KCC Guardian: Nearing the Home Stretch:
Before we get into the bills, we want to take a moment to thank the Kentucky Council of Churches, who welcomed KCC, Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light and others last week for their “Faith in Action” series. Their lobby day last week focused on the promotion of clean energy. Our work focused primarily on the Clean Energy Opportunity Act (HB338) and educating legislators on the continuing importance of clean energy in Kentucky.
At the end of last week, legislators went into recess, and are scheduled to come back on Tuesday, March 14 for two days of concurrence. Then the Governor will have ten days to veto any bills on his desk. These next couple of weeks are where bills can either move or die quickly, so please check our website often for daily updates.
There are already a few bills that have made it all the way to the Governor’s desk. Please contact Governor Bevin’s office at let them know you support these bills and then please thank the legislators who sponsored these bills:
- HB35 Public Benefit Corporations (KCC Strong Support). To learn more about B-Corporations, click here.
- HB163 Relating to motor vehicle titles, which may make it easier to recycle salvage autos. (KCC Support). Please thank Representative Bart Rowland and co-sponsor Jeff Greer for their support for this bill.
- HB237 Relating to the donation of food and grocery items (KCC Support). Please thank Representative Phil Pratt and his co-sponsors for his work on this bill.
You may call legislators through the legislative message line: 1-800-372-7181.
There is one bill we strongly oppose, which has now made it all the way to the Governor’s desk. Please contact Governor Bevin’s office and let them know that you oppose the Governor signing this bill:
- SB10 Relating to telecommunications (KCC Strong Oppose) that removes the PSC authority over retail phone service in certain exchanges.
Passed both Houses, in Concurrence:
- KCC Strong Support: SB38, which specifies that a person, regardless of state of mind or whether the person believes to be authorized or not, is liable for three times the stumpage value of the timber and three times the cost of any damages to property when he or she takes the timber of another without legal right. This bill should be on its way to the Governor shortly.
These bills are not yet through the legislature, but are very close. So calls and emails are very important:
- KCC Strong Oppose: SB11, which removes the current prohibition on the construction of a nuclear facility. Contact members of the Senate Leadership and House Leadership to oppose this bill.
- KCC Strong Oppose: HB50 (re-defining expiration of administrative regulations) has passed both houses and is expected to be at the Governor’s desk soon. You can contact members of the Senate Leadership and House Leadership and ask them to not to send this bill to the Governor. And then Please contact Governor Bevin’s office and let them know that you oppose this bill should it arrive on his desk.
- KCC Strong Oppose: We very much appreciate all your calls on HB72, which requires a bond for appeals of Circuit Court decisions for zoning cases before the case is transferred to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. As of March 13, the bill is being retained but could pass at any time. The bill is poorly drafted, runs afoul of many Kentucky Constitutional provisions, and puts an unfair burden on those with meritorious claims against poor planning and zoning decisions. Contact members of the Senate Leadership, as well as House Leadership and continue to ask them to oppose this bill.
- KCC Strong Oppose: SB183 (J. Carpenter) The bill confirms executive order 2016-832, relating to the reorganization of the Public Service Commission. Contact members of the Senate Leadership and ask them to oppose this bill.
- KCC Strong Oppose: HB246 (J. Miller), has been through the House committee, is currently in Senate State & Local Government committee, and has been reported favorably there. This bill affects solid waste recovery and disposal in Jefferson County. See article here.
- KCC Strong Oppose: HB234 (J. Gooch) Changes the reference in the public notice of intention to mine coal from “mining site” to “permitted area.” Removes the requirement that all areas overlying underground workings of coal mines be permitted rather than only the areas affected by operations and facilities occurring on the surface. The bill has been through the House Natural Resources committee and has passed the Senate Natural Resources committee by consent. Contact members of the Senate Leadership, as well as House Leadership and continue to ask them to oppose this bill.
- KCC Strong Oppose: HB384 which reduces the required number of inspections of underground mines for both annual mine inspections and annual full electrical inspections. This bill is on its way out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Contact members of the Senate Leadership and ask them to oppose this bill.
- KCC Support: HJR56 which directs the Kentucky Division of Water to conduct a study identifying privately owned and operated small wastewater treatment plants is now almost through the Senate Natural Resources committee. Contact your members of the House and Senate, plus Senate Leadership and House Leadership in support of this bill.
- KCC Support: HB156 promoting outdoor recreation. Contact your members of the House and Senate in support of this bill.
- KCC Strong Support: SB248: Technologically-enhanced naturally-occurring radioactive material (TENORM) bill. Defines TENORM and allows the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to regulate TENORM. Contact Senate Leadership, as well as House Leadership in support of this bill.
Other Legislation of Note:
These bills may not pass this session, however we wish to demonstrate as much support as possible.
- KCC Strong Support: HB340: Land Conservation Tax Credit. Contact your local representatives and urge them to co-sponsor this bill.
- KCC Strong Support: HB338: A Clean Energy and Economic Development bill. Contact your local representatives and urge them to co-sponsor this bill.