There are two days left this week to the Veto period (Monday 3/25 and Tuesday 3/26). The General Assembly then meets for one final day on Thursday, 3/28 till they adjourn, Sine Die. This is your last opportunity to make your views known on important bills and resolutions.
Gov. Matt Bevin has 10 days — not including Sundays — to veto a bill after it has been delivered to his desk.
These House and Senate Bills are on the Governor’s Desk but not yet signed: There is still time make your position known in the next two days. Contact Governor Bevin at this link.
HB341 (KCC Strong Oppose) Specialty License Plates
Increases the costs of registering a specialized license plate by $22.00, renweal fees by $6, and the costs of applying for a new type of specialized license plate by $25,000. Adds more guidance for personalized plates. The amount paid to the group that the license plate supports does not change. We believe this would hurt the sales of the “Kentucky Nature Plates” which fund Kentucky Nature Preserves.
HB352 (KCC Oppose) Overweight Vehicles
Creates “extended weight unrefined petroleum products haul road system” of state maintained highways over which quantities of unrefined petroleum products in excess of fifty thousand (50,000) tons were transported by motor vehicles per year. Trucks  may operate up to a maximum gross weight of one hundred twenty thousand (120,000) pounds with a gross weight tolerance of five percent (5%) on th ehaul road system. An amended bill expanded the road fees for these vehicles.
SB100 (KCC Strong Oppose) Solar (Net Metering) Legislation
The bill KCC fought hardest on during this session was passed on the last evening before the veto period.  The Senate had voted not to accept the House amended version, which meant that the House had to decide if it would recede, or go to a conference committee.  Your calls and emails helped to counter that pressure to the very last hours on the 14th, but the House did finally vote to recede, and then voted for final passage of the bill.
SB214 (KCC Oppose) Re-Districting
Changes the jurisdiction and venue for challenging legislative districts from Franklin Circuit Court to a panel of three Circuit Judges, and establishes procedures for selecting the panel and reviewing challenges.
HB268 (KCC Support) Support for State Parks, Water
Appropriates about $50 million in bond funds for state parks improvements, and $20 million in bond funds for water infrastructure improvements for fiscal year 2019-2020. Bill was amended through Free Conference Committee.
HB420 (KCC Support) Radon
Updates requirements for radon gas certifications.
SB28 (KCC Strong Support) Hazardous Waste Notification
Requires the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet to send a copy of a notice of violation for a hazardous waste site or facility to the county/judge executive of the county or the chief executive officer of the urban-county government within which the site or facility is located. Specifies that notices of violation for hazardous waste sites or facilities are not prohibited from disclosure due to confidentiality.
SB230 (KCC Strong Support) Open Records
An act relating to open records. Although state and local government agencies are not required to accept open records request via email or fax, some still do. This bill would expressly allow the submission of an open records request by email or fax.
HB249 (KCC Monitor) Outdoor Recreation
Amends the Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreation Authority (KMRRA) statute to to add counties to the definition of “target county”, to reauthorize the KMRRA for five years, and addresses several governance and funding issue of the KMRRA.
HB313 (KCC Monitor) Fish & Wildlife
Makes it easier to hunt snow geese and Ross’s geese pursuant to a “conservation order” to control populations of light geese. Eliminates permit requirement for persons using land to hunt migratory water fowl for commercial purposes.
HB335 (KCC Monitor) Property Transfers
Makes it easier for counties to dispose of properties. Allows counties to transfer property for economic development purposes, trade property for the same or similar type of property, sell property without bids if the property is appraised for $5,000 or less.
SB6 (KCC Monitor) Lobbyist Compensation
Requires disclosure of executive agency lobbyist compensation and prohibits executive agency lobbyist compensation contingent on awarding of a government contract or based on a percentage of a government contract awarded.
SB256 (KCC Monitor) Public Service Commission
Clean up bill – clarifies that ordinary extensions of existing systems in the usual course of business are exempt from the requirement to obtain a certificate of public and necessity prior to construction. Only requires environmental surcharge hearings upon request of a party. Specifies that the PSC has the authority to collect penalties and fines assessed or due.

Bills signed into law this past week:
We were disappointed to see that HB135 (KCC Oppose), an anti-labor bill, was signed by the Governor last week. The bill requires that 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.

We were glad to see HB199 (KCC Strong Support), an Oil and Gas Cleanup bill, signed by the Governor this past week. The bill allows underground storage tank funds to be used to address orphan oil and gas wells. Will help with the cleanup of these wells.
We were also glad to see the Governor sign HB311 (KCC Support), a food labeling bill which provides that a food is deemed mislabeled if a food product that purports to be or is represented as meat or a meat product that contains any cultured animal tissue produced from in vitro animal cell cultures outside of the organism from which it is derived.
Other bills signed into law:
SB16 (KCC Monitor) Rare Diseases: Establishes a rare disease advisory task force.  And SB124 (KCC Monitor) Conservation: Removes the reference to KRS 12.210 (hiring attorneys) relating to the hiring of the executive director of the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves. Updates references to the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency. Extends the time period for a local soil and water conservation district to review a petition to create agricultural district from 60 days to 100 days.

Bills left to pass:
If you would like to check the status of remaining bills, please click HERE for House bills we are tracking and HERE for Senate bills we are tracking.