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2017 Session of General Assembly Concludes

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The Kentucky General Assembly concluded their 2017 session last Thursday night. The most interesting news during the final two days of the session was the governor’s three full vetoes and one partial veto, which were unexpected, and the overwhelming House and Senate votes to override all four. Read More »

General Assembly Nears End

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The Kentucky General Assembly will reconvene next week for the final two days (March 29 and 30) of the 2017 session. Over 1,100 bills and resolutions were filed this year. So far, 128 bills and three resolutions have passed both the house and senate and have been sent to the governor for his signature. The governor had signed 103 bills ... Read More »

General Assembly on Recess

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The Kentucky General Assembly is on a three-day recess that just happens to coincide with the SEC Basketball Tournament, now being held in Nashville, TN. This year’s session has been one of the lightest sessions in memory as far as drinking water and wastewater utility issues are concerned. This is not a “bad” thing! Read More »

KRWA Legislative Breakfast A Success!

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The Kentucky Rural Water Association hosted its Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. The event included approximately 150 senators, representatives, KRWA water and wastewater utility employees and board members, state agency personnel and KRWA associate members. The Legislative Breakfast provided a great opportunity for utility managers and board members to meet with ... Read More »

2017 Session Continues…

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The Kentucky General Assembly reconvened on February 7. The Governor presented his State of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday, February 8, where he struck a generally positive tone for the direction of the state. He also acknowledged his intention to deal with tax reform and the state retirement system shortfalls in a special session, perhaps later this spring or in ... Read More »

2017 Session Begins – With a Bang!

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Normally, short sessions of the General Assembly begin the first week of January with a few days devoted to re-organization and committee assignments. Not so this year! With Republicans in control of the governor’s mansion and both houses for the first time in almost 100 years, this session began with five days of the thirty-day session devoted to passing laws ... Read More »

Right to work bill, repeal of prevailing wage pass House

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FRANKFORT—Legislation that would make Kentucky the 27th right-to-work state by outlawing mandatory membership in a labor union as a condition of employment passed the House today by a vote of 58-39. Supporters say House Bill 1, sponsored by House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown and Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green, would boost jobs by allowing employees to negotiate benefits and wages ... Read More »

2016 Session Ends with Budget Deal

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The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2016 regular session ended on Friday, April 15, shortly before midnight, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and numerous other measures that will impact people throughout the state. Read More »

Another Slow Week for Utilities

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As expected, this has been another slow week for issues related to the water and wastewater industry. The biennial budget continues to generate the most interest as budget hearings have begun in the House. House Democrats are just starting to question the new administration on the details of Governor Bevin’s first budget. The governor’s budget calls for immediate 4.5% cuts ... Read More »

Over 150 Attend Legislative Breakfast!

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The Kentucky Rural Water Association hosted its 2016 Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. Over 150 legislators, state officials, utility representatives, and associate members took advantage of this great opportunity to meet with their representatives and senators early in the 2016 legislative session. This event allows our membership to gain support for ... Read More »