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2013 General Assembly Regular Session: The Prefiled Edition  Posted: December 26, 2012


2013 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We’re Watching: The Prefiled Edition

This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council will be tracking during the 2013 session.

This year is a “short” session, and will begin on January 8, 2013 for a week, then adjourn on January 11 until February 5, when the General Assembly will reconvene, with a scheduled adjournment of March 30, 2013.

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WANT TO READ THE BILLS OR CONTACT LEGISLATORS?

For a copy of any bill, visit the Legislature's 2013 Session page at http://www.lrc.ky.gov

To find your legislators email, go to http://www.lrc.ky.gov/whoswho/email.htm

The phone number to reach a legislator in person is 502-564-8100 (this is 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.

As bills and resolutions “pre-filed” (i.e. before the next session convenes), the bills are assigned a “Bill Request” or BR number. They will be assigned a House or Senate Bill or Resolution number once they are introduced after the session convenes in January.

BR 1 (Meeks)

Would amend existing laws governing county interlocal services agreements to encourage and grant incentives for regional and other shared services agreements.

BR 65 (Kim King)

Would establishment requirements for General Assembly consideration of any revenue- or appropriation-related measure.

BR 80 (Webb)

Would amend current law regulating scrap metal recycling to include “construction, industrial, lawn and landscape, and farm equipment” as restricted metals; and amend current regulatory requirements for secondary metals recyclers.

BR 139 (Marzian)

A Concurrent Resolution urging Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution for election finance reform.

BR 165 (Rollins)

Would encourage schools to use strategic placement of food in cafeterias to promote healthy food choices by students.

BR 166 (Crenshaw)

Proposed Kentucky Constitution amendment to provide for automatic restoration of voting rights for
persons convicted of a felony other than treason, intentional killing, a sex crime, or bribery, after the expiration of probation, final discharge from parole, or maximum expiration of sentence.

BR 228 (Steele)

Would add to the definition of restricted metals roofing materials, metal fencing, and equipment used in construction, agricultural, industrial, or lawn and landscaping operations and amend other current laws regarding reporting by secondary scrap metals recyclers.

BR 233 (Wayne)

Would create a voluntary funding mechanism for public financing for judicial campaigns.

BR 240 Hall)

Concurrent resolution to urge Energy and Environment Cabinet to develop an action plan for energy efficiency with a voluntary minimum goal of one percent per year energy- use reduction through 2025.

BR 248 (Steele)

Would amend coal severance tax laws to provide that 100% of severance tax collected after July 2013 would be returned to coal-producing counties (50% currently goes into the General Fund) and that the monies would be allocated among the coal-producing counties based on the amount of coal severed or processed in each county.

BR 280 (T. Mills)

Would create a licensing program for cultivation of industrial hemp in the Commonwealth.

BR 285 (Steele)

Would allow hunters to take coyotes without bag limitation year round and allow hunters to hunt coyotes at night using shotguns that are 10-gauge or smaller, and to use bait or electronic calls to attract the coyotes.

BR 298 (Riggs)

Would relax existing law requirements for errors-and-omissions insurance and bonding of certified radon contractors.

BR 324 (Meeks)

Would create a state statutory definition of “American Indian” as any person with “origins” in any of the “original peoples” of the Americas who maintains affiliation or attachment to that community or tribe.

BR 325 (Meeks)

Would designate the “Kentucky Long Rifle” as the official gun of the Commonwealth.

BR 335 (Keene)

Comprehensive gambling bill, would expand gambling option to include local options for casinos in some counties.

BR 344 (Thompson)

Would create a new section of KRS Chapter 96 to address extension, acquisition, and condemnation by city-operated natural gas distribution systems.

BR 356 (Nelson)

Would require AT&T, Windstream, and Cincinnati Bell (as utilities that have “elected” to deregulate all but basic service), to make every effort to restore service within 24 hours and to report to the Public Service Commission on outages where 90% of outages are not cleared within 24-hours.

BR 358 (Rollins)

Would abolish the death penalty and convert existing death sentences to imprisonment for life without benefit of probation or parole.

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