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KRWA Legislative Breakfast Next Week!

The Kentucky Rural Water Association will be hosting its Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. EST. 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 possible legislation. To register online go to www.krwa.org or call KRWA at 270-843-2291.

KRWA has sent invitations to each of the members of the Kentucky General Assembly.

However, to help make this a highly successful event, we urge each utility to contact its legislators personally to ensure their attendance.

Legislators can be contacted at their Frankfort offices at 502-564-8100 or by leaving a message as described below.

This issue of e-Liaison contains summary information for bills that we are tracking with details on the most recent activity for each bill. We will continue to highlight timely legislative news that is important to our members in each issue. If you would like to suggest that we add a bill to the e-Liaison for tracking purposes, please contact KRWA.

Legislative Liaison

February 24, 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; create new section of KRS Chapter 65 to prohibit local governments from requiring employers to pay prevailing wage to employees; 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
HB30 PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (DONOHUE, J) AN ACT relating to public procurement.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 45A to set forth findings of the General Assembly and establish policy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to promote the Kentucky and United States economies by requiring a preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods produced in Kentucky and the United States.

 

Current Status:   

1/3/2017 – (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB61 SEVERANCE TAX REVENUES (GOOCH, J) AN ACT relating to the allocation of severance tax revenues to local governments.

Amend KRS 42.450 to increase the amount of minerals severance and processing taxes distributed to local governments through the local government economic assistance fund (LGEAF) to 100% of taxes collected, from the current 50%, over a five-year period; amend KRS 42.4582 and 42.4585 to similarly increase the amount of coal severance and processing taxes distributed to local governments through the local government economic development fund and LGEAF to 60% and 40% of taxes collected, from the current 35% and 15%, respectively, over the same five-year period.

 

Current Status:   

1/3/2017 – (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue
 
HB88 PESTICIDE APPLICATION NOTICE REQUIREMENTS (FISCHER, J) AN ACT relating to pesticide application notice requirements.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 217 to define terms; require state or local government entities that engage in or direct the application of pesticides in residential areas to give notice to local officials and to the public no later than 48 hours prior to the application.

 

Current Status:   

1/3/2017 – (H) Referred to Committee House Agriculture
 
HB107 SANITATION DISTRICTS (FISCHER, J) AN ACT relating to sanitation districts.

Amend KRS 220.110 to limit a sanitation district’s power to tax to the direct use of sanitary or storm sewers.

 

Current Status:   

1/6/2017 – (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government
 
HB116 SPECIAL PURPOSE GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES (RICHARDS, J) AN ACT relating to publication requirements for special purpose governmental entities.

Amend KRS 65A.080 to detail in what locations and for how long special purpose governmental entity financial information is to be made specifically available for public inspection.

 

Current Status:   

2/16/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
HB166 VOLUNTARY UNIFICATION OF COUNTIES (KOENIG, A) AN ACT relating to voluntary unification of counties.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 67 to establish a new procedure for the optional consolidation of counties; exclude consolidated local governments, charter county governments, urban-county governments, and unified local governments from the procedures.

 

Current Status:   

2/7/2017 – (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government
 
HB178 WAGES (OVERLY, S) AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.275 to raise the state minimum wage to $8.80 per hour beginning on August 1, 2017, to $10.35 per hour beginning on August 1, 2018, to $11.90 per hour beginning on August 1, 2019, to $13.45 per hour beginning on August 1, 2020, and to $15.00 per hour beginning on August 1, 2021.

 

Current Status:   

2/9/2017 – (H) Referred to Committee House Economic Development & Workforce Investment
 
HB181 MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AUTHORITIES (GOOCH, J) AN ACT relating to municipal electric authorities.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 96 to permit municipal utilities to join together to buy and sell electricity and natural gas; specify elements of an agreement to create a municipal electric authority.

 

Current Status:   

2/23/2017 – House Natural Resources & Energy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
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.

 

Current Status:   

2/23/2017 – received in Senate
 
HB429 CONSTRUCTION PERFORMANCE BONDING (MORGAN, W) AN ACT relating construction performance bonding.

Amend KRS 198B.040 to require the establishment of a performance bond program for contractors and subcontractors; determine who is subject to the requirement; require that performance bonds be posted for all contracts $5,000 or greater.

 

Current Status:   

2/21/2017 – (H) Referred to Committee House Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations
 
HB456 EMPLOYMENT OVERTIME PROVISIONS (HARRIS, C) AN ACT relating to labor and employment overtime provisions.

Amend KRS 337.010 to set minimum standards for administrative, executive, supervisory, and professional employees to be exempt from overtime provisions; require the commissioner of the Department of Workplace Standards to set the salary requirement every three years to determine who is exempt from the overtime provisions; amend 337.285 to conform to federal requirements and conform.

 

Current Status:   

2/21/2017 – (H) Referred to Committee House Economic Development & Workforce Investment
 
HCR31 AREA DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS (DECESARE, J) Direct the staff of the Legislative Research Commission to study the performance and policies of Kentucky’s 15 area development districts, beginning no later than July 1, 2017; provide that the LRC may hire a consultant for some of the analysis and review; report the findings to the appropriate interim joint committee by December 1, 2019.
 

Current Status:   

2/23/2017 – House State Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HCR50 COAL INDUSTRY (HATTON, A) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging congress to pass the bipartisan revitalizing the economy of coal communities by leveraging local activities and investment act to accelerate dispersement of one billion dollars in available funding in the abandoned mine reclamation fund to revitalize coal communities hardest hit by the downturn of the coal industry.
 

Current Status:   

2/13/2017 – (H) Referred to Committee House Economic Development & Workforce Investment
 
SB33 WAGES (THOMAS, R) AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.275 to raise the state minimum wage to $8.20 per hour on July 1, 2018, $9.15 per hour on July 1, 2019, and $10.10 per hour on July 1, 2020.

 

Current Status:   

1/7/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations and Revenue
 
SB51 CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE (WESTERFIELD, W) AN ACT relating to protection of critical infrastructure.

Create a new section of Chapter 183 to create the offense of unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft system; define “critical infrastructure,” ” unmanned aircraft,” and “unmanned aircraft system”; prohibit the use of an unmanned aircraft system to collect evidence or information about critical infrastructure without prior written consent and make the unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft system for this purpose a Class A or Class B misdemeanor.

 

Current Status:   

1/7/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 
SB59 PERSONAL INFORMATION SECURITY (WESTERFIELD, W) AN ACT relating to the security of personal information.

Amend KRS 61.931 to include user name, e-mail address, and security questions with answers in the definition of “personal information” involved in a data security breach of information held by state and local government agencies.

 

Current Status:   

1/7/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 
SB121 ELECTRIC METERING (SEUM, D) AN ACT relating to metering of electric service.

Create new sections of KRS Chapters 96 and 278 to define “smart meter” and to require utilities seeking to install smart meters to give notice to affected customers and the right to opt out of having a smart meter installed on the customer’s premises.

 

Current Status:   

2/8/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources and Energy
 
SB157 WATER DISTRICTS (JONES, R) AN ACT relating to water districts.

Amend KRS 74.025 to authorize the Public Service Commission to remove all governing persons of a water district for specified causes; authorize the Public Service Commission and the Division of Water to manage the water district or have the commission redraw the geographical area of the water district.

 

Current Status:   

2/13/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources and Energy
 
SB167 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (JONES, R) AN ACT relating to the Public Service Commission.

Amend KRS 278.050 to increase membership of the Public Service Commission (PSC) from three to seven commissioners; require an election of the commissioners in accordance with KRS Chapter 118.

 

Current Status:   

2/14/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources and Energy
 
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:   

2/15/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
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:   

2/23/2017 – (S) SECOND READING, to Rules
 
SB187 PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (WISE, G) AN ACT relating to public private partnerships.

Amend KRS 45A.077 to exempt capital projects utilizing the public-private partnership delivery method with a value over twenty-five million dollars from authorization by the General Assembly.

 

Current Status:   

2/15/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor
 
SB215 KENTUCKY COAL FIELDS ENDOWMENT (SMITH, B) AN ACT relating to Kentucky Coal Fields endowment fund and making an appropriation therefor.

Create the Kentucky Coal Fields Endowment Fund, to be used for the purpose of supporting efforts to diversify the economy of the coal fields within Kentucky; create the Kentucky Coal Fields Endowment Fund authority to determine who received disbursements from the fund; appropriate $7,500,000 annually for the fund.

 

Current Status:   

2/24/2017 – (S) Returned to Committee Senate Appropriations and Revenue
 
SB225 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (JONES, R) AN ACT relating to the public service commission.

Amend KRS 278.180 to allow ratepayers to petition the Public Service Commission for a rehearing of cases that increase electric rates; require 10% of residential customers to sign petition; set requirements for a public hearing; allow appeal to Franklin Circuit Court. Amend KRS 278.180 to require all PSC commissioners to stand for retention in each regular election; all ratepayers of a regulated utility eligible to vote.

 

Current Status:   

2/21/2017 – (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources and Energy
 
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.

 

Current Status:   

2/23/2017 – (S) SECOND READING, to Rules
 

 

 

e-Liaison PDF Download
Issue Number Issue Summary
Issue 1 2017 Session Begins – With a Bang!
Issue 2 2017 Session Continues…

 

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Every issue of e-Liaison will contain summary information for each bill that we track with a section that details the most recent activity with the bill. We will continue to highlight timely legislative news that is important to our members in each issue. If you would like to suggest that we add a bill to the e-Liaison for tracking, please contact KRWA. By clicking on the link, you will be taken to the bill summary on the LRC’s website.

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