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2016 KRWA Legislative Breakfast Two Weeks Away!

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The Kentucky Rural Water Association will be hosting its Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort from 7:00 am until 9:00 am. The Legislative Breakfast provides a great opportunity for utility managers and board members to meet with their representatives and senators early in the session to gain support for projects and discuss ... Read More »

2016 Session Begins – Slow Going for Utility Issues?

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The 2016 Kentucky Legislative Session began this week with little to interest utilities, so far. Now that Governor Bevin has moved into the mansion and the battle for republican control of the Kentucky House of Representatives continues with four special elections on March 8; this year’s session will be focused on the biennial budget, fixing Kentucky’s struggling state retirement system ... Read More »

Spring has Sprung…Session is Done!

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The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 session came to a close in the early morning hours of the 29th legislative day on March 25. House and Senate members reached agreement on comprehensive anti-heroin legislation; a measure to expand protective orders to include dating violence victims; and a bill that will safeguard the revenue stream for the state’s road projects by limiting ... Read More »

While Snow Melts — Legislature Heats Up

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While many communities across the state were still battling the effects of the snow and freezing temperatures, the Kentucky General Assembly was going at full throttle in Frankfort this week. As the 2015 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly moves into its final week of bill consideration next week, there is very little activity on the water and wastewater utility ... Read More »

2015 Session – Only 17 Days Left!

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With 17 days remaining, 678 House and Senate Bills and 271 House and Senate Resolutions have been introduced. The pace of the 2015 will begin to quicken and legislator anxiety will heighten after this week’s unexpected weather delay. Now that the bill filing deadlines have passed, there are still only a few bills that will directly affect Kentucky water and ... Read More »

2015 Session Resumes – Slow Going for Utility Issues?

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The 2015 Kentucky Legislative Session has re-started with little to interest utilities, so far. This year’s short session will be focused on heroin addiction, phone deregulation (AT&T Bill), right-to-work, minimum wage, fixing Kentucky’s struggling state retirement system and a myriad of other special interests. The public-private partnership (P3 Bill) appears to be the most interesting issue affecting water and wastewater ... Read More »

NRWA Advocates for Relief from the Lead and Copper Rule

The EPA workgroup reviewing revisions to the LCR met for two days this week.  The workgroup has been convening all year and the process is scheduled to continue for the rest of the year.  NRWA is represented on the panel by NRWA board member and Mass Rural Water board member John Sasur.  This week the workgroup covered  sample site selection issues.  John advanced the ... Read More »

House Bill 1 – Financial Disclosure Training

The Department for Local Government, Cities and Special Districts Branch, will be hosting training sessions on the financial disclosure portion of House Bill 1 for all Special Purpose Governmental Entities at 15 locations around the state.  Trainings are scheduled for approximately 90 minutes and individuals can choose to attend either the 2pm or 6pm (local time) training session. Due to limited space at some ... Read More »

Session Ends at Stroke of Midnight!

Like in most past sessions, lawmakers worked until the very last minute on April 15th debating issues and passing bills. These last hours always bring on a flurry of activity that generally results in a handful of good bills passing; several bad bills being thwarted; and a number of bills falling victim to the time-dependent legislative process. Overall, the 2014 Session ... Read More »

Biennial Budget Approved

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A compromise was reached between the House and the Senate on the $20 billion two-year state budget on Monday. The spending plan will raise pay for state workers, cuts many state agency budgets by another 5% (over 40% since 2008), and includes language that permits water utility projects under $500,000 without having to secure a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity ... Read More »