2019 House Bills

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House Bill Positions reviewed by KCC as of 1/18/2019. 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
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.
HB9 Monitor Rep. Hatton 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. Need to monitor for property rights related issues.
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.
HB11 Strong Support Rep. Moser 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.
HB13 Monitor Rep. Rothenburger 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
HB16 Strong Support Rep. 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.
HB27 Strong Support    Rep, Keene 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.
HB28 Strong Support   Rep. Osborne + 34 others Same as HB72 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.
HB29 Monitor Rep. Meade 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.”
HB33 Support Rep. Harris 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.
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.
HB39 Monitor Rep. Goforth 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.
HB54 Monitor Rep. Reed Requires the Department to promulgate regulations to establish a crossbow deer season for youth 16 years old or younger.
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.
HB74 Monitor Rep. Schamore 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.
HB75 Strong Support   Rep. Hatton 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.
HB91 Support  Rep. Brown 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.”
HB97 Monitor Rep. Hart 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. Info Here
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.
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.  
HB125  Support Rep. Schamore
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.
HB135 Oppose Rep. Pratt,
Rep. Santoro, Rep. 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.
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.
HB152 Support Rep. Stewart Eliminates the deduction for transportation expenses from coal severance tax. Would allow coal counties to recover more funds.
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.