Call Senators to Support SB 123 & HB 192 – Today!
The pace of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly is beginning to pick up steam as we pass the halfway mark. This week, several bills that KRWA is supporting have made positive advancements in the normally slow legislative process. Now is the time for KRWA members to become engaged in the process!
House Bill 192, sponsored by Brent Yonts, and relating to Special Purpose Governmental Entities (HB 1 clean-up bill) passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday. HB 192 could be placed on the Senate Orders of the Day as early as next Tuesday, March 4.
Senate Bill 123 (PSC jurisdictional sewer utilities), sponsored by Senators Dennis Parrett and Mike Wilson, passed the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on Wednesday as well. SB 123 has been placed on the Senate Orders of the Day for Monday, March 3. SB 123 would repeal KRS 278.185 – Notification to customers of proposed rate change by sewerage corporations.
SB 123 places sewer utilities on the same footing as all other PSC jurisdictional utilities in terms of public notices for rate changes. Sewer utilities would still have to provide notice of rate increases to their customers like all other PSC jurisdictional utilities. KRWA has discussed this bill with the PSC, the Office of the Attorney General and others. To our knowledge there is no opposition to SB 123.
Please contact your Senator today to ask for their support of SB 123 and HB 192. These two bills are strongly supported by KRWA!
Also this week, House Bill 494, sponsored by Rep. Martha Jane King, was introduced in the House. This bill relates to water commissions and would provide the flexibility for each regional water commission to provide wholesale water service to a non-member utility. There are currently five regional water commissions operating throughout Kentucky. Each would benefit from HB 494 and we encourage all members to voice their support to their state representatives and senators.
The state maintains a comprehensive 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.