Are you ready for the 2020 Legislative Session? Register NOW for the KCC Legislative Summit and Annual Meeting, to be held once again at the University of Louisville campus on January 11th, 2020. We have a great lineup to get you prepared for the session, with detailed bill analysis and experts on hand to provide in-depth information on the key topics we anticipate for this session. We will have experts on climate change policy, the state budget for land conservation, and civil liberties with regard to the right to protest pipelines as just a few of the in-depth topics.  Please register in advance so that we can prepare the best program that works for you.

The event also includes an opportunity to VOTE for candidates for KCC’s Board of Directors. Members in good standing should have already received their ballot. You can return your ballot by mail, or bring with you to the KCC Legislative Summit. This year we are electing up to seven board members. You can find their bios here.

 

Getting ready for 2020

The 2020 legislative session begins on January 7, 2020 and runs through April 15, 2020. To date (December 2019) 238 pieces of legislation have already been pre-filed. Of those, KCC has put forward their analysis of 33 bills that we believe have an impact on the environment, or are fundamental to the rights of citizens to express their views on environmental issues.  You can find that list of pre-filed bills with KCC analysis here.

How to contact legislators

Once you review KCC’s list of pre-filed bills, we encourage you to contact the bill sponsors and share with them any comments or concerns you may have. You can find a full list of emails for members of the House and Senate here.You can also call the Legislative Message Line to leave a message for any legislator at 1-800-372-7181.

You can find the full legislative calendar, as well as upcoming KCC events, here.

KCC Lobby Days in Frankfort (Sign up for more info!)

We anticipate several core issues to come up this session, including the funding for land conservation, the right to protest pipelines and core energy infrastructure, solar and clean energy, and fees for electric vehicles. We have reserved several lobby day dates during the 2020 session to support citizens on these issues. If you are interested in being part of an organized day on any of the issues above, please fill out this form and we will work with you on a plan that suits your needs and interest.

Wrapping up the 2019 Interim Session

KCC leaders were engaged throughout the Interim Legislative Session, which ended in December. We were particularly focused on the special committee work that had been happening on addressing Water and Wastewater infrastructure,and fees for electric vehicles via the Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force.In the case of water and wastewater infrastructure, the session ended with several recommendationsand a commitment to continue the work to address the significant challenges.  With regard to electric vehicles, the special committee compiled their final reportconcluding that many of the promising models they reviewed were not advance in development enough to be practical for Kentucky adoption. The task force is recommending the adoption of an electric vehicle fee at the time of registration, (which has been proposed in two previous sessions) so we anticipate seeing a fee proposal during the 2020 session.