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2021 Kentucky General Assembly Concludes

The Kentucky General Assembly worked late into the night on the final day of its annual legislative session on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, passing a flurry of bills. When the dust settled the legislature overrode all but three of the bills vetoed by Governor Andy Beshear, with 24 bills becoming law. Included in the 24 overrides was the KRWA-backed House Bill 272, which allows utilities to charge late payment fees on delinquent customers. 

The legislature also voted to override most of the “line item” vetoes the governor issued in the state budget appropriations bill, House Bill 192, including provisions that prevent the governor from spending any of the $2.4 billion in federal funds that the state is set to receive from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

The legislature passed three bills on Tuesday appropriating $1.1 billion of funds the state received as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Senate Bill 36 provides $250 million in ARPA funds to support a grant program for drinking water and sewer projects that will be administered through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA). While the full amount of ARPA dollars were not appropriated during the session, last-minute appropriations were made and House Bill 382 provided among other things; emergency funds for ice storm damage response, and additional funds for extension of broadband services in the Commonwealth.

Overall, the 2021 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly had positive outcomes for Kentucky’s water and wastewater utilities. Please don’t forget to thank your legislators for their support during the session. We also wish to thank everyone who contacted their legislators (some multiple times) during this tough session. Our success in the General Assembly comes through the actions you take in telling our story!

The final KRWA Bill Tracking Report contains only the tracked bills that passed through the legislature and will become law, either immediately if passed under emergency procedures, or in 90 days after the end of the session.

Important LRC Contact Information

The state maintains a comprehensive Legislative website. From this site, you can view all bills and resolutions, contact legislators, by email and check on legislative committee schedules and calendars.

The Kentucky General Assembly also maintains several toll-free phone numbers for citizens to offer feedback or opinions. The Legislative Message Line is (800) 372-7181. The Bill Status Line is (866) 840-2835.

Coming issues of e-Liaison will contain 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 weekly issue. If you would like to suggest that we add a bill to the e-Liaison for tracking purposes, please contact KRWA.


KRWA Legislative Tracking Report - April 1, 2021

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Issue 1 2021 Session Begins!
Issue 2 House Bill 272 Introduced
Issue 3 House Bill 272 Scheduled for Hearing
Issue 4 House Bill 272 Receives Hearing in Committee
Issue 5 Action Alert!
Issue 6 House Bill 272 Passes in the House!
Issue 7 House Bill 272 Goes to the Senate!
Issue 8 House Bill 272 Stalls in Senate Committee
Issue 9 House Bill 272 Approved by Legislature!
Issue 10 2021 Kentucky General Assembly Concludes

Keeping up with the Legislature has never been easier! The state has updated its Legislative website. 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.

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.

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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