2020 House Bills
House Bill Positions reviewed by KCC as of 3/27/2020. 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. And please call the legislative message line at 1-800-372-7181 to express your views on these bills.
This list with KCC recommendations is regularly sent to every legislator in the House and Senate during the session.
|HB6||Support||Rep. Booker +24||Proposes 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|
|HJR8||Changed from “Oppose” to “Monitor”||Rep. Huff +5||Direct 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. There was agreement to fix some concerns in the floor amendment.||Passed with committee amendment 1 and floor amendment 1. |
2/7 Delivered to Governor.
2/20 Became effective without the Gov’s signature.
|HB15||Support||Rep. Huff||Includes, as criminal littering, allowing unsafe amounts of leaves or mowed grass to remain on a highway. Senate version SB19.||Withdrawn 3/6|
|HB32||Support||Rep. Miller +8||Imposes an excise tax on vapor products. KCC supports initiatives that promote public health and improves air quality.||Passed House 75-17 with committee sub 1 and floor amendment 1. To Senate Approp. & Revenue 3/2, Reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with Committee Sub. (1) and Comm. amend. (1-title)|
floor amend. (1), (2) and (3) filed to Committee Sub. Given two readings and returned on 3/19.
|HR37||Support||Rep. Tipton, Rep. Graviss||Calls 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.||2/7 Adopted by voice vote|
|HB44||Support House-Amended Version||Rep. Gooch +3||Anti-protesting legislation. Original Language changed the definition of “key infrastructure assets” to add natural gas or petroleum pipelines. Established that tampering with, impeding, or inhibiting operations those assets in the offense of criminal mischief in the first degree. Allowed for a civil action to be maintained against a person that compensates a person is convicted of criminal mischief in the first degree. The House-amended version removes some of the vague language about “impeding” and “inhibiting” critical infrastructure. For civil actions, it removes liability for those who knowingly “compensate or renumerate” those who violate the Act and replaces language to those who “knowingly direct or cause a person to engage in mischief that involves tampering with critical infrastructure.” The bill still has expanded criminal liability The bill does still include higher penalties for damage of a key infrastructure asset [already illegal], but we are working to ensure that lawful citizens are not deterred from exercising their First Amendment rights.||House Floor Amendment filed HFA1 on 2/5.|
Amendment fixes many, but not all, problems with this bill. Passed House 71-17. Passed Senate 31-4 on 3/5.
Signed by the Governor on 3/16
|HB48||Support||Rep. Donohue +2||Establishes a refundable income tax credit for the costs of mitigating noise from a commercial airport.||1/7 to Approp. & Revenue|
|HB49||Support||Rep. Donohue +2||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. 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.|
3/9 Posted in Committee.
|HB52||Monitor||Rep. D. Lewis +1||Allows for the hunting of coyotes at night using any light but white light under certain conditions.||1/7 to Tourism & Outdoor Rec.|
|HB68||Monitor||Rep. Wiederstein, Sorolis||Establishes 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|
|HR69||Support||Rep. Heath +1||Honors Kentucky’s farmers for “helping provide citizens with the most nutritious and affordable food in the world,” and recognizes February 2 to 8, 2020, as Food Check-Out Week in Kentucky. The Resolution states,”[farmers] working together in an environmentally sustainable way,” and “technological advances in agriculture have been influential in driving change in the farm sector, as farmers are able to grow more than ever before on less land.”||2/6 Adopted by voice vote (H)|
|HB78||Support||Rep. Sorosis +11||Allows 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.|
|HB79||Support||Rep. Sorosis +3||Provides 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|
|HB80||Support||Rep. Sorosis +6||Provides 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|
|HB81||Support||M. Sorosis, +7||Provides that each application for a motor vehicle driver’s license shall be a simultaneous application for voter registration unless declined by the applicant.||1/7 in Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs|
|HR83||Support||Rep. Tate||Recognizes and honors the Community Farm Alliance upon its 35th anniversary. [Same as SR135]||2/12 Introduced in House then withdrawn.|
|HB85||Strong Support||High Priority||Rep. Marzian +4||Plastics 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|
|HCR88||Support||Rep. Gooch +1||House version of the re-establishment of the water and wastewater task force.||3/5 passed House 95-0, Received in Senate, To Senate Nat. Resources on 3/10|
|HJR91||Strong Support||Priority||Rep. Bojanowski +2||Directs the Energy and Environment Cabinet to study the economic impact of renewable energy portfolio standards and other renewable energy policies in all states and to provide recommendations on the applicability and feasibility of adopting new renewable energy policies that support economic growth in Kentucky.||2/19 Introduced in House. To Nat. Resources & Energy 2/21 (H)|
|HR95||Strong Support||Rep. Elliott||Proclaims March 3, 2020, as Kentucky Natural Lands Awareness Day.||3/3 Adopted|
|HB101||Support||Rep. Burch +1||Permits 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|
|HR122||Support||Rep. Harris||Urges Governor Beshear to declare a State of Emergency in Martin County and to make emergency funds available to resolve the county’s water crisis.||Introduced. To Natural Resources & Energy, 3/4 (H)|
|HB126||Strong Support||High Priority||Rep. Hatton +9||Require 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 & |
|HB128||Oppose||Rep. R. Brenda +2||Prohibits 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.|
|HB133||Support||N. Kulkarni +3||Provides definitions and establish procedures for dismissing legal actions filed in response to a party’s exercise of free speech, right to petition, or right to association, allows for an immediate appeal as a matter of right, and allows for costs to be awarded to petitioning party if dismissal is granted and for costs to be awarded to responding party if the motion was found to be frivolous or filed solely for the purpose of unnecessary delay.||1/7 To House Judiciary. 1/24 posted in committee. 2/24 posting withdrawn.|
|HB136||Monitor||Rep. J. Nemes +50||Allows 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. Passed House 65-30 with Committee Substitute (1), floor amendments (3), (5), (8), (10), (11), (14), (15), (17) and committee amendment (1-title). Received in Senate 2/21. To Judiciary 3/2 (S)||HCS1|
|HB148||Monitor||Rep. Howard +2||Decriminalizes 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|
|HB160||Monitor||T. Huff + 26||Directs the Transportation Cabinet to implement a commercial sponsorship program for facilities and vehicles and allocate the profits of the program to the maintenance account within the road fund. This includes naming rest stops, bridges, tunnels, and more.||1/7 to Transport.|
|HB182||Support||Rep. Palumbo +1||Establishes the electric vehicle equipment nonrefundable tax credit in an amount equal to the lesser of 50% of the installed cost of the equipment or $1,000 through 2024. Will have a cumulative negative impact to General Fund receipts over the four year period of approximately $ 2 million.||1/9 to Approp. & Revenue (H)|
|HB209||Support||Rep. Stewart||Eliminates the deduction for transportation expenses from coal severance tax.||1/10 to Approp. & Revenue|
|HB210||Support||Rep. Stewart||Eliminates 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|
|HB232||Support||Rep. Sorosis +2||Requires 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|
|HB234||Support||Rep. Brown +6||Requires 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.|
|Requires 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.||Passed House 70-17. Passed Senate 37-0 on 1/30 with SFA1.|
House concurred in Senate Floor Amendment 1.
Passed Senate 85-4.
Signed by the Governor on 2/10
|Senate Floor Amend. 1|
|HB239||Support||Rep. Hatton + 25||Reverses 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|
|HB247||Strong Oppose||High Priority||Rep. Hart +1||Allows 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. |
Improved language was anticipated, but still expected to be problematic.
|HB261||Monitor||Rep. Rudy||Changes various tax statutes including clarifying that new tire fee applies to the sale of all tires, not just new motor vehicle tires.||1/21 Posted in committee. Reported favorably with substitute 1. Second reading to rules 2/26. Taken from orders of day, recommitted to A&R 3/2 (H)||HCS1|
|HB295||Support||Rep. Sorolis||Amend KRS 160.345 to require at least 25 minutes of student physical activity each school day; expand requirement to include students up to grade 8; and prioritize free play activities taking place outdoors. KCC supports our partner groups who prioritize getting children into the outdoors.||1/23 to Education (H)|
|HB302||Support||Rep. DuPlessis||Replaces Kentucky Coordinate System of 1983 with the Kentucky State Plane Coordinate System to adopt a projected coordinate system framework that is technically sound, accurate, and consistent with federal policies. Will make property surveys more accurate.||1/23 to Small Bus. & Inf. Tech (H). Passed House 94-0. Passed Senate 33-0 and delivered to the Governor on 3/26.|
|HB309||Support||Rep. Sorosis +1||Allows an agency, the Attorney General, or Court to vacate actions taken at a meeting where the agency failed to give notice of the meeting; and requires an award of court costs and attorney fees when a court finds there was no justifiable reason for an agency’s denial of an open meetings complaint.||1/23 Introduced in House. 1/27 to State Gov.|
|HB319||Support||Rep. Elliott +10||Establishes a fund for the preservation of Revolutionary War battlefields, Civil War battlefields, and Underground Railroad sites to be administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council. Amendment changed “battlefield” to “site” and reference its historical significance.||Passed House 84-0 with floor amendment 1 Passed Senate 35-0. Signed by the Governor on 3/10.||HFA1|
|HB323||Strong Support||High Priority||Rep. Duplessis + 10||Net metering “phase in” legislation. Allows solar facilities beginning service after the PSC approve new net metering rates but before December 31, 2024, to maintain the 1:1 credit ratio net metering rates until December 31, 2029. Allows a period of adjustment for net metering customers and solar installers before new rates take effect.||1/24 Introduced in House. 1/28 to Nat. Resources & Energy|
|HB325||Support||Rep. Bowling +2||Expands the historical rehabilitation tax credit cap to $30 million annually instead of the current tax credit cap of $5 million annually and prioritzes “rural counties.”||1/24 Introduced. 1/28 to Approp. & Revenue (H).|
|HB326||Support||Rep. Graviss + 31||“Fair Maps Act.” Establishes an advisory commission to determine election district boundaries.||1/24 introduced. 1/28 to Elect., Const. Amend.|
|HB334||Strong Support||Rep. Cantrell +5||Propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky establishing a right of the people to have clean air, pure water, and for the Commonwealth to be required to preserve the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment for the benefit of all Kentuckians; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.||1/27 introduced in House, 1/29 to Elec. Const. Amend. & Gov. Affairs|
|HB339||Monitor||Rep. Miles +2||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.||1/30 to Approp. & Revenue (H)|
|HB351||Monitor||Rep. Rudy||Revenue bill increasing taxes on tobacco and taxing vape products||Passed House 57-34 with House Committee Sub 1. To Senate Approp. & Revenue on 3/11, Taken from A&R, given two readings and returned 3/18. Reported favorably, to Rules with Senate Committee Sub 1 on 3/19.||HCS1|
|HB352||Monitor||Rep. Rudy||House version of Governor’s budget bill. Removes the “sweeps” from the Heritage Land Conservation Fund and provides a slight increase for the Office of Nature Preserves. Takes significant funding out of the Underground Storage Tank Fund to be repurposed (This fund cleans up old underground gas station tanks). Office of Nature Preserves restricted funding reduced approx, $700,000/year. Our friends at KRC helped to amend the bill in Senate Committee Substitute 1 to deal with issues relating to concerns with restrictions to funding resources. Also a positive change is that some of the funds from the Underground Storage Tank Fund are being transferred to the orphan well and tank reclamation fund.||Passed House 86-10 on 3/6 with House Committee Sub 1, and Committee Amendment 1. Passed Senate 24-7 with Senate Committee Sub 1. House refused to concur in Senate Committee Sub 1 on 3/19. Senate refused to recede from committee sub 1. Conference committee appointed in House and Senate, 3/26.||HCS1|
|HB353||Monitor||Rep. Rudy +2||Transportation Budget Bill. Notably reduces funds from the road fund into the Kentucky PRIDE fund from $5m to $2.5m. each year in the 2-yr. cycle. The Ky. PRIDE fund gives grants to eliminate illegal open dumps and other waste related activities. Increases funding for public transportation.||1/29 to Approp. & Revenue (H). 2/5 Posted in Committee. 3/12 taken from A&R, given first reading and returned to A&R. 3/17 reported favorably with HCS1. Passed house 71-14 on 3/18 with HCS1. Given two readings and returned to transportation on 3/19 (S).||HCS1|
|HB355||Monitor||Rep. Rudy||Legislative Branch Budget Bill.||3/6 Passed House 84-3 with committee substitute 1. Now in Senate A&R on 3/11. Given two readings and returned to A&R on 3/19.||HCS1|
|HB356||Monitor||Rep. Rudy +2||Judicial Branch Budget Bill||Passed House 74-9 with HCS1, HFA1 & 2. Received in the Senate, given two readings and returned to Senate A&R on 3/26.||HCS1|
|HB365||Monitor||Rep. Hart +1||Updates pesticide and fertilizer application statutes.||Reported favorably from House Ag. on 3/11 with committee sub 1 and floor amendment 1. Recommitted to A&R on 3/17||HCS1|
|HB369||Support||Rep. Hale +2||Limits the methods by which a cervid (deer, elk) meat processor or taxidermists can dispose of cervid waste materials. Amendments provide more specific language.||2/5 to Tourism & Outdoor Rec.|
2/13 Reported favorably, to calendar w/ HCS1. Passed 82-1 with committee sub 1. Passed Senate 31-0 with SCS1 and received in the House, to Rules on 3/19.
|HB380||Support||Rep. Nemes||Expands the voluntary environmental remediation tax credit for taxable years on or after January 1, 2020, but before January 1, 2024, and to allow a refundable credit for these taxable years up to $30,000,000.||2/6 to Appropriations & Rev. (H)|
|HB403||Monitor||Rep. Gooch||Changes the eligibility threshold for participation in a voluntary energy cost assistance fund from 110% of the federal poverty guidelines to the percentage of the federal poverty guidelines required for eligibility in the subsidy component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Kentucky LIHEAP program helps approximately 150,000 Kentucky families pay their heating bills each winter.||2/10 to Nat. Resources (H).|
Reported favorably, Passed 96-0 (H). Now in Senate A&R 3/12. Has had two readings in the Senate and returned to A&R on 3/18.
|HB420||Monitor||Rep. King||Directs the Department of Agriculture to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. The FSMA was passed in 2011 and regulates production, harvest, and handling of fruits and vegetables in an effort to prevent microbial contamination and reduce foodborne illnesses associated with fresh produce. Exempts produce that is not consumed raw, farms that require accepted commercial processing standards, farms that sell less than $25,000 of produce annually, and requires modified requirements for farms that selll less than $500,000 of produce annually.||Passed House 93-2. Passed Senate 34-0. Delivered to the Governor on 3/18|
|HB435||Monitor||Rep. Sheldon +3||Allows physician discretion in prescribing drugs for Lyme disease treatment, despite the controversy around the benefit to long-term antibiotic use to treat the disease. Requires health insurance coverage for long-term antibiotic therapy, healthcare providers to give notice to patients regarding the limitations of Lyme disease testing, and regulatory agencies to exempt physicians from disciplinary actions for treatment of Lyme disease. Releases physicans from liability for treatment of lyme disease patients. [Senate version SB61].||2/18 In House. |
2/20 to Health & Fam. Secs., Reported favorably 3/12 with House Committee Sub. 1. Recommitted to A&R on 3/17
|HB446||Support||Rep. Gooch||Change the limits on water district commissioners’ annual salary to limits on their total annual compensation and allows the PSC to grant reasonable extensions of time for water district commissioners to complete their training requirements for good cause shown. Senate committee sub adds emergency clause for extension of time not to exceed six months for good cause shown.||2/19 Introduced, to Local Government 2/21, |
3/12 passed House 93-1 with committee substitute 1 and floor amendment 1.
Received in Senate, to State & Loc. Gov. on 3/18. Reported favorably with SCS1 and SCA1, to consent on 3/26.
|HB485||Support||Rep. Fugate||Adds officers of the USFWS to the list of federal employees who are deemed to be peace officers; increases penalties for violating hunting and fishing related statutes; allows collection of penalty and imprisonment for operating watercraft and water skis under the influence.||Passed House 71-11 with House Committee Sub 1 and Committee Amendment 1 on 3/18. Received in Senate, to Natural Resources 3/19.||HCS1|
|HB497||Monitor||Rep. Blanton+2||Exempts machinery, equipment, supplies, etc. purchased or leased by a coal mining operation from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2022 from Ky’s sales and use tax.||2/26 Introduced. 2/28 to Approp. & Revenue.|
|HB499||Support||Rep. Tackett-Lafferty +5||Establishes the Kentucky State Park Centennial Commission to coordinate celebration of 100 years of the park system.||2/26 Introduced. 2/28 to Tourism & Outdoor Rec., Reported favorably, to calendar with Committee sub 1 and amendment 1. (H). 3/19 Passed 84-0 with committee sub 1 and committee amend. 1. In Senate Committee on Committees. Given First reading and returned on 3/26.||HCS1|
|HB505||Monitor||Rep. Blanton||Requires solar electric generating facilities with rated capacities of 5 megawatts or greater be built at least 100 feet from adjoining residential properties, and allows local planning units to establish superseding setback requirements.||Passed House 89-7 with Committee Sub 1 and Floor Amendment 1. Received in Senate. To Senate Natural Resources 3/18.||HCS1|
|HB509||Support||Rep. Tate||Requires a seller of a residential dwelling to test for and disclose radon levels and makes contractual sales agreement contingent upon levels being acceptable.||2/27 Introduced in House. To Licensing & Occupations 3/2.|
|HB516||Monitor||Rep. Banta||Allows an administrative body to use an administrative regulation management application to electronically file administrative regulations; allows an agency to review and file a certification letter in the year prior to an administrative regulation’s expiration date; grants the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee (EAARS) the same powers, process, and procedures relating to reviewing administrative regulations as the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee (ARRS); allows for a special procedure for EAARS review.||2/27 Introduced in House. To Licensing & Occupations 3/2, Posted in committee 3/6. (H)|
|HB522||Support||Rep. Graviss||Defines “unauthorized campaign committee”; adds reporting and disclosure requirements to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance for Internet announcements that expressly advocate for the election or defeat of a political candidate.||2/27 Introduced in House. To Elections, Const. Amend. & Intergov. Affairs 3/2 (H)|
|HB570||Was Oppose, change to “Monitor”||Rep. Meredith||Gives local governments and agencies more authority to make new interlocal agreement agencies. Would also allow for agencies formed pursuant to an Interlocal Agreement, including electric and gas utilities, to use funds to construct and operate electric plants and other infrastructure without PSC oversight. This gives too much authority to these interlocal agencies without adequate oversight. This would include agencies that operate as utilities like the Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency – an entity that has attempted to operate pursuant to the current Interlocal Act, and has not operated consistent with open records and open meetings laws. Committee sub removes reference to electric and gas in Section 4 of the bill; and specify that interlocal agencies are subject to open meetings and open records law.||Introduced. To Local Government (H) on 3/4. Reported favorably with Committee Sub. 1. Posted for passage with House Floor Amendment filed on 3/12.|
HFA2 filed on 3/17. Passed 73-10 with Committee Sub 1 and floor amendment 2. Now in Senate, taken from committee, given two readings and returned to Rules as a consent bill on 3/26.
|HB572||Monitor||Rep. Freeland||Clarifies criteria of a “lodging facility project” and a “tourism attraction project” for tourism incentives.||Introduced, to Tourism & Outdoor Rec. 3/4 (H)|
|HB574||Oppose||Rep. Lee||Requires that before a overlay district (such as a historic overlay district) can be enforced, or before any historic preservation zoning instrument enacted, that a petition must be circulated that contains the signatures of at least 75% of the property owners and specify that once the overlay district is created that all property owners are to be notified by first-class mail that they may still opt out of the controls enforced by the overlay district, and set out the response procedure.||Introduced. To Local Government, Posted in committee 3/5 (H)|
|HB575||Oppose||Rep. Gooch +1||Defines “energy source” and “utility service” and provides that the right of an individual customer to use any utility service shall not be infringed due to the energy source of the utility service to be delivered. This is in response to legislation in other states that urges homeowners to switch from gas to electric.||Introduced, to Nat. Resources & Energy, Posted 3/4 (H). reported favorably with Committee Sub 1. |
Second reading, to Rules 3/17. Recommitted to A&R.
|HB580||Strong Oppose||Priority||Rep. Santoro +8||Proposing substantial changes to fees for Electric vehicles plus establishes fees for vehicles based on EPA mileage on a sliding scale, unfortunately sliding higher for more efficient cars. Establishes an electric vehicle highway user fee collected by county clerks upon registration and renewal. The base fee is $200. For each two tenths of one cent change in motor fuel vehicle tax, the electric vehicle highway user fee will correspondingly change by $1 dollar (up or down, but not to go below the base fee). In addition, establishes a highway preservation fee that will be collected from owners of all noncommercial motor vehicles annually, based on the combined city/highway fuel efficiency rating. 0–19 Miles Per Gallon, $5; 20–29 Miles Per Gallon, $15; 30–39 Miles Per Gallon, $25; 40 Miles Per Gallon or more, $40. All of these funds collected by the clerk will be sent to the road fund.||Introduced, to Approp. & Revenue 3/4 (H)|
|HB583||Support||Rep. Tackett Lafferty +1||Removes the requirement that an affected employee previously diagnosed with occupational pneumoconiosis (black lung) resulting from exposure to coal dust must have an additional two years of employment in the Commonwealth wherein the employee was continuously exposed to the hazards of the disease in order to reopen a claim.||Introduced. To Economic Development & Workforce Invest. 3/4 (H)|
|HB584||Strong Support||Priority||Rep. Harris||Includes “affordability” as a criterion for utility rates and to establish that the policy of the Commonwealth is to require costs to be reasonable and to provide for their recovery, requires the PSC to balance the interests of the utility, investors, and consumer in establishing fair, just, reasonable, and affordable rates. Requires audit and that results are posted on PSC and utility website.||Introduced. To Nat. Resources & Energy 3/4 (H)|
|HB591||Support||Rep. Graviss||Establishes a Healthy Soils Program and a Healthy Soils Program fund, and authorizes the Dept. of Nat. Resources to promulgate adminstrative regulations to promote healthy soils.||Introduced, to Nat. Resources & Energy, 3/4 (H)|
|HB594||Strong Support||Priority||Rep. Graviss||Attempts to address and correct the lack of adequate oversight to prevent water crises in water districts across the state similar to the crises in Martin County and others. Among other changes, it creates a Kentucky Public Water and Wastewater System Protection Panel, requires the panel to develop metrics to identify systems at risk of insolvency, develops a priority list for intervention by the panel, promulgates administrative regulations to develop comprehensive criteria for sanctions against governing bodies at risk of failure, and identifies remedies for failing system and interventions||Introduced. To Nat. Resources & Energy, 3/4 (H)|
|HB596||Support||Rep. Nemes||Election reform bill lite. Changes the last date for voter registration to 21 days before any primary or election and adjust the time requirements for party registration for voting in a primary, expands the voters who can serve as precinct election officers; provides that precinct election officers may serve not more than six and a half hours under certain guidelines; permits the designation of one voting location for more than one precinct; includes children and parents as voters who can request a mail-in absentee ballot in a medical emergency; provides that voters who cannot vote on election day due to classification as essential personnel or due to employment conflicts, injury or illness of a family member, or bereavement may vote an absentee ballot; extends the hours the polls are open from 6 p.m. prevailing time to 7 p.m. prevailing time.||Introduced. To Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergov. Affairs, 3/4. Posted in Committee 3/17 (H)|
|HB599||Monitor||Rep. Huff||Deletes requirements for the number of school water filling stations and water fountains – gives more discretion to districts; allows a district to update its district facilities plan to meet school building safety requirements without convening the local planning committee; removes the Kentucky efficient school design trust fund and the efficient school design reporting requirement.||Introduced. To Education, 3/4 (H)|
|HB601||Support||Rep. Donohue||Imposes a 1% statewide transient (hotel, etc.) room surtax to fund a park capital maintenance and renovation fund.||Introduced, to Approp. & Revenue 3/4 (H)|
|HB614||Support||Rep. Graviss||Requires a health department to notify property owners with on-site sewage disposal systems by mail every two years of the need to maintain the system, conduct information campaign to increase public awareness at least once every two years, and to promulgate regulation to outline policy to maintain list of properties with on-site sewage disposal systems.||Introduced, to Health & Family Svcs. 3/4 (H)|
|HB626||Support||Rep. Bridges||Makes it a criminal misdemeanor to intentionally: (1) Use influence as an elected official in a matter which involves a substantial conflict between a personal interest and duties in the public interest; (2) Use his/her office to obtain financial gain; (3) Use an official position to secure or create privileges in direct contravention of the public interest or (4) Use public funds, time, or personnel for his or her private gain or that of another, unless authorized by law.||Introduced. To Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergov. Affairs 3/4 (H)|
|HB630||Support||Rep. Nemes||Authorizes a fiscal court to collect taxes to provide for wastewater services to courts in its jurisdiction as part of its custodial responsibilities for courthouses and their grounds.||Introduced. To Approp. & Revenue, 3/4 (H)|
|HB647||Oppose||Rep. Osborne||Proposes to amend Sections 36 and 42 of the Constitution of Kentucky to provide that the General Assembly may call itself into extraordinary session upon the issuance of a joint proclamation by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, but only if the General Assembly has reserved at least one day from its regular session in that year. Amendment may extend the length of its legislative sessions by 10 days upon the vote of 3/5 of the membership of each House.||Introduced. to Elections, Const. Amendments and Intergov. Affairs, 3/4. Taken from committee and given two readings. Reported favorably with Committee Sub 1 on 3/19 (H)|