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2017 Session of General Assembly Concludes

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.

As we have stated in earlier issues this year, this session had the least number of bills and resolutions that directly affected water and wastewater utilities since the Association began participating in the legislative sessions, starting in 1980. Of course, this is not necessarily a “bad thing” since many of the more time consuming or controversial bills are typically contrary to the management and operations of our member utilities.

Now that the session has concluded much of the attention of the legislature will turn to the possibilities of special sessions that the governor is expected to call later this spring or in the summer to try to deal with tax reform and fixing the pension problems facing Kentucky.

Our final tracking sheet provides a summary of all of the bills and resolutions that we were tracking during the 2017 session. In total, 1,159 bills and resolutions were introduced this session with 155 passing both the House and Senate and delivered to the governor. Two bills became law without the governor’s signature, four bills were enacted after the veto override votes, and 149 bills and resolutions were signed by the governor.

The laws with emergency clauses became law immediately and those without an emergency clause will become effective in late June.

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April 3, 2017

 

HB3 PREVAILING WAGE (HOOVER, J) AN ACT relating to prevailing wage and declaring an emergency.

Amend various KRS sections to delete prevailing wage provisions; abolish the Prevailing Wage Review Board; make conforming amendments; create new section of KRS Chapter 65 to prohibit local governments from requiring employers to pay prevailing wage to employees; repeal KRS 337.505, 337.510, 337.512, 337.520, 337.522, 337.524, 337.525, 337.530, 337.540, 337.548, and 337.550, relating to prevailing wages in public works; apply this repeal to public works projects for which bids have not yet been awarded as of the effective date of the Act; EMERGENCY.

Current Status:   

1/9/2017 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
HB50 ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS (IMES, K) AN ACT relating to administrative regulations.

Amend KRS 13A.010 to amend the definition of “administrative regulation” and to define “last effective date”; amend KRS 13A.040 to require the regulations compiler to maintain a list of all administrative regulation numbers and their corresponding last effective dates; amend KRS 13A.220 and 13A.222 to make conforming changes to enable the renewal of an administrative regulation; amend KRS 13A.310 to provide that, beginning July 1, 2017, an ordinary administrative regulation shall expire 7 years after its last effective date; provide that an administrative regulation that has a last effective date prior to July 1, 2012, shall expire on July 1, 2019; establish duties of regulations compiler; and establish requirements for an administrative body that does not want an administrative regulation to expire.

Current Status:   

3/21/2017 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
HB189 AREA DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS (DECESARE, J) AN ACT relating to area development districts.

Amend KRS 147A.070 to require area development districts to use specific hiring practices and comply with state accountability and transparency standard measures; require a report to LRC from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Education and Workforce Development Cabinet on allocations of funds provided to the area development districts and require area development districts to report on the use of state and federal funds; create a new section of KRS Chapter 147A to specify the requirements for audits of area development districts; make the section specifying requirements for audits; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2018.

Current Status:   

3/20/2017 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
HJR56 WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEMS (WEBBER, R) Direct the Kentucky Division of Water to conduct a study identifying privately owned and operated small wastewater treatment plants in the state, as well as providing certain data relating to the plants, to devise a practical emergency intervention method to respond to plant failures, and to suggest any legislative changes that are necessary to prevent failures or abandonment of these plants and ensure continuity of service to the plants’ customers; EMERGENCY.

Current Status:   

3/27/2017 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
SB182 GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT (SCHRODER, W) AN ACT relating to government procurement.

Amend KRS 45A.380 to allow a local public agency to contract through noncompetitive negotiation when a contract is with a private real estate development and the contract requires the developer to increase the collection capacity of the sanitary sewer or storm water pipe serving the development, with the local public agency only paying for the increase in the collection capacity.

Current Status:   

3/27/2017 – BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE
SB183 REORGANIZATION (CARPENTER, J) AN ACT relating to reorganization.

Confirm Executive Order 2016-832, relating to the reorganization of the Public Service Commission, which is administratively attached to the Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Current Status:   

3/21/2017 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
SB249 ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CABINET (CARPENTER, J) AN ACT relating to the Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Amend KRS 12.020 to remove Environmental Quality Commission, Kentucky Mining Board from under the Energy and Environment Cabinet and attach the Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship to other departments; amend KRS 224.70-120 to delete reference to a 20% filing fee for KPDES permit and make fee equal to the cost of review with cost ceiling for different tiers; amend KRS 224.73-110 to add person operating a sewage system at residence where the person lives to those who may have primary responsibility for operation of a sewage system.

Current Status:   

3/27/2017 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

 

e-Liaison PDF Download
Issue Number Issue Summary
Issue 1 2017 Session Begins – With a Bang!
Issue 2 2017 Session Continues…
Issue 3 Legislative Breakfast Next Week
Issue 4 KRWA Legislative Breakfast A Success!
Issue 5 General Assembly on Recess
Issue 6 General Assembly Nears End
Issue 7 2017 Session of General Assembly Concludes

 

Keeping up with the Legislature has never been easier! The state has updated its Legislative website:http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislation.htm. From this site, you can view all bills and resolutions, contact legislators by email and check on legislative committee schedules and calendars. You can reach a legislator in person by calling 502-564-8100 (not toll-free).

The toll-free meeting schedule information line is 1-800-633-9650. The toll-free message line is 1-800-372-7181, to leave a message for a legislator or an entire committee. The TTY message line is 1-800-896-0305. En Espanol, el nombre es 1-866-840-6574. The toll-free bill status number is 1-866-840-2835.

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The Kentucky legislature convenes in regular session on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years. It convenes in special sessions at the call of the governor.

The Kentucky Constitution mandates that a regular session be completed no later than April 15 in even-numbered years and March 30 in odd-numbered years.

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