We are now in a veto period which will conclude on March 26. The House and Senate convene for one final day on March 28.
These House And Senate Bills are ready to be signed by the Governor: If you wish to make your position known on these bills, contact Governor Bevin at this link.
HB135 (KCC Oppose) Labor Contracts
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.
HB341 (KCC Strong Oppose) Specialty License Plates
Increases the costs of registering a specialized license plate by $22.00, renweal fees by $6, and the costs of applying for a new type of specialized license plate by $25,000. Adds more guidance for personalized plates. The amount paid to the group that the license plate supports does not change. We believe this would hurt the sales of the “Kentucky Nature Plates” which fund Kentucky Nature Preserves.
HB352 (KCC Oppose) Overweight Vehicles
Creates “extended weight unrefined petroleum products haul road system” of state maintained highways over which quantities of unrefined petroleum products in excess of fifty thousand (50,000) tons were transported by motor vehicles per year. Trucks  may operate up to a maximum gross weight of one hundred twenty thousand (120,000) pounds with a gross weight tolerance of five percent (5%) on th ehaul road system. An amended bill expanded the road fees for these vehicles.
SB100 (KCC Strong Oppose) Solar Legislation
The bill KCC fought hardest on during this session was passed on the last evening before the veto period.  The Senate had voted not to accept the House amended version, which meant that the House had to decide if it would recede, or go to a conference committee.  Your calls and emails helped to counter that pressure to the very last hours on the 14th, but the House did finally vote to recede, and then voted for final passage of the bill (More on this bill below).
SB214 (KCC Oppose) Re-Districting
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.
HB199 (KCC Strong Support) Oil and Gas Well Cleanup
Allows underground storage tank funds to be used to address orphan oil and gas wells. Will help with the cleanup of these wells.
HB268 (KCC Support) Support for State Parks, Water
Appropriates about $50 million in bond funds for state parks improvements, and $20 million in bond funds for water infrastructure improvements for fiscal year 2019-2020. Bill was amended through Free Conference Committee.
HB311 (KCC Support) Food Labeling
Provides that a food is deemed mislabeled if a food product that purports to be or is represented as meat or a meat product that contains any cultured animal tissue produced from in vitro animal cell cultures outside of the organism from which it is derived.
HB420 (KCC Support) Radon
Updates requirements for radon gas certifications.
SB28 (KCC Strong Support) Hazardous Waste Notification
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.
SB230 (KCC Strong Support) Open Records
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.
HB249 (KCC Monitor) Outdoor Recreation
Amends the Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreation Authority (KMRRA) statute to to add counties to the definition of “target county”, to reauthorize the KMRRA for five years, and addresses several governance and funding issue of the KMRRA.
HB335 (KCC Monitor) Property Transfers
Makes it easier for counties to dispose of properties. Allows counties to transfer property for economic development purposes, trade property for the same or similar type of property, sell property without bids if the property is appraised for $5,000 or less.
SB6 (KCC Monitor) Lobbyist Compensation
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.
SB16 (KCC Monitor) Rare Diseases
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.
SB124 (KCC Monitor) Conservation
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.
SB256 (KCC Monitor) Public Service Commission
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.

More on SB100, the bill affecting residential solar: 

The vote to recede from the House floor amendment was 50 for, 38 against. The vote for final passage was 55 for, 36 against.
Over a dozen nonprofits, including low income housing groups, faith and advocacy groups, and environmental groups, worked together to support these independent solar installers and job creators as well as residential solar owners. We are disappointed by the result, which will hurt small businesses, depress new clean energy jobs and limit consumer choice. However during the three years we have fought this unnecessary bill, consumers have become acutely aware of the benefits of solar ownership, its affordability and the energy security it provides. Solar IS working for all Kentuckians and will continue to do so despite monopoly utilities attempting to control the market at the expense of consumers.
Our thanks to all who worked so hard to try to turn this bill around. We will continue to work to repair the damage to this important emerging market and to those customers who will be affected.
Thanking those who stood by us is a very important step of this process. PLEASE THANK the following legislators who spoke out to support independent solar installers and residential solar customers: House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, Rep. Angie Hatton, Rep. Chris Harris, Rep. Joe Graviss, Mary Lou Marzian, Rep. Jeffery Donohue, Rep. Cluster Howard, Rep. Derrick Graham, Rep. Josie Raymond, Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson, Rep. Patti Minter, Rep. Joni Jenkins, Rep. Lisa Willner, and Rep. Terri Branham Clark.