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.
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.
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.
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.
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.