Pre-Filed Bills for 2019

These pre-filed bills have been selected and reviewed by the Kentucky Conservation Committee’s legislative agents and board, and ranked on a five-point scale (strong oppose, oppose, monitor, support, strong support) of recommended action.

Bill Position Priority Sponsors Summary  Status  History
BR21 (HB13) Monitor  Rep. Rothenburger Related to the merging and fund sharing for fire departments. KCC would like to look for opportunities in bills like this for increasing climate preparedness initiatives
BR28 (HB16) Strong Support    Rep. Harris A watered down version of the bill filed last year by Harris that instead of requiring the PSC to adjust elcrtical utility rates in Eastern Kentucky to make them “affordable,” only requests the PSC to open a case to determine whether the current approved rates and charges are still fair, just, reasonable, and in the public interest, or if they should be modified, repealed, or replaced. A good opportunity here to lobby the sponsor to include a value of solar study in that case.
BR45  (SB16) Monitor  Senator Raque Adams Establishes a rare disease advisory task force. Same bill as last year, without the amendments that changed health certificate of need licensing to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Last year’s bill was vetoed by Bevin as an “unnecessary” expansion of state bureacracy.
BR54 (HB9) Monitor Rep. Hatton Kentucky’s net neutrality bill. Requires KentuckyWired contracts between the Kentucky Communications Network Authority and public or private Internet service providers to contain certain provisions to ensure open and fair access to the network by customers. Need to monitor for property rights related issues.
BR72 (HB27) Strong Support    Rep, Keene Corrects last years tax reform bill, which failed to exclude admissions to nonprofit events. Senate and House leadership blamed it on an oversight, but the bill was one of many provided by the Pegasus Institute that have since been found to be unlawful or poorly drafted.
BR76 (HB28) Strong Support    Rep. Osborne + 34 others Same as HB27 except filed by Republicans and includes for more specfic language related to nonprofit educational, charitable, or religious institutions, non profit property interests, and emergency provisions.
BR94 (HB29) Monitor Rep. Meade Exclude fees paid to enter or participate in a fishing tournament and fees paid for the use of a boat ramp from the definition of “admissions.”
BR106 (HB34) Monitor Rep. Goforth Allows a person to operate an ATV on state maintained roadways if the: (a) Roadway is not a fully controlled access highway; (b) Operator is 18 or older; (c) Operator has a valid operator’s license; and (d) ATV is equipped with headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, and a rear or side view mirror. Requires a helmet in certain situations. Requires the ATV to be titled and registered. Need to monitor any amendments or revisions to this bill.
BR138 (HB39) Monitor Rep. Goforth Exempts a homestead food operator from having to recieve a permit from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Homestead food operator” is a person who produces homestead food products, excluding potentially hazardous food, only in the home kitchen of that person’s primary residence and only for sale directly to consumers within this state from the homestead residence, whether by pickup or delivery, from the owner’s farm stand, at farmers’ markets, community events, or online, and who has less than a maximum annual gross sales of $10,000 of food. This includes and owner that daily produces for sale less than 20 gallons of raw or pasteurized milk or processes less than 20 gallons of milk into cheese aged at least 60 days, yogurt, cream, butter, or kefir.
BR163 (HB75) Strong Support   Rep. Hatton Reverses the legislation passed last 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.
BR178 (HB54) Monitor Rep. Reed Requires the Department to promulgate regulations to establish a crossbow deer season for youth 16 years old or younger.
BR208 (HB59) Support Rep. Huff Allows a person to be guilty of criminal littering when he or she drops or permits to drop on a highway any destructive or injurious material including unsafe amounts of mowed grass, and does not immediately remove it.
BR211 (HB10)  Oppose Rep. Dossett Allows an electronic billboard located on the premises of a business or organization to advertise or promote activities and products offered both on and outside of the property. This would allow for many more electronic billboards throughout the state.
BR234 (SB27) Strong Support   Senator Alvarado Prohibits use of tobacco, alternative tobacco, and vaping products by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year.
BR243 (HB33) Support Rep. Harris Requires all miners to wear clothing with at least 100 square inches of reflective material while in an underground mine and clothing with at least 50 square inches of reflective material while on a surface mine site. The reflective clothing shall be readily visible and seen from all directions and shall be supplied by the coal operator at no cost to the miner.
BR252 (HB7)  Monitor Rep. Meeks Voting statutes update. Allows for voter registration and change of party affilaiiton on the day of election, voting preregistration starting at 16 years old, public school voter registration, voter information packets to be published in english and spanish, and requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to develop a procedure to inform applicants for licenses and permits of how to register to vote, among other changes.
BR264 (HB74)  Monitor Rep. Schamore Proposed to amend amend Sections 30 and 31 of the Ky. Constitution to elect Senators for terms of six years beginning in November 2022, for even-numbered Senatorial districts and beginning in November 2024, for odd-numbered Senatorial districts, and Representatives for terms of four years beginning in November 2022; propose to amend Section 32 of the Constitution of Kentucky to prevent Senators from serving more than two consecutive six-year terms of office, and prevent Representatives from serving more than three consecutive four-year terms of office, beginning with those elected in November 2022.
BR266 (SB52)  Support Senator Thomas An Act relating to oaths. Amend KRS 6.072 to require witnesses appearing before a committee, interim committee, statutory committee, subcommittee, commission, or task force of the General Assembly to take an oath prior to giving testimony. Any person that knowingly provides false testimony will be subject to criminal liability.
BR294 (HB97)  Monitor Rep. Hart Amend KRS 211.190 to allow local government entities and special districts to void implementation of the water fluoridation programs administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services by legislative action. Info Here 
BR292 (SB37) Monitor Senator
Same as BR294 – makes fluoridation optional.  Info Here
BR319 (SB19) Monitor Senator Buford Allows state parks to obtain liquor licenses in moist or dry counties under certain circumstances.
BR353 (SB38) Monitor Senator Meredith Same as BR264 except different timeline and no term limits.
BR350 (HB91) Support  Rep. Brown Proposes amendment to Section 145 of the Ky. Constitution to limit the felonies that require disenfranchisement to those that include certain intentional killings, sexual crimes, and bribery. Also elimninates language “Idiots and insane persons.”
BR361 (SB75) Oppose  Senator Meredith Amends the Ky. Constitution to abolish the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, to establish the President of the Senate as the first in line for gubernatorial succession, and to establish the Speaker of the House as the second in line beginning with the gubernatorial election in November 2023. Eliminates the Attorney General and the Auditor of Public Accounts constitutional duties regarding gubernatorial line of succession. Expands the Chief Justice constitutional obligations to preside over gubernatorial impeachment proceedings.
BR382 (SB32) Monitor Senator Humphries Allows for a “water well drillers assisant” to be qualified to engage in the drilling, alteration, or repair of a water well under the supervision of a certified water well driller as long as the assistant is certified and can “lawfully” work in the U.S. .
BR478 (SB11) Strong Oppose Senator Alvarado Amends the Kentucky Consitution to give power to the legislature to cap non-economic damages on the amount recovered for death or injuries to persons and property. This includes damages resulting from environmental harm and to public health. Alvarado’s latest attempt at tort reform. It failed to pass Senate last year. His medical tort reform passed two years ago was ruled unconstitutional by the Ky Supreme Court a few months ago.
BR481 (SB28)  Strong Support Senator Alvarado 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.