2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We're Watching: The Prefiled Edition

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2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGULAR SESSION: Bills We?re Watching: The Prefiled Edition  Posted: December 18, 2013

This posting lists the environmental, conservation, consumer and general government bills that the Kentucky Resources Council will be tracking during the 2014 session, which starts on January 7, 2014.

The 2014 session is a "long" session, and will begin on January 7, 2014 for a week, with a scheduled adjournment of April 15, 2014.

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For a copy of any bill, visit the Legislature's 2014 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.

Bills On Which KRC Expects To Take A Position

BR 72 (Yonts)(+)

Would reorganize the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife to provide greater accountability for budgets, land acquisition, and personal service contracts, limit the terms of Commissioners (renamed as Directors) and provide direct appointment of Commission Directors and KDFWR Director by the Governor.

BR 76 (Yonts)(+)

Would strengthen code of legislative ethics governing political contributions from employers of lobbyists, require reporting of advertising spent to support or oppose legislation, and limit allowance of food and beverages and cost of attendance for legislators to in-state conferences. Also broadens scope of reporting to include lobbying the General Assembly on administrative regulations.

BR 129 (Higdon)(+)

Would restrict use of eminent domain for oil and gas pipelines to utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission.

BR 152 (Wayne)(+)

Would create a tax credit for noise abatement measures installed in areas subject to an airport's noise abatement plan.

BR 198 (Floyd)(+)

Would restrict use of eminent domain for oil and gas pipelines to utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission. KRC believes that this reflects legislative intent in granting eminent domain only to those companies "in public service".

BR 243 (Watkins)(-)

Would eliminate current ban on new nuclear power plants and convert requirement for permanent disposal plan to storage, opening the door for nuclear power plant in Kentucky. KRC believes that lifting the moratorium without first addressing permanent disposal issues is not responsible policy.

BR 250 (Jones)(-)

Would increase the number of Commissioners for the Public Service Commission to 7, with one at-large member and others from each Congressional District, and make the positions elected rather than appointed positions beginning in 2016. KRC has historically opposed electing PSC Commissioners due to the lack of evidence from other states that election rather than appointment of Commissioners presents a better outcome for the average ratepayer.

BR 257 (Floyd and others)(+)

Would limit eminent domain powers for oil and gas pipelines moving Kentucky-produced oil and gas and refined oil or gas product. This approach is not as restrictive as BR 198 and BR 129, and would allow in-state oil and gas producers to utilize condemnation even for gathering lines.

BR 258 (Higdon)(+)

Senate version of BR 257.

BR 275 (Gooch)(-)

Would require retail electric suppliers to maintain a 30-day supply of fuel for electricity generation. Intended to favor coal-fired utilities over other fuels, such as gas, wind, or solar, which are delivered in real time.

BR 298 (Schickel)(-)

Would prohibit any state or local government from "implementing any part of the United Nations Agenda 21 that is contrary to the United States or Kentucky Constitution, or being a member of or expending any public funds on a group or organization that will implement any part of the United Nations Agenda 21".

Other Prefiled Bills That KRC Will Be Tracking

BR 1 (St. Onge)

Would limit the use of drones by law enforcement agencies, corporations, and foreign governments, and use of evidence collected by drones.

BR 38 (Imes)

Would raise speed limit from 55 to 65 mph on 4-lane state highways.

BR 43 (Kim King)

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

BR 46 (Kim King)

Proposed Constitutional Amendment would bar General Assembly members from being compensated for any extraordinary session needed due to failure to pass a budget during regular session.

BR 64 (Steele and Combs)

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 79 (Crimm)

Would prohibit for two years after conviction or confession to cruelty to animals in the first degree, possession or ownership of any animal of the same species.

BR 108 (Clark)

Proposed constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling.

BR 109 (Clark)

Companion bill to BR 108, would set rules for casino gambling in the Commonwealth if constitutional amendment passes.

BR 114 (Imes)

Would expand current authority of State Fair Board to allow private construction and development on state fair board property, to include State Park property, through conveyance and leaseback mechanisms.

BR 121 (Burch)

Would require any discretionary fund expenditures to be distinctly specified in the budget ordinance or budget amendment ordinance of the consolidated local government before expenditure.

BR 127 (Harmon)

Would permit a slate of candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor to appear on the ballot only in the general election, not in the primary and would require a party's nominee for Governor to designate his or her nominee for Lieutenant Governor no later than the fourth Tuesday following the primary.

BR 158 (Overly)

Would amend legislative ethics law to require ethics training and education for legislators to include information on sexual and workplace harassment, to make sexual and workplace harassment education mandatory for all legislators, and to eliminate campaign contributions from lobbyists during the General Assembly sessions. Would also require disclosure by legislative agent employers of any expenses for advertising. Would also require development of a job classification, promotion, discipline, and compensation system for LRC employees, and require establishment of policies for a harassment-free workplace.

BR 163 (Webb)

Would prohibit state and local government entities from restricting the donation of game meat taken in Kentucky to or from not-for-profit organizations for the purpose of free meal distribution.

BR 166 (Sinnette)

Act relating to boat dock and marina safety.

BR 168 (Tilley)

Would limit power of eminent domain for oil and gas pipelines to those that the Public Service Commission determines are in the public interest, considering protection of the environment, safety, construction, and operational protocols, reasonably sited, and promote safe and efficient transportation infrastructure.

BR 173 (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 181 (Montell)

Would authorize creation of charter school pilot program of up to 20 such schools over a 5-year period.

BR 208 (Richards)

Act relating to timing of local government redistricting.

BR 211 (Neal)

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 222 (Wayne)

Would create a state income tax credit for qualifying individuals for tolls paid to cross the Ohio River for work in Indiana.

BR 224 (Denham)

Would require headlights be turned on for 2000 and newer motor vehicles, whenever wipers are needed because of weather.

BR 260 (Riggs)

Would create LRC employee work-related incentive program to reward employees suggesting improvements in services or realization of savings in the legislative branch.

BR 346 (Santoro)

Would amend KRS 339.230 to permit minors over the age of 16 to work until 11 p.m. on days preceding a school day.

BR 384 (Webb)

Would prohibit any unit of local government from having local knife control ordinances, to establish limitations on local action, and require repeal of any local knife ordinance.

BR 406 (Wayne)

Would establish a public financing mechanism for judicial campaigns.

BR 447 (Hall)

Simple resolution recognizing the value and potential of the arts and cultural resources in contributing to economic growth in Kentucky.

BR 449 (Meeks)

Would amend current law to define "American Indian" to mean a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America, including Central America, and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment to the tribe of origin or to the community of original peoples.

BR 450 (Meeks)

Would create a process to allow a group desiring to be formally recognized as an American Indian tribe to submit a petition to the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.

BR 465 (Seum)

Proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling at no more than seven locations and dedicate ten percent of the revenue to promote equine interests, dedicate the Commonwealth's revenue from gaming to job creation, education, human services, health care, veterans' bonuses, local governments, and public safety.
By Kentucky Resources Council on 12/18/2013 5:32 PM
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