2019 House Bills
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.
|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.|
|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.
|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,
|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,
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|
|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|
|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,
|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,
|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,
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.|
|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|
|HR108||Strong Support||✔||C. Harris,
|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,
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|
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
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.
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|
|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|
A. Bowling, D. Frazier,
|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
98-1. Passed Senate
37-0Signed by Governor on 3/26.
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.
|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|
|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|
D. Osborne, J. Jenkins,
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,
|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,
|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)
Signed by Governor on 3/26.
|Senate Floor Amendment 1|
|HB332||Monitor||T. Branham Clark,
|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
99-0House 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|
|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,
|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
|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
Signed by Governor on 3/26.
|House Committee Substitute 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,
|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|
|Removes exclusive jurisdiction for legislative redistricting cases from Franklin Circuit.||2/21 To Judiciary|
|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|
|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,
R. Rothenburger, B. Rowland,
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|