An anti-labor 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.
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.
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 bureaucracy.
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.
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.