

Signed by the Governor on 3/21.

 HB313 Monitor J. Sims Jr,
T. Turner,
P. Pratt
Makes it easier to hunt snow geese and Ross’s geese pursuant to a “conservation order” to control populations of light geese. Eliminates permit requirement for persons using land to hunt migratory water fowl for commercial purposes. Passed House 99-0

House concurred in Senate floor amendments (1) and (2)

Passed Senate

Signed by Governor on 3/26.

Senate Floor Amendment 1

Senate Floor Amendment 2

 HB332 Monitor T. Branham Clark,
T. Turner
Requires persons taking fish from a licensed pay lake to carry receipts from fish harvested each day and present the receipt to a conversation officer upon request and to remove license issuance procedures. 2/13 To Tourism & Outdoor Rec.
HB335  Monitor L. Elkins, R. Rothenburger Makes it easier for counties to dispose of properties. Allows counties to transfer property for economic development purposes, trade property for the same or similar type of property, sell property without bids if the property is appraised for $5,000 or less. Passed House
House concurred in Senate floor amendments (2) and (1-title) passed 91-8.
Signed by Gov. on 3/25.
HB341 Strong Oppose K. Upchurch, S. Santoro Increases the costs of registering a specialized license plate by $22.00, renewal fees by $6, and the costs of applying for a new type of specialized license plate by $25,000. The applicant must also submit programming and production costs for the plate. Special plates must also maintain a minimum number of 500 registrations annually for the Cabinet to continue production. Adds more guidance for personalized plates. The amount paid to the group that the license plate supports does not change. We believe this would hurt the sales of the “Kentucky Nature Plates” which fund Kentucky Nature Preserves. Passed House
99-1 with committee sub.
Passed Senate
37-0 with Committee Substitute (1). Signed by Governor on 3/26.
House Committee Substitute 1

Senate Committee Substitute 1

HB345 Monitor R. Rothenburger, R. Meyer Allows cities, counties, and merged governments to levy a restaurant tax and distribute at least 25% of revenues generated to the tourist and convention commission, the remainder to be used to create or support infrastructure supporting tourism. 2/14  To Local Government
HB352  Oppose D. Meade ,
K. Upchurch, J. Hoover,
T. Turner
Creates “extended weight unrefined petroleum products haul road system” of state maintained highways over which quantities of unrefined petroleum products in excess of fifty thousand (50,000) tons were transported by motor vehicles per year. Trucks configured using an axle system approved by the Transportation Cabinet may operate up to a maximum gross weight of one hundred twenty thousand (120,000) pounds with a gross weight tolerance of five percent (5%) on th ehaul road system. Must pay a fee an annual fee of $1,250 that goes towards road fund. Passed House 65-29.

Passed Senate 35-1 with Committee Substitute (1) and committee amendment (1-title)


House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute (1) and committee amendment (1-title)

Passed Senate 60-30

Signed by Governor on 3/26.

 House Floor Amendment 1
House Floor Amendment 2
House Floor Amendment 3
HB362 Oppose  J. Fischer Kentucky Asbestos Trust Claims Transparency Act. Makes it more difficult to hold companies liable for damages cost by asbestos. (Same as SB204). 2/15 To Judiciary
HB363 Support M. Sorolis Allows a voter to register or change party affiliation at the person’s precinct of residence on the day of the election and shall be permitted to vote in that election. 2/15 To Elections, Cost. Amend & Intergov. Affairs
HB364 Support M. Sorolis Provides that each application for a motor vehicle driver’s license shall be a simultaneous application for voter registration. 2/15 To Elections, Const. Amend. & Gov. Affairs.
HB367 Support J. Donohue, J. Graviss Requires the Finance and Administration Cabinet to give notice to the Kentucky Heritage Council 90 days prior to the transfer or sale of a property nominated by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If KHC recommends the property should have a preservation easement, no sale or transfer of the property shall take place until the easement has been conveyed. 2/15 To State Gov.
HB370 Oppose D. St. Onge Prohibits local governments from regulating use or ownership of drones, other than by the local government itself. To Small Business & Info. Tech., posted in committee 2/19
 HB372 Support C. Booker Expands absentee voting by allowing any qualified voter to vote absentee within twelve days of the election. 2/15 To Elections, Const. Amend. & Gov. Affairs.
HB387 Oppose J. Petrie Excludes trade secrets, such as Information declared confidential by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority pursuant to an administrative regulation and records that pertain to proposed economic development incentives not adopted in final action through acceptance by the grantee and approval by the relevant public agency (essentially Google and Brady industries incentive packages). To Economic Dev. & Workforce Invest. Reported favorably on 2/27 with committee sub 1 and committee amendment 1. Second reading on 2/28. Posted for passage 3/1.

Floor amendments 1, 2,  3, 4 and 5 filed to Committee Sub on 3/4. 

Floor amendments 6 & 7 filed to Committee Sub on 3/6.

House Committee Substitute 1
House Committee Amendment 1HFA 1
HB390 Monitor C. Massey,
L. Elkins
Excludes Department of Public Advocacy case files from the Open Records Act. 2/19 To Judiciary.
 HB402 Monitor J. Petrie Eliminates tax expenditures for certified alcohol production facility property and fluidized bed energy production facility property, pay telephones, capital gains income attributable to property taken by eminent domain, and coal royalty income. Repeals tax credits for KRS 139.537 related to coal-based near zero emission power plants, coal conversion tax credit, and the incentive for coal used in burning solid waste. To Appropriations  & Revenue. Posted in Committee 2/22
 HB409 Monitor A. Koenig Allows a planning commission the power to delegate the review of public facilities projects to an officer or staff of the commission. 2/28 Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of Day for 3/1. Recommitted to A&R on 3/12
HB420 Oppose A. Bowling Update requirements for radon gas certifications. We originally had as “support” but amendments added language that would deny access to certain records. Passed 95-0 with committee sub 1 and floor amendment 1

Passed Senate

Signed by Governor on 3/26.

House Committee Substitute 1

House Floor Amendment 1

Senate Floor Amendment 1

 HB421  Monitor S. Miles Amends the natural resources severance and processing tax by expanding the tax to include the act of loading or unloading for shipment limestone that has not been severed or processed in Kentucky and allowing a new credit against the tax. The credit will be allowed for limestone that is severed and processed outside of Kentucky,and then unloaded in Kentucky, upon which a severing and processing tax has already been paid to another state. Kentucky is an overall net exporter of limestone, thus this bill may lead to negligible increased revenues because of the expansion of the tax base. Any additional funds generated will go to the General Fund and LGEAF counties. To Approp. & Revenue 2/20
HB422 Monitor S. Miles Provides tax credits for the production of chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks used as building blocks for pesticides, textiles, pharmaceuticals, paints, and other products.  2/20 to Approp. & Revenue
HB427 C. Stevenson Designates coal as the official rock of Kentucky and Kentucky agate as the official mineral of Kentucky. Currently, coal is the state mineral (it’s not a mineral, its an organic sedimentary rock) and agate is the state rock (it’s not a rock, its a mineral). 2/22 to State Government, Posted in Committee
 HB431 Monitor J. Blanton Amends economic development tax credits, including credits for coal-fired power plants among others. 2/20 To Approp. & Revenue
HB434 Support M. Sorolis Requires contractors or lessors to disclose entities having an interest in their contracts or leases with the state or local government. Makes records related thereoto subject to the open records act.  2/20 To State Government
HB448 Strong Support   J. Jenkins,
M. Sorolis,
C. Stevenson
Proposes to amend Section 46 of the Constitution of Kentucky to require that all bills be made available to the public for at least twenty-four hours before a vote for final passage by the General Assembly beginning with the legislative session of 2021. 2/20 To Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs
 HB451 Strong Support C. Booker Same as HB448 and HB464. Proposes to amend Section 46 of the Constitution of Kentucky to require that all bills be made available to the public for at least twenty-four hours before a vote for final passage by the General Assembly beginning with the legislative session of 2021. 2/21 To Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs
HB455 Oppose J. Fischer,
K. King
Removes exclusive jurisdiction for legislative redistricting cases from Franklin Circuit. 2/21 To Judiciary
HB456  Support T. Turner,
A. Bowling
Expands the certified rehabilitation tax credit cap to $30 million annually instead of the current tax credit cap of $5 million annually. 2/21 To Approp. & Revenue
HB464 Strong Support   C. Booker Same bill as HB448 and HB451. 2/21 To Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs
HB468 Monitor R. Heath Clarifying regulations for Home based food products Passed House 96-1 with Committee Substitute (1), floor amendment (2) and committee amendment (1-title). 

Passed Senate  37-0

Delivered to Governor on 3/14. Became law without signature on 3/27.

HB475 Oppose S. Westrom Declares an intent to establish independent administrative bodies composed of professionals in the subject area to assist in regulating certain occupations and professions by establishing licensure and education requirements as needed. Requires administrative regulations to be narrowly tailored to avoid unnecessary barriers to market entry.  2/21 To Lic. Occupations & Admin. Regs. 2/22 Posted in Committee
HB511 Monitor A. Scott,
C. Booker,
J. Jenkins,
R. Meeks
Allows cities, counties, and merged governments to levy a restaurant tax and distribute at least 25% of revenues generated to the tourist and convention commission, the remainder to be used to create or support infrastructure supporting tourism. 2/21 To Local Government
HB512 Monitor C. Booker Requires pharmacists, practitioners, and drug manufacturers to inform persons and provide, at no cost nontoxic methods for the sequestration or deactivation and disposal of specified unused, unwanted, or expired legend drugs. 2/21 To Health & Family Svcs.
HB517 Strong Oppose S. Santoro,
J. Sims Jr,
D. Bentley,
J. Blanton,
C. McCoy,
R. Meyer,
J. Miller,
R. Rothenburger, B. Rowland,
S. Sheldon,
K. Upchurch, S. Westrom
Increases the average wholesale gas floor price to $2.90, increases and provides a process to adjust the supplemental motor vehicle fuels tax, adds $175 fee to electric vehicles, and imposes a penalty on vehicles with low gas mileage by requiring an annual fee that increases as gas mileage improves, 0–19 Miles $5 Per Gallon 20–24 Miles $10 Per Gallon, 25 –29 Miles $15 Per Gallon, 30 Miles or more $20 Per Gallon. Also increases license and renewal fees on all special plates, including nature plates (+$28 for license and renewal). None of the extra fees go to Ky. Heritage Land Conservation Fund.  2/22 To Approp. & Revenue. 2/26 Posted in Committee. 3/1 taken from A&R, given first reading and returned to A&R. Given 2nd reading and returned to A&R on 3/4.
HB520 Monitor K. Upchurch Allows the state to accept donations in aid of the construction or maintenance of roads from corporations.  2/21 To Transportation