Part I of the legislative session is generally reserved for administrative and procedural issues, however as we reported last week, lawmakers moved swiftly on several bills of high priority to the Republican majority. The desire to complete this first wave of bills led to a rare extension of the week into a Saturday session. As a result, a few more bills of interest to KCC members were filed or were moved to committee during this extra time. You can find our most current assessment of filed bills below:

Part II of the session will begin on February 7th. In the meantime, we hope you review the bills we have highlighted, and we hope you will contact your legislators on these issues during this break. If you would like to talk to your legislator in person, KCC is glad to accompany you. Just contact us.

We encourage you to explore our updated website, where you can find detailed background information on subjects that are related to some of the bills in this session. For example, you can learn more about what is behind the bike safety bills that have been filed to date. You can also learn more about small modular nuclear reactors, which have garnered the attention of lawmakers, as they consider this year’s filing of companion bills (HB90, SB11) that would remove the current prohibition on the licensing of nuclear power plants. We also invite you to review our webpage on natural gas and oil, as we anticipate more bills to be filed addressing waste from oil and gas drilling this session.

Finally, time is running out to register for the KCC Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit, which will be held again at Bellarmine University this Saturday on January 21st. This is the place to get the latest details on the session, as well as key information on conservation issues that will be in play during 2017. We are very excited to have Judge Phillip Shepherd as our special keynote, and we have many other special guests on the agenda. So register now at this link.