2020 House Bills

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House Bill Positions reviewed by KCC as of 1/17/2020. 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.

BillPositionPrioritySponsorsSummary Status History
HB6SupportRep. BookerProposes to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to restore voting rights to persons convicted of felonies upon completion of their sentence.1/7 to Elect. Const. Amend. & Gov. Affairs
HJR8OpposeRep. HuffDirect the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District to determine the environmental benefits, related costs, and potential alternatives to the federal reformulated gasoline requirements currently imposed in Jefferson County and partial areas in Bullitt and Oldham Counties. Trying to allow for the opt out of federal EPA reformulated gas requirements. While we oppose, we understand there is agreement to fix some concerns in a floor amendment.To Nat. Resources, reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules 1/17HCA1
HB15SupportRep. HuffIncludes, as criminal littering, allowing unsafe amounts of leaves or mowed grass to remain on a highway. Senate version SB19.1/7 to Judiciary. Posted 1/10
HB32SupportRep. Miller +7Imposes an excise tax on vapor products. KCC supports initiatives that promote public health and improves air quality.To Approp. & Rev., Posted in Committee 1/14
HR37SupportRep. TiptonCalls for the restoration of the Kentucky River as a navigable waterway to encourage restoration and maintenance of the Kentucky River to ensure full navigability of the river for economic and tourism development purposes.1/14 to Nat. Resources & Energy
HB44Strong OpposeHigh PriorityRep. Gooch +4Anti-protesting legislation. Changes the definition of “key infrastructure assets” to specify that natural gas or petroleum pipelines are covered. Establishes that tampering with, impeding, or inhibiting operations of a key infrastructure asset in the offense of criminal mischief in the first degree. Allows for a civil action to be maintained against a person that compensates a person to violate KRS 512.020 and the compensated person is convicted of criminal mischief in the first degree. The concern is that an organization that employs someone that is protesting a pipeline on or near a pipeline can be held civilly liable. There has been a recent surge in similar legislation across the country.To Nat. Resources & Energy, Posted in Committee 1/13
HB48SupportRep. Donohue +2Establishes a refundable income tax credit for the costs of mitigating noise from a commercial airport.1/7 to Approp. & Revenue
HB49SupportRep. DonohueRequires 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. Require the Kentucky Heritage Council to consult with the Finance and Administration Cabinet regarding the property’s historic, cultural, and archeological resources and make a recommendation on whether the property should have a preservation easement. If a preservation easement is recommended, no sale or transfer of the property shall take place until the easement is listed on the deed.1/7 to Econ. Develop.
HB52MonitorRep. D. LewisAllows for the hunting of coyotes at night using any light but white light under certain conditions.1/7 to Tourism & Outdoor Rec.
HB68MonitorRep. WeidersteinEstablishes requirements for an administrative regulation that constitutes a major economic action and creates the Regulatory Economic Analysis Advisory Group to consult on these regulations. Directs an agency to conduct and publish a detailed analysis of any major economic action regulation, including a cost-benefit analysis and adds a defective major economic action to the list of reasons a subcommittee may find a regulation deficient.1/7 Licensing Occ. & Admin. Regs
HB78SupportRep. Sorosis +6Allows in-person early voting between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the three Saturdays preceding any primary, regular election, or special election.1/7 to Elections Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs.
HB79SupportRep. Sorosis +3Provides for the establishment of designated voting locations by the county board of elections in counties with a population of 90,000 or more.1/7 Elect., Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs
HB80SupportRep. Sorosis +4Provides that a voter shall be a resident of the state and precinct on or before the day of an election and that a person who has not registered to vote prior to the time that the registration books are closed, and who possesses all other qualifications for voter registration, may register at the person’s precinct of residence on the day of the election, shall not be permitted to change party affiliation, and shall be permitted to vote in that election. Allows a person not listed on the precinct roster to be given the opportunity to register and vote at the precinct on the day of an election.1/7 to Elect. Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs
HB85Strong SupportHigh PriorityRep. Marzian +2Plastics ban bill. Prohibits the intentional release of more than 25 plastic balloons; establishes a ban on plastic, single-use carryout bags by July 1, 2025, and bans single-use plastic straws and Styrofoam food and beverage containers by retail food and beverage establishments by July 1, 2023. [There is also a Senate version of this bill, SB68]1/7 to Nat. Resource. & Energy
HB101SupportRep. Burch +1Permits voter preregistration for 16 year olds and up. Directs schools and the county clerk to inform students and school personnel, not less than once each school year, about the availability of preregistration and registration forms. Provides that each application for a motor vehicle driver’s license shall be a simultaneous application for voter preregistration and registration unless declined by the applicant.1/7 To Elect. Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs
HB125SupportRep. HattonAmend KRS 342.315 to eliminate the requirement that physicians contracting with the commissioner to perform evaluations in occupational disease claims be “B” readers who are licensed in Kentucky and are board-certified pulmonary specialists; amend KRS 342.316 to allow the commissioner to select a physician or medical facility for referral in occupational disease claims and eliminate the requirement that such physicians be “B” readers who are licensed in Kentucky and are board-certified pulmonary specialists; amend KRS 342.794 to delete the definition of “board-certified pulmonary specialist” and eliminate the requirement that physicians on the list of qualified “B” readers maintained by the commissioner include only those licensed in Kentucky and board-certified pulmonary specialists.1/16
HB126Strong SupportHigh PriorityRep. Hatton +4Require PSC to include rate affordability when determining fair, just and reasonable utility rates that allows the Public Service Commission to review the affordability of a utility’s rate if the utility has not requested a rate adjustment in five years and to order a rate increase to prevent significant increases in a single period.1/7 to Nat. Resources &
HB128OpposeRep. R. Brenda +1Prohibits animal-drawn vehicles from being drawn by an animal wearing shoes that will damage the highway. KCC believes there are many other significant impacts that damage highways, such as overweight coal trucks.1/7 to House Transp.
HB136MonitorRep. J. Nemes +41Allows for the selling and use of medical marijuana. KCC’s interest in the marijuana debate stems from recent policies in other states addressing the energy-intensive nature of the production process for this industry. We will monitor for opportunities to engage on that aspect. [See Info: National Council of State Legislatures on KCC website]Introduced in the House, to Judiciary 1/14
HB148MonitorRep. HowardDecriminalizes less than one ounce of marijuana, creates licensing system. KCC’s interest in the marijuana debate stems from recent policies in other states addressing the energy-intensive nature of the production process. We will monitor for opportunities to engage on that aspect. See information from the National Conference of State Legislatures on this topic on KCC’s website.1/7 to Judiciary
HB209SupportRep. StewartEliminates the deduction for transportation expenses from coal severance tax.1/10 to Approp. & Revenue
HB210SupportRep. StewartEliminates the deduction for transportation expenses from the natural resources severance and processing taxes. The elimination of the transportation deduction from the natural resources severance and processing tax should increase total revenue from the severance and processing tax by $3.85 million in 2020-2021, $1.925 million of which would be transferred to the Local Government Economic Assistance Fund, with the other half to the general fund. 1/10 to Approp. & Revenue
HB232SupportRep. Sorosis +1Requires the award of costs and attorney fees if a court finds a record is withheld willfully under the Open Records Act. The statute currently makes the award of attorneys fees and costs optional.1/13 to Judiciary
HB234SupportRep. Brown +5Requires hospitals that provide inpatient or residential care to offer patients a plant-based food option for every meal or snack, at the request of a patient or patient’s lawful representative, at no additional cost to the patient.1/13 to Health & Family Svcs.
HB236SupportRep. Koch
Requirements amendments to the current hemp law to conform to recent guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture relating to hemp and hemp products. Moves Kentucky’s hemp program from research-based to commercial. Allows the Department of Agriculture to establish hemp testing procedures, sets forth requirements for the transportation of hemp or hemp products, and provides hemp licensure requirements.1/16 Second Reading, to Rules, posted for passage in Regular orders of the day.
HB239SupportRep. Hatton + 13Reverses the legislation passed in the 2018 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.1/14 to Econ. Dev. & Workforce Investment
HB247OpposeRep. HartAllows noncompetitive negotiation under the Kentucky Model Procurement Code for purchase or sale of wholesale electric power or natural gas by a local public agency like municipal utilities. In other words, municipal utilities will not have to use competitive bidding under the model procurement code to purchase and sell wholesale electricity and gas.To Nat. Resources, Posted in Committee 1/16
HB261MonitorRep. RudyChanges various tax statutes including clarifying that new tire fee applies to the sale of all tires, not just new motor vehicle tires.1/17 to Approp. & Revenue