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Legislative Report February 26, 2024
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APPROPRIATIONS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT relating to government agencies, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate General Fund moneys from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund Account in fiscal years 2023-2024, 2024-2025, and 2025-2026 to the following: Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure grants; Department for Local Government to provide matching funds under the Government Resources Accelerating Needed Transformation Program; Kentucky Public Pensions Authority to be applied to the unfunded liability of the State Police Retirement Systems and the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Nonhazardous pension funds; Teachers' Retirement System to be applied to the unfunded actuarially accrued liability; Cabinet for Economic Development to support the KEDFA loan pool and development projects; Department of Kentucky State Police for lab equipment; Transportation Cabinet to improve public riverports, to implement the Short Line Infrastructure Preservation and Industrial Access and Safety Improvement pilot projects, and support grants to each General Aviation airport; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; appropriate General Fund moneys from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund Account in fiscal years 2023-2024, 2024-2025, and 2025-2026 to the following: Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure grants; Department for Local Government to provide matching funds under the Government Resources Accelerating Needed Transformation Program; Kentucky Public Pensions Authority to be applied to the unfunded liability of the State Police Retirement Systems and the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Nonhazardous pension funds; Teachers' Retirement System to be applied to the unfunded actuarially accrued liability; Cabinet for Economic Development to support mega-development projects, the KEDFA loan pool, and other development projects; Department of Kentucky State Police for lab equipment; Transportation Cabinet to improve public riverports, to implement the Short Line Infrastructure Preservation and Industrial Access and Safety Improvement pilot projects, and support grants to each General Aviation airport; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

AMEND CONSTITUTUION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

AN ACT proposing to amend the Constitution of Kentucky relating to sessions of the General Assembly.

Propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to establish that the General Assembly shall determine the date a regular session shall end unless another date is agreed upon by three-fifths of the membership of each House; establish that the General Assembly may be convened upon a Joint Proclamation of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House for no more than 12 legislative days annually; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)

CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
(BAUMAN, JARED)

AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.

Create sections of KRS Ch. 532 to define "violent felony" and enhance sentencing for a person convicted of a third violent felony; prohibit probation, parole, or other form of release for a person who commits a crime using a weapon that is stolen, defaced, loaded with restricted ammunition, or otherwise violates state law; amend KRS 610.070 to require a parent, legal guardian, or custodian to be present at court proceedings involving a child in the juvenile justice system; create section of KRS Ch. 610 to establish penalty; amend KRS 507.020 to expand offense of murder; amend KRS 507.030 to expand offense of manslaughter in the first degree; amend KRS 507.040 to expand offense of manslaughter in the second degree; amend KRS 218A.1412 to provide increased penalties for certain trafficking offenses; create section of KRS Ch. 515 to create new offense of carjacking; amend KRS 512.020 and 512.030 to lower the threshold for criminal mischief in the first degree to $500; amend KRS 149.410, 506.160, and 525.220 to conform; amend KRS 520.050 to enhance promoting contraband to a Class B felony if the dangerous contraband is fentanyl, carfentanil, or a fentanyl derivative; amend KRS 16.220 to allow purchase of a confiscated firearm by a person who bids under the condition that they not take possession of the firearm, but instead leave it with the Dept. of Kentucky State Police for destruction; prohibit government agencies from purchasing the firearm; make technical corrections; create sections of KRS Chs. 511, 198A, and 65 to establish offense of criminal street camping and provide exceptions; amend KRS 503.080 to conform; amend KRS 202C.050 to reduce requirements to find a person subject to involuntary commitment pursuant to KRS Ch. 202C; amend KRS 186.417 to include felony offenders released from county jails and local correctional facilities among those who may be issued personal identification cards or operator's licenses under certain conditions; amend KRS 431.510 to define terms; prohibit any charitable bail organization from posting bail in excess of $5,000; prohibit any charitable bail organization from posting bail for any offense of domestic violence and abuse or dating violence and abuse, and for any offense under a civil court order or warrant under KRS 222.430 to 222.437; establish that any bond ordered forfeited following a new criminal offense shall be distributed to the victim of the new offense; require publication of records and annual reporting to the General Assembly; create section of KRS Ch. 507 to create offense of murder of a first responder and establish penalties; amend KRS 506.010 to conform; amend KRS 532.025 to include the murder of first responders as an aggravating circumstance for the death penalty; amend KRS 532.036 to allow restitution following a conviction for Murder of a first responder; amend KRS 439.320 to provide that members of the Parole Board shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor, that panels of the board shall consist of not less than three and not more than six members, and that all members of the panel must agree on a decision or the matter shall be referred to the full board; amend KRS 439.330 to require that parole be granted upon a two-thirds vote of the full board; amend KRS 433.236 to limit liability for shopkeepers; amend KRS 439.3401 to add a person who has been convicted of or entered a plea of guilty to a Class B felony violation of KRS 520.050 to the definition of "violent offender" and to include carjacking and attempted murder in the list of violent offenses; amend KRS 508.075 and 508.078, relating to terroristic threatening, to include any workplace or any gathering of 3 or more persons; amend KRS 524.040 to include harassing communications as conduct constituting intimidation of a participant in the legal process; amend KRS 439.340 to allow the Parole Board to order participation in a specific violence reduction program as a condition of parole; amend KRS 533.030 to allow a court to require participation in a specific violence reduction program as a condition of probation or conditional discharge; amend KRS 403.763 and 456.180 to enhance a second or subsequent violation of an order of protection within a five-year period to a Class D felony; amend KRS 500.080 to include family members, members of an unmarried couple, and persons in a dating relationship, in application of a particular definition of serious physical injury; amend KRS 514.020 to reduce the time required to establish prima facie evidence of theft by deception of rented or leased property that is not returned to the owner from 10 days to four days; amend KRS 196.031 to require the annual report to also include the percentage of offenders who commit new offenses within two years; amend KRS 520.095 to enhance fleeing or evading police in the first degree to a Class C felony; provide that the defendant shall not be released on probation, shock probation, conditional discharge, or parole until he or she has served at least 50 percent of the sentence imposed; amend KRS 520.100 to enhance fleeing or evading police in the second degree to a Class D felony; amend KRS 532.100 to provide sentences for two or more felony sec crimes shall run consecutives; provide that the defendant shall not be released on probation, shock probation, conditional discharge, or parole until he or she has served at least 50 percent of the sentence imposed; amend KRS 158.155 to require school employees to report certain enumerated crimes to law enforcement; repeal KRS 512.040, which establishes the crime of criminal mischief in the third degree and KRS 158.154, which deals with discipline in schools; EFFECTIVE, in part, August 1, 2025. HCS (1) Retain original provisions, except Sections 29 and 30, KRS 439.320 and 439.330 related to the Parole Board; change definition of "first responder" in Section 25; create new section of KRS Ch. 520 to create offense of fleeing or evading police in the third degree; amend KRS 514.030 to lengthen time period for aggregating theft offenses and establish venue; add severability clause. HFA (27) Delete section 2 and replace with a new section of KRS Ch. 532 to establish that defendants who meet certain criteria are not eligible for probation or parole; amend section relating to carjacking to require that the defendant act without lawful authority; amend section relating to unlawful camping to exempt temporarily sleeping in an automobile; exempt statutorily created housing programs from limitations on funding; amend section relating to involuntary commitment; amend KRS 439.3401 to amend the definition of "violent offender" to include the attempted commission of any offense listed, a felony involving the death of the victim or serious physical injury to a victim, burglary in the first degree as described in KRS 511.020 if a person other than a participant in the crime was present in the building during the commission of the offense, robbery in the second degree as described in KRS 515.030, arson in the first degree, and strangulation in the first degree; provide that a violent offender shall serve at least 85 percent of the sentence imposed before probation, shock probation, parole, conditional discharge, or other form of early release is permitted; provide that a violent offender shall only recieve credit on their sentence for time spent in custody prior to the commencement of the sentence; amend KRS 525.045 to conform; amend sections relating to violation of an order of protection to require that subsequent violations, in order to be punishable as Class D felony, be intentional, in-person violations; amend section relating to notfication required by school personnel to make uniform; delete section relating to murder; amend KRS 218.133 to conform with provisions of the bill; limit application of new requirements for issuance of identifying documents, based on availability of funds; clarify civil liability in shopkeeper's statute.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

EXECUTIVE BRANCH BUDGET
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT relating to appropriations measures providing funding and establishing conditions for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its various officers, cabinets, departments, boards, commissions, institutions, subdivisions, agencies, and other state-supported activities.

The State/Executive Branch Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION. House Committee Substitute (1) The State/Executive Branch Budget: Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
(BRAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to autonomous vehicles.

Create various sections of KRS Chapter 186 to establish a regulatory framework for the operation of fully autonomous vehicles on public highways; define terms; establish requirements for autonomous vehicles and automated driving systems; require submission of a law enforcement interaction plan with the Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky State Police and identify required elements of the plan; establish requirements for proof of insurance or self-insurance in the amount of $1 million for death or bodily injury and property damage for personal and commercial fully autonomous vehicles; require titling and registration of fully autonomous vehicles; establish the Transportation Cabinet as the sole agency responsible for administering statutes and regulations regarding fully autonomous vehicles; limit the regulatory authority of local governments in regard to the operation of fully autonomous vehicles; amend KRS 186.410 to establish that when an automated driving system is installed and engaged on a motor vehicle, the owner of a fully autonomous vehicle shall be considered operator of the vehicle for the purpose of assessing compliance with traffic or motor vehicle laws, and that the automated driving system is considered to be the licensed to operate the vehicle; create a new section of KRS Chapter 189 to exempt fully autonomous vehicles designed to be operated exclusively by an automated driving system from any vehicle equipment requirements of KRS 189.020 to KRS 189.205 that relate to vehicle operation by a human driver; amend KRS 189.635 to establish responsibility for the filing of accident reports and notification of law enforcement after accidents involving fully autonomous vehicles; amend KRS 281.010 to define terms relating to the operation of fully autonomous vehicles as motor carriers; amend KRS 281.630 to establish that any administrative regulations promulgated by the department that apply only to a human driver shall not apply to a fully autonomous vehicle; amend KRS 281.764 to require only the lead vehicle in a truck platoon to have a human driver behind the wheel of their vehicle; amend KRS 281.655 to establish minimum insurance requirements fully autonomous vehicles operating under a certificate issued under KRS Chapter 281 in the amount of $1 million for death or bodily injury and property. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend the definition of "SAE J3016" to include amendments to the standards; allow a person to operate a motor vehicle equipped with an automated driving system when the system achieves a minimal risk condition; provide that from the effective date of the Act until July 31, 2026, any fully autonomous vehicle for which the declared gross weight is more than 62,000 pounds shall be required to have an appropriately credentialed human driver in the vehicle to monitor the automated driving system and intervene if necessary; Section 14 of the Act, regarding platooning vehicles, EFFECTIVE August 1, 2026.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

AN ACT relating to consumer data privacy and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 367 to establish consumer rights relating to personal data; define terms; exempt certain persons or entities from the statutory provisions of this Act; establish certain consumer rights relating to personal data, including the rights to confirm whether data is being processed, to correct any inaccuracies in the consumer's personal data, to delete personal data provided by the consumer, to obtain a copy of the consumer's personal data that was previously provided, and to opt out of targeted advertising, the sale of data, or profiling of the consumer; set forth requirements for persons or entities that control and process consumer data; establish that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce the consumer data privacy rights; create a consumer privacy fund to be administered by the Office of the Attorney General; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2026. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend data and information exemptions to include data processed by an affiliate of a utility or a holding company system organized specifically for the purpose of providing goods or services to a utility and personal data collected and used for purposes of federal policy under the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005; make technical changes to division of sections.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

RIGHTS OF PROPERTY OWNERS
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT relating to the rights of property owners and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 65 to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing ordinances that prohibit owners of housing accommodations from refusing to lease or rent the housing accommodation to a person when the person's source of income to pay rent includes funding from a federal housing assistance program; prohibit local governments from requiring an owner of property occupied by an individual other than the owner to pay an emergency response fee that arises out of the actions of another over which the owner has no control; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except create a new section of KRS Chapter 383 to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing any ordinance relating to landlord or tenant laws that is in conflict with state law.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (H) PLACED IN THE ORDERS OF THE DAY; for concurrence or Nonconcurrence in Senate Committee Substitute (1)

AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to automated external defibrillators.

Amend KRS 311.667 to remove the requirement for medical oversight of an AED program. House Committee Substitute (1) Make technical corrections to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to consumer data privacy.

Creates new sections of KRS Chapter 367 to establish consumer rights relating to personal data, including the rights to confirm whether data is being processed, to delete personal data provided by the consumer, to obtain a copy of the consumer's personal data that was previously provided, and to opt out of targeted advertising and the sale of data; define terms; set forth the types of data and the persons or entities to which the statutory provisions do and do not apply; set forth requirements for persons or entities that control and process consumer data; establish that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce the consumer data privacy rights; create a consumer privacy fund in the State Treasury to be administered by the Office of the Attorney General; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2026.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(FISTER, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 341.030 to provide that reimbursements paid to volunteer firefighters for traveling to respond to emergencies or for the use of his or her personal vehicle or other equipment in responding to emergencies, shall not be considered wages for purposes of unemployment insurance; RETROACTIVE to March 6, 2020; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

MOTOR VEHICLES
(LEWIS, DEREK)

AN ACT relating to motor vehicles.

Amend KRS 189.503 to allow a local government to issue permits for racing events on state-maintained highways subject to approval by the Transportation Cabinet; amend KRS 189.505 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - received in Senate

UNIVERSAL RECOGNITION OF OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES
(DOAN, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to universal recognition of occupational licenses.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 335B to allow universal recognition of occupational licenses and government certifications; include work experience as a basis for licensure or certification; explicity include military personnel and their spouses; provide that the Act may be cited as the Universal Recognition of Occupational Licenses Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to water and wastewater systems.

Amend KRS 223.170 to require the board of certification for water treatment and distribution system operators to submit to the Energy and Environment Cabinet on or before December 31, 2024, recommendations for the establishment of a voluntary certification program for supervisors of certified operators in primary responsible charge of water treatment plants or distribution systems as well as recommendations for the establishment of a program or strategy for recruiting applicants to work in the operation of water treatment plants or distribution systems who are not currently participating in apprenticeships or certification programs administered by the cabinet; amend KRS 224.73-110 to require the Kentucky Board of Certification of Wastewater System Operators to submit to the Energy and Environment Cabinet on or before December 31, 2024, recommendations for the establishment of a voluntary certification program for supervisors of certified operators in primary responsible charge of public or private sewage systems as well as recommendations for the establishment of a program or strategy for recruiting applicants to work in the operation of public or private sewage systems who are not currently participating in apprenticeships or certification programs administered by the cabinet.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

IMMUNIZATION
(CALLAWAY, EMILY)

AN ACT relating to immunization.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 18A to prohibit monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization by a fully insured health benefit plan or self-insured plan issued or renewed to public employees; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school from accepting any monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization of any person; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit a public or nonpublic postsecondary educational institution from accepting any monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization of any person; amend KRS 214.036 to prohibit the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or any related entity from providing any public funds for monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization of any person to any entity; prohibit any public funds from being used to provide any monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any person; create a new section of KRS Chapter 216A to prohibit any health facility or health care provider from accepting any funds for providing monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any person; create a new section of Subtitle 12 of KRS Chapter 304 to prohibit a health care insurer from accepting any funds for providing monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any person; create a new section of KRS Chapter 338 to prohibit an employer from accepting any funds for providing monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any employee.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

FIRE PROTECTION
(HODGSON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to fire protection.

Create a new section of KRS 75.100 to 75.260 to require a fire protection district, volunteer fire department district, or subdistrict when making a change to fire protection services involving communications, firefighting resources, or water supply that will likely downgrade fire service ratings to host a public hearing and provide notice of the hearing.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

PRIVACY PROTECTION
(HODGSON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to privacy protection.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 189 to define terms related to automated license plate readers; establish limitations on use and sale of data captured by automated license plate readers; create a new section of KRS Chapter 183 to define terms and establish limitations on the use of an unmanned aircraft system; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to establish a cause of action for the unauthorized use of an unmanned aircraft system; create a new section of KRS Chapter 413 to establish a statute of limitations for an action filed for the unauthorized use of an unmanned aircraft system; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to define terms and establish limitations on "deep fakes"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 413 to establish a statute of limitations for an action filed for the unlawful dissemination of a deep fake; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to define terms and establish limitations on the introduction of identification devices on or within the human body; create a new section of KRS Chapter 413 to establish a statute of limitations for an action filed for introduction of an identification device; create a new section of KRS Chapter 519 to establish a criminal penalty for illegally disseminating a deep fake; amend KRS 508.152, relating to the unlawful use of tracking devices, to include the installation of a tracking device on the person or property of another without their consent and exempt parental tracking of minors from the prohibition.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

RESTORING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
(RAWLINGS, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to restoring religious liberty.

Amend KRS 446.350 to define "government" and "substantially burden"; outline relief that may be sought if statute is violated; apply to laws adopted before or after enaction of this statute; include severability clause; waive sovereign, governmental, and qualified immunity.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
(FREELAND, CHRIS)

AN ACT relating to emergency medical services and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 311A.030 to remove the classifications of ambulance services, mobile integrated healthcare programs, and medical first response providers; amend KRS 311A.142 to permit an emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, or paramedic in good standing in another state to be eligible for reciprocity at the same level of certification or licensure; amend KRS 142.301, 205.5602, 211.9523, 311A.010, 311A.170, and 405.075 to conform; repeal KRS 311A.185, relating to determination of death by a paramedic; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except make a technical correction relating to paramedic licensure.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - received in Senate

AMEND SECTION 170 OF KENTUCKY CONSTITUTION RELATING TO TAXATION
(MASSARONI, CANDY)

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to taxation.

Propose to amend Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky to provide the General Assembly the authority to exempt all or a portion of any class of property from taxation or eliminate all or a portion of any tax and the related provisions of that tax; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

PROPERTY TAX HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT relating to the property tax homestead exemption.

Amend KRS 132.810 to remove the requirement that the homestead exemption be construed to mean $6,500 in terms of the purchasing power of the dollar in 1972 and the cost-of-living indexing requirement; require the amount of the homestead exemption to be 50% of the first $250,000 in assessed value for qualifying real property; EFFECTIVE only upon the ratification by voters of an amendment to Section 170 of the Kentucky Constitution.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

AMEND SECTION 170 OF KENTUCKY CONSTITUTION RELATING TO PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to property exempt from taxation.

Propose to amend Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky to remove the $6,500 homestead exemption amount for property taxation and provide the General Assembly the authority to set the amount of the homestead exemption; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

SEX OFFENDERS
(BANTA, KIM)

AN ACT relating to sex offenders.

Amend KRS 17.545 to prohibit a registrant from residing within 3,000 feet of a high school, middle school, elementary school, preschool, publicly owned or leased playground, or licensed daycare facility; provide that the 3,000 feet restriction applies to any person who becomes a registrant after the effective date of this Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

BONDS
(FRAZIER GORDON, DEANNA)

AN ACT relating to bonds.

Amend KRS 431.520 to prohibit individuals who are subject to a protective order under KRS Chapter 403 or 456 from being released on the surety of, or deposit paid by, a person protected by the protective order.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary (H)

CANNABIS
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to cannabis.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to make possession of a personal use quantity of cannabis exempt from civil or criminal penalty; amend KRS 218A.010 to define "cannabis," "personal use quantity of cannabis," and "cannabis accessory"; amend KRS 218A.1422 regarding cannabis possession to conform; amend KRS 218A.1423 regarding cannabis cultivation to conform; amend KRS 218A.500 regarding drug paraphernalia to exempt personal use cannabis accessories; amend KRS 218A.1421 regarding cannabis trafficking to exempt personal use quantities; amend KRS 138.872 to exclude personal use quantities from the cannabis stamp tax; amend KRS 218A.410 and 533.030 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to allow expungement of certain convictions relating to cannabis and to apply expungement retroactively; EFFECTIVE, in part, January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Amend KRS 341.370 to prohibit disqualification from benefits for workers unemployed as a result of domestic violence and abuse, dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.530 to charge benefits to pooled account for workers displaced from employment through domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.125 to require the secretary to provide training to personnel who process claims related to domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking and to report to the Legislative Research Commission annually the number of claims paid involving domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.360 to conform; amend KRS 341.550 to prevent benefit payments from pooled account from impacting an employer's experience rating; and create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to direct the secretary of the Education and Labor Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - (H) WITHDRAWN

UNLAWFUL TRADE PRACTICES
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to unlawful trade practices and declaring an emergency.

Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 286.2-685 as a new section of Subtitle 3 of KRS Chapter 286 to make technical amendments; remove prohibition against use of financial institution names in certain marketing and solicitations; establish a civil penalty for violation of section; establish a new section of KRS Chapter 367 to prohibit the use of financial institution names in the marketing and solicitations of persons who are not financial institutions in certain circumstances; make violation of section an unfair, false, misleading, or deceptive trade practice in violation of KRS 367.170; authorize enforcement by the Attorney General and any trade organization representing one or more financial institution industries; establish remedies for violation of section; establish a new section of KRS Chapter 367 to regulate certain real estate service agreements; make recording of certain real estate service agreements a crime and provide penalties for violation of recording prohibition; make violation of section an unfair, false, misleading, or deceptive trade practice in violation of KRS 367.170; authorize enforcement of section by Attorney General; authorize Attorney General to promulgate administrative regulations; amend KRS 324.160 to establish that violation of section regulating real estate service contracts by real estate licensees is improper conduct; provide that the provisions of the Act are severable; RETROACTIVE, in part; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend the definition of "person"; provide attorney's fees and costs and a statutory penalty for a violation of Section 2 of this Act; direct that the Attorney General, any Commonwealth's attorney, or county attorney may enforce Class B misdemeanor penalty under Section 3 of this Act; make technical corrections. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend definition of "financial institution" in Section 2 of this Act; provide that a financial institution may provide consent to marketing material, solicitation, or advertising in written or electronic format; amend definition of "service provider" in Section 3 of this Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/22/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Banking & Insurance (S)

CRIMINAL HISTORIES OF JOB APPLICANTS
(BROWN JR., GEORGE)

AN ACT relating to criminal histories of job applicants.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 344 to prohibit employers from considering or requiring disclosure of prior criminal history as part of the initial job application; provide that the Act may be cited as the Ban the Box - The Criminal Record Employment Discrimination Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

REGULATION OF CANNABIS
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.

Establish KRS Chapter 245, relating to adult use cannabis, to administer its cultivation, processing, transportation, sale, use, taxation, and licensing; define terms; establish the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board and its membership, procedures, powers, and duties; direct the board to promulgate administrative regulations for the administration and enforcement of the chapter; set up advisory committees appointed by the board; create the Department of Cannabis Control within the Public Protection Cabinet for the oversight of cannabis operations and to provide administrative support for the board; establish various one-year business licenses under the chapter; grant administrative hearings under KRS Chapter 13B to appeal a license denial or revocation; forbid an employer from discriminating against applicants or employees who use cannabis outside of working hours as long as the use does not affect job performance; prohibit a person under the age of 21 from purchasing, possessing, consuming, or using cannabis; establish a revolving account called the cannabis fund to collect cannabis licensing fees, fines, excise taxes, and any other funds; form the Social Impact Council as a public agency authorized to distribute moneys from the cannabis fund; set council membership, procedures, powers, and duties; amend KRS 2.015 to require a person to be 21 years of age or older to purchase cannabis and its products and accessories; create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to authorize local governments to levy up to a 5% license fee on the gross receipts of a retailer or microbusiness; allow overlapping local governments to agree to levy a combined license fee, with set fee amounts absent an agreement; create new sections of KRS Chapter 138 to define terms; impose an initial excise tax rate of 9% on the first sale or transfer of harvested cannabis; allow the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board to set the excise tax rate in each subsequent year; establish excise tax reporting, collection, and liability; amend KRS 138.870 and 260.850 to exclude adult use cannabis from the definitions of "controlled substance," "marijuana," "hemp," and "hemp products"; create new sections of KRS 218A and amend KRS 218A.010, 218A.1421, 218A.1422, 218A.1423, and 218A.500 to exempt licensed adult use cannabis activities from criminal marijuana offenses; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to allow a person to petition the court to expunge the person's misdemeanor marijuana convictions; amend KRS 431.079 to exclude the expungement petition from the certification of eligibility requirement; amend KRS 131.1815 to notify the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board if a cannabis licensee is a delinquent taxpayer; amend KRS 600.020 to include cannabis offenses in the list of juvenile status offenses; amend KRS 12.020 to add the governmental entities created in KRS Chapter 245 to the list of executive branch government bodies; set initial terms for members of the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board and Social Impact Council; apply the excise tax beginning on July 1, 2025, and allow cannabis sales beginning on July 1, 2026; Section 35 of Act, relating to expungement, is RETROACTIVE; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2024 - (H) WITHDRAWN

KENTUCKY PUBLIC PENSIONS AUTHORITY
(JOHNSON, DJ)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority.

Amend various sections of KRS Chapters 16, 61, and 78 to make technical and housekeeping changes relating to the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority's (KPPA) administration of the systems governed by the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) and the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) boards of trustees, including: amend KRS 61.505 to rename the position of internal auditor to chief auditor and conform with prior legislation; amend KRS 16.505, 61.510, and 78.510 to make various changes and additions to definitions; repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 16.652, 61.546, and 61.692 in response to a Kentucky Supreme Court decision and make technical changes; amend KRS 61.525 and 78.540 to remove outdated language and comply with federal law regarding membership in the retirement plan; amend KRS 61.552 to require Tier 3 members to remit employee contributions before receiving military service credit; amend KRS 61.569 to provide process for repayment of employee contributions after a member's employment is reinstated by order of a court or tribunal; amend KRS 61.615 to permit KPPA to employ vocational experts to review and evaluate employment information in disability review cases and remove review of physical exertion requirement when disability is due solely to a mental illness; amend KRS 61.625 regarding procedures for members who receive a refund in error or who have taken a refund and subsequently have their reemployment reinstated; amend KRS 61.637 and 78.5540 to conform to the process for repayment of employee contributions after a member's employment is reinstated by order of a court or tribunal; amend KRS 61.645 and 78.782 to permit voting by telephone in trustee elections and extend deadline for posting board minutes from 72 hours to 3 business days; amend KRS 61.665 to change the process for the review of disability applications to permit one medical examiner to review initial applications and approve a member for disability with no additional reviews required, but if disability is denied, implement up to two more examiners to achieve majority consensus for approval or disapproval of disability; amend KRS 61.705 and 78.5538 to provide that the death benefit of $5,000 is payable to a beneficiary of the member, not the member, and is not subject to garnishment, unless the beneficiary is the member's estate or there is an overpayment of benefits or outstanding balance owed to the system; amend KRS 61.685, 61.702, 78.530, 78.5528, 78.5536, 78.640, and 78.852 to make conforming and technical changes. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 61.546 to make a technical change.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - received in Senate

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES
(DOAN, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to housing opportunities.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 100, relating to local planning and zoning, to require local governments to prioritize housing within applicable zones by easing minimum square footage requirements and aesthetic design requirements; facilitating the location of multifamily housing, accessory dwelling units, tiny homes, and manufactured housing; facilitating the permitting and variance process; easing minimum parking requirements, and standards for home occupations; and requiring that zoning laws have a substantial connection to protection of public safety, health, and usage of property; provide legal remedies; set conditions for the construction of the Act; amend KRS 141.435 and 141.437 to conform; provide that the Act may be cited as the Housing Opportunities Made Easier Act or the HOME Act; repeal KRS 100.348, relating to standards for manufactured homes.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

SWIMMING POOLS
(JACKSON, KEVIN)

AN ACT relating to swimming pools and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to define terms; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish a system to designate swimming pools into classifications; establish lifeguard requirements for Class A and Class B pools; require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HCS 1 and HFA 1

AMEND SECTION 170 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION
(HUFF, THOMAS)

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to property exempt from taxation.

Propose to amend Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky to include in the homestead exemption for owners who are 65 years of age or older any increase in the valuation of the real property that is assessed after the later of the year the owner turned 65 or the year the owner purchased the property; apply the exemption to increases in valuation that occur after the date the amendment is ratified by the voters; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

VALUATION OF REAL PROPERTY
(HUFF, THOMAS)

AN ACT relating to the valuation of real property for tax purposes.

Amend KRS 132.810 to require the assessed value of property qualifying for the homestead exemption with an owner who is 65 years of age or older be assessed at a value that is equal to or less than the value of the property in the year the owner turns 65 or the year the owner purchased the property, whichever occurs later; apply to property assessed on or after January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE
(BAKER, SHANE)

AN ACT relating to fleeing or evading police.

Amend KRS 520.095 to enhance fleeing or evading police in the first degree to a Class C felony; provide that the defendant shall not be released on probation, shock probation, conditional discharge, or parole until he or she has served at least 50 percent of the sentence imposed; amend KRS 520.100 to enhance fleeing or evading police in the second degree to a Class D felony; provide that the defendant shall not be released on probation, shock probation, conditional discharge, or parole until he or she has served at least 50 percent of the sentence imposed.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

EXECUTIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS
(GRAHAM, DERRICK)

AN ACT relating to appropriations measures providing funding and establishing conditions for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its various officers, cabinets, departments, boards, commissions, institutions, subdivisions, agencies, and other state-supported activities.

The Governor's recommended State/Executive Branch Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

PFAS SUBSTANCES
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to establish a PFAS Working Group to research the effect that exposure to PFAS has on health outcomes in the Commonwealth; create new sections of Subchapter 10 of KRS Chapter 224 to define the terms "consumer product," "intentionally added," "PFAS," "product component," and "wastewater treatment facility"'; establish a reporting requirement for manufacturers that intentionally include PFAS in products manufactured for sale or distribution in the Commonwealth; establish a reporting requirement for PFAS releases in the Commonwealth by manufacturers that intentionally include PFAS in manufactured products.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to professions and occupations.

Amend KRS 335B.010 to define terms related to licensing and public employment qualifications; amend KRS 335B.020 to narrow the class of offenses to which the chapter applies, to add consideration of the age of the person at the time the crime was committed, the evidence relevant to the circumstances of the crime, and evidence of rehabilitation in making licensure decisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 335B to prohibit disqualifying individuals from pursing a professional license solely due to conviction that has been sealed or expunged, convictions older than five years unless the conviction falls under an exception, or a finding that the applicant lacks good character; amend KRS 335B.030 to require a hiring or licensing authority that denies an individual a professional license due to a prior conviction of a crime to notify the individual in writing of the specific offense that is the basis of the denial, the reasons the offense was determined to directly relate to the duties and responsibilities of the occupation and posed a reasonable threat to public safety, and that the applicant has a right to submit additional information within 30 days which the licensing authority is required to consider; create new sections of KRS 335B to allow a person with a prior conviction of a crime to request an initial determination regarding whether a prior conviction of crime would disqualify the individual from licensure and require that this initial determination is binding on the hiring or licensing authority; require each hiring or licensing authority to publish information on its website pertaining to applicants with a prior conviction of a crime; require each hiring or licensing authority that is authorized to consider the criminal conviction of an applicant to provide an annual report to the Legislative Research Commission; amend various sections of KRS Chapters 309, 317A, and 327 to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Amend KRS 341.370 to prohibit disqualification from benefits for workers unemployed as a result of domestic violence and abuse, dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.530 to charge benefits to pooled account for workers displaced from employment through domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.125 to require the secretary to provide training to personnel who process claims related to domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking and to report to the Legislative Research Commission annually the number of claims paid involving domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.360 to conform; amend KRS 341.550 to prevent benefit payments from pooled account from impacting an employer's experience rating; and create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to direct the secretary of the Education and Labor Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to off-highway vehicles.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 189 to define "off-highway vehicle" or "OHV"; allow the registration of an OHV as a motor vehicle in accordance with KRS 186.050(3)(a); require proof of insurance and the payment of all registration and clerk fees as identified in KRS 186.050(3)(a) and KRS 186.040; allow the Transportation Cabinet or a local government to prohibit OHV operation on roadways under its jurisdiction; provide for nonresident reciprocity; require the Transportation Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations; allow nonresidents to operate an OHV on roadways of the Commonwealth; outline requirements, fees, and length of permit validity; amend KRS 189.515 to specify that that section shall not apply to OHVs that have been registered as a motor vehicle; amend KRS 189.990 to establish penalties; amend KRS 186.010 to specify that OHVs registered under Section 1 or 2 of this Act shall be considered motor vehicles; amend KRS 186A.070 to allow OHVs registered as motor vehicles to operate on roadways of the Commonwealth; repeal KRS 189.281, which allows establishment of a pilot program for off-highway vehicles; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

EMPLOYMENT
(CALLAWAY, EMILY)

AN ACT relating to employment.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 335B.010 to 335B.070 to require hiring and licensing authorities to establish an application process that gives persons convicted of a crime an opportunity to apply for a position of public employment or occupational license before pursuing training; amend KRS 335.020 to add criteria for hiring and licensing authorities to consider when determining if a conviction directly relates to the position of public employment or occupational license sought; amend KRS 335B.030 to require hiring or licensing authorities to request information and allow an applicant a hearing before making a determination of hiring for a position of public employment or granting an occupational license, and provide written findings of fact to the applicant upon determination.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (H)

LIVING WAGE
(HERRON, KETURAH)

AN ACT relating to a living wage.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to require any employer doing business in Kentucky that receives governmental incentives or subsidies to pay its employees a living wage.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

ALCOHOL SALES TO MINORS
(MCPHERSON, SHAWN)

AN ACT relating to the sale of alcohol to minors.

Amend KRS 244.085 to enhance penalties for any person who aids or assists any person under 21 years of age in purchasing or being delivered or served any alcoholic beverage; amend KRS 244.990 to enhance penalties for violations related to retail sales of alcoholic beverages to any person under 21 years of age; establish that the Act may be cited as the Jordan Bratcher and Chance Goostree Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

TAX CREDIT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS
(TACKETT LAFERTY, ASHLEY)

AN ACT relating to a tax credit for volunteer firefighters.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a refundable income tax credit for certain volunteer firefighters; declare the purpose of the credit; require annual reporting to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue to evaluate the impact of the credit; amend KRS 141.0205 to provide the ordering of the credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow confidential tax return information to be shared with the Legislative Research Commission and Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

WATER FLUORIDATION PROGRAMS
(HART, MARK)

AN ACT relating to water fluoridation programs.

Amend KRS 211.190 to make water fluoridation programs optional; allow the governing bodies of water systems subject to regulation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to decide whether they participate in water fluoridation programs; provide that a water fluoridation program in place on the effective date of the Act continues until action is taken by its governing body to end its participation; provide that any decision regarding participation in a water fluoridation program made by the governing body of a water system shall be binding on all water systems it supplies.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

NICOTINE PRODUCTS
(HART, MARK)

AN ACT relating to products that contain nicotine.

Create a new section of KRS 438.305 to 438.340 to require the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to establish a vapor retail license and require retailers to have a retail license to sell vapor products; amend KRS 438.310 to increase penalties for violations related to the sale of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products; amend KRS 438.311 to establish penalties for individuals under the age of 18 and individuals over the age of 18 but under 21 who purchase or attempt to purchase alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, or vapor products; amend KRS 438.313 to increase penalties for violations related to the distribution and retail of cigarettes, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products; amend KRS 438.345 to require local boards of education to include policies that penalize students for possessing alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, or vapor products on school grounds and list those penalties; amend KRS 438.350 to establish penalties for individuals under the age of 18 and individuals over the age of 18 but under 21 who are caught in possession of alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, or vapor products; amend KRS 600.020, 610.010, and 630.020 to include tobacco, alternative nicotine product, or vapor product violations as status offenses; amend KRS 138.195 to conform. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions, except repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 438.345 as a new section of KRS Chapter 158, to require local boards of education to adopt policies that penalize students for possessing alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, or vapor products and list penalties; require school districts to report annually to the Kentucky Department of Education, and require the department to report to the Legislative Research Commission, the number of nicotine-related behavior incidents in schools and the number requiring medical intervention. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions; require schools to provide evidence-based age-appropriate nicotine prevention and cessation information to all students at the beginning of the school year and access to materials throughout the school year; require a school to provide nicotine cessation information upon the first incident, disciplinary action in accordance with the district's code of acceptable behavior upon the second incident, and in-school or out-of-school suspension and the opportunity to complete a nicotine education program for the third and subsequent incidents; require the Kentucky Department of Education, regional educational cooperatives, and local boards of education to identify and apply for grant opportunities relating to nicotine; require by August 1, 2024 that the Kentucky Department of Education, after consultation with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, post nicotine awareness information on the department's webpage.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - received in Senate

RETIREMENT BENEFITS
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to retirement benefits for state and county employees in hazardous positions.

Create a new section of KRS 16.505 to 16.652 to change the retirement benefits for members participating in the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) or in a hazardous position in either the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) or County Employees Retirement System (CERS) who are hired after January 1, 2014, but before January 1, 2025, so that, in lieu of continued participation in the hybrid cash balance plan (Tier 3 benefits), these members receive the benefits provided to members in a hazardous position who began participating immediately prior to January 1, 2014 (Tier 2 benefits); for those eligible hazardous employees, create a presumption that service credit in a hazardous position earned after January 1, 2014, is service credit earned immediately prior to January 1, 2014; for eligible hazardous members transitioning to Tier 2, require that accumulated contributions in the hybrid cash balance plan remain in the member’s account, but any employer credit be transferred to the retirement allowance account; allow a member in a hazardous position subject to a change from Tier 3 to Tier 2 benefits to make a one-time election to opt out of the change of benefits within 30 days; establish exclusions; amend KRS 16.576, 16.577, 16.578, 16.582, 61.546, 51.552, 61.597, 61.615, 78.5512, 78.5514, 78.5524, 78.5528, and 78.616 to grant to members in a hazardous position who begin participating after January 1, 2025, or whose participation is presumed under Section 1 to begin immediately prior to January 1, 2014, the same benefits provided to members whose participation began immediately prior to January 1, 2014 (Tier 2 benefits), including death and disability benefits, benefit factors and service credit that includes service credit for unused sick leave, and eligibility for early retirement and service purchases; make technical corrections; amend KRS 16.583 and 78.5516 to limit the hybrid cash balance plan (Tier 3 benefits) only to members participating in SPRS or in hazardous positions in KERS or CERS who make an election to opt out of Tier 2 benefits under Section or who make an election, prior to the effective date of the Act, under KRS 61.5955; amend KRS 61.5955 to provide that only a member in a nonhazardous position who began participating in KERS or CERS as a Tier 2 member may elect to receive Tier 3 benefits in the hybrid cash balance plan in lieu of Tier 2 benefits; amend KRS 16.505, 61.510, and 78.510 to amend definitions of various terms to conform and make technical changes; amend KRS 16.560, 61.575, and 78.640 to allow interest credited on the accounts of members participating in SPRS or in a hazardous position in KERS or CERS to be adjusted to conform; amend KRS 61.592 and 78.5520 to exempt only hazardous members who opt out of receiving Tier 2 benefits from eligibility for an employer payment to convert nonhazardous service to hazardous service; amend KRS 61.680 to require that a member who is eligible under Section 1 and who has nonhazardous service credit as a Tier 3 member of either KERS or CERS to have his or her nonhazardous and hazardous service consolidated to determine eligibility and benefits; amend KRS 78.545 to add Section 1 as one of the provisions that shall be administered for the CERS in the same manner as for the KERS.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2024 - Introduced

PROPERTY TAX RATE LEVIES
(FLEMING, KEN)

AN ACT relating to local property tax rate levies.

Amend KRS 132.017 to define "next regular election" as it pertains to placing on the ballot the question on whether a local property tax rate shall be levied to specify that the election may occur in the same or a subsequent calendar year as the levy; require the question to the voters to be framed to ask whether the voter is for the levy of the property tax rate; make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

AD VALOREM TAXES
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to ad valorem taxes.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 132 to exempt motor vehicles, recreational vehicles, trailers, and semitrailers from state and local ad valorem taxes; amend various sections of KRS Chapters 92, 132, 133, 134, 136, 141, 186, 186A, and 235 to conform; repeal KRS 132.227. 132,485, 132.4851, 132.487, 136.188, 186.193, and 186A.030; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

DEATH IN LINE OF DUTY BENEFITS
(WITTEN, SUSAN)

AN ACT relating to death in the line of duty benefits.

Amend KRS 16.601, 61.621, and 78.5534 to increase minimum line of duty death benefits to a non-spouse beneficiary of a Kentucky Employees Retirement System, County Employees Retirement System, or State Police Retirement System member who was working in an approved hazardous duty position or in a position that could be approved as hazardous duty for retirement purposes; specify the minimum payment to the non-spouse beneficiary shall only be payable if there is no surviving spouse beneficiary and shall be a minimum of a lump-sum payment equal to 36 months of the member's monthly rate of pay; provide that the non-spouse beneficiary may elect the minimum lump-sum payment or any other benefits the non-spouse beneficiary is eligible to receive upon the member's death, but not both.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - received in Senate

SECURITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALCOHOL RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to security requirements at retail establishments licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 244 to define terms; establish preemployment requirements for bouncers; create bouncer training standards; establish agency oversight; amend KRS 244.120 to prohibit consumption of alcohol by a bouncer during work hours; amend KRS 243.500 to allow revocation or suspension of a license for failure to comply with bouncer restrictions; cite this Act as Christopher's Law; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2024 - Introduced

POSTING OF VETERANS' BENEFITS AND SERVICES
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to the posting of veterans' benefits and services.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to require the Kentucky Department of Veterans' Affairs to create and distribute a veterans' benefits and services document to employers and require employers to keep copies of a veterans' benefits and services document in a conspicuous and accessible place.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (H)

HOSPITALS
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to hospitals.

Amend KRS 216B.065 to require the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, or the medical systems thereof, to obtain approval from the General Assembly before acquiring a hospital that requires a license issued under KRS 216B.042.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - Introduced

COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS
(RAYMER, REBECCA)

AN ACT relating to COVID-19 vaccine requirements of minors.

Create a new section of Chapter 214 prohibiting the state, any political subdivision of the state, or any governmental agency from requiring a child to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - Introduced

KENTUCKY BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY
(DOAN, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology.

Abolish the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology by repealing KRS Chapter 317A in its entirety; amend KRS 48.315, 164.945, 165A.310, 309.352, 317.420, and 324B.030 to conform; close the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology trust and agency fund by January 1, 2025; transfer remaining moneys to the general fund; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - Introduced

PARAMEDIC EDUCATION
(TACKETT LAFERTY, ASHLEY)

AN ACT relating to paramedic education and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS 164.740 to 164.7891 to establish a coal-county paramedic scholarship to be administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA); define terms; establish a fund in the State Treasury to be administered by KHEAA for providing coal county paramedic scholarships; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - Introduced

FAMILY CARE LEAVE
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to family care leave.

Amend KRS 337.010 to define "family care leave," "family member," "health care provider," "same employer," and "serious health condition"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to prohibit employers from refusing to grant a qualified employee family care leave; entitle an employee to family care leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a family member and establish parameters.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - Introduced

EARNED PAID SICK LEAVE
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to earned paid sick leave.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to require employers to provide earned paid sick leave to employees; provide that employees earn paid sick leave upon the date of hire and can use the leave after being employed for 90 days; set forth allowable uses of accrued earned paid sick leave; designate how notice of need to use earned paid sick leave is provided by employees; amend KRS 337.990 to establish the penalty for employers that fail to follow earned paid sick leave requirements.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - Introduced

RECYCLERS
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to recyclers.

Create a new section of Subchapter 1 of KRS Chapter 224 to define "recycling facility" and require a notice of violation of KRS Chapter 224 by a recycling facility be sent to the local governing body where the facility is located.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - Introduced

CERTIFICATE OF NEED
(PROCTOR, MARIANNE)

AN ACT relating to certificate of need.

Amend KRS 216B.015 to amend the definition of "capital expenditure minimum" and define "major medical equipment expenditure minimum"; amend KRS 216B.061 to modify conditions under which a person is prohibited from taking actions without a certificate of need.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - Introduced

CERTIFICATE OF NEED
(PROCTOR, MARIANNE)

AN ACT relating to certificate of need.

Amend KRS 216B.020 to add various health facilities and services to the list of health facilities and services that are exempt from certificate of need requirements; amend KRS 216B.065 to exempt various health facilities and services from acquisition of facilities or major medical equipment notification and certificate of need requirements; amend KRS 216.380 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - Introduced

CERTIFICATE OF NEED
(PROCTOR, MARIANNE)

AN ACT relating to certificate of need.

Amend KRS 216B.040 to require that the Cabinet for Health and Family conduct public hearings on certificate of need applications as requested by applicants for, or holders of, certificates of need and licenses; amend KRS 216B.062 to require that notice be given on the right of only applicants to request a hearing; amend KRS 216B.085 to require that only the applicant may request a public hearing within 15 days of a cabinet decision regarding an application; require that notice of the public hearing be given only to the applicant; require that only the applicant have the right to be represented by counsel at the public hearing; require that the cabinet notify only the applicant of the decision and that the decision is final unless a request for reconsideration is filed by only the applicant; amend KRS 216B.090 to permit only the applicant to request a hearing for purposes of reconsideration of the cabinet; amend KRS 216B.095 to delete notice of a cabinet decision regarding a request for a nonsubstantive review to any affected party; amend KRS 216B.115 to permit an appeal to the Franklin Circuit Court by the applicant of any final decision of the cabinet regarding an application to be made .

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Health Services (H)

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(HERRON, KETURAH)

AN ACT relating to controlled substances.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 211 to establish a program for harm reduction centers; amend possession of controlled substance statutes to reduce penalties; amend KRS 218A.275 to provide for referrals to treatment for persons charged with possession of controlled substances; amend KRS 218A.500 to decriminalize possession of items to test, store, or consume controlled substances; amend KRS 218A.992, 533.274, 431.078, 218A 275, and 218A.010 to conform; repeal KRS 218A.14151, 218A.1450, 218A.1451, 218A.1452, 27.099, and 218A.276; EFFECTIVE, in part, August 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - Introduced

MENTAL HEALTH OF FIRST RESPONDERS
(WESLEY, BILL)

AN ACT relating to the mental health of first responders.

Amend KRS 95A.292 to allow rescue squad members to participate in the Alan "Chip" Terry Professional Development and Wellness Program; and create a new section of KRS Chapter 39F to direct the Division of Emergency Management and the Kentucky Fire Commission to enter into an agreement to ensure that rescue squad members have access to the program.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HFA 1

SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT TO RECIPIENTS OF A MONTH RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE
(GRAHAM, DERRICK)

AN ACT relating to a supplemental payment for recipients of a monthly retirement allowance from the systems administered by the Kentucky Retirement Systems, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate $95 million from the budget reserve trust fund in fiscal year 2023-2024 to fund one-time supplemental payments on July 1, 2024, to recipients of a retirement allowance from the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) and the State Police Retirement System (SPRS); specify that the one-time supplemental payment shall be equal to the monthly payment received by the recipient in the month of June 2024; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

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1/9/2024 - Introduced

EMPLOYMENT SCHEDULES
(BURKE, LINDSEY)

AN ACT relating to employment schedules.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 requiring employers to give employees a good-faith schedule of hours to be worked, to have a voluntary standby list of employees who wish to work additional hours, to post weekly schedules at least seven days in advance, and to provide certain rest periods for employees from being scheduled; allow employees to identify time limitations for scheduling work hours; require compensation for employer changes to the schedule; set forth unlawful practices; amend KRS 337.990 to establish a penalty for violations.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/11/2024 - Introduced

NAMING OF ROADS AND BRIDGES
(DOAN, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to the naming of roads and bridges.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 177 to establish the procedures for the Transportation Cabinet and local governments to enter into a lease agreement with private entities for the naming rights of roads or bridges and for the installation of signage.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/11/2024 - Introduced

REINSTATEMENT OF POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to reinstatement of police and fire department employees.

Amend KRS 95.440 to remove the requirement that a person shall only be eligible for reinstatement to a police or fire department within one year following separation from employment.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

LOW-SPEED VEHICLES
(RAYMER, REBECCA)

AN ACT relating to low-speed vehicles and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 189.282, regarding low-speed vehicles, to expressly exempt low-speed vehicles which meet the standards of 49 C.F.R. sec. 571.500 from any other federal motor vehicle safety standards or any of the equipment provisions of KRS Chapter 189 that are not applicable; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - received in Senate

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS
(WITTEN, SUSAN)

AN ACT relating to animal control officers.

Create a new section of KRS 258.095 to 258.500 to require animal control officers to receive training on recognizing child abuse; amend KRS 620.030 to add animal control officers to the list of people with a duty to report dependency, neglect, or abuse of a child; provide that the Act may be cited as Kyan's Law.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2024 - Introduced

CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPONS
(MADDOX, SAVANNAH)

AN ACT relating to concealed deadly weapons.

Amend KRS 237.109 to lower the age requirement for carrying a concealed and deadly weapon from 21 to 18; amend KRS 237.110 to conform and make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/16/2024 - Introduced

AMENDING 2022-2024 EXECUTIVE BRANCH BUDGET
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT amending the 2022-2024 State/Executive Branch biennial budget, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Amend the 2022-2024 State/Executive Branch biennial budget to implement a cap for disaster or emergency aid funds under the Military Affairs budget unit in fiscal year 2023-2024 and for the necessary government expense under the Adult Correctional Institutions budget unit in fiscal year 2023-2024; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; amend the 2022-2024 State/Executive Branch biennial budget to implement a cap for disaster or emergency aid funds under the Military Affairs budget unit in fiscal year 2023-2024 and for the necessary government expense under the Adult Correctional Institutions budget unit in fiscal year 2023-2024; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

ABANDONED INFANTS
(TATE, NANCY)

AN ACT relating to abandoned infants.

Amend KRS 405.075 to change the definition of "newborn safety device" related to the continuous staffing requirement.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (H)

CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
(WILLIAMS, WADE)

AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 508, 509, 510, 520, and 525 to provide that any person convicted of an offense under those chapters, who was armed with a firearm during the commission of the offense and in furtherance of the offense, shall be subject to an enhanced penalty; amend KRS 519.055 to provide for an enhanced penalty when the person was armed with a firearm at the time of the commission of the offense; amend KRS 520.050 to provide for an enhanced penalty when the dangerous contraband is a deadly weapon; amend KRS 527.110 to provide an enhanced penalty; amend KRS 439.3401 to expand the definition of "violent offender" to include a Class B or Class C felony where the offender was armed with a firearm during the commission of the offense and in furtherance of the offense, impersonating a peace officer where the offender was armed with a firearm, promoting contraband in the first degree where the dangerous contraband is a deadly weapon, and unlawfully providing a handgun to a juvenile; provide that offenders convicted of a Class B or Class C felony where the offender was armed with a firearm during the commission of the offense and in furtherance of the offense, impersonating a peace officer where the offender was armed with a firearm, promoting contraband in the first degree where the dangerous contraband is a deadly weapon, and unlawfully providing a handgun to a juvenile shall not be released on probation or parole until he or she has served at least 85% of the sentence imposed.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

WAGE THEFT
(CAMUEL, ADRIELLE)

AN ACT relating to wage theft.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 514 to prohibit theft of wages; define terms and establish penalties; amend KRS 336.080 to permit the secretary to enter places of employment without unreasonable delay; amend KRS 337.020 to allow the commissioner to charge and collect past due wages; amend KRS 337.070 to require certain employers to include rate of pay, number of hours worked, the total amount of gross pay earned on wage statements provided to employees; amend KRS 337.320 to require employers to keep certain records for three years; create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to require employers to provide to an employee a written notice at the time of hire that sets forth employment terms; amend KRS 337.990 to include a civil penalty for failure to provide the written notice to employee and maintain a copy of the signed notice.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

DNA
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to deoxyribonucleic acid.

Amend KRS 17.169 to include local law enforcement as persons authorized to collect DNA samples; define "rapid DNA instruments"; amend KRS 17.170 to provide for the collection of DNA samples at arrest or initial appearance from all persons charged with a felony offense; allow for collection of a second DNA sample by approved local governments to be processed via Rapid DNA instruments; amend KRS 17.175 to provide that a person may request expungement of the record of his or her DNA in certain enumerated circumstances; amend KRS 64.060 to establish a $5 payment from the State Treasury to the collecting agency for each DNA sample collected; APPROPRIATION.

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1/17/2024 - Introduced

RISK PROTECTION ORDERS
(CHESTER-BURTON, BEVERLY)

AN ACT relating to risk protection orders.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 237 to define terms; allow enumerated persons to petition a District Court to issue an order prohibiting a person from purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm if the person is or has been diagnosed with or treated for a mental condition that causes or is likely to cause impairment in judgment, perception, or impulse control to an extent that presents an unreasonable risk to public health, safety, or welfare if the person were in possession or control of a firearm; establish that a violation of an order is a Class A misdemeanor; amend KRS 237.104 to conform.

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1/17/2024 - Introduced

CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPONS
(MADDOX, SAVANNAH)

AN ACT relating to concealed deadly weapons.

Repeal KRS 237.115, which interprets the application of the license to carry concealed deadly weapon statute as permitting postsecondary facilities, local governments, and units of state government to limit concealed carry in governmental buildings; amend KRS 150.172, 237.110, 527.020 to conform; amend KRS 237.110 to no longer prohibit the carrying of concealed deadly weapons in schools and specify that the prohibition of carrying concealed deadly weapons in airports is limited to areas controlled by TSA and make technical corrections; amend KRS 527.070 to add persons with valid licenses to carry concealed deadly weapons to the list of those permitted to possess weapons in schools.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to employment discrimination.

Amend KRS 344.040, 344.050, 344.060, 344.070, 344.080, 344.100, and 344.110 to add protections against discrimination based on weight.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

KENTUCKY PUBLIC PENSIONS AUTHORITY
(JOHNSON, DJ)

AN ACT relating to reorganization of the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority.

Amend KRS 61.505 to establish the Office of Financial Management and the Office of Benefits within the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority; amend KRS 12.020 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

KRATOM
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to kratom.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 217 to define terms related to kratom; direct the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to license and regulate processors and retailers of kratom products; charge kratom processors an annual licensing fee of $1,000 and kratom retailers an annual licensing fee of $500; prohibit the manufacture and sale of certain kratom extracts and kratom products; prohibit the sale of kratom extracts and kratom products to any individuals under 21 years of age; establish penalties; declare the supremacy of any future federal regulations on kratom. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions except delete requirements for the licensure of kratom processors and kratom retailers; requirement for a certificate of analysis; requirement that kratom extracts and kratom products contain a label that includes a QR code; establish the Department for Public Health as the state agency responsible for regulating kratom.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - received in Senate

TEMPORARY STRUCTURES
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to temporary structures.

Amend KRS 198B.050 to exempt temporary structures from building code compliance if erected by or for a state or government agency, city, or municipality.

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1/23/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

ESTABLISHMENT OF MINIMUM WAGES
(AULL, CHAD)

AN ACT relating to the establishment of minimum wages by local governments.

Amend KRS 65.016 and 337.275 to allow local governments to pass an ordinance setting employees' minimum wages at a rate higher than that found in KRS 337.275 for employers located within that government's jurisdiction.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2024 - Introduced

BUILDING CODE VIOLATIONS
(CALLOWAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to building code violations.

Amend KRS 198B.130 to establish criteria for a violation for deviation from the Uniform State Building Code.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2024 - Introduced

LOBBYING
(RABOURN, FELICIA)

AN ACT relating to lobbying.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 48 to prohibit a public agency or any other entity created by an act of the General Assembly from using public funds for lobbying activity or to employ or enter into a contract with a lobbyist; define terms; exempt public agency employees who perform lobbying activities as part of their fiduciary duties; create a new section of KRS Chapter 61 to prohibit a public agency from using public funds for lobbying activity or to employ or contract with a lobbyist; define terms; exempt public agency employees who perform lobbying activities as part of their fiduciary duties; create new sections of KRS 6.601 to 6.849 to permit a person to file a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission if a public agency or entity created by an act of the General Assembly is using public funds to hire a lobbyist or for lobbying activity; require the commission to transfer a complaint to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission if the alleged violator is an employee of the executive branch of state government; require a public agency to report to the Legislative Ethics Commission if the agency procures a contract with a legislative agent to engage in federal lobbying or uses federal funds to employ or procure a contract with a legislative agent or as part of compensation or salary of an employee to engage in lobbying activity on behalf of the agency; require the report to be filed within 30 days of the decision to engage in federal lobbying activity or use federal funds to engage in lobbying activity; require all public agencies to submit to the Auditor of Public Accounts and State Treasurer a list of all contracts they have procured with a legislative agency for all types of lobbying activity, regardless of the source of funds, by June 30 each year; allow the Attorney General, Commonwealth's attorney, county attorney, or their designee to investigate violations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from employing or contracting with a lobbyist or using public funds to employ or contract with a lobbyist; allow a president of the public postsecondary institution to lobby on behalf of the institution in his or her fiduciary capacity; amend KRS 6.611 to include as lobbying any public agency to hire or procure a contract with a public relations, media, or social media company to indirectly promote, advocate, or oppose passage of any legislation or action taken by the General Assembly, the Governor, the secretary of any cabinet or any staff members; amend KRS 6.691 to allow the Legislative Ethics Commission to issue a fine of not less than $2,000 but not more than $10,000 to any public agency that uses public funds for lobbying purposes; amend KRS 6.945 to provide that the lobbying restrictions are not affected by the requirements of Section 1 or 2 of this Act; amend KRS 61.990 to provide that an officer or employee of a public agency who intentionally violates the lobbying restrictions shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense, and a Class D felony for any subsequent offenses; amend KRS 11A.201 to conform; provide that the Act may be cited as the Bye Bye BULL Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2024 - Introduced

NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to nondisclosure agreements.

Create a new section in KRS Chapter 336 to prohibit an employer from conditioning employment or employment benefits on an employee signing types of nondisclosure agreements related to unlawful acts in the workplace; clarify statutory construction; create a new section of KRS Chapter 372 to prohibit nondisclosure clauses related to harassment in settlement agreements in civil and administrative actions with exceptions.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2024 - Introduced

COMMUNITY RESTORATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to the community restoration incentive program.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish the community restoration tax credit for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2025, but before January 1, 2029, for financial institutions making loans to a community development financial institution; establish the annual credit cap at $20 million; require the Department of Revenue to report tax credit data to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Legislative Research Commission to receive confidential data about the community restoration tax credit from the Department of Revenue.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2024 - Introduced

VEGETATION AROUND RAIL ROAD CROSSINGS
(TATE, NANCY)

AN ACT relating to vegetation around railroad crossings and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 277 to require railroad companies to destroy or remove obstructive vegetation upon and within the geographical bounds of its right-of-way at each intersection with a public road or highway; require the Transportation Cabinet to destroy or remove obstructive vegetation when a railroad company fails to do so; require the railroad company to reimburse the Transportation Cabinet for costs of the removal; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2024 - Introduced

KENTUCKYCYBER PROGRAM
(IMES, MARY BETH)

AN ACT relating to the KentuckyCYBER Program and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 164 to establish the Kentucky Cybersecurity (KentuckyCYBER) Program and governing board within the Council on Postsecondary Education; establish the purpose and duties of KentuckyCYBER Governing Board; create the KentuckyCYBER fund; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/27/2024 - House Appropriations & Revenue (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Annex 149

STATUTES OF LIMITATION
(ELLIOTT, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to statutes of limitation.

Amend KRS 337.385 to establish a statute of limitations of two years for wage and hour violations, and three years in the case of willful violations; amend KRS 413.125 to establish a statute of limitations of two years for a violation of KRS Chapter 344, relating to civil rights, and for actions against an employer for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - House Judiciary (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Annex 149

CANCER DETECTION IN FIREFIGHTERS
(FRAZIER GORDON, DEANNA)

AN ACT relating to cancer detection in firefighters, and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 95A.262 to permit the Kentucky Fire Commission to establish a reimbursement program for cancer screenings for firefighters.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - received in Senate

PUBLIC CONTRACTS
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to public contracts.

Create new sections of KRS Chapters 45A, 56, and 65 to require that state and local contracts contain a provision that any iron, steel, aluminum, or manufactured goods used in all state and local projects be manufactured in the United States unless a waiver is granted; amend KRS Chapters 45A.343, 45A.352, 65.027, 162.070, 164A.575, 176.070, 176.080, and 424.260 to conform; provide that Section 1 to 3 may be cited as the Kentucky Buy American Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/22/2024 - Introduced

POLICE OFFICER MENTAL HEALTH
(FREELAND, CHRIS)

AN ACT relating to police officer mental health.

Amend KRS 15.440, relating to eligibility for Law Enforcement Foundation Program funds to require law enforcement agencies to have a written policy related to police officer mental health programs that allows officers to receive additional leave time to attend mental health treatment, require supervisors to receive specialized training on supporting officers with mental health needs, provide workplace protections for officers who receive mental health treatment, and allows officers to receive reimbursement for the cost of mental health treatment as funding becomes available.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/22/2024 - Introduced

FIREARMS
(WILLNER, LISA)

AN ACT relating to firearms.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 237 to define terms; allow law enforcement officers to petition a court to issue an extreme risk protection order when a respondent poses a present danger of causing serious physical injury to themselves or others through purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm; establish procedures for the filing, review, hearing, termination, or renewal of the petition and orders; provide court processes and evidentiary standards; allow entry of the orders into law enforcement systems; prescribe issuance and service procedures for resulting protection orders; establish procedures for the surrender, storage, transfer, and return of firearms; establish penalties; create new sections of KRS Chapter 16 to direct the Kentucky State Police to establish the Kentucky Voluntary Do Not Sell Firearms List to prohibit the possession, sale, or transfer of firearms to individuals who voluntarily request to be added the list; prescribe procedures for application for entry and removal from the list; establish penalties; amend KRS 16.220 to direct proceeds of an auctioned firearm confiscated pursuant to a protective order to go to the firearm owner; amend KRS 237.110 to exclude persons subject to an extreme risk protection order from eligibility for a license to carry a concealed weapon; amend KRS 431.015 to allow warrantless arrest for violation of an extreme risk protection order; amend 431.076 to allow expungement of records of dismissed petitions.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/22/2024 - Introduced

LOCAL REGULATORY ACTIONS
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to local regulatory actions.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 82 to define "city," "project labor agreement," and "public construction project"; permit a city to establish a mandatory preference for awarding public construction project contracts to unions through a negotiated project labor agreement; permit cities to negotiate wages that are higher than the state or federal minimum wage as a condition of the project labor agreement; create a new section in KRS Chapter 337 to define "city," "prevailing wage," "prevailing wage rate," and "public works project"; permit a city to enact prevailing wage ordinances; amend KRS 65.016 to grant local governments the authority to adopt and enforce ordinances that require employers in their jurisdiction to provide leave to employees and set a higher minimum wage than state and federal rates; amend KRS 65.870 to remove state preemption of local firearms regulations and allow local governments to enact ordinances regulating firearms; amend KRS 237.115 to conform; amend KRS 383.210 and 383.215, relating to forcible entry and detainer, to allow a local government to set an alternative time period from the date of the service of the warrant and the date of the hearing to more than the minimum of three days; require the local government to notify the sheriff, the court of jurisdiction, and the administrative office of the courts of that action; and amend KRS 65.1591 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/22/2024 - Introduced

CELLULAR ANTENNA TOWERS
(BRATCHER, KEVIN D.)

AN ACT relating to cellular antenna towers.

Amend KRS 100.987 to require planning commissions to receive complaints regarding a public nuisance located at a cellular antenna tower site; require planning commission to hold a public meeting, require owners of a cellular antenna to attend the public meeting and take all necessary actions to address the public nuisance.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/22/2024 - Introduced

HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
(BURKE, LINDSEY)

AN ACT relating to housing discrimination.

Amend KRS 344.010 to define "source of income"; amend KRS 344.360, 344.367, and 344.370 to prohibit housing discrimination based on an individual's source of income.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/23/2024 - Introduced

LINE OF DUTY DISABILITY BENEFITS
(CALLAWAY, EMILY)

AN ACT relating to in line of duty disability benefits and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 61.702 and 78.5536 to provide full hospital and medical insurance benefits for a member, their spouse, and their dependents if the member becomes disabled in the line of duty with a hazardous disability; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
(GENTRY, ALAN)

AN ACT relating to workers’ compensation.

Amend KRS 342.610 to exclude certain levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in the blood from the presumption that an injury was caused by the introduction of certain substances into the employee's body.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/23/2024 - Introduced

MEDICINAL CANNABIS
(GENTRY, ALAN)

AN ACT relating to qualifying medical conditions for the use of medicinal cannabis.

Amend KRS 218B.010 to add additional conditions to the list of qualifying medical conditions for the use of medicinal cannabis.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/23/2024 - Introduced

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
(GENTRY, ALAN)

AN ACT relating to occupational safety and health.

Repeal KRS 338.062, relating to occupational safety and health standards.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2024 - Introduced

FIRE PROTECTION
(NEIGHBORS, AMY)

AN ACT relating to fire protection.

Amend KRS 75.450 to allow nonprofit fire departments to increase their fees charged when responding to fires or other emergencies at properties that are not subscribers, and specify that in the case of a fire or other emergency in which more than one department responds, that the jurisdictional fire department may charge up to $1,500 to the nonmember or nonsubscriber and any other responding fire departments may charge up to $500.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/26/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

LAW ENFORCEMENT TELECOMMUNICATORS
(WESLEY, BILL)

N ACT relating to law enforcement telecommunicators.

Amend KRS 15.420 to define terms; amend KRS 15.440 and 15.460 to include law enforcement telecommunicators as participants in the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program ( KLEFP) fund and to make their fund benefits the same as police officers; amend KRS 337.100 to protect law enforcement telecommunicators from workplace retaliation in connection to taking leave under certain circumstances; amend various sections of KRS Chapters 15 67A, 70, 95, and 164 to conform EFFECTIVE August 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2024 - Introduced

DEPENDENCY NEGLECT AND ABUSE
(DOSSETT, MYRON)

AN ACT relating to dependency, neglect, and abuse.

Amend KRS 620.030 to require any person with reasonable knowledge of the matter to notify the local law enforcement agency or the Department of Kentucky State Police, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or its designated representative, the Commonwealth's attorney, or the county attorney that a child has been born to a parent who has another child in the care, custody, or control of the cabinet or other person as a result of removal pursuant to KRS Chapter 620; amend KRS 620.040 to require the local law enforcement agency or the Department of Kentucky State Police, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or its designated representative, the Commonwealth's attorney, or the county attorney to be notified a child has been born to a parent who has another child in the care, custody, or control of the cabinet or other person as a result of removal pursuant to KRS Chapter 620; establish a rebuttable presumption that a child born to a parent who has another child in the care, custody, or control of the cabinet or other person as a result of removal pursuant to this chapter is in immediate danger of dependency, neglect, or abuse; amend KRS 620.050 to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to investigate when it receives notice that a child has been born to a parent who has another child in the care, custody, or control of the cabinet or other person as a result of removal pursuant to KRS Chapter 620; amend KRS 620.060 to establish that ex parte emergency custody order may be issued when a parent or other person exercising custodial control or supervision has another child in the care, custody, or control of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or other person as a result a removal pursuant to this chapter, creating a rebuttable presumption that the child is in immediate danger of dependency, neglect, or abuse; amend KRS 620.080 to establish a rebuttable presumption that the child would be dependent, neglected, or abused if returned to or left in the custody of his or her parent or other person exercising custodial control or supervision if the parent or other person exercising custodial control or supervision has another child in the care, custody, or control of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or other person as a result a removal pursuant to this chapter.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2024 - Introduced

LEAVE FROM EMPLOYMENT
(BURKE, LINDSEY)

AN ACT relating to leave from employment.

Amend KRS 337.415 to define terms "crime," "immediate family," and "victim"; prohibit employers from discharging or retaliating against an employee who is a crime victim when the employee takes leave to attend proceedings associated with the prosecution of a crime; require an employee to give an employer reasonable notice to take leave when practicable; provide guidelines for use of paid leave; require the employer to maintain confidentiality of records and communication with employee crime victim; create a private right of action for improper discharge, discrimination, retaliation, and failing to maintain confidentiality; amend KRS 337.990 to establish penalties for violations by an employer.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2024 - Introduced

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
(BURKE, LINDSEY)

AN ACT relating to workers' compensation for first responders.

Amend KRS 342.0011 to allow "injury" to include psychological injuries for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, front-line staff members, or members of the National Guard; create a new section of KRS Chapter 342 to establish when psychological injuries are valid workers' compensation claims when not a direct result of a physical injury physical injury.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2024 - Introduced

WORKERS' COMPENSATION
(GENTRY, ALAN)

AN ACT relating to workers' compensation.

Amend KRS 342.610 to remove the presumption that the use of an illegal substance prior to an accident caused the injury; provide that the use of an illegal substance shall be the proximate cause of the injury.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/25/2024 - Introduced

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
(NEMES, JASON)

AN ACT relating to local government and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 67C.147, relating to urban service taxing districts in consolidated local governments, to require the consolidated local government to reimburse fire districts operating under KRS Chapter 75 that made emergency medical runs within the area of the urban service tax district; require no more than 10 percent of funding of the services contracted with the consolidated local government by the urban service tax district come from taxes levied by the consolidated local government from areas outside the urban service tax district between July 1, 2025, and June 30, 2030; provide that no such funding come from outside the urban service tax district on or after July 1, 2030; amend KRS 67C.111, regarding incorporation and annexation of cities in a county containing a consolidated local government, to adjust the number of signatures required in a petition for mandatory action; prohibit a city in a county containing a consolidated local government from annexing manufacturing areas, as defined, primarily for the purpose of obtaining occupational license tax revenue unless the annexation is consented to by each property owner in the area to be annexed; create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to provide that members of local boards, commission, committees, and other bodies created by or appointed by local governments have geographic and political party affiliation diversity; amend KRS 67C.103 to require the election of council members in a consolidated local government to be nonpartisan; amend KRS 67C.105 to require the election of a mayor in a consolidated local government to be nonpartisan; amend KRS 117.125 to conform; amend KRS 177.360 to direct consolidated local governments to establish procedures to prioritize projects undertaken with county road aid funds; establish the Property Valuation Review Commission to review assessments in a county containing a consolidated local government; ensure that the assessments are consistent and uniform; provide for appointments by mayor from recommendations of various entities; require that the commission report to the Legislative Research Commission, the mayor and metro council of the consolidated local government, and the Finance and Administration Cabinet no later than December 31, 2024; Sections 4, 5, and 6 EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025; EMERGENCY, in part. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except distinguish between services provided in an urban service tax district that are in addition to services performed by the consolidated local government in the remainder of the county; provide that an action of the consolidated local government legislative council relating to incorporation shall not be subject to mayoral veto; make provision for areas that are vacant or otherwise unimproved land where no persons reside and prohibit annexation for commercial real estate with the prior consent of each owner of record in that area; make the provisions relating to geographic parity only applicable to entities being appointed in a consolidated local government and delete provision relating to political parity; amend noncodified language, relating to the Property Valuation Review Commission, to have three members submitted for approval from an association of realtors in the county, of which one is to be a real estate broker, and one, rather than two, members submitted for approval by a commercial real estate association.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - received in Senate

SEX-BASED CLASSIFICATIONS
(HALE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to sex-based classifications.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 61 to define "boy," "equal," "female," "girl," "male," "man," "sex," and "woman"; prohibit any state or local law, regulation, ordinance, or policy from treating males or females unfairly from similiarly situated members of the opposite sex, but permit separation of the sexes if in the interest of maintaining safety, privacy, and fairness; provide a non-exhaustive list of examples of areas in which public entities may distinguish between the sexes; require any public school, public school district, state agency, department, local government, special district or any political subdivision of those entities that collects vital statistics to identify each person as either male or female; provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Women's Bill of Rights.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/26/2024 - Introduced

CIVIL RIGHTS
(HERRON, KETURAH)

AN ACT relating to civil rights.

Repeal and reenact KRS 344.010 to define various terms; amend KRS 344.020, relating to the purpose of the Kentucky's civil rights chapter, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.025, 344.040, 344.050, 344.060, 344.070, and 344.080, relating to prohibited discrimination in various labor and employment practices, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.100 and 344.110 to conform; amend KRS 344.120 and 342.140, relating to prohibited discrimination in places of public accommodation and advertisements therefor, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.170, 344.180, 344.190, 344.300, and 344.310, relating to the state and local human rights commissions, to include prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the scope of their powers and duties; amend KRS 344.360, 344.370, 344.380, and 344.680, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain housing, real estate, and other financial transactions, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.367, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain insurance sales, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.400, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain credit transactions, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; make various technical amendments; amend KRS 18A.095 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/26/2024 - Introduced

PROHIBIT RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to residency requirements for employees and volunteers of fire departments.

Create new sections of KRS Chapters 67, 67A, 67C, 75, 75A, 95, 183, and 273 to prohibit residency requirements for employees or volunteers of a fire department while allowing a response time requirement in counties, charter county governments, unified local governments, urban-county governments, consolidated local governments, fire districts, consolidated emergency services districts, cities, local air boards, and nonprofit fire departments.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

ELECTRIC VEHICLE POWER TAX
(HUFF, THOMAS)

AN ACT relating to the electric vehicle power tax and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 138.477 to exclude from the electric vehicle power tax any electric vehicle power dealer with a charging station having a charging capacity of less than 50 kilowatts; RETROACTIVE to January 1, 2024; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
(POLLOCK, MICHAEL SARGE)

AN ACT relating to workers' compensation.

Amend KRS 342.0011 to expand the definition of "physician" to include physicians with a license issued by any state, Commonwealth, district, or territory of the United States. House Floor Amendment (1) Delete "territory" from the definition of "Physician".

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - received in Senate

ADULT-ORIENTED BUSINESSES
(TATE, NANCY)

AN ACT relating to adult-oriented businesses and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 231 to express the findings of the General Assembly relating to adult-oriented businesses and the need for regulation; define terms; establish distance parameters for the location of adult-oriented businesses in proximity to identified entities and locations; establish transition provisions for existing businesses; affirm the authority of local governmental units to supplement regulation of adult-oriented businesses; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/30/2024 - Introduced

HEALTH SERVICES
(BAKER, SHANE)

AN ACT relating to health services.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 222 to require treatment centers or programs licensed as a chemical dependency treatment service to provide transportation services to residents who wish to leave the program if the resident's family, guardian, or emergency contact does not agree to transport them; outline transportation service responsibilities; provide restrictions on where a resident can be taken; require that the facilities conduct a search of any outstanding warrants; exempt all facilities not licensed as a chemical dependency treatment service pursuant to KRS 216B.042; require the facility to notify family members, the county attorney, local law enforcement, and the court that a resident left the treatment facility in violation of a court order; allow a peace officer or a probation officer to arrest a resident without a warrant for violating the terms of the resident's conditional discharge or court order; prohibit treatment centers or programs licensed as a chemical dependency treatment service to recruit out of state residents into their facility if the out of state resident is dependent on Medicaid and require the treatment center or program licensed as a chemical dependency treatment service to submit to the Department for Medicaid Services the recipient's proof of residency when submitting a request for Medicaid reimbursement; require any out-of-state resident found to be ineligible for Medicaid services in Kentucky as a result of failing to establish Kentucky as his or her domicile to reimburse any Medicaid fees and to be fined; and amend KRS 205.200, relating to residency requirements for Medicaid, to prohibit relocation to Kentucky solely for receiving medical services using Medicaid and require proof of residency.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

CEMETERIES
(STEVENSON, PAMELA)

AN ACT relating to cemeteries.

Amend KRS 381.697 to require the governing authority of a city to mandate the proper care of a burial ground.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/30/2024 - Introduced

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
(HART, MARK)

AN ACT relating to emergency medical services and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 311A to create the EMS Professionals Foundation Program fund; specify the ambulance services and EMS professionals that are eligible to share in the distribution of the fund; provide that the Board of Emergency Medical Services shall administer the fund and may promulgate administrative regulations to facilitate its administration; authorize reimbursement for an EMS professional's out-of-packet costs for mental health treatment for a diagnosed post-traumatic stress injury or post-traumatic stress disorder; provide for annual supplements to ambulance providers for each EMS professional it employs; amend KRS 42.190 and 136.392 to include the EMS Professionals Foundation Program fund to the premium surcharge.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/30/2024 - Introduced

WAGES
(GROSSBERG, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.275 to raise minimum wage for employers to $9.50 an hour on the effective date of this Act and incrementally thereafter to $15.00 an hour on July 1, 2028; raise the state minimum wage for tipped employees to $5.00 an hour on the effective date of this Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/30/2024 - Introduced

AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS
(POLLOCK, MICHAEL SARGE)

AN ACT relating to agricultural districts.

Amend KRS 262.850 to decrease the minimum number of acres to qualify as an agricultural district from 250 acres to 50 acres; add cities that are within one mile of the agricultural district to the list of entities to be notified of the proposal, approval, and withdrawal of property from, an agricultural district; allow a district board of supervisors of supervisors to consider possible dissolution of an agricultural district if an owner's withdrawal of property results in the remaining land no longer qualifying as agricultural land.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Agriculture (S)

REGULATION OF CANNABIS
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.

Establish KRS Chapter 245, relating to adult use cannabis, to administer its cultivation, processing, transportation, sale, use, taxation, and licensing; define terms; establish the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board and its membership, procedures, powers, and duties; direct the board to promulgate administrative regulations for the administration and enforcement of the chapter; set up advisory committees appointed by the board; create the Department of Cannabis Control within the Public Protection Cabinet for the oversight of cannabis operations and to provide administrative support for the board; establish various one-year business licenses under the chapter; grant administrative hearings under KRS Chapter 13B to appeal a license denial or revocation; forbid an employer from discriminating against applicants or employees who use cannabis outside of working hours as long as the use does not affect job performance; prohibit a person under the age of 21 from purchasing, possessing, consuming, or using cannabis; establish a revolving account called the cannabis fund to collect cannabis licensing fees, fines, excise taxes, and any other funds; form the Social Impact Council as a public agency authorized to distribute moneys from the cannabis fund; set council membership, procedures, powers, and duties; amend KRS 2.015 to require a person to be 21 years of age or older to purchase cannabis and its products and accessories; create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to authorize local governments to levy up to a 5% license fee on the gross receipts of a retailer or microbusiness; allow overlapping local governments to agree to levy a combined license fee, with set fee amounts absent an agreement; create new sections of KRS Chapter 138 to define terms; impose an initial excise tax rate of 9% on the first sale or transfer of harvested cannabis; allow the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board to set the excise tax rate in each subsequent year; establish excise tax reporting, collection, and liability; amend KRS 138.870 and 260.850 to exclude adult use cannabis from the definitions of "controlled substance," "marijuana," "hemp," and "hemp products"; create new sections of KRS 218A and amend KRS 218A.010, 218A.1421, 218A.1422, 218A.1423, and 218A.500 to exempt licensed adult use cannabis activities from criminal marijuana offenses; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to allow a person to petition the court to expunge the person's misdemeanor marijuana convictions; amend KRS 431.079 to exclude the expungement petition from the certification of eligibility requirement; amend KRS 131.1815 to notify the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board if a cannabis licensee is a delinquent taxpayer; amend KRS 600.020 to include cannabis offenses in the list of juvenile status offenses; amend KRS 12.020 to add the governmental entities created in KRS Chapter 245 to the list of executive branch government bodies; set initial terms for members of the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board and Social Impact Council; apply the excise tax beginning on July 1, 2025, and allow cannabis sales beginning on July 1, 2026; Section 35 of Act, relating to expungement, is RETROACTIVE; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/30/2024 - Introduced

CHILDREN'S EARLY LEARNING SERVICES TAXING DISTRICTS
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to children's early learning services taxing districts.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 65 to authorize the establishment of children's early learning services taxing districts; define terms; provide a method and alternative method for the creation of each district and the funding of the district to be set at a maximum of 10 cents per 100 dollars of assessed property valuation; specify the board membership; require compliance with special purpose governmental entity reporting requirements; establish oath and expenses for directors; allow the employment of an attorney for the board; establish the authorities of the district; specify dissolution of the district and withdrawal of membership of cities and counties that are a part of the district.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/30/2024 - Introduced

DISASTER RESPONSE BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES
(DOSSETT, MYRON)

AN ACT relating to disaster response businesses and employees.

Amend KRS 141.020 and 141.040, relating to the exclusions from income tax earned by nonresident disaster response employees and businesses, to remove the sunset date of January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
(JACKSON, KEVIN)

AN ACT relating to identity documents.

Create a new section of KRS 186.400 to 186.640 to define "identity document" and "third-party entity"; require the Transportation Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to establish procedures to allow third-party entities to apply to the Transportation Cabinet to be approved to accept applications for certain identity documents; set forth minimum standards for third-party issuance; and allow third-party entities to charge a fee for services provided.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2024 - Introduced

OVERDOSE GOOD SAMARITANS
(HERRON, KETURAH)

AN ACT relating to overdose good samaritans and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 218A.133 to provide that a person who seeks or renders aid to someone experiencing a possible drug overdose or is the person experiencing a possible drug overdose cannot be arrested on a warrant or be subject to revocation of his or her conditions of release if the evidence for the arrest or motion to revoke is obtained as a result of the need for aid for the possible drug overdose; establish that the immunity extends from the time law enforcement or medical personnel respond at the location of a possible overdose until law enforcement or medical personnel leave the scene; exclude certain offenses from immunity; require the Office of Drug Control Policy to conduct an overdose good samaritan education and awareness campaign; appropriate funds in the amount of $500,000 from the opioid abatement trust fund to support the campaign; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2024 - Introduced

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
(THOMAS, WALKER)

AN ACT relating to occupational safety and health.

Amend KRS 338.062 to prohibit the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board or the secretary from enforcing any occupational safety and health administrative regulation that is more stringent than the corresponding federal provision.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2024 - Introduced

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
(KOCH, MATTHEW)

AN ACT relating to alcoholic beverages.

Amend KRS 241.010 to make a technical correction; amend KRS 241.060 and 243.540 to allow the Alcoholic Beverage Control board to dispose of alcoholic beverages through public auction; promulgate administrative regulations to establish auction procedures; donate all auction proceeds to the alcohol wellness and responsibility education fund; amend KRS 243.030 to create a $300 annual vintage distilled spirits license fee; amend KRS 243.110 to authorize the holder of a primary license to also hold a vintage distilled spirits license; amend KRS 243.232 to restructure vintage distilled spirits licenses and sales; allow a licensee who may sell distilled spirits by the drink or package to receive a vintage distilled spirits license as a supplementary license; require vintage distilled spirits licensees to file a monthly report with the department giving details about sellers and purchase types, dates, and quantities; require all purchases to be in-person at the licensed premises; direct the licensee to conspicuously label the purchase as vintage distilled spirits; limit a licensee to 24 vintage distilled spirits packages purchased from each seller every 12 months; limit the seller to 24 packages total every 12 months; amend KRS 243.360 to give an applicant the option to advertise intent to apply for a license on the department's website or in another manner to be determined by the department and to exempt a vintage distilled spirits license applicant from the public notice advertising requirement; amend KRS 243.990 to establish penalties for vintage distilled spirits sellers who exceed the maximum package limit; amend KRS 211.285 to rename the "malt beverage education fund" as the "alcohol wellness and responsibility education fund"; add proceeds from Alcoholic Beverage Control Board distilled spirit auctions to the fund; issue moneys from the fund to the Alcohol Wellness and Responsibility Education Corporation; require the corporation's board of directors to include as voting members all duly elected statewide constitutional officers, the secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet, the ABC commissioner, and representatives of the malt beverage and distilled spirits industries; add the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House as nonvoting members; authorize the corporation to accept grant applications from Kentucky high schools, colleges and universities, and other entities that promote alcohol responsibility; increase Project Graduation grants to $1,000 annually.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HCS 1, HCS 1, HCA 1t, and HFA 1

LAW ENFORCEMENT
(BAUMAN, JARED)

AN ACT relating to law enforcement.

Amend KRS 16.070 to require the Kentucky State Police to establish a local headquarters in the most populous county in the Commonwealth.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2024 - Introduced

LAND USE
(RUDY, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to land use.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 100 to require that local laws dealing with subdivision plats and development plans are to be set out by objective standards and applied ministerially; set out conditions for application of discretion; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (H) THIRD READING, passed 92-0

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to alcoholic beverages and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 243 to establish requirements for persons delivering alcoholic beverages on behalf of a retail package licensee; amend KRS 241.066 to limit the number of quota retail package licenses to one license for every 2,000 residents in any wet county or urban-county government with more than 100,000 residents; amend KRS 241.069 to allow a city, county, or urban-county government to petition for an increase in the number of quota retail package licenses; amend KRS 242.021 to prohibit a city or urban-county government from seeking an increase in the number of quota retail package licenses until at least one year has passed since the certification of the local option election; amend KRS 243.200 to remove vehicle requirement provisions from a transporter's license; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (H)

COUNTIES
(HEAVRIN, SAMARA)

AN ACT relating to counties and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 337.285 to add sheriff's offices and county police forces to the local government agencies eligible for an exception to overtime compensation; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

RECOVERY RESIDENCES
(BRATCHER, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to recovery residences.

Amend KRS 222.500 to define terms related to recovery residences; amend KRS 222.502 to permit a recovery residence that provides on-site clinical services or access to on-site clinical services to continue to operate without certification from a certifying organization until December 31, 2024; amend KRS 222.504 to authorize the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and local governments to impose civil fines on uncertified recovery residences; amend KRS 222.506 to establish the conditions under which a recovery residence may provide on-site clinical services or access to on-site clinical services.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (H) THIRD READING, passed 92-0

WORKER BENEFITS
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to worker benefits.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 336 to define terms; permit a public or private entity to contribute funds to a portable benefit plan of a self-employed worker without establishing an employer classification.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HCS 1

REAL PROPERTY PURCHASED AT A MASTER COMMISSIONER'S SALE
(GROSSBERG, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to real property purchased at a master commissioner's sale.

Amend KRS 91.514 and create a new section of KRS Chapter 426 to establish that any residential property that is purchased at a master commissioner's sale in a county that has a land bank authority and was occupied prior to or at the time of the sale must be returned to a state of occupancy within specified time periods; define terms; and establish a fine of $100 per day payable to the local government for noncompliance.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/5/2024 - Introduced

RESIDENTIAL PLANNED COMMUNITIES
(FREELAND, CHRIS)

AN ACT relating to residential planned communities.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 381 to allow the appointment of a receiver for a planned community when it fails to maintain the infrastructure, common area, storm water detention or retention area, or other facility that it is legally obligated to maintain; allow a city to recover funds expended to repair, renovate, maintain, or otherwise bring violations up to code.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

CONSTRUCTION OR DEMOLITION WASTE DISPOSAL
(DIXON, JONATHAN)

AN ACT relating to construction or demolition waste disposal.

Amend KRS 224.40-120 to allow an off-site construction or demolition waste disposal permittee to request an increase in the size of the permitted area to no more than two acres total if the applicant is compliant with the permit requirements for the currently permitted area and complies with all permit requirements for the newly permitted area, including posting an additional bond for the newly permitted area.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Natural Resources & Energy (H)

PROPERTY FEES
(MASSARONI, CANDY)

AN ACT relating to property fees and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 75 to define "premises"; allow a fire protection district or subdistrict, or a volunteer fire department district, to assess a fee against a premises for the costs of maintaining necessary fire protection measures; establish billing and appeals process; set reporting requirements; create a new section of KRS Chapter 75A to define "premises"; allow a consolidated emergency services district board to assess a fee against a premises for the costs of maintaining necessary fire protection measures; establish billing and appeals process; set reporting requirements; create a new section of KRS Chapter 244 to establish a process for distilled spirits aging facilities to reimburse nearby property owners for cleaning expenses relating to whiskey fungus; require the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the program; define terms; include any affected property within a three mile radius of aging facilities; determine cleaning expenses based on costs incurred by the property owner and verify through an independent entity; direct the department to determine the cleaning expenses in the absence of an agreement; impose fines on distilled spirits licensees who disregard the reimbursement process; pay all cleaning expense reimbursements from moneys in the distilled spirits environmental fund; create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to require distilled spirits barrel aging facilities to pay to the Department of Revenue a $0.25 environmental fee on each barrel stored on January 1 of each year; apply all provisions of KRS Chapter 131 to the fee; create a new section of KRS Chapter 244 to establish the distilled spirits environmental fund; authorize the fund to consist of moneys received from the barrel environmental fee and cleaning expense fines; direct the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to administer the fund; EFFECTIVE, in part, January 1, 2025; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES
(MASSARONI, CANDY)

AN ACT relating to special license plates.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 186 to create an EMS special license plate; limit eligibility to certain licensed EMS personnel or retirees with 15 years of service; specify that the EMS plate requires no minimum number of applications prior to production; amend KRS 186.162 to establish the fees for the EMS special license plate; amend KRS 186.166 to update the list of special license plates to be perpetually produced; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - Introduced

KENTUCKY LAW ENFORCEMENT COUNCIL
(DIETZ, STEPHANIE)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.

Amend KRS 15.315 to add the chief of police of the Owensboro Police Department and the director of the Northern Kentucky Police and Sheriff's Training Center to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

MISCLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES
(STALKER, SARAH)

AN ACT relating to misclassification of employees.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to provide a remedy for employees misclassified as independent contractors; amend KRS 337.010 to define "independent contractor" and "misclassified"; repeal KRS 336.137.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - Introduced

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
(FRAZIER GORDON, DEANNA)

AN ACT relating to emergency medical services.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 311A to establish the emergency medical services education grant program under the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services to be used for student tuition support, agency support, and emergency medical services training or educational institution support.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

NEW MARKETS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TAX CREDIT
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to the New Markets Development Program tax credit.

Amend KRS 141.433 to allow amounts received as repayment on a qualified low-income community investment and reinvested in another qualified low-income community investment during the same calendar year to be considered continuously held; amend KRS 141.434 to increase the cap on total New Markets Development Program tax credits to $20 million in each fiscal year.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - Introduced

BACKGROUND CHECKS
(LOCKETT, MATT)

AN ACT relating to background checks.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to define "qualified local government"; require that each employee of a qualified local government who has access to federal tax information submit to a criminal background check by the Department of Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation; require that the fee charged by the Department of Kentucky State Police be no more than the actual cost of processing the background check; authorize the Department of Kentucky State Police to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to implement this section.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HFA 1

WAGES AND HOURS
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to wages and hours.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 to provide for certain employment activities to be exempt from minimum wage and overtime wage requirements; specify activities and instances that do not require an employer to pay minimum wage or overtime wage; provide for employer requirements regarding lunch periods; amend KRS 337.010 to change the definitions of "employee" and "agriculture"; amend KRS 337.385 to specify instances of employer liability for employee causes of action regarding unpaid wages; specify statute of limitations for employee causes of action for unpaid wages; bar punitive damages; amend KRS 337.990 to remove penalties for repealed statutes; repeal KRS 337.050, 337.355, and 337.365; amend KRS 95A.250, 337.020, 337.420, 337.423, 337.425, 337.427, 337.430, and 337.433 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - Introduced

EMPLOYMENT
(STEVENSON, PAMELA)

AN ACT relating to employment.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 to define terms and make the termination of employment without cause unlawful; establish amount that may be recovered for wrongful discharge; specify when the employers' internal procedures are to be used.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - Introduced

EMPLOYMENT
(CAMUEL, ADRIELLE)

AN ACT relating to employment.

Amend KRS 336.130 to delete references restricting rights of public employees to organize, associate collectively, or strike; amend KRS 336.180 to redefine "labor organization" and delete all other definitions; amend KRS 336.990 to conform; amend KRS 67A.6904 to allow urban-county governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 67C.406 to allow consolidated local governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 70.262, 78.470, and 78.480 to remove exceptions; amend KRS 345.050 to allow public employers to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; repeal KRS 65.016 and 336.132.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - Introduced

PREVAILING WAGE
(CAMUEL, ADRIELLE)

AN ACT relating to prevailing wage.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 to establish a prevailing wage law for all public works projects; amend KRS 12.020, 99.480, 227.487, 151B.015, 337.010, and 337.990 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - Introduced

RECORDS AND MEETINGS OF PUBLIC AGENCIES
(HODGSON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to access to the records and meetings of public agencies.

Create a new section of KRS 61.870 to 61.884, the Open Records Act, to require a public agency to furnish an officer, employee, board member, or commission member an agency email account; define terms; allow the governing body of a public agency or its appointing authority to identify, in writing, the names of specific personnel that do not require the use of an agency-furnished email account; allow a public agency to issue an email address through a third-party provider if a public is incapable of issuing an agency-furnished email account; prohibit an employee or a member of a board, commission, or public agency from using an email account other than an agency-furnished or agency-designated email account; provide that an employee or member of a board, commission, or public agency who uses an email account other than an agency-furnished or agency-designated email account is subject to discipline or removal, as appropriate; amend KRS 61.870 to amend the definition of "public record"; amend KRS 61.848 to specify that any formal action taken by a public agency that does not comply with KRS 61.840, relating to conditions placed on public attendance at meetings, are voidable by a court of competent jurisdiction; make technical corrections; amend various other sections to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/12/2024 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/12/2024 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)

EDUCATION
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/12/2024 - Introduced

DESTRUCTION OF FIREARMS
(HERRON, KETURAH)

AN ACT relating to destruction of firearms.

Amend KRS 500.090 to allow consolidated local governments to destroy firearms abandoned, confiscated, or forfeited under the Kentucky Penal Code.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - Introduced

CELLULAR ANTENNA TOWERS
(CALLOWAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to cellular antenna towers.

Amend KRS 100.987 and 278.650 to prohibit the siting of cellular towers capable of fifth generation mobile communication service within 1,640 feet of any residentially zoned area; create a new section of KRS 211.842 to 211.852 to establish a registry for wireless radiation exposure; require cellular antenna tower owners to register annually with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; require the cabinet to establish a registry of cellular antenna tower owners.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - Introduced

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Amend KRS 341.350 to change the number of verifiable work search activities from five to two and the number of applications for employment or interviewing for employment from three to one.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - Introduced

GRANT PROGRAM TO PROMOTE INVESTMENTS IN KENTUCKY BUSINESSES
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to the establishment of a grant program to promote investments in Kentucky businesses, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections of Subchapter 20 of KRS Chapter 154 to establish the Kentucky Rural Jobs Act of 2024; allow the Cabinet for Economic Development to begin accepting applications from entities seeking approval as a growth fund; allow no more than $50 million of grants to be awarded as state matching capital for investments in growth businesses; establish the rural jobs development fund; appropriate $50 million in fiscal year 2024-2025 to the Rural Jobs Development Fund; provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Rural Jobs Act of 2024; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

LANDLORDS AND TENANTS
(GROSSBERG, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to landlords and tenants.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 383 to establish a civil cause of action for a tenant against a landlord who receives a citation for a violation of a local housing code and does not remedy the violation within 90 days; provide that if the cost of the repair exceeds 12 months' rent, the landlord may refund rent and obtain possession of the property within 30 days; establish procedure for determining cost of repair; specify recoverable damages; establish procedure for maintaining a forcible detainer action during the pendency of the tenant's civil action; require rent due during pendency of civil action to be paid into court; declare a waiver of rights to be unenforceable; provide that the Act may be cited as the Make Our Landlords Diligent (M.O.L.D) Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - Introduced

911 SERVICES
(HART, MARK)

AN ACT relating to 911 services.

Amend KRS 65.7631 to extend the 5% rate of total monthly revenues deposited into the CMRS fund for assisting with the adoption and operation of next generation statewide 911 initiatives to July 1, 2025, with the 2.5% rate after that date; extend the 7.5% rate of total monthly revenues deposited into the CMRS fund for grants, matching money, or funds relating to 911 services to July 1, 2025, with a 10% rate after that date.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (H)

FEES FOR HYBRID VEHICLES
(DOAN, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to ownership fees for hybrid vehicles or hybrid motorcycles and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 138.475 to exclude hybrid vehicles and hybrid motorcycles from the ownership fee paid annually when registering an electric or hybrid vehicle; amend KRS 186.010 to conform; make technical corrections; RETROACTIVE; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

SPECIAL PURPOSE GOVERNMENT ENTITIES
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to special purpose government entities.

Amend KRS 65A.030 to provide that special purpose governmental entities with less than $25,000 in annual receipts or expenditures are only required to provide a yearly financial statement; make special purpose governmental entities with annual receipts or expenditures equal to or greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000 subject to attestation of engagement once every four years.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - Introduced

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE
(STALKER, SARAH)

AN ACT relating to bereavement leave.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to define terms; require all employers to grant an employee at least 10 days bereavement leave, with a minimum of 3 days paid, following the death, miscarriage, or stillbirth of a child, or death of a dependent or other immediate family member; amend KRS 337.990 to establish a penalty for violations; create a new section of KRS 18A to define terms; provide state employees at least 10 days bereavement leave, with a minimum of 3 days paid, following the death, miscarriage, or stillbirth of a child, or death of a dependent or other immediate family member; amend KRS 18A.110 to require Personnel Cabinet secretary to promulgate related administrative regulations; allow the Act to be cited as the Bereavement Leave Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - Introduced

WAGES FOR EMPLOYMENT
(ROARX, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to wages for employment.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to make it a discriminatory employment action if an employer asks questions about previous salary or wages, relies on previous salary when setting a new salary, or refuses to hire if an applicant does not provide previous salary, except to allow a request for information voluntarily provided in response to an offer of employment; allow previous salary to be considered when required by law, for internal transfers, and for public employee positions; require notice to be posted for employees; amend KRS 337.990 to assess a civil penalty for a violation.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - Introduced

LEAVE FROM EMPLOYMENT
(ROARX, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to leave from employment.

Amend KRS 337.415, relating to court-ordered appearances by employees, to define terms; prohibit employers from discharging or retaliating against an employee who is a crime victim when the employee takes leave to attend proceedings associated with a crime; require an employee to give an employer reasonable notice to take leave when practicable; provide guidelines for use of paid leave; require the employer to maintain confidentiality of records and communication with employee crime victim; create a private right of action for improper discharge, discrimination, retaliation, and failing to maintain confidentiality; amend KRS 337.990 to establish penalties for employer violations.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - Introduced

HAZARDOUS DUTY RETIREMENT
(ROARX, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to hazardous duty retirement for solid waste management services enforcement officers of a consolidated local government.

Amend KRS 78.5520 to redefine "hazardous position" to include solid waste management services enforcement officers employed by a consolidated local government for the purpose of determining benefits of the County Employees Retirement System.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - Introduced

VACANCIES IN OFFICE
(ROARX, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to vacancies in office.

Amend KRS 67C.103 to provide that a runoff election shall be held if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast and the candidates receiving the two highest number of votes are of separate political parties; provide that the candidate receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be elected to fill the vacancy when no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast and the candidates receiving the two highest number of votes are of the same political party; provide that a runoff election shall be held 45 days after the special election; provide that a runoff election shall not occur on a weekend or on a recognized holiday under 5 U.S.C. sec. 6103(a).

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - Introduced

COLD CASES
(HERRON, KETURAH)

AN ACT relating to cold cases.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to allow law enforcement agencies to contract with retired peace officers to assist with homicide cold cases.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - Introduced

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to economic development.

Amend KRS 154.26-050 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/15/2024 - Introduced

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to economic development.

Amend KRS 154.10-020 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/15/2024 - Introduced

CHILD CARE
(HEAVRIN, SAMARA)

AN ACT relating to child care.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to define terms; establish operations and requirements of a Certified Child Care Community Designation Program to be administered by the Cabinet for Economic Development for the purpose of creating new opportunities for local governments to help increase the supply of child care and early childhood education services in their communities through voluntary actions related to zoning reform and programming at the local level; require annual reporting to the General Assembly related to the operation of the program; amend KRS 199.881 to remove the pilot program designation of the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership; amend KRS 199.887 to establish new requirements on an employee and a child care provider who receives child care assistance from his or her employer; amend KRS 199.888 to establish a new requirement on the Cabinet for Economic Development to develop and implement strategies and programs to promote awareness of the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

PUBLIC WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
(BRAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to public water and wastewater systems and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 224A to define terms; establish the Kentucky Water and Wastewater Assistance for Troubled or Economically Restrained Systems Program under the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) to provide for a loan application and evaluation process for eligible public water and wastewater systems to seek loan funds from the General Assembly; require the KIA to make available applications under the program, verify eligibility of proposed recipients, award loans as directed by the General Assembly, enforce compliance with loan conditions, and report quarterly to the General Assembly on the status of all loans under the program; allow the Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) to contract or consult with third-party consultants, state agencies, or special purpose governmental entities in discharging its duties; require finalized loan applications to be made available to the public; allow eligible public water and wastewater systems to submit applications for regional projects; provide for forfeiture and repayment of loans; require the KRWA to evaluate applications according to specified criteria and to submit an annual report to the Legislative Research Commission containing the evaluations and scores of the proposed loan recipients; establish the Kentucky water and wastewater assistance for troubled or economically restrained systems fund; provide that all moneys in the fund shall be allocated by the General Assembly for providing loans for eligible projects; require that interest rates for loans be set in the same manner as the interest rates for loans from the federally-assisted wastewater and water supply resolving funds, except that the interest rates shall be one-half of a percent lower; establish the emergency Kentucky water and wastewater assistance for troubled or economically restrained systems fund; provide that moneys from the fund be dedicated to providing loans for capital and non-capital expenses relating solely to restoring or avoiding imminent interruption of utility service provided by a public water or wastewater system after a statewide or local emergency has been declared; allow the authority to require a corrective action plan to be submitted with a loan application; require that interest rates for loans be set in the same manner as the interest rates for loans form the federally-assisted wastewater and water supply resolving funds; create a new section of KRS Chapter 96 to define terms; create a forbearance period of three years for a utility acquiring a public water or wastewater system with existing violations; require the acquiring utility to correct past violations during the forbearance period; defer fines and penalties during the forbearance period; prioritize funding from the KIA for projects where the acquiring utility is making improvements to the acquired system; allow for a waiver of accrued fines and penalties if all deficiencies have been corrected and the public water or wastewater system has been sold to the acquiring utility or if the utility adopts a management and operations agreement handled by a well-operated utility; require the acquiring utility to make records available to ensure compliance; after the expiration of the forbearance period, allow the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Public Service Commission to either waive fines and penalties, collect fines and penalties, or grant a discretionary extension of the forbearance period; allow priority in funding from the KIA to be predicated on timely payment of deferred fines and penalties; prohibit an acquired water or wastewater systems to which a forbearance period applied from being eligible for any additional forbearance periods; amend KRS 224A.316 to remove repetitive language and to require the KIA to prioritize funding for a utility acquiring a public water or wastewater system for the correction of deficiencies in the system identified in state and federal violations; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/27/2024 - House Appropriations & Revenue (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Annex 149

EMERGENCY SHELTERS
(CHESTER-BURTON, BEVERLY)

AN ACT relating to emergency shelters.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 67 to require county governments to operate at least one emergency shelter for persons experiencing homelessness or to otherwise contract with an operator of an emergency shelter; require an adequate number of beds in the emergency shelter; require the emergency shelter to conform to applicable federal and state law; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations to provide standards for emergency shelters.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/15/2024 - Introduced

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to information technology.

Amend KRS 43.032 to make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/15/2024 - Introduced

WAGES
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.010 to change the definition of "employee" and to add the definition of "worker with a disability"; amend KRS 337.275 to require all employers to pay all employees, including workers with a disability, a minimum wage and increase the state minimum wage over the next three years to no less than 100 percent of the municipality, county, or state minimum wage or the prevailing wage as defined in 29 C.F.R. sec. 1.2; amend KRS 337.295 to remove learners, apprentices, workers with a disability, sheltered workshop employees, and students from regulations issued by the commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards; amend KRS 205.5605 to exclude referrals to sheltered workshop employment from the definition of "covered services and supports" as of July 1, 2027; amend KRS 154.22-040 to conform; establish that the Act may be cited as the Employees with Disabilities Equal Pay Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/15/2024 - Introduced

DATA PRIVACY
(BRATCHER, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to data privacy.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 367 to prohibit the furnishing of a person's information by a consumer reporting agency to a third party under certain circumstances without the person's consent; provide for enforcement by the Attorney General and a private right of action; establish penalties; authorize the Attorney General to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to effectuate enforcement.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - Introduced

EMINENT DOMAIN
(DOSSETT, MYRON)

AN ACT relating to eminent domain.

Amend KRS 416.550 to require that before a condemnor exercises the right of eminent domain with regard to private property, the condemnor shall engage in good faith negotiations with the property owner, seek written consent from the property owner to make an audio or video recording of the good faith negotiations and to submit the recording to the Attorney General, refrain from making any materially false or misleading statements, and not enter into any legally binding agreement with the property owner until a survey of the property has been completed at the expense of the condemnor; provide that the recording of negotiations are subject to public inspection under the Kentucky Open Records Act; amend KRS 416.570 to require a condemnor to include with the verified petition, that it must file with the Circuit Court of jurisdiction, an affirmation that the condemnor has complied with the requirements of this Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - Introduced

RETAIL FILLING STATIONS
(UPCHURCH, KEN)

AN ACT relating to retail filling stations.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 100 to define "retail filling station" and "electric vehicle charging station"; prohibit local governments from using the zoning process or adopting any measure that prohibits or restricts the ability of a retail filling station from locating in areas in which similar businesses may locate, discriminates against the use or location of a retail filling station, or treats retail filling stations differently than electric vehicle charging stations; allow restrictions on retail filling stations provided they are similar to those for other businesses, do not prohibit their operation, and are not in conflict with state or federal law.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - Introduced

OWNERSHIP FEES FOR HYBRID VEHICLES
(PALUMBO, RUTH ANN)

AN ACT relating to ownership fees for hybrid vehicles.

Amend KRS 138.475 to exclude hybrid vehicles from the ownership fee paid annually when registering an electric or hybrid vehicle; amend KRS 186.010 and 186.050 to conform; make technical corrections; apply to registrations of vehicles completed on or after August 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - Introduced

ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to environmental emergencies.

Amend KRS 224.1-401 to require that the chief executive officers of all forms of local government and mayors receive notification of a declaration of an environmental emergency in their jurisdiction.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - Introduced

SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES
(UPCHURCH, KEN)

AN ACT relating to special license plates.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 186 to create an EMS special license plate; limit eligibility to certain licensed EMS personnel or retirees with 20 years of service; specify that the EMS plate requires no minimum number of applications prior to production; amend KRS 186.162 to establish the fees for the EMS special license plate; amend KRS 186.166 to update the list of special license plates to be perpetually produced; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - Introduced

TRANSPORTATION
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to transportation.

Amend KRS 186.230 and 186.120 to conform to gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

TRANSPORTATION
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to transportation.

Amend KRS 186.230 and 186.120 to conform to gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

ANNEXATION
(DIXON, JONATHAN)

AN ACT relating to annexation.

Amend KRS 81A.420 to require a city to provide written notice to a county of annexation; eliminate the election in opposition to annexation but allow a petition to defeat annexation proposal; create a new section of KRS 65.210 to 65.300 to make interlocal agreements concerning the sharing of occupational or insurance premium tax revenue between a city and a county terminable only with the consent of both parties; amend KRS 65.250 to conform; create new sections of KRS Chapter 81A that allow a county subject to occupational tax crediting to have standing to challenge a proposed annexation; require cities that annex territory in counties subject to occupational tax crediting to remit payments to a county or negotiate with a county for investment in a project associated with the annexation in certain circumstances; allow counties to establish designated county industrial districts; define terms; prohibit annexation by a city of territory within a district without consent of the county; provide method to establish a new district or dissolve an existing district; require certain uses within a district; set a maximum number and size of districts within a county; provide landowners and cities with standing to bring suit against a county concerning a district.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
(ELLIOTT, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.

Amend KRS 533.220 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

TRANSPORTATION
(UPCHURCH, KEN)

AN ACT relating to transportation.

Amend KRS 186.230 and 186.120 to conform to gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

PUBLIC PROTECTION
(THOMAS, WALKER)

AN ACT relating to public protection.

Amend KRS 75.160 , relating to fire chiefs, to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

MILITARY AFFAIRS
(THOMAS, WALKER)

AN ACT relating to military affairs.

Amend KRS 36.230 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

VETERANS
(THOMAS, WALKER)

AN ACT relating to veterans.

Amend KRS 40.050 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
(BRIDGES, RANDY)

AN ACT relating to local government.

Amend KRS 67.160 to use gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
(BRIDGES, RANDY)

AN ACT relating to local government.

Amend KRS 67.160 to use gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
(BRIDGES, RANDY)

AN ACT relating to local government.

Amend KRS 67.160 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

CIVIL ACTIONS
(ELLIOTT, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to civil actions.

Amend KRS 411.188 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

AGRICULTURE
(HEATH, RICHARD)

AN ACT relating to agriculture.

Amend KRS 246.285, relating to the Commissioner of Agriculture, to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

AGRICULTURE
(HEATH, RICHARD)

AN ACT relating to agriculture.

Amend KRS 246.285, relating to the Commissioner of Agriculture, to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

RETIREMENT
(GRAHAM, DERRICK)

AN ACT relating to retirement.

Amend KRS 61.530 to make language gender-neutral.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

STATE GOVERNMENT
(GRAHAM, DERRICK)

AN ACT relating to state government.

Amend KRS 18A.035 to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

INSURANCE
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to insurance.

Amend KRS 304.48-080 to replace a reference to the executive director with the commissioner.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to financial institutions.

Amend KRS 286.1-440 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

INSURANCE
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to insurance.

Amend KRS 304.5-150 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to financial institutions.

Amend KRS 286.3-380 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

AGRICLUTRE
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

AN ACT relating to agriculture.

Amend KRS 246.285, relating to the Commissioner of Agriculture, to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

STATE GOVERNMENT
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

AN ACT relating to state government.

Amend KRS 18A.035 to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

MORTGAGE LOAN INDUSTRY
(LOCKETT, MATT)

AN ACT relating to the regulation of the mortgage loan industry.

Amend KRS 286.8-075 to make technical amendments.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS
(HEATH, RICHARD)

AN ACT relating to public-private partnerships for capital projects.

Amend KRS 45A.077, relating to public-private partnerships for capital projects with an aggregate value of $25 million or more, to adjust the date to July 1, 2026 for authorization by the General Assembly.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
(MEADE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to local government.

Amend KRS 67.160 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

COURTS
(ELLIOTT, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to courts.

Amend KRS 29A.270 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

NATURAL RESOURCES
(GOOCH JR., JIM)

AN ACT relating to natural resources.

Amend KRS 350.028 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS
(LEWIS, DEREK)

AN ACT relating to administrative regulations.

Amend KRS 13A.110 to make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

DETENTION FACILITIES
(BRAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to detention facilities.

Amend KRS 441.111 to make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

PENSION SPIKING
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to pension spiking in the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority.

Amend KRS 61.598 to exempt from the pension spiking provisions any increases in rates of pay authorized or funded by the legislative or administrative body of an employer or mandated in a collective bargaining agreement approved by the legislative body of the employer that are provided to members of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, or the State Police Retirement System.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(MILES, SUZANNE)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

FISH AND WILDLIFE
(MILES, SUZANNE)

AN ACT relating to fish and wildlife.

Amend KRS 150.023 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

ATTORNEYS
(ELLIOTT, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to attorneys.

Amend KRS 376.460 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

WORKERS' COMPENSATION
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

AN ACT relating to workers' compensation.

Amend KRS 342.0011 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Amend KRS 341.020 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

AN ACT relating to economic development.

Amend KRS 154.10-040 to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

AN ACT relating to economic development.

Amend KRS 154.50-323 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to medical assistance.

Amend KRS 205.170 to make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

HEALTH SERVICES
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to health services.

Amend KRS 216.315 to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to medical assistance.

Amend KRS 205.227 to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

HEALTH SERVICES
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to health services.

Amend KRS 216.313 to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

KENTUCKY IAN ALERT SYSTEM
(MASSARONI, CANDY)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky IAN Alert System.

Amend KRS 16.010 to define "missing child;" create a new section of KRS 16.010 to 16.199 to require the Department of Kentucky State Police to create and operate the Kentucky IAN Alert System to provide public notification through the use of media providers and highway signs when a child is missing and may be in physical danger.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

HEALTH SERVICES
(LEWIS, SCOTT )

AN ACT relating to health services.

Amend KRS 216.350 to add general-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(LEWIS, SCOTT )

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

MUNICIPAL PAYMENTS TO COUNTIES
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT relating to municipal payments to counties for jails and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 441.035 to require cities to enter into an interlocal agreement with the county to subsidize the cost of lodging persons in jail who were arrested in the boundaries of the city; provide for a default payment if a contract is not agreed to; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

DOMESTIC RELATIONS
(ELLIOTT, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to domestic relations.

Amend KRS 454.220 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

NATURAL RESOURCES
(BOWLING, ADAM)

AN ACT relating to natural resources.

Amend KRS 350.028 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT
(BOWLING, ADAM)

AN ACT relating to government oversight.

Amend KRS 6.916 to make a technical correction.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to health and family services.

Amend KRS 205.558 to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

JUVENILE JUSTICE
(ELLIOTT, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to juvenile justice.

Amend KRS 630.030 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

LONG TERM RECOVERY GROUPS
(DOSSETT, MYRON)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging local governments to facilitate the creation of long-term recovery groups prior to the occurrence of disasters.

Urge local governments to facilitate the creation of long-term recovery groups prior to the occurrence of disasters.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

ESTABLISH AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE TASK FORCE
(BLANTON, JOHN)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.

Establish the Autonomous Vehicle Task Force to study safety benefits and concerns, liability and insurance issues, and economic impact; set task force membership; allow the task force to meet during the 2024 Interim and to submit findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/30/2024 - House Transportation (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 12:00 PM, Annex 154

KENTUCKY HOUSING TASK FORCE
(BRIDGES, RANDY)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the establishment of the Kentucky Housing Task Force.

Direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Kentucky Housing Task Force to study, review, and provide policy recommendations on how to address the housing shortage in the Commonwealth; require the task force to meet at least monthly during the 2024 Interim; outline task force membership; require the task force to submit its findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/8/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

STUDENT SAFETY
(WISE, MAX)

AN ACT relating to student safety.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define terms; establish a framework for employment of Kentucky guardians in schools; specify qualifications of a guardian; specify that a local board of education may not be held liable for a guardian acting within his or her scope of duty; specify that guardians shall have the immunities of police officers; amend KRS 158.442 to require the Center for School Safety to implement a system to certify guardians to school districts and administer and oversee the school mapping program; amend KRS 158.441 to specify required certifications in the definition of "school resource officer"; amend 158.4414 to allow school districts to hire a guardian until a certified school resource officer is available as required; allow a district with a school resource officer to hire guardians to provide additional school safety and security measures; amend KRS 158.4416 to define terms; make conforming changes; require the trauma-informed team to compile their activities to be used in the creation of the comprehensive school improvement plan and submit the information to the Department of Education (KDE); require KDE to annually summarize and submit the information to the state board and the Legislative Research Commission; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the department to gather and compile data, coordinate training, and monitor the numbers and types of mental health professionals in schools; amend KRS 158.443 to conform; amend KRS 158.4451 to require the Office of Homeland Security to maintain and update the anonymous reporting tool; specify that each school district shall make available an anonymous reporting tool; provide for an alternative anonymous reporting tool; amend KRS 156.095 to require schools to provide suicide prevention awareness twice a year and an opportunity for any student who missed the suicide prevention awareness lesson to receive the lesson at a later time; make conforming changes; amend KRS 158.162 to allow secondary locking mechanisms in schools; require school councils or principals to include school mapping data, if available, in their emergency plans; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to create the School Mapping Data Program administered by the Center for School Safety; outline requirements of school mapping data; amend KRS 158.4412 to require the local school district's safety coordinator to maintain a current copy of school mapping data; amend KRS 61.637 to 78.5540 to conform.

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2/22/2024 - Introduced

CRISIS AVERSION & RIGHTS RETENTION ORDERS
(WESTERFIELD, WHITNEY)

AN ACT relating to crisis aversion and rights retention orders.

Establish KRS Chapter 202D and create new sections thereof relating to crisis aversion and rights retention orders; provide limitations on interpretation of the Act; define terms; allow law enforcement officers to petition a court to issue orders when a respondent presents an immediate and present danger of causing serious physical injury to themselves or others through purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm; establish procedures for the filing, review, hearing, service of process, termination, or renewal of the petition and orders; provide court processes and evidentiary standards; allow entry of the orders into law enforcement systems; prescribe issuance and service procedures for additional proceedings; establish procedures for the surrender, storage, transfer, and return of firearms; establish penalties for violations; allow for recognition and enforcement of foreign orders; amend KRS 431.076 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/25/2024 - Introduced

CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY
(WESTERFIELD, WHITNEY)

AN ACT relating to consumer data privacy.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 367 to define terms; set the parameters for applicability of this Act; define various consumer rights related to data collection; require a data controller to comply with a consumer request to exercise those rights; require controllers to establish a process for consumers to appeal a controller's refusal to act on a consumer's request to exercise a right; set forth requirements for persons or entities that control or process personal data; require persons who control data to conduct data protection impact assessments; establish that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce this Act and shall provide a controller or processor 30 days' written notice identifying the specific provisions that were violated; provide that if a controller or processor does not cure a violation within 30 days, the Attorney General may initiate an action and seek damages for up to $7,500 for each violation; create a consumer privacy fund in the State Treasury to be administered by the Office of the Attorney General and direct that all civil penalties collected with regard to enforcement actions be deposited in the fund; amend KRS 367.240 to conform; provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Consumer Data Protection Act; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2026.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

AGRICULTURAL KEY INFRASTRUCTURE ASSETS
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to agricultural key infrastructure assets.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 511 to define terms; prohibit the operation of unmanned aircraft, video or audio recording devices, or photography equipment on or above a concentrated animal feeding operation or commercial food manufacturing or processing facility without written consent of the owner or authorized representative of the facility; establish a Class B misdemeanor for violations. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; amend KRS 511.100, relating to trespass upon key infrastructure assets, to add commercial food manufacturing or processing facility, animal feeding operation, and concentrated animal feeding operation to the definition of "key infrastructure assets"; penalize those who operate an unmanned aircraft system, video recording device, audio recording device, or photography equipment on or above the assets without consent; penalize those who record or distribute unauthorized images or material of a concentrated animal feeding operation, animal feeding operation, or commercial food manufacturing or processing facility; allow any electric, water, or natural gas utility company or a person acting on behalf of an electric, water, or natural gas utility company to operate any unmanned aircraft system, video or audio recording device, or photography equipment on or above a concentrated animal feeding operation, animal feeding operation, or commercial food manufacturing or processing facility without consent of the owner or authorized representative of the facility for legitimate business purposes.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - received in House

AMEND CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION
(NEMES, MICHAEL J.)

AN ACT proposing to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to property exempt from taxation.

Propose to amend Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky to include in the homestead exemption for owners who are 65 years of age or older any increase in the valuation of the real property that is assessed after the later of the year the owner turned 65 or the year the owner purchased the property; apply the exemption to increases in valuation that occur after the date the amendment is ratified by the voters; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to exempt for homeowners who are 65 years of age or older any increase in the valuation of their permanent residence that is assessed after the later of the year the homeowner turned 65 or the year the homeowner purchased the property.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - received in House

LANDLORD AND TENANT ORDINANCES
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to local landlord and tenant ordinances.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 383 to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing an ordinance that requires a landlord to participate in a housing program under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937; prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing an ordinance relating to landlord and tenant laws that is in conflict with state law.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/25/2024 - received in House

MOTOR VEHICLES
(TURNER, JOHNNIE)

AN ACT relating to motor vehicles.

Amend KRS 304.39-087 to modify the reporting of insurance information to the Department of Vehicle Regulation; require the Department of Vehicle Regulation to establish information submission format and additional information requirements; amend KRS 186A.040 to modify the Department of Vehicle Regulation's duties relating to insurance notifications in AVIS; establish conditions for when an individual's motor vehicle registration must be revoked or a license plate surrendered; establish registration reinstatement fee; create a new section of KRS Chapter 186A to establish administrative requirements for county clerks and the Department of Vehicle Regulation relating to proof of insurance, affidavits submitted in lieu of proof of insurance, and surrendering a motor vehicle license plate; require the Department of Insurance to prepare forms and a notice to registration renewal applicants; amend KRS 186A.042 to allow the submission of an affidavit in lieu of proof of insurance; require the county clerk to provide a notice when processing motor vehicle registration renewals; amend KRS 186A.990 to provide penalties for failure to surrender a motor vehicle license plate upon registration revocation for lack of required insurance; amend KRS 186.180 to conform; delete fee for revocations under KRS 186.290; amend various statutes requiring proof of insurance to allow submission of an affidavit; amend KRS 189.636 to require law enforcement to issue citations to motor vehicle operators for failure to comply with required insurance law; amend KRS 304.39-080 to establish exception to continuous motor vehicle insurance requirement; amend KRS 304.39-110 to permit insurers to offer 12 month policy periods; amend KRS 304.39-117 to modify requirements for evidence of compliance with required insurance law; amend KRS 304.99-060 to modify penalties; amend KRS 431.078 to create expungement rights for motor vehicle owners and operators that fail to have required motor vehicle insurance; make technical corrections; repeal KRS 304.39-085, relating to notification by insurers to the Department of Vehicle Regulation; require the Department of Vehicle Regulation and the Department of Insurance to promulgate administrative regulations to implement this Act within 30 days of effective date of section; RETROACTIVE, in part; EFFECTIVE, in part, January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Banking & Insurance (S)

DUI OF MARIJUANA
(TURNER, JOHNNIE)

AN ACT relating to driving under the influence of marijuana.

Amend KRS 189A.005 to define "marijuana concentration"; amend KRS 189A.010 to create a per se limit for a marijuana concentration mesured by a blood test; create presumption that a person is not under the influence if the marijuana concentration is less than four; amend KRS 189A.050, 189A.070, 189A.090, 189A.240, and 189A.410 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

MOTOR VEHICLES
(TURNER, JOHNNIE)

AN ACT relating to motor vehicles.

Create a new section of KRS 186 to require proof of a vehicle registration receipt, proof an operator's license, and proof of motor vehicle insurance be provided to a peace officer at the time of a traffic stop; amend KRS 186.400 to require a notation in the operator's license database when a license is issued, renewed, suspended, or revoked; amend KRS 186A.010 to require a notation in AVIS when a motor vehicle's registration is issued, renewed, or revoked; amend KRS 186.170 to allow for proof of a registration receipt in an electronic format; require peace officers with access to AVIS to check it at the time of a stop; amend KRS 186.510 to require a peace officer to check the operator's license database; allow a person to provide proof of a valid operator's license prior to the court date; allow for proof of an operator's license in an electronic format; amend KRS 186.990 to allow for dismissal of a charge with proof the vehicle is properly registered; allow that for a violation of failure to illuminate a vehicle license plate a courtesy warning may be issued in lieu of a uniform citation; provided that if a citation is issued the operator of the vehicle shall be fined $25; allow for dismissal of a fine if proof of repair is shown; amend KRS 189.990 to establish that for violations of certain vehicle operation statutes a courtesy warning may be issued in lieu of a uniform citation; provide that if a uniform citation is issued the operator of the vehicle shall be fined $25; allow for dismissal of a fine if proof of repair is shown; amend KRS 67.592 to require a jailer to keep a receipt form listing a prisoner's property and to return a valid operator's license upon a person's release unless needed for evidentiary purposes; amend KRS 138.465, 186.574, 189.271, 189.370, and 431.452 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

TRAIL TOWN OPERATIONS
(DENEEN, MATTHEW)

AN ACT relating to the Trail Town operations grant fund and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 148 to establish the Trail Town operations grant fund; require the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

OPEN RECORDS
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to open records.

Create a new section of KRS 61.870 to 61.884, the Open Records Act, to require officers, employees, and official custodians of public agencies to complete specified open records training; require official custodians to complete open records training every two years so long as they remain the official custodian; require the Attorney General to provide open records training to officers, employees, and official custodians of public agencies, but allow public agencies to provide their own training if the training would qualify as open records training and is approved by the Attorney General; require the training to be in a live format, but permit training to be performed remotely; amend KRS 61.870 to define "open records training"; amend KRS 61.876 to require every public agency to submit to the Attorney General contact information for its official custodian; require the Attorney General to maintain a database and publish on its website the contact information of each official custodian; amend KRS 15.257 to require the Attorney General to distribute information regarding any amendment to the Open Meetings or Open Records Acts to all official; require official custodians to disseminate the information provided by the Attorney General to employees of their respective agencies; amend KRS 61.872 to conform; make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to campaign finance.

Amend KRS 6.811 to prohibit legislative agents or employers of legislative agents from making campaign contributions to legislators, candidates, campaign committees for legislators or candidates, caucus campaign committees, or permanent committees that donate to or make independent expenditures for legislators at any time.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

WAGES
(THOMAS, REGINALD)

AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.010 to increase the applicable threshold of employees of retail stores and service industries from $95,000 to $500,000 average annual gross volume of sales for the employer; amend KRS 337.275 to incrementally raise minimum wage for employers to $15.00 an hour; include anti-preemption language permitting local governments to establish minimum wage ordinances in excess of the state minimum wage.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

KENTUCKY ASHANTI ALERT SYSTEM
(YATES, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Ashanti Alert System.

Amend KRS 16.010 to define "missing adult"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 16 to require the Department of Kentucky State Police to create and operate the Kentucky Ashanti Alert System to provide public notification through the use of media providers and highway signs when an adult is missing and may have been abducted or kidnapped or may be in physical danger. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except require that law enforcement must have reasonable cause to believe that the disappearance of the missing adult may not have been voluntary and that public notification is the most appropriate method of recovering the missing adult.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (S) THIRD READING, passed 32-3 with Committee Substitute (1)

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to alcoholic beverages.

Amend KRS 243.0305 to allow a craft distiller to self-distribute up to 5,000 gallons of distilled spirits per year directly to a licensed retailer; direct the distiller to register, deliver, report, and pay all applicable taxes on self-distributed distilled spirits; allow a distiller to extend credit to a retailer for up to 30 days from the invoice date; establish distiller reporting requirements to both wholesalers and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; amend KRS 243.710 and 243.884 to require a distiller to pay wholesale taxes on any self-distributed distilled spirits.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (H)

SPACE FOR KENTUCKY PENSIONS AUTHORITY
(HIGDON, JIMMY)

AN ACT relating to leased office space for the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority and declaring an emergency.

Permit the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority to lease office space in Louisville Metro for its Office of Investments for up to five years with the option to renew up to maximum term of 20 years without being subject to the requirements of the Finance and Administration Cabinet; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/25/2024 - (S) WITHDRAWN

PROPERTY TAX RATES
(BOSWELL, GARY)

AN ACT relating to property tax rates.

Amend KRS 132.017 to allow any registered voter who resides in the district to file a petition; remove the requirement that a petition committee be formed and an affidavit to be filed with the county clerk; remove the requirement that the county clerk publish a notice about the tax rate challenge in the newspaper; allow each sheet of the petition to contain the names of voters from more than one voting precinct; remove the requirement that the petition signees put their Social Security number or the name and number of their designated voting precinct on the petition; amend KRS 132.018 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
(WILLIAMS, GEX)

AN ACT relating to alcoholic beverages and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 241.010 to decrease the minimum number of passengers from 100 to 40 in the definition of "riverboat"; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2024 - received in House

CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPONS
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to concealed deadly weapons.

Repeal KRS 237.115, which interprets the application of the license to carry concealed deadly weapon statute as permitting postsecondary facilities and state and local governments to limit concealed carry in governmental buildings; amend KRS 150.172, 237.110, and 527.020 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

WINE CORKAGE
(WEBB, ROBIN L.)

AN ACT relating to wine corkage.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 243 to authorize wine corkage in conjunction with a meal by a limited restaurant or NQ2 retail drink licensee; establish conditions to remove a bottle of opened wine from the premises; amend KRS 242.260 to exempt corkage from dry and moist territory violations; amend KRS 243.020, 243.034, and 243.084 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Licensing & Occupations (S)

AD VALOREM TAX RATE
(BOSWELL, GARY)

AN ACT relating to the levy of an ad valorem tax rate.

Repeal and reenact KRS 132.017 to require the portion of a property tax rate which will produce revenue from real property, exclusive of revenue from new property, more than four percent over the amount of revenue produced by the compensating tax rate to be subject to recall by the voters of the district; establish requirements for the ballot question, notifying the public, the election process, and recalling the rate; allow the cancellation of the election; disallow local, state, and federal tax dollars to be used to advocate for the rate; amend various statutes to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY TREATMENT SERVICES
(WHEELER, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to chemical dependency treatment services.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 222 to define "voluntarily"; require treatment centers or programs licensed as a chemical dependency treatment service to provide transportation services to residents who wish to voluntarily leave the program if the resident's family, guardian, or emergency contact does not agree to transport them; outline transportation service responsibilities; prohibit facilities and law enforcement officers from taking the residents to any location other than public transportation locations, locations to meet the driver of a ride-sharing service, or the resident's home; require that the facilities conduct a search of any outstanding warrants; exempt all chemical dependency treatment service facilities holding a license issued in accordance with KRS 216B.042; require the facility to notify family members, the county attorney, local law enforcement, and the court that a resident left the treatment facility in violation of a court order; and allow a peace officer or a probation officer to arrest a resident without a warrant for violating the terms of the resident's conditional discharge or court order.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (S) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ SCS 1 and SCA 1t

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
(YATES, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to driving under the influence of intoxicating hemp products.

Amend KRS 189A.010 to prohibit driving under the influence of intoxicating hemp products.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

MARIJUANA
(YATES, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to marijuana.

Amend KRS 218A.1421, 218A.1422, and 218A.1423 to remove penalties for possession, cultivation, or trafficking of up to eight ounces, or five plants, of marijuana; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to allow expungement of certain convictions relating to cannabis; amend KRS 218A.276 to conform; RETROACTIVE; EFFECTIVE, IN PART; January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to local governments.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing an ordinance relating to landlord or tenant laws that is in conflict with the laws of this Commonwealth.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

BUS SAFETY
(YATES, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to bus safety.

Amend KRS 156.153 to define "danger zone"; direct the Department of Education to consider requiring the installation of school bus sensors and interior cameras on new school buses purchased on or after July 1, 2025; direct the Department of Education to promulgate administrative regulations; require the Department of Education to submit a report on the availability and effectiveness of school bus sensors to the Legislative Research Commission by June 30, 2025; amend KRS 189.540 to conform; amend KRS 281.635 to encourage cities to install safety sensors in city buses; provide that the Act may be cited as Ally's Law.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/10/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Transportation (S)

AGRITOURISM
(WEBB, ROBIN L.)

AN ACT relating to agritourism.

Amend KRS 247.801 to amend the definition of "agritourism activity"; define "working animal"; create a new section of KRS 247.800 to 247.810 to prohibit a city, town, county, or other political subdivision of the Commonwealth from restricting a person from engaging in an agritourism activity.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/2/2024 - (S) reassigned to committee Senate Agriculture (S)

FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to fire protection districts.

Amend KRS 75.260 to increase the maximum per meeting salary of fire district board members to $150.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - (S) reassigned to committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

TRANSPORTATION
(HIGDON, JIMMY)

AN ACT relating to transportation and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 186.040 to direct $30 of the registration fee for vehicles in excess of 44,000 pounds to the county clerk of the county in which the truck is registered; amend KRS 186.050 to set registration fees for vehicles in excess of 44,000 pounds; amend KRS 189.340 to prohibit the operation of a truck tractor, trailer, or semitrailer in the far left lane of any roadway that has been divided into three or more clearly marked lanes for travel; amend KRS 281.926 to require towing companies to submit their rate schedules to the nearest Department of Kentucky State Police (KSP) post in addition to making them available to the public upon request, and direct the KSP to remove companies that do not comply with these requirements from the KSP wrecker log for a period of six months for the first violation and one year for any subsequent violation; amend KRS 189.222 to provide a weight limit allowance of 400 pounds for any vehicle with an auxiliary power unit; amend KRS 189.221 to conform; amend KRS 75.450 to increase the limit that subscription fire departments may charge for accident response from $500 to $1,000; amend KRS 189.270, 189.271, 189.2713, 189.2716, and 189.2717 to require the Transportation Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to set fees for overweight and overdimensional permits; amend KRS 132.487 to direct the state portion of vehicle property taxes on electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles to the road fund; amend KRS 186.480 to require the KSP to include information about the organ donor program in educational materials for driver training; APPROPRIATION; EFFECTIVE, in part, January 1, 2025. Senate Committee Substitute (2) Retain original provisions, except: amend KRS 281.926 to require towing companies to submit their rate schedules to all local law enforcement agencies in the company's service area; direct local law enforcement agencies to remove companies that do not comply with these requirements from their wrecker log for a period of six months for the first violation and one year for any subsequent violation; amend KRS 189.270 to limit the fee that the Transportation Cabinet may set for overdimensional permits to transport farm equipment; amend KRS 281.990 to allow the Transportation Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to set penalties for violations of KRS 281.920 to 281.936; amend KRS 189.340 to provide a road condition exception to the prohibition on operating a motor vehicle in the leftmost lane of a multi-lane highway; delete sections amending KRS 75.450, regarding charges for fire department response to accidents, and KRS 132.487, regarding distribution of the motor vehicle property tax on electric vehicles.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - received in House

TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL MONITORING SYSTEMS
(THOMAS, REGINALD)

AN ACT relating to traffic control signal monitoring systems and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 189 to define "agency," "owner," "recorded images," and "traffic control signal monitoring system"; establish a civil penalty of $50 if a motor vehicle is recorded failing to obey the instructions of a traffic control device; set forth forms and procedures; outline defenses for citations for failing to obey a traffic control device; mandate that a person who refuses to pay the civil penalty and does not appear to contest the citation shall have the vehicle's registration suspended; mandate that civil penalties shall not result in points against the violator's driving record; amend KRS 189.231 and 189.990 to conform; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Transportation (S)

CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPONS
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to concealed deadly weapons.

Amend KRS 527.070 to modify the types of school facilities where weapons are prohibited; state that the prohibition of weapons on school grounds only applies when entrances to the school buildings display a sign indicating that unlawfully possessing a weapon in a school is a felony; remove the requirement that signs be prominently displayed indicating possessing a weapon in a school is prohibited; remove the provision that failure to post the signs indicating weapons are prohibited in schools shall not relieve a person of liability.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

FEDERAL OFFICERS AS PEACE OFFICERS
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to federal law enforcement officers as peace officers in this state and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 61.365 to remove the authority of delineated federal law enforcement officers to act as peace officers in this state; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to alcoholic beverages.

Amend KRS 243.0305 to allow a craft distiller to self-distribute up to 5,000 gallons of distilled spirits per year directly to a licensed retailer; direct the distiller to register, deliver, report, and pay all applicable taxes on self-distributed distilled spirits; allow a distiller to extend credit to a retailer for up to 30 days from the invoice date; establish distiller reporting requirements to both wholesalers and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; amend KRS 243.710 and 243.884 to require a distiller to pay wholesale taxes on any self-distributed distilled spirits.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/22/2024 - (S) WITHDRAWN

LOBBYING
(WILLIAMS, GEX)

AN ACT relating to lobbying.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 48 to prohibit a public agency or any other entity created by an act of the General Assembly from using public funds for lobbying activity or to employ or enter into a contract with a lobbyist; define terms; exempt public agency employees who perform lobbying activities as part of their fiduciary duties; create a new section of KRS Chapter 61 to prohibit a public agency from using public funds for lobbying activity or to employ or contract with a lobbyist; define terms; exempt public agency employees who perform lobbying activities as part of their fiduciary duties; create new sections of KRS 6.601 to 6.849 to permit a person to file a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission if a public agency or entity created by an act of the General Assembly is using public funds to hire a lobbyist or for lobbying activity; require the commission to transfer a complaint to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission if the alleged violator is an employee of the executive branch of state government; require a public agency to report to the Legislative Ethics Commission if the agency procures a contract with a legislative agent to engage in federal lobbying or uses federal funds to employ or procure a contract with a legislative agent or as part of compensation or salary of an employee to engage in lobbying activity on behalf of the agency; require the report to be filed within 30 days of the decision to engage in federal lobbying activity or use federal funds to engage in lobbying activity; require all public agencies to submit to the Auditor of Public Accounts and State Treasurer a list of all contracts they have procured with a legislative agency for all types of lobbying activity, regardless of the source of funds, by June 30 each year; allow the Attorney General, Commonwealth's attorney, county attorney, or their designee to investigate violations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from employing or contracting with a lobbyist or using public funds to employ or contract with a lobbyist; allow a president of the public postsecondary institution to lobby on behalf of the institution in his or her fiduciary capacity; amend KRS 6.611 to include as lobbying any public agency to hire or procure a contract with a public relations, media, or social media company to indirectly promote, advocate, or oppose passage of any legislation or action taken by the General Assembly, the Governor, the secretary of any cabinet or any staff members; amend KRS 6.691 to allow the Legislative Ethics Commission to issue a fine of not less than $2,000 but not more than $10,000 to any public agency that uses public funds for lobbying purposes; amend KRS 6.945 to provide that the lobbying restrictions are not affected by the requirements of Section 1 or 2 of this Act; amend KRS 61.990 to provide that an officer or employee of a public agency who intentionally violates the lobbying restrictions shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense, and a Class D felony for any subsequent offenses; amend KRS 11A.201 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/2/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
(YATES, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to alcoholic beverages.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 244 to require retail licensees to purchase liquor liability insurance.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/25/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Licensing & Occupations (S)

OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES
(WHEELER, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to off-highway vehicles.

Amend KRS 189.281 to extend the ability for local governments to start off-highway vehicle pilot programs to July 1, 2027; expand the definition of local government to include any local government that operates a public OHV trail system.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/30/2024 - received in House

MODIFIED NEW REVENUES
(GIVENS, DAVID P.)

AN ACT relating to modified new revenues for income tax.

Amend KRS 154.30-010 to allow modified new revenues for income tax to be used for calendar years beginning on or after January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/25/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

GOVERNOR'S EMERGENCY POWERS
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to the emergency powers of the Governor.

Amend KRS 39A.010 to remove potential, threated, or impending occurrences from enumerated emergency management system items; amend KRS 39A.020 to define "executive action" to include all orders and guidelines, including industry-specific or agency specific guidelines related to a declared emergency; amend KRS 39A.030 to remove hazards from list of enumerated items that the emergency management program is responsible; amend KRS 39A.050 to limit the powers of the Division of Emergency Management; amend KRS Chapter 39A.070 to prohibit the director of the Division of Emergency Management from promulgating administrative regulations or from issuing orders and directives, but allow the director to issues standards, rules, procedures, guidance, or recommended practices; allow the director to request increased readiness activities, implementation of local emergency operations plans, or the mobilization or deployment of trained forces of state or local government; allow the director to make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly; amend KRS 39A.090 to limit the effect of any promulgated administrative regulation issued by the Governor related to an emergency or disaster that restricts in-person meeting or imposes mandatory quarantine or isolation requirements to 30 days; amend KRS 39A.100 to remove certain emergency powers from the Governor; repeal KRS 39A.190 and 118.027.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

CIVIL RIGHTS
(NEAL, GERALD A.)

AN ACT relating to civil rights.

Amend KRS 344.010 to include definitions for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity"; amend KRS 344.020, relating to the purpose of the Kentucky's civil rights chapter, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.025, 344.040, 344.050, 344.060, 344.070, and 344.080, relating to prohibited discrimination in various labor and employment practices, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.100 and 344.110 to conform; amend KRS 344.120 and 344.140, relating to prohibited discrimination in places of public accommodation, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.170, 344.180, 344.190, 344.300, and 344.310, relating to the state and local human rights commissions, to include prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the scope of their powers and duties; amend KRS 344.360, 344.370, 344.380, and 344.680, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain housing, real estate, and other financial transactions, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.367, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain insurance sales, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.400, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain credit transactions, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; make various technical amendments; amend KRS 18A.095 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/29/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

CERTIFICATES OF NEED
(WILLIAMS, GEX)

AN ACT relating to certificates of need.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 216B to require that all health services, equipment, programs, centers, facilities, beds, agencies, technologies, or hospitals listed in the state health plan except nursing facility beds or long-term care beds, to be granted a nonsubstantive review of an application for certificate of need by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services unless otherwise exempt from a certificate of need requirement, regardless of any law to the contrary; require the cabinet to amend the state health plan and any necessary administrative regulations by December 31, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/29/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health Services (S)

CERTIFICATE OF NEED
(WILLIAMS, GEX)

AN ACT relating to certificate of need.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 216B to require that when a certificate of need for a health service or health facility is considered orphaned the need for the health service or health facility shall be presumed, an application by a new entity must be granted a nonsubstantive review, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services may not receive consideration of opposition from any previous entity that had been granted a certificate of need.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/29/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health Services (S)

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS
(WHEELER, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance benefits and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 341.413 to remove the waiver application deadline for unemployment insurance overpayment of thirty days on unemployment insurance claims filed between January 27, 2020, and December 31, 2020; provide that the waiver application deadline shall be one year from the overpayment notice; provide that the claimant may request a new hearing in Circuit Court. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except prohibit the secretary from pursuing overpayment recovery until lapse of the one-year waiver request period; provide that the recipient may submit a request for waiver of overpayment of benefits regardless of any prior adjudication or agreement; allow for an alleged overpayment recipient to be refunded if obligated to pay an amount less than the amount previously paid; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - received in House

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS
(WHEELER, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to volunteer firefighters.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a refundable individual income tax credit for certain volunteer firefighters; declare the purpose of the credit; require annual reporting to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue to evaluate the impact of the credit; amend KRS 141.0205 to provide the ordering of the credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow confidential tax return information to be shared with the Legislative Research Commission and Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue; amend KRS 75.400 to allow a volunteer fire department to have a minimum of six members; amend KRS 342.140, relating to workers' compensation, to allow income benefits for volunteer firemen, police, and emergency management agency members or trainees to be based on 50% of the state average weekly wage if that is greater than the average weekly wage of their regular employment.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

ADULT-ORIENTED BUSINESSES
(TICHENOR, LINDSEY)

AN ACT relating to adult-oriented businesses and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 231 to express the findings of the General Assembly relating to adult-oriented businesses and the need for regulation; define terms; establish distance parameters for the location of adult-oriented businesses in proximity to identified entities and locations; establish transition provisions for existing businesses; affirm the authority of local governmental units to supplement regulation of adult-oriented businesses; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/1/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

SALE OF DOGS AND CATS
(HOWELL, JASON)

AN ACT relating to the sale of dogs and cats.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 258 to define terms; prohibit retail pet shops from selling dogs or cats unless the animal was obtained from an animal shelter or qualified breeder; prohibit retail pet shops from selling a dog or cat that is less than eight weeks old, or selling a dog or cat to anyone under the age of eighteen; prohibit local governments from passing ordinances that conflict with this Act; amend KRS 258.990 to establish a penalty for a violation.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - floor amendment (1) filed

PERFLUOROALKYL AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES
(ARMSTRONG, CASSIE CHAMBERS )

AN ACT relating to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Create a new section of KRS 95A.200 to 95A.300 to establish a voluntary PFAS blood test reimbursement program using moneys from the Firefighters Foundation Program fund and operated by the Kentucky Fire Commission; allow for reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses for PFAS blood testing for firefighters; amend KRS 95A.210 to define "PFAS chemicals" or "PFAS"; amend KRS 95A.262 to include a program for PFAS blood testing as a permissible use of funds; amend KRS 337.010 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/5/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

SITING OF CELLULAR ANTENNA TOWERS
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to the siting of cellular antenna towers.

Amend KRS 100.987 to prohibit a planning unit, legislative body, or fiscal court that has adopted planning and zoning regulations from approving the siting of a cellular antenna tower capable of providing fifth generation mobile communications service if it is within 1,640 feet of any inhabitable building or any outdoor space where 10 or more people gather; amend KRS 278.650 to prohibit the commission from approving the siting of a cellular antenna tower capable of providing fifth generation mobile communication service if it is within 1,640 feet of any inhabitable building or any outdoor space where 10 or more people gather.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources & Energy (S)

VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORTS
(MILLS, ROBBY)

AN ACT relating to vehicle accident reports.

Amend KRS 189.635 to define "law enforcement agency"; allow law enforcement agencies to retain copies of accident reports filed with the State Police; allow law enforcement agencies access to vehicle accident reports, and allow them to contract with third parties to provide the reports to other entities that are eligible to receive them under the section; make technical corrections. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except define "department"; specify that vehicle accident reports held by law enforcement agencies are exempt from the provisions of KRS 61.870 to 61.884, the Open Records Act, but are subject to the provisions of Section 1 of the Act; amend KRS 61.870 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - received in House

PRIVACY OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to the privacy of Social Security numbers.

Amend various sections of the Kentucky Revised Statutes to remove requirements for using a Social Security number as an identifier.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

VOTING LEAVE
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to voting leave.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 relating to voting leave for employees; define terms; require employers to grant employees reasonable leave from work to vote; prohibit employers from discriminating against employees who request leave to vote; require employers to post relevant provisions of this Act on workplace premises; permit a person or class of persons to bring a civil action for violations of this Act; amend KRS 337.990 to establish penalties for violations; amend KRS 118.015 to define terms; amend KRS 118.995 to establish penalties for violations.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

UNDERGROUND FACILITY DAMAGE PREVENTION
(CARPENTER, JARED)

AN ACT relating to underground facility damage prevention.

Amend KRS 367.4903 to add definitions for "communications network," "communications service provider," and "communications terminal"; amend KRS 367.4909 to require that if damage is done to an underground gas or hazardous liquid facility and no attempt to locate the underground facility was made, the operator shall include in its report to the Public Service Commission the distance from the communications terminal that the damage occurred; require the Public Service Commission to submit a report to the Legislative Research Commission on or before December 1, 2025, detailing the number of damage reports from communications service providers that occurred in the area where they are allowed to use nonintrusive excavation; amend KRS 367.4915 to exempt from the underground facility damage prevention requirements nonintrusive excavating of a depth not greater than 12 inches and within 12 inches of a communication service provider's own communications network.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (S) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

DESIGNATING A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST
(WEBB, ROBIN L.)

AN ACT relating to designating a special needs trust to receive state-administered retirement benefits.

Amend KRS 16.505, 61.510, and 78.510 to define "special needs trust" (SNT) for purposes of the State Police Retirement System, Kentucky Employees Retirement System, and County Employees Retirement System; amend the definition of "person" to include a SNT, and amend the definition of "beneficiary" to exclude sole beneficiary of a SNT; amend KRS 16.578 to allow a SNT to receive a lifetime retirement benefit; amend KRS 61.623 to allow a trustee to receive checks on behalf of a SNT; amend KRS 61.635 to allow a person who is the beneficiary of a SNT to be designated as the beneficiary of a lifetime retirement benefit; require the trustee of a SNT to notify the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority (KPPA) upon the death of the beneficiary of a SNT and repay any payment not properly payable to the SNT; allow KPPA to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the SNT provisions; amend KRS 61.640 to allow a SNT to receive a lifetime retirement payment if a member dies before retirement; amend KRS 78.5532 to allow a SNT to receive a lifetime retirement benefit if a member dies before retirement; amend KRS 161.525, relating to the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) to allow a SNT to receive a lifetime annuity if a member dies before retirement; amend KRS 161.640 to allow checks to be sent by mail to the trustee of a SNT; require the trustee to notify the TRS upon the death of the beneficiary; require any payments not properly payable to the SNT to be repaid to TRS; allow TRS to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the SNT provisions; amend KRS 161.700 to require TRS to assign annuity payments to a SNT, issue payments to the trustee, and prevent annuity payments from being used to reimburse any state for any Medicaid benefits paid on behalf of the beneficiary of a SNT; amend KRS 21.420 , relating to the Judicial Retirement Plan, to allow for a SNT to be selected as a beneficiary, and define "special needs trust"; amend KRS 21.425 to allow a member to designate a SNT to receive lifetime survivorship benefits on behalf of a surviving spouse, dependent child, or disabled child.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/7/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

FUNDING HEALTHCARE SERVICES FROM INCREASED PENALTIES FOR SPEEDING VIOLATIONS
(MEREDITH, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to funding health care services from increased penalties for speeding violations and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 189.010 to define "super speeder"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 189 to assess a fee of $200 to any person convicted as a super speeder; assess a fee of $50 and require the suspension of driving privileges for not making a timely payment of fee imposed; require that money from fees be deposited into the Kentucky trauma care system fund, the emergency medical services education grant fund, and the Bentley rural hospital preservation fund; require the Transportation Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations relating to the fees; create a new section of KRS Chapter 311A to establish an emergency medical services education grant fund and program; allow the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services to promulgate administrative regulations relating to the grant fund; amend KRS 211.496 to set forth disbursements from the trauma care system fund; amend KRS 154.20-190 to rename the rural hospital operations and facilities revolving loan fund the Bentley rural hospital preservation fund and require priority be given to providing loans to hospitals in counties that lack a rural hospital; amend KRS 186.440 and 189.394 to conform; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/8/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

VIOLATIONS OF PRIVACY
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to violations of privacy.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 454 to restrict use of facial recognition technology and biometric identifiers; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to create a cause of action for use of facial recognition technology or biometric identifiers; create new sections of KRS Chapters 6, 13B, 23A, 24A, and 29A to prohibit use of facial recognition technology as evidence; propose a new section of the Kentucky Rules of Evidence to make evidence gained from use of facial recognition inadmissible.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/8/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to conditions of employment.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 344 to require employers that mandate employee immunization to allow exceptions based on religious belief or medical contraindication; provide sample form for employee affirmation; establish which health care providers can support a medical exemption; require notice of exemptions; establish civil cause of action for violations and a claim under workers' compensation; amend KRS 344.040 to make it an unlawful practice for employers to require immunizations as a condition of employment from employees who hold sincere religious beliefs against immunization or for whom immunization would be harmful to his or her health; make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2024 - Senate Health Services (S), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 9:00 AM, Annex 129

EMPLOYMENT
(ARMSTRONG, CASSIE CHAMBERS )

AN ACT relating to employment.

Amend KRS 336.130 to delete references restricting rights of public employees to organize, associate collectively, or strike; amend KRS 336.180 to redefine "labor organization" and delete definitions of "candidate," "committee," "contributing organization," "contribution," "election," "electioneering communications," "employer," "fundraiser," "independent expenditure," "political activities," "public employee," "slate of candidates," and "testimonial affair"; amend KRS 336.990 to conform; amend KRS 67A.6904 to allow urban-county governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 67C.406 to allow consolidated local governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 70.262, 78.470, and 78.480 to remove exceptions; amend KRS 345.050 to allow public employers to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 336.1341 and 336.135 to conform; repeal KRS 65.016, 336.132, and 336.134.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

PREVAILING WAGE
(ARMSTRONG, CASSIE CHAMBERS )

AN ACT relating to prevailing wage.

Establish new sections of KRS Chapter 337 to create a prevailing wage law for all public works projects; amend KRS 12.020, 99.480, 227.487, 151B.015, 337.010, and 337.990 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

OPTIONAL RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR HAZARDOUS DUTY EMPLOYEES
(MCDANIEL, CHRISTIAN)

AN ACT relating to optional retirement benefits for hazardous duty employees participating in the County Employees Retirement System's hybrid cash balance plans.

Create a new section of KRS 78.510 to 78.852 to create an elective alternative benefit program that employers participating in the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) may adopt for employees in hazardous positions with a membership date after January 1, 2014, in the hybrid cash balance plan (Tier 3 benefits); provide that, if an employer participating in CERS makes a one-time election to provide an alternative benefit program, those eligible employees in hazardous positions may elect, in lieu of Tier 3 benefits, to participate in the alternative benefit program within one year of attaining or otherwise having 10 or more years in a hazardous position; provide that employees opting into the alternative benefit program who meet the requirements of a career hazardous employee receive Tier 3 benefits up to entering the alternative benefit program and an annual lifetime retirement benefit calculated as 2.25% of final compensation for each year of service in the alternative benefit program for participation between 20 and 25 years or 2.5% of final compensation for each year of service in the alternative benefit program for participation for 25 years or more; require that the annual actuarial valuation conducted by the CERS board include an assessment of the funding levels, unfunded liability, and actuarially required employer contribution rates for the alternative benefit program and require the CERS board to make adjustments to the alternative benefit program if it falls below 90% funded or if the employer contribution rate for the program is projected to exceed 16% of pay; require employers opting into the alternative benefit program to pay any additional actuarial costs to fund the program without any funding from employers who do not participate in the alternative benefit program; limit the alternative benefit program to Tier 3 members in CERS; provide that the General Assembly may alter the alternative program benefits, define terms for purposes of the alternative benefit program; amend KRS 78.5516 to provide that eligible employees who elect to participate in the alternative benefit program shall not contribute or be considered as contributing to the hybrid cash balance plan or receive employer pay credits, but shall receive interest credits based on their accumulated account balance in the hybrid cash balance plan; amend KRS 78.635 to require CERS employers participating in the alternative benefit program to pay an additional employer contribution to fund the program; amend KRS 78.510, 78.640, and 78.784 to conform; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/12/2024 - Introduced

NUCLEAR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT
(CARROLL, DANNY)

AN ACT relating to nuclear energy development.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to establish the Kentucky Nuclear Energy Development Authority; declare that the mission of the authority is to serve as the nonregulatory, trusted state government agency on nuclear energy issues and to support and facilitate the development of the nuclear energy ecosystem across the Commonwealth; establish the membership and responsibilities of the advisory board to govern the authority; require the advisory board to hire a director of the authority; establish that the purposes of the authority are to assist interested communities in understanding advanced nuclear opportunities, provide information to the public, develop the capacity for nuclear energy development in the Commonwealth, seek clarity on early nuclear site permitting, work with energy communities that have hosted nuclear-related or fossil fuel activities to assist in exploring nuclear energy opportunities, strengthen engagement with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, build the organizational capacity to convene a consortium of nuclear stakeholders to share best practices, engage with United States Department of Energy National Laboratories and private companies to develop technologies to reprocess or recycle spent nuclear fuel, and maintain awareness of potential events that could initiate or accelerate the development of new nuclear technologies in the Commonwealth; require the authority, with the approval of the advisory board, to propose and adopt bylaws for the management and operation of the authority, develop and adopt a strategic plan for carrying out the purposes of the authority, create and update at least once every two years a nuclear energy economic impact analysis, and beginning December 1, 2025, and every December 1 thereafter, submit a report to the Governor and the Legislative Research Commission; require the Kentucky Nuclear Energy Development Authority to develop criteria for a nuclear-ready community designation; create a new section of subchapter 12 of KRS Chapter 154 to require the Cabinet for Economic Development to create and implement a financial assistance program to support the nuclear energy ecosystem in the Commonwealth; provide for the staggering of initial appointments; require the Kentucky Nuclear Energy Authority to conduct a study to identify the workforce needs to develop and support the nuclear ecosystem and to submit its findings to the Governor and the Legislative Research Commission on or before December 1, 2024; require the Kentucky Nuclear Energy Development Authority to contract for services to produce a site suitability study to identify the best potential locations for nuclear facility sites in the Commonwealth and report its findings to the Governor and the Legislative Research Commission on or before December 1, 2025; require the Kentucky Nuclear Energy Development Authority to contract for services to develop and implement a nuclear marketing and education plan.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (S) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ SCS 1

FORENSIC PROCESSING OF FIREARMS
(BERG, KAREN)

AN ACT relating to the forensic processing of firearms.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 15 to require law enforcement agencies to transmit information to national law enforcement databases about firearms collected during criminal investigations.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

COMBINED MUNICIPAL ELECTRC AND WATER UTLITIES
(WILLIAMS, GEX)

AN ACT relating to combined municipal electric and water utilities.

Amend KRS 96.171 to define "governing body" and "customer"; amend KRS 96.172 to increase the combined electric and water plant board membership from five to seven; require that vacancies on the board be filled in a manner that will bring the board membership closest to being proportionately representative of customers of the board who live inside and outside of the city limits of the city served by the combined system or plant; provide for the nomination of board members and appointment by the mayor; apply anti-nepotism restrictions relating to board membership and operations to the county judge/executive; amend KRS 96.175 to remove the combined plant board's authority to perform any act not repugnant to law; amend KRS 96.179 to require instead of allow the combined plant board to pay, in lieu of ad valorem property taxes, an equivalent amount to each taxing jurisdiction within which its properties lie; amend KRS 96.182 to only allow for the combined plant board's excess revenues to be used to purchase outstanding bonds or to reduce rates; make the combined plant board's expenditures relating to the board's public projects subject to prior governing body approval; prohibit a combined plant board's use of revenues from its electric or water utility service to be used to subsidize unrelated activities undertaken by the board; amend KRS 96.184 to make the combined plant board's issuance of revenue bonds subject to approval of the governing body; amend KRS 96.185 to require that in conjunction with their required audits, in each even-numbered fiscal year, the combined plant board shall have independent appraisals prepared for the properties and associated services for all projects and operations undertaken by the combined electric and water plant board that are unrelated to the provision of water or electric utility services; amend KRS 96.187 to make the 60 day time period after which challenges to ordinances or resolutions relating to the combined plant board are barred begin after the ordinance or resolution is published in accordance with KRS Chapter 424; create a new section of KRS 96.171 to 96.188 to define terms; prohibit the combined plant board from using any funds derived from the provision of any of its services for political or institutional advertising; allow the combined electric and water plant board to use funds not related to the provision of water or electric service on promotional advertising for public projects; create a new section of KRS 278 to require the Public Service Commission to assist in the resolution of consumer complaints by customers of combined electric and water system boards and to review their rates at least once per year.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources & Energy (S)

HEALTHCARE
(MEREDITH, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to healthcare.

Amend KRS 211.430 to make a technical correction.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

MEDICAID
(MEREDITH, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to Medicaid.

Amend KRS 205.557 to make a technical correction.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

HEALTHCARE
(MEREDITH, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to healthcare.

Amend KRS 216.525 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

MEDICAID
(MEREDITH, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to Medicaid.

Amend KRS 205.5518 to make a technical correction.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

TRANSPORTATION
(HIGDON, JIMMY)

AN ACT relating to transportation.

Amend KRS 186.230 and 186.120 to conform to gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

VETERANS
(GIRDLER, RICK)

AN ACT relating to veterans.

Amend KRS 40.050 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

MILITARY AFFAIRS
(GIRDLER, RICK)

AN ACT relating to military affairs.

Amend KRS 36.230 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

PUBLIC PROTECTION
(GIRDLER, RICK)

AN ACT relating to public protection.

Amend KRS 75.160 to include gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

MUNICIPAL UTILITIES
(WILSON, MIKE)

AN ACT relating to municipal utilities.

Amend KRS 42.747 to replace the member serving on the Blockchain Technology Working Group representing the Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association with a member representing municipal utilities and designated by the Kentucky League of Cities; amend KRS 96.530 to increase from $2,400 to $4,800 the maximum annual pay of a member of municipal utility commission in a city of the home rule class or an urban-county government; amend KRS 96.750 to increase from $2,400 to $4,800 the maximum annual pay of a member of municipal utility commission in a city contracting with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for the provision of electric utility service; amend KRS 96.780 to increase the maximum amount from $20,000 to $40,000 that a superintendent employed by an electric plant board contracting with the TVA may spend on behalf of the board without board approval; amend KRS 224A.030 to replace the member serving on the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority board representing the Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association with a member representing a municipal utility that provides water and wastewater services and is designated by the Kentucky League of Cities.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

SOLAR ENERGY
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to solar energy.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 96 to define terms; prohibit any utility operating under the chapter from constructing a facility that generates electricity using solar energy if constructing the facility would result in more than one percent of the total land area of any county where the proposed construction is to be located being occupied by solar electric generating facilities; amend KRS 278.020 to prohibit the Public Service Commission from granting an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a facility that uses solar energy to produce electricity if constructing the facility would result in more than one percent of the total land area of any county where the proposed construction is to be located being occupied by solar electric generating facilities; define terms; amend KRS 278.706 to require that as part of its construction certificate application to the siting board, a merchant electric generating facility owner shall certify that no portion of the proposed construction site will be located on land that was acquired through eminent domain and that the proposed site would not result in more than one percent of the total land area of any county where the proposed construction is to be located being occupied by solar electric generating facilities; define terms; create a new section of KRS Chapter 416 to prohibit the construction of any facility that generates electricity using solar energy on any land that was acquired by eminent domain; amend KRS 416.570 to require that as part of the verified petition required to be filed prior to an exercise of eminent domain, a condemnor shall certify that the proposed condemnation will not violate the prohibition on constructing solar electric generating facilities on condemned land.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

SHORT-TERM RENTALS
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to short-term rentals.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 100 to define terms related to short-term rentals; make owner-occupied short-term rentals a permitted residential use; permit non-owner-occupied short-term rentals to be subject to a conditional use permit or variance; permit regulation of short-term rentals in certain circumstances if enforcement is in the same manner as other properties; allow planning unit to require permitting for the operation of short-term rentals and enumerate the contents of a permit application, procedures for application, revocation of a permit, benefits of permit, and penalties for operating without a permit when planning unit has adopted a permitting ordinance; state that the Act shall not be construed to affect regulations of a homeowner's association or other similar property owner association; state that any ordinance that conflicts with provisions of the Act is unenforceable; provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Short-Term Rental Regulation Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - Introduced

TRANSPORTATION
(HIGDON, JIMMY)

AN ACT relating to transportation.

Amend KRS 186.230 and 186.120 to conform to gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

HEALTH SERVICES
(CARROLL, DANNY)

AN ACT relating to health services.

Amend KRS 216.525, relating to health services, to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/21/2024 - Introduced

GOVERNMENT ETHICS
(SOUTHWORTH, ADRIENNE)

AN ACT relating to government ethics.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 61 to define "lobbyist", "public agency", and "public funds"; prohibit a public agency from spending public funds to employ or contract with a lobbyist or from using public funds to pay a nonprofit association or organization that primarily represents one or more public agencies or hires or contracts with an individual who is required to register as a lobbyist; allow a taxpayer or resident of an area served by a public agency to file an action for injunctive relief and to recover attorney's fees and costs incurred in bringing a successful action; amend KRS 11A.020 to prohibit a public servant from attempting to use his or her influence in any matter that would be under the purview of the legislative branch of state government; permit a public servant to respond to requests or information and to provide information and opinions about matters affecting the agency.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

TRANSPORTATION
(HIGDON, JIMMY)

AN ACT relating to transportation.

Amend KRS 186.230 and 186.120 to conform to gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

BOARD OF WEST END OPPORTUNITY PARTNERSHIP
(HARPER ANGEL, DENISE)

AN ACT relating to the board of the West End Opportunity Partnership.

Amend KRS 65.503, relating to the board of the West End Opportunity Partnership, to stipulate that the board has the authority to set its own procedures to determine successors; allow more than one nominee from the institutions from which members are appointed by the Governor; listed in paragraph (f) of subsection (1) of the section, and to allow successor members to be appointed to the board if an institution refuses to comply with the board procedures for successor determination, in which event the institution is deemed to have forfeited its membership.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2024 - Introduced

STATE GOVERNMENT
(MILLS, ROBBY)

AN ACT relating to state government.

Amend KRS 18A.035 to add gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

MEDICAID
(CARROLL, DANNY)

AN ACT relating to Medicaid.

Amend KRS 205.170 to make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced

CERTIFICATE OF NEED TASK FORCE
(DOUGLAS, DONALD)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION reestablishing the Certificate of Need Task Force.

Reestablish the Certificate of Need (CON) Task Force to consider changes to the CON program; establish task force membership; require the task force to submit any findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/10/2024 - Senate Health Services (S), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 9:00 AM, Annex 129

HOMESTEADING EXEMPTION TASK FORCE
(HARPER ANGEL, DENISE)

A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the establishment of the Homestead Exemption Task Force.

Direct the creation of the Homestead Exemption Task Force to study the expansion of the homestead exemption; outline task force duties and members; require the task force to meet monthly during the 2024 Interim and to submit findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2024; require the executive branch to assist the task force.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/12/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
(CARROLL, DANNY)

A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the Public Service Commission to make all staffing, organizational, and administrative preparations necessary to be ready to discharge its regulatory duties relating to applications for the siting and construction of nuclear energy facilities in the Commonwealth.

Direct the Public Service Commission to make all staffing, organizational, and administrative preparations necessary to be ready to discharge its regulatory duties relating to applications for the siting and construction of nuclear energy facilities in the Commonwealth, including but limited to conducting a survey of nuclear regulatory staff in other states, contracting with personnel with expertise in nuclear regulatory matters to be available to assist immediately with any nuclear siting or construction applications that may be filed with the commission, providing for the training of existing staff on nuclear siting and construction issues, amending the administrative regulations promulgated by the commission to require that electric utilities consider all generation resources, including nuclear resources, when developing their triennial integrated resource plans, and reviewing all other administrative regulations promulgated by the commission to ensure that there are no impediments to the effective regulation of nuclear facilities or any obstructions to the development of the nuclear ecosystem in the Commonwealth.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (S) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CABINET AND PFAS SUBSTANCES
(SMITH, BRANDON)

A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the Energy and Environment Cabinet to provide guidance and consultation on best management practices for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to entities that discharge directly or indirectly into Kentucky's waterways.

Direct the Energy and Environment Cabinet to provide guidance and consult with entities that discharge into the waters of the Commonwealth on the best management practice for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

  CURRENT STATUS

2/20/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources & Energy (S)

BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE
(THAYER, DAMON)

A JOINT RESOLUTION facilitating the deployment of broadband internet service in the Commonwealth and declaring an emergency.

Direct the Public Service Commission to promulgate emergency administrative regulations on utility pole attachments for broadband service providers that will address the backlog of pole attachment requests and establish parameters for preventing delays and backlogs of requests in the future; require the Public Service Commission to open a docket to receive comments and requests from affected parties and issue a quarterly report to the Legislative Research Commission beginning September 30, 2024; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources & Energy (S)

WORKFORCE ATTRACTION AND RETENTION TASK FORCE
(WISE, MAX)

A JOINT RESOLUTION establishing a Workforce Attraction and Retention Task Force to study how Kentucky can attract and retain skilled workers to address workforce needs throughout the state and declaring an emergency.

Establish the Workforce Attraction and Retention Task Force; list duties and members of the task force; require the task force to meet monthly during the 2024 Interim of the General Assembly; require the Cabinet for Economic Development to hire the consulting and strategic firm and provide a report to the task force by November 1, 2024; require the task force to submit a report by December 1, 2024, for referral to the appropriate committee or committees by December 31, 2024; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2024 - Introduced