2010 Regular Session: Bills We'll Be Watching: The Pre-filed Edition Posted: December 11, 2009
2010 REGULAR SESSION: Bills We?ll Be Watching: The Pre-filed Edition
This list profiles the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that will be tracked by the Council during the 2010 legislative session.
This is the first of many updates, covering the 2010 legislative session, which begins on January 5, 2010 and continues for 60 legislative days.
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For a copy of any bill, or to check the status of the bill, to track which committee it has been assigned to for hearing, and other legislative information, visit the Legislature's Homepage at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislation.htm
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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 starting in January is 1-866-840-2835.
Please note that the Council does not have a position on each bill listed. Some bills are tracked for general interest; others simply to assure that they do not become vehicles for mischievous amendments. Where KRC has taken a position concerning a bill it is indicated with a plus (+) or minus (-). The primary sponsor and current status of the bill are also noted by Committee or chamber.
Once the session begins, the pre-filed bills will be introduced into the Senate or House, and they will be given a Bill number and assigned to a committee, or in the case of simple resolutions, may be sent directly to the floor for consideration.
BR 15 (Damron)
Would authorize the Department of Public Health to create standards for mold remediation and allow prosecution for providers of mold remediation services that fail to comply with those standards.
BR 31 (Farmer)
Bill would extend sales tax to include admissions, accommodations and services and lower the rate to 5.5% from 6%.
BR 61 (Wuchner, Burch)
Would require the Kentucky Department of Education to identify and disseminate model resources for integrating physical activity during the school day; encourage schools to utilize certified physical education teachers in the development of physical activity plans; develop a reporting mechanism for schools containing grades K-5 to report physical activity, aggregate body mass index, and wellness program data, and require at least 30 minutes of structured moderate to vigorous physical activity, 150 minutes per week, or the equivalent per month; and would prohibit exclusion from structured physical activity as a form of discipline.
BR 118 (Nelson)
Would prohibit texting on a personal communication device while operating a motor vehicle, and would after January 1, 2010, impose a fine of $50 for each offense.
BR 135 (Coursey)
Would create a Water Transportation Advisory Board to advise the legislative and executive branches concerning industrial water transportation and riverports, and a trust fund for improvement of riverport facilities and infrastructure.
BR 139 (Pendleton)
Would allow growing of industrial hemp and create a licensure process.
BR 174 (Higdon)
Bill would add prerecorded political messages to those calls that a person could prevent through the Zero call list /Do Not Call registry.
BR 178 (Higdon)
A constitutional amendment that would limit the General Assembly sessions to 30 legislative days every year, ending by March 1.
Would prohibit texting on a personal communication device while operating a motor vehicle, and would after January 1, 2011, impose a fine of $20 to $100 for each offense.
BR 181 (Leeper)(-)
Would eliminate current prohibition on construction of new nuclear plants in the Commonwealth and allow the PSC to approve new nuclear plant construction with only an n approved federal plan for storage of nuclear waste.
BR 185 (Burch)
Would abolish the death penalty and would commute all death row inmates to life imprisonment without benefit of probation or parole. Former capital cases in the future would be subject to life imprisonment without benefit of probation or parole for the first 25 years of the sentence.
BR 197 (Nelson)
Resolution honoring the Ridgetop Shawnee Tribe for their efforts to preserve Shawnee culture and language.
BR 283 (Angel)
Would prohibit texting and emails while operating a motor vehicle and impose fines for violations and for accidents where texting was a cause.
BR 318 (Meeks)
Would define who is an American Indian for purposes of state statutes.
BR 319 (Meeks)
Would create a process for applying to be formally recognized as an American Indian tribe by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
BR 320 (Meeks)
Would prohibit excavation of an archaeological site on private property without obtaining a permit issued by the Kentucky Heritage Council, and would make a violation a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and Class D felony for each subsequent offense. Would also codify a right to visit gravesites n private property for family members.
BR 321 (Meeks)
Would amend existing law to require that prior to alteration of real property, any agency issuing a building permit verify that the property contains no known human remains and that the Kentucky Heritage Council has issued a confirmation that no human remains or archaeological sites exist on the site. If a property confirmation or inspection verifies that human remains exist on the property, the state historic preservation officer is obligated to conduct a human remains outcome review. Civil and criminal penalties are provided for knowing violations of the Act.
BR 322 (Meeks)
Would encourage state agencies to seek local recycling options, such as drop-off recycling centers; subject all agencies to requirement to annually report to the Energy and Environment Cabinet on the estimated amount of waste materials recycled during the previous year.
BR 334 (Edmonds)
Bill creates a process for county consolidation and provides preference for community development block grants for consolidated counties.
BR 336 (Meeks)
Would raise compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years of age over a two-year period.
BR 369 (Angel, Clark)
Resolution urging Governor Steve Beshear to include funding for Medicaid-approved smoking cessation services in his 2010-2012 Executive Branch budget proposal.
BR 424 (Miller)
Would require inspection of installation of new manufactured homes.
BR 429 (Alice Forgy Kerr)
Would amend KRS Chapter 211 to require Cabinet for Family and Health Services to adopt regulations covering permitted types, sizes, supervision and safety, water disinfection and recirculation requirements, and materials and components of interactive water features that allow for recreational activities with minimal standing water.