2020 House Bills

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House Bill Positions reviewed by KCC as of 2/21/2020. 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.

BillPositionPrioritySponsorsSummary Status History
HB6SupportRep. Booker +19Proposes 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. Huff +5Direct 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.3rd reading, passed 79-10 with committee amendment 1 (House). Reported Favorably in Senate Nat. Resources 1/30. Third reading passed 35-1 (Senate). Signed by speaker of the House.
2/7 Delivered to Governor.
2/20 Became effective without the Gov’s signature.
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 +8Imposes 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, reported favorably, to consent with committee sub. Second reading 2/12. Posted for passage 2/20.HCS1
HR37SupportRep. Tipton, Rep. GravissCalls 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.To Nat. Resources & Energy, passed, sent to the House.
2/7 Adopted by voice vote
HB44 Support House-Amended VersionRep. Gooch +3Anti-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.

Fixes many, but not all, problems with this bill. Amended Version Adopted by the House on 2/10. Now in Senate, in Natural Resources Committee (S) 2/13

HB48SupportRep. Donohue +2Establishes a refundable income tax credit for the costs of mitigating noise from a commercial airport.1/7 to Approp. & Revenue
HB49SupportRep. Donohue +1Requires 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. Lewis +1Allows for the hunting of coyotes at night using any light but white light under certain conditions.1/7 to Tourism & Outdoor Rec.
HB68MonitorRep. Wiederstein, SorolisEstablishes 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
HR69SupportRep. Heath +1Honors 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)
HB78SupportRep. Sorosis +10Allows 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 +5Provides 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
HB81SupportM. Sorosis, +6Provides 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
HR83SupportRep. TateRecognizes and honors the Community Farm Alliance upon its 35th anniversary. [Same as SR135]2/12 Introduced in House.
HB85Strong SupportHigh PriorityRep. Marzian +4Plastics 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
HCR88SupportRep. GoochHouse version of the re-establishment of the water and wastewater task force. 2/19 Introduced in House
HJR91Strong SupportPriorityRep. Bojanowski +2Directs 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.
HR95Strong SupportRep. ElliottProclaims March 3, 2020, as Kentucky Natural Lands Awareness Day.2/20 Introduced in House.
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
HB126Strong SupportHigh PriorityRep. Hatton +9Require 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 +2Prohibits 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.
HB133SupportN. Kulkarni +2Provides 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.
HB136MonitorRep. J. Nemes +49Allows 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)HCS1
HB148MonitorRep. Howard +2Decriminalizes 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
HB160MonitorT. Huff + 16Directs 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.
HB182SupportRep. PalumboEstablishes 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.
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 +6Requires 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
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 85-4.
Delivered to the Governor.
Signed by the Governor on 2/10
Senate Floor Amend. 1
HB239SupportRep. Hatton + 19Reverses 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
HB247Strong OpposeHigh PriorityRep. Hart +1Allows 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 is anticipated soon, but still expected to be problematic.
HB261MonitorRep. RudyChanges various tax statutes including clarifying that new tire fee applies to the sale of all tires, not just new motor vehicle tires.1/21 Posted in committee (H)
HB295SupportRep. SorolisAmend 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)
HB302SupportRep. DuPlessisReplaces 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. Received in Senate 2/6. To State & Loc. Gov (S) on 2/10
HB309SupportRep. SorolisAllows 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.
HB319SupportRep. Elliott +9Establishes a fund for the preservation of Revolutionary War battlefields, Civil War battlefields, and Underground Railroad sites to be adminstered by the Kentucky Heritage Council.To Tourism & Outdoor Rec. (H). Reported favorably, 2/13, 1st reading, to Calendar. 2/14, second reading, to rules. Posted for passage 2/18. Floor amendment filed 2/20.HFA1
HB323Strong SupportHigh PriorityRep. Duplessis + 7Net 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
HB325SupportRep. Bowling +2Expands 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).
HB326SupportRep. Graviss + 30“Fair Maps Act.” Establishes an advisory commission to determine election district boundaries. 1/24 introduced. 1/28 to Elect., Const. Amend.
HB334Strong SupportRep. Cantrell +5Propose 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
HB339MonitorRep. Miles +2Amends 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)
HB351MonitorRep. RudyHouse revenue bill1/29 to Approp. & Revenue (H). Posted 2/5.
HB352MonitorRep. RudyHouse 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, but many older sites have been cleaned up. Some funding is now being used to address other oil and gas infrastructure.1/29 to Approp. & Revenue (H). 2/5 Posted in Committee.
HB353MonitorRep. Rudy +1Transportation 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
HB355MonitorRep. RudyLegislative Branch Budget Bill1/29 to Approp. & Revenue (H). Posted 2/5
HB356MonitorRep. RudyJudicial Branch Budget Bill1/29 to Approp. & Revenue (H). Posted 2/5
HB365MonitorRep. Hart +1Updates pesticide and fertilizer application statutes. 2/6 Posted in Agriculture (H)
HB369SupportRep. Hale +1Limits the methods by which a cervid (deer, elk) meat processor or taxidermists can dispose of cervid waste materials.2/5 to Tourism & Outdoor Rec.
2/13 Reported favorably, to calendar w/ HCS1. Second reading. Posted for passage 2/18.
HB380SupportRep. NemesExpands 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)
HB403MonitorRep. GoochChanges 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. 2/7 Introduced. 2/10 to Nat. Resources (H).
2/11 Posted in committee.
HB420MonitorRep. KingDirects 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.2/12 introduced in House. 2/14 to Agriculture (H)
HB435MonitorRep. SheldonAllows 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.
HB446SupportRep. GoochChange 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.2/19 Introduced in House.