My Tracked Bills
Prepared by: Kate Shanks
Report created on April 20, 2024
 
HB1SALES AND USE TAX (STUMBO G) AN ACT proposing to amend Section 181 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to local levies of sales and use taxes.

Propose to amend Section 181 of the Constitution of Kentucky to authorize the General Assembly to confer upon the proper authority of any city or county the power to levy a local option sales and use tax, subject to specifically enumerated conditions and limitations; submit to the voters for approval or disapproval; supply ballot language.
 Current Status:   3/11/2015 - Missing Action!
 
HB2WAGES (STUMBO G) AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.010 to change the definition of "employees" of retail stores and service industries to increase the threshold of business that applies to the employer from $95,000 to $500,000; amend KRS 337.275 to raise the state minimum wage to $8.20 per hour on July 1, 2015, $9.15 per hour on July 1, 2016, and $10.10 per hour on July 1, 2017; amend KRS 337.420 to define "equivalent jobs" as those that are equal under the federal Equal Pay Act, or jobs that are dissimilar but equivalent in skill, effort, responsibility, and working conditions; amend KRS 337.423 to prohibit wage discrimination on the basis of sex, race, or national origin by prohibiting wage differentials for employees who perform equivalent jobs; provide exceptions for wage differentials based on seniority or merit systems, systems that measure wages by quantity or quality of production, and factors other than sex, race, or national origin; amend KRS 337.425 to require the promulgation of administrative regulations to specify criteria for determining jobs that are dominated by employees of a particular sex, race, or national origin, and an acceptable methodology for determining equivalent skill, effort, responsibility, and working conditions; require that the regulations be promulgated on or before July 1, 2016; provide that amendments to KRS 337.423 are EFFECTIVE July 1, 2017.
 Current Status:   3/11/2015 - Missing Action!
 
HB3MEDICAL CANNABIS (STUMBO G) AN ACT relating to the medical use of cannabis.

Include a noncodified section permitting this Act to be cited as the "Gatewood Galbraith Medical Cannabis Act"; create new sections of KRS Chapter 218A to define terms; require the Department for Public Health operate a medical cannabis program; require prospective patients to possess a diagnosis from a physician, and possess a registry identification card issued by the department; require the department to publish an annual list of varieties of cannabis that contain a low level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); require prioritization of low-THC-containing varieties of cannabis by the department; grant priority access to children and individuals with medication-resistant seizures to low THC cannabis; require patients under 18 to receive cannabis with a low-THC content; state guidelines for registry identification cards; exempt patients that possess a card and an amount of cannabis that does not exceed a sixty day supply from prosecution or penalty; protect a physician from prosecution, penalty, or disciplinary action solely for providing a medical order; protect dispensaries and dispensary employees when acting pursuant to this Act; require individuals that cease to be patients to dispose of cannabis; state that any local or statewide smoking ban shall ban the use of any medical cannabis unless explicitly permitted by prominent signage; allow use of cannabis on privately owned real property only with written permission of the property owner or tenant in possession of the property; prohibit unauthorized conduct, including undertaking tasks under the influence of cannabis; specify additional areas where cannabis may not be possessed or used; prohibit operation of motoer vehicles, boats, or aircraft while under the influence of cannabis; clarify other protections for health insurance providers, property owners, employers, and jails or penal institutions; reuqire the DPH to operate or license the operation of at least one dispensary in each area development district; grant the DPH authoirty to charge application and annual fees; authorize fines for cardholders carrying cannabis while not in possession of his or her registry card; require revocation of cardholder status to any cardholder that sells cannabis to another person that is not a patient; require DPH to promulgate administrative regulations to govern the treatment of drug addiction via use of medical cannabis; establish a Task Force on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies for Medical Cannabis to advise the DPH in implementing the Act; require the Board of Medical Licensure to issue certificates to physicians that elect to prescribe medical cannabis; state requirements for good standing for recommending physicians; require the board to establish standards for generating orders for medical cannabis; amend KRS 218A.202 to allow for the monitoring of cannabis recommended pursuant to this Act.
 Current Status:   2/12/2015 - House Health and Welfare, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB4KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS (STUMBO G) AN ACT relating to funding for Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 56.8605 to redefine "financing agreement" and "funding notes" to include financing or refinancing of pension obligations owed to Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System under KRS 161.550(1)(b); amend KRS 56.868 to authorize the Kentucky Asset/Liability Commission to issue funding notes to finance or refinance pension fund obligations owed to Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System under KRS 161.550(1)(b); authorize the Kentucky Asset/Liability Commission to issue funding notes in an amount not to exceed $3,300,000,000 in fiscal year 2015-2016; amend KRS 161.550 to provide that the state shall pay the additional amount needed to fund the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System pension fund on an actuarially sound basis beginning on July 1, 2015, and continuing for each year thereafter; provide that any funds used to finance statutory benefit improvements under KRS 161.553 that are repurposed and utilized to fund debt service on funding notes authorized under Sections 1 to 3 of this Act shall be included in the additional state appropriation required and to adjust the cost schedules of providing statutory benefit improvements for annuitants; establish intent of General Assembly to phase-into the full actuarially required contribution rate for the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System pension fund with direct state appropriations on a pro-rata basis from fiscal year 2016-2017 to fiscal year 2024-2025 and to utilize proceeds from funding notes authorized by Sections 1 to 3 of this Act to provide the additional funding needed to pay the full actuarially required contribution to the pension fund during the phase-in schedule and to pay the actuarially required contribution rate in fiscal year 2015-2016; amend 2014 Kentucky Acts Chapter 117, the state/executive branch budget bill, to authorize funding notes to be issued by the Kentucky Asset/Liability Commission for the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System not to exceed $3,300,000,000 and to provide that current appropriations dedicated to funding past benefit improvements under subsections (1) and (2) of KRS 161.553 of $116,798,700 shall be used in fiscal year 2015-2016 for debt service on the notes authorized by Sections 1 to 3 of this Act.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - Free Conference Committee Appointed in House
 
HB11PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATIONS (FLOOD K) AN ACT relating to public benefit corporations.

Amend KRS 14A.3-010, 271B.1-400, 271B.2-020, 271B.6-260, 271B.7-400, 271B.8-300, 271B.13-020, and 271B.16-210, and create a new section of Subtitle 11 of KRS Chapter 271B to establish public benefit corporations.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection
 
HB18ACADEMIC CREDIT (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to the transfer of academic credit.

Amend KRS 164.2951 to require the Council on Postsecondary Education to implement a dual credit course policy; amend KRS 164.583 to require acceptance of articulated credit courses at all public colleges and universities.
 Current Status:   2/10/2015 - House Education, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB23COAL SEVERANCE REVENUES (STEELE F) AN ACT relating to coal severance revenues.

Amend various sections in KRS Chapter 42 to distribute 100% of coal severance revenues among the coal producing counties on the basis of the tax collected on coal severed or processed in each respective county; amend KRS 143.090 and 164.7891 to make conforming changes; repeal KRS 42.490.
 Current Status:   2/12/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB25TAX HOLIDAYS (STEELE F) AN ACT relating to sales and use tax holidays and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 139 to establish a three day sales and use tax holiday the first weekend in August each year to exempt clothing, school supplies, school art supplies, computers, and school computer supplies; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB26CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT (HOOVER J) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to persons entitled to vote.

Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to restore the right to vote to persons convicted of a felony after service of their sentence, expiration of probation, or final discharge from parole, unless the offense was treason, intentional murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse of a child, bribery in an election or another crime specified by the General Assembly; delete language in the 1891 Constitution referring to persons as "idiots and insane persons"; submit to the voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs
 
HB28STATE FISCAL MEASURES (KING K) AN ACT relating to legislative procedures for state fiscal measures.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 to require roll call votes on any appropriation or revenue-raising measure voted upon in the Senate or House or a committee thereof; require identification of appropriation or revenue measures as state fiscal measures by the director of the Legislative Research Commission, or upon a determination by the Senate or House or a committee of either; require separate votes for appropriations or revenue measures; require committees to vote on appropriation and revenue measures by roll call votes.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB33PUBLIC SCHOOL STANDARDS (KERR T) AN ACT relating to public school standards.

Create a new section to KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit the Kentucky Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education from implementing the English language arts and mathematics academic content standards developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative and the science academic content standards developed by the Next Generation Science Standards Initiative; require the state board to recommend new content standards to school districts and schools after consultation with the Council on Postsecondary Education; require public involvement in standards development; clarify the authority of the local board of education to adopt standards which differ from or exceed the standards approved by the state board; clarify that the school-based decision making councils shall develop policies based upon the standards adopted by the local boards of education; prohibit state officials from ceding control of education content standards and assessments; prohibit withholding of state funds from school districts for adopting different academic content standards; amend KRS 156.070 to limit disclosure of personally identifiable information; direct the Kentucky Board of Education to require that the Department of Education and all school districts adhere to transparency and privacy standards when outsourcing data and Web-based tasks to vendors; clarify vendor contract requirements; amend KRS 158.6453 to permit a local board of education to supplement the state board-approved academic content standards with higher and more rigorous standards and require school councils to use them to fulfill curriculum policy requirements; amend KRS 160.345 to clarify school council curriculum policy authority.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 
HB34DISTRICTS OF INNOVATION (CLARK L) AN ACT relating to districts of innovation.

Amend KRS 160.107 to allow a waiver or modification of the statewide assessment system for schools participating in a district of innovation plan, under specific conditions; allow a district of innovation to use student assessments other than those required by the state board, under specific conditions.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education
 
HB36SALES AND USE TAX (CRIMM R) AN ACT relating to sales and use taxation.

Amend KRS 139.570, relating to sales and use tax, to increase the maximum amount of vendor compensation to $250 in any reporting period; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2015.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB39DUI (NELSON R) AN ACT relating to prosecutions for driving under the influence.

Amend KRS 189A.010 to require prosecuting attorneys to conduct criminal background checks on defendants prior to filing charges.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB40EXPUNGEMENT (OWENS D) AN ACT relating to criminal records.

Amend KRS 431.076 to expand the scope of an expungement motion under that statute to include felonies referred to a grand jury where no indictment ensues; amend KRS 431.078 to expand that statute's expungement process to include Class D felonies; amend KRS 527.040 to expressly provide that an expunged felony does not trigger the application of that statute.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 
HB41SUBSTANCE ABUSE (BURCH T) AN ACT relating to treatment of substance abuse.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the Department for Medicaid Services to provide a substance abuse benefit and to require an annual report to the LRC concerning the status of substance abuse treatment in Kentucky; expand availability of drug naloxone by allowing a person or agency, including a peace officer or a first responder, to receive a naloxone prescription; create new sections of KRS Chapter 218A to provide immunity for persons seeking emergency help in drug overdose situations; prohibit substance abuse treatment programs from discriminating against pregnant women; amend KRS 218A.500 to permit a local health department to operate a hypodermic exchange; permit a peace officer to ask if an individual has a sharp object before a search and if the individual complies allow that object to not be charged as drug paraphernalia; amend KRS 202A.081 to expand community-based outpatient treatment for certain defendants; amend KRS 100.982 to mirror federal law; include noncodified language encouraging the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to study certain opioid treatment initiatives, establish an evidence-based treatment task force relating to the disease of addiction, develop county and regional wraparound teams for opioid addiction, collaborate with medical schools and post-graduate training programs to include ten hours of coursework on addiction for all medical professionals, increase continuing education units for medical and health professionals relating to the disease of addiction, and make legislative recommendations to the Interim Joint Committee on Health and welfare; require the Department of Criminal Justice Training to offer voluntary regionalized in-service training on the topic of heroin for law enforcement officers.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB43SMOKING IN PUBLIC (WESTROM S) AN ACT prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 438 to define terms; prohibit indoor smoking in businesses, places of employment, and other listed public places; exempt private residences, unless used for child care or adult day care; permit smoking in designated nonenclosed areas; require posting of "no smoking" signs at specified locations; permit local governments to adopt stricter regulations by ordinance; provide for enforcement by all peace officers and designated health department and local government employees; provide for the issuance of uniform citations for violations; require that employers and others not discriminate against persons reporting violations; provide for fines for violation; provide that fines go to the agency whose employee issued the citation; provide that no court costs or other fees be charged for violations; exempt certain research and manufacturing laboratories and agricultural buildings; amend KRS 344.040, relating to unlawful practices by an employer, to add reference to state law, local ordinance, or local board of health regulation relating to smoking; amend KRS 431.450, relating to uniform citations, to provide for issuing citation forms to health departments; authorize the Department of Kentucky State Police to create and issue uniform smoking violation citations; repeal various statutes permitting smoking in public buildings; provide that Sections 1 to 6 may be referred to as the Smokefree Kentucky Act.
 Current Status:   1/8/2015 - (H) WITHDRAWN
 
HB47PUBLIC PENSION OVERSIGHT BOARD (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to the Public Pension Oversight Board.

Amend KRS 7A.200, 7A.210, 7A.220, 7A.240, and 7A.250 to add the Legislators' Retirement Plan, the Judicial Retirement Plan, and the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System to the Public Pension Oversight Board's review responsibilities; provide that members of the Public Pension Oversight Board appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the Governor with expertise in pensions or investments shall serve a term of four years; remove the prohibition on members and retired members from serving in these appointed positions; modify the annual report due date for the Public Pension Oversight Board from December 1 to December 31 of each year.
 Current Status:   3/20/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB49RETIREMENT (WAYNE J) AN ACT relating to retirement.

Amend KRS 21.540 to require the Legislators' Retirement Plan and Judicial Retirement Plan to follow the provisions of KRS Chapters 45A, 56, and 57 regarding procurement of services, goods, and property; provide that no funds of the Legislators' Retirement Plan or Judicial Retirement Plan shall be used to pay placement agents; amend KRS 61.645 to modify the minimum requirements for gubernatorial appointees to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees with investment expertise; require the Kentucky Retirement Systems to follow the provisions of KRS Chapters 45, 45A, 56, and 57 regarding budgeting and the procurement of services, goods, and property; require the Kentucky Retirement Systems to disclose on its Web site and upon request investment fees in addition to investment holdings and commissions; require the Kentucky Retirement Systems to disclose on its Web site and upon request all contracts and offering documents for services, goods, or property purchased or utilized by the systems; provide that no funds of the Kentucky Retirement Systems shall be used to pay placement agents; amend KRS 161.250 to require Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System to disclose on its Web site and upon request investment fees in addition to investment holdings and commissions; require the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System to disclose on its Web site and upon request all contracts and offering documents for services, goods, or property purchased or utilized by the systems; amend KRS 161.340 to require the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System to follow the provisions of KRS Chapters 45, 45A, 56, and 57 regarding budgeting and the procurement of services, goods, and property; amend KRS 161.430 to provide that Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System's board, staff, and investment advisors shall adhere to the CFA Institute's codes of conduct; provide that no funds of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System shall be used to pay placement agents; establish noncodified sections to require the Public Pension Oversight Board to study and provide a report by December 1, 2014, as to whether or not legislative action should be taken to separate the administration of the County Employees Retirement System from the Kentucky Retirement Systems; require the Public Pension Oversight Board to study and provide a report by December 1, 2014, as to whether or not legislative action should be taken to transfer administration of the Judicial Retirement Plan and the Legislators' Retirement Plan to the Kentucky Retirement Systems; provide that the amendments in this Act requiring the state-administered retirement systems to be subject to state procurement laws and banning the use of system assets to pay placement agents shall apply to contracts established or renewed on or after August 1, 2014; provide that amendments in this Act modifying the requirements for gubernatorial appointments to the Kentucky Retirement Systems' board with investment expertise shall apply to appointments or reappointments made on or after the effective date of this Act.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB50CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (WUCHNER A) AN ACT relating to controlled substances and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 15.334 to require that the Department of Criminal Justice Training provide mandatory regionalized in-service training on the topic of heroin; amend KRS 72.026 to increase the scope of mandatory coroner reporting in deaths involving Schedule I controlled substances; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to enumerate the controlled substance treatment services to be offered by the Department for Medicaid Services; amend KRS 217.186 to provide that peace officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and school employees authorized under KRS 156.502 to administer medication may receive, possess, and administer naloxone to a person suffering from an apparent opiate-related overdose; establish requirements relating to the use of maloxone on school premises; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to require that all substance abuse treatment or recovery providers that receive state funding must give pregnant women priority in accessing and cannot refuse service if certain conditions are met; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to provide that a person shall have a defense for the possession of a controlled substance if the person in good faith seeks medical assistance from a public safety answering point, emergency medical services, law enforcement office or health practitioner and meets certain additional criteria; amend KRS 218A.1412 to provide minimum service time requirements for persons convicted of trafficking in the first degree of heroin; require that if as a result of a defendant’s violation of the crime of trafficking in the first degree of heroin, a person dies as a result of the use of heroin trafficked by the defendant, this is a Class A felony; establish service fees for persons convicted of trafficking 2 grams or more of heroin and above; provide that any service fees collected pursuant to this section be remitted to KY-ASAP to be used as supplemental funding for substance abuse treatment programs operating in county jails that are located within the region in which the offense was committed; allow upon a motion by the Commonwealth, a court to consider lowering the minimum service time requirement for a person who is convicted of trafficking in the first degree who provides substantial assistance to the Commonwealth for the prosecution of another; amend KRS 439.340 to require substance abuse treatment or education courses as a condition of release for persons convicted under KRS Chapter 218 for a violation of trafficking in heroin; amend KRS 625.050 to forbid the termination of parental rights of a woman solely because of her use of a controlled substance if certain conditions are met; encourage the Department of Corrections to offer video, audio, oral, and written materials to persons housed at correctional facilities within the state that concentrate on educating inmates on Kentucky's drug trafficking laws, associated penalties, and treatment options; title the "Herion Impact Act"; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB52CAREER READINESS (CARNEY J) AN ACT relating to career readiness.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the Kentucky Board of Education to identify a student who obtains a sufficient score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and signs enlistment papers for any branch of service as career-ready.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 
HB53SUBSTANCE ABUSE (KEENE D) AN ACT relating to substance abuse and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 72.026 to increase the scope of mandatory coroner reporting in deaths involving Schedule I controlled substances; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to specify the controlled substance treatment services to be offered by the Department for Medicaid Services; amend KRS 217.186 to increase the availability of Naloxone for use in situations involving individuals suffering from an apparent opiate-related overdose; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to provide safe harbor provisions for drug-addicted pregnant women who are in compliance with substance abuse treatment and prenatal care instructions; amend KRS 218A.040 to provide that subject to the rules of evidence a court is permitted to infer that death resulting from an overdose of a Schedule I controlled substance is a foreseeable result of the consumption or use of that substance; amend KRS 218A.050 to classify any extended release single-agent formulation of hydrocodone bitartrate as a Schedule I controlled substance until the drug is available in an FDA-approved tamper-resistant formulation; amend KRS 218A.1412 to establish a 50% time-served requirement for persons convicted of trafficking in heroin or methamphetamine in the first degree and allow this requirement to be waived in cases where the defendant provides assistance to the prosecution of another; amend KRS 218A.1413 to increase the penalties for a person who is found guilty of trafficking in a controlled substance in the second degree; amend KRS 218A.1414 to increase the penalty for any person who is found guilty of trafficking in a controlled substance in the third degree; amend KRS 218A.500 to allow for the establishment of optional local hypodermic needle exchange programs and provide that in situations where the defendant notifies a peace officer prior to a search that he or she has a hypodermic needle on their person or in their possession, certain immunities are allowed as to related charges; amend KRS 439.3401 to require a minimum 50% time-served requirement for persons convicted of homicide and fetal homicide in situations where the decedent died due to a Schedule I drug overdose; amend KRS 501.060 to provide that for an offense in violation of KRS Chapter 507 or 507A for a death which resulted from an overdose of a Schedule I controlled substance, a court is permitted to infer that death resulting from an overdose of a Schedule I controlled substance is a foreseeable result of the consumption or use of that substance, subject to the applicable rules of evidence; amend KRS 625.050 to prohibit petitions to terminate the parental rights of a pregnant woman who used controlled substances while pregnant if she complies with substance abuse treatment and prenatal care instructions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to provide that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services provide Medicaid reimbursement for primary care services provided by certain enumerated health providers; amend KRS 222.005 to provide a definition of “incapacitated by alcohol and other drug abuse”; amend KRS 222.431 to include a person who is incapacitated by drug abuse as persons who may be required to undergo treatment; amend KRS 222.433 to enumerate the type of evidence that a court must review before determining if there is probable cause to go forth with a petition to order treatment for a person alleged to be incapacitated by drug abuse; encourage the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to study various aspects of medical care related to increasing medication-assisted treatment for opioid-addicted postpartum women; encourage the Cabinet to study evidence-based medical management standards related to treatment for addiction in Kentucky and overdose prevention; encourage the Cabinet to develop county and regional response teams for heroin and opioid addiction; encourage the Cabinet to work with medical school and post-graduate training programs in Kentucky to provide a curriculum on the disease of addiction; encourage the Cabinet to collaborate with licensing boards in applicable fields within Kentucky to include continuing education units on the topic of the disease of addiction; encourage the Cabinet to make any recommendation for legislation relating to substance abuse to the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare by November 30, 2015; encourage the Department of Criminal Justice Training to offer voluntary regionalized in-service training on the topic of heroin; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB57PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (DONOHUE J) AN ACT relating to public procurement.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 45A making findings of the General Assembly and establishing policy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to promote the Kentucky and United States economies by requiring a preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods produced in Kentucky and the United States; create a new section of KRS Chapter 45A to define "manufactured in Kentucky," "manufactured in the United States," "Kentucky," and "United States," require preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods made in Kentucky in construction and maintenance contracts and subcontracts; provide for a waiver of the Kentucky preference requirement; require a preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods made in the United States if the Kentucky waiver is granted, and provide for a waiver of the United States preference requirement; create a new section of KRS Chapter 45A establishing a short title of "Kentucky Buy American Act"; amend KRS 45A.343, 45A.352, 65.027, 162.070, 164A.575, 176.080, and 424.260 to require compliance with the "Kentucky Buy American Act."
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB61CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (BANTA K) AN ACT relating to controlled substances.

Amend KRS 72.026 to increase the scope of mandatory coroner and medical examiner examinations and reporting in deaths involving a Schedule I controlled substance; amend KRS 196.286 and 196.288 to increase the scope of the required cost-savings calculations; direct that a portion of recaptured savings from criminal justice reforms be directed to funding of KY-ASAP programs operating in or under the supervision of county jails, and a portion to community mental health centers offering substance abuse treatment for heroin and other opiate abuse disorders; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to specify the controlled substance treatment services to be offered under Medicaid; amend KRS 217.186 to increase the availability of Naloxone for use as a rescue drug for narcotic overdose situations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to provide an opportunity for deferred prosecution for persons seeking emergency help in drug overdose situations; amend KRS 218A.1412 to establish a 50 percent minimum time service requirement for higher-level traffickers in heroin and to remove the quantity thresholds in heroin and fentanyl prosecutions; amend KRS 218A.500 to provide the ability to deviate from the service requirement in cases where the defendant provides assistance to the prosecution; amend KRS 439.3401 to require a minimum 50 percent time service requirement for homicide and fetal homicide offenders in situations in which the decedent died due to a Schedule I drug overdose; direct the Department of Criminal Justice Training to conduct regionalized heroin-specific in-service training for law enforcement officers by December 31, 2015.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB62PUBLIC AGENCIES (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to public agencies.

Create a new section of KRS 61.510 to 61.705 to provide that certain employers participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) and the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) may elect to voluntarily cease participation in the system and that any agency may be required to involuntarily cease participation in KERS or CERS in the event the board of trustees has determined the employer is no longer eligible to participate in a governmental plan or has failed to comply with the provisions of KRS 61.510 to 61.705 or 78.510 to 78.852; establish requirements for voluntary and involuntary cessation of participation by the employer, including requiring any employer voluntarily ceasing participation to adopt a resolution to cease participation and submit the resolution the Kentucky Retirement Systems' board, requiring the cessation of participation to apply to all employees of the employer ceasing participation, requiring the employer to pay for an actuarial cost study to determine the cost to the employer for discontinuing participation, requiring an employer voluntarily ceasing participation to offer an alternative retirement plan to impacted employees, and requiring the employer to pay the system for the full actuarial cost of discontinuing participation either in a lump-sum payment or in installments under the terms established by the board; provide that the full actuarial cost shall not include those employees who elect to take a refund of their account balance within 60 days of the employer's cessation date; provide that the employer's full actuarial cost shall be fixed once the employer makes the lump-sum payment or first installment payment; provide that employees hired after the employer ceases participation will not participate in KERS or CERS for the ceased employer; provide that employees participating in the systems with the employer ceasing participation will not earn benefits after the employer has ceased participation, but will be vested for those benefits accrued prior to the employer's cessation date; provide that the voluntary cessation of participation provisions shall not apply to certain KERS employers including Commonwealth's attorney offices, county attorney offices, local and district health departments governed by KRS Chapter 212, master commissioners, property valuation administration offices, executive branch agencies whose employees are subject to KRS 18A.005 to 18A.200, state-administered retirement systems, employers in the legislative or judicial branch of Kentucky state government, or state-supported universities and community college systems, unless the agency is a nonstock nonprofit corporation established under KRS Chapter 273; provide that the voluntary cessation of participation provisions shall only apply to CERS employers who are nonstock nonprofit corporation established under KRS Chapter 273; amend KRS 78.530 to make conforming amendments and to remove provisions that allow a CERS agency whose participation has been terminated under KRS 78.535 to once again participate in CERS at a later date; amend KRS 78.535 to remove provisions regarding the termination of participation provisions in current law and to reference the cessation of participation provisions in Section 1 of this Act; amend KRS 78.540, 78.545, 78.610, 61.520, and 78.615 to conform; amend KRS 95.520, 95.621, and 95.852 to remove provisions that allow an employee to regain participation in a closed city pension plan if the agency's participation has been terminated under KRS 78.535.
 Current Status:   3/20/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB66PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES (BURCH T) AN ACT relating to the use of a personal communication device while operating a motor vehicle.

Amend KRS 189.294 to prohibit the use of a personal communication without a hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle; specify that use of a personal communication device includes text messaging; provide an exemption for law enforcement officers when in the line of duty; amend KRS 189.990 to establish penalty for violation; amend KRS 186.452 and KRS 186.454 to conform; repeal KRS 189.292, relating to use of a personal communication device.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Transportation
 
HB67KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP (FLOOD K) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky educational excellence scholarship.

Amend KRS 164.7874 to define the minimum number of cumulative credit hours needed to be considered "on track to graduate" at the end of each award period for KEES scholarship renewal requirements.
 Current Status:   3/11/2015 - (S) THIRD READING, defeated 15-21 with Committee Substitute
 
HB69COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENINGS (BURCH T) AN ACT relating to removing barriers to colorectal cancer screening.

Amend KRS 304.17A-257 to require that health benefit plans cover colorectal cancer screening regardless of the billing code or other procedure performed in the same clinical encounter and as part of ongoing prevention; effective January 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB70PERSONS ENTITLED TO VOTE (OWENS D) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to persons entitled to vote.

Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to restructure the voting restrictions contained therein relating to felons and persons with mental disabilities; submit to the voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   2/19/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
HB76SECURITIES (RIGGS S) AN ACT relating to securities.

Create a new section of KRS 292.410 to 291.415 to establish requirements for an exemption to the Securities Act of 1933 for investments not to exceed $10,000 by Kentucky residents via the Internet, offered by an issuer that is a business entity organized and authorized under Kentucky law and in accordance with the Federal Jobs Act of 2012, with the total of investments not to exceed a total of $1 million or $2 million depending on whether the issuer has undergone a financial audit for the recently completed fiscal year; create a new section of KRS 292.410 to 291.415 to establish requirements for Internet Web site operators who operate a Web site for the sale of securities, pursuant to Section 1 of this Act, including registration with and examination by the commissioner of the Department of Financial Institutions; designate the Acts as the Kentucky Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption.
 Current Status:   3/19/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB83CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (BRATCHER K) AN ACT relating to controlled substances.

Amend KRS 72.026 to increase the scope of mandatory coroner and medical examiner reporting in deaths involving Schedule I controlled substance deaths; amend KRS 196.286 and 196.288 to direct that a portion of recaptured savings from criminal justice reforms be directed to funding KY-ASAP programs; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the Department for Medicaid Services to provide a substance abuse benefit and specify the controlled substance treatment options to be offered; amend KRS 217.186 to increase the availability of naloxone for use as a rescue drug for narcotic overdose situations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to provide immunity for persons seeking emergency help in drug overdose situations; amend KRS 218A.040 to specify that death by overdose is a foreseeable result of the consumption or use of a Schedule I controlled substance; amend KRS 218A.1412 to establish a minimum 50 percent time service requirement for higher-level traffickers in heroin or methamphetamine, with the ability to deviate from that requirement in cases where the defendant provides assistance to the prosecution; amend KRS 218.500 to allow a peace officer to inquire whether the person is in possession of a hypodermic needle or other sharp object prior to commencing a search of the person or the person's vehicle or premises; provide an exemption from paraphernalia prosecution for a person who alerts the officer to the presence of needle or sharp object; amend KRS 439.3401 to require a minimum 50 percent time service requirement for homicide and fetal homicide offenders in situations where the decedent died due to a Schedule I controlled substance overdose; amend KRS 501.060 to provide that it is not a defense to the establishment of causation in a Schedule I controlled substance overdose case that the decedent voluntarily ingested the drug or that there was no direct contact between the decedent and the defendant; direct the Department of Criminal Justice Training to conduct regionalized heroin-specific in-service training for law enforcement officers.
 Current Status:   1/8/2015 - (H) WITHDRAWN
 
HB84NUCLEAR POWER (WATKINS G) AN ACT relating to nuclear power.

Amend KRS 278.605 to allow construction of a nuclear power facility on a site previously used for the manufacture of nuclear products.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Tourism Development and Energy
 
HB87AT-RISK CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIPS (MONTELL B) AN ACT relating to scholarships for at-risk children.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a scholarships for at-risk children tax credit program for scholarships for at-risk children; provide a nonrefundable credit against the income tax imposed under KRS 141.020 or 141.040, and the limited liability entity tax imposed under KRS 141.0401, for contributions made to a scholarship organization that is organized solely for the purpose of receiving and distributing cash contributions to provide educational scholarships to eligible students at qualified schools; amend KRS 141.010 to exclude from the definition of "adjusted gross income" the amount received by an eligible student or by an individual on behalf of an eligible student as an educational scholarship under the program; amend KRS 141.0205 to provide the order in which the credit may be claimed.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB90FOOD ESTABLISHMENT WINE LICENSES (CLARK L) AN ACT relating to retail food establishment wine licenses.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 243 to authorize a retail food establishment wine license as a nonquota alcoholic beverage license; allow the licensee to purchase, receive, possess, and sell wine at retail for off-premises consumption; make the license subject to the same privileges and duties as a quota retail package license; permit the license to be issued to a retail food store or a combination retail food store and food service establishment; require the licensed premises to have at least 10,000 square feet and a minimum inventory of $20,000 worth of any combination of fresh meat, fresh produce, frozen food, and dairy products; amend KRS 243.030, 243.060, and 243.070 to establish state and local license fees for a retail food establishment wine license; amend KRS 244.050 to allow a retail food establishment wine licensee to offer wine samples.
 Current Status:   2/10/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Licensing and Occupations
 
HB91CHARITABLE GAMING (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to charitable gaming.

Amend KRS 238.505 to include banquets in the list of activities that may be considered to be charity fundraising events; amend KRS 238.535 to allow raffles to be conducted beyond the limits of a county; amend KRS 238.545 to allow minors to play bingo if they are playing for noncash prizes and they are accompanied by an adult; require unique identifier on raffle tickets; allow up to eight charity fundraising events per license per year; specify where charity fundraising events may be held; amend KRS 238.540 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB93RARE PLANT PROTECTION (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to rare plant protection.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 146 to establish an endangered and threatened plant species list to be maintained by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves commission; prohibit the taking or possession of an endangered and threatened plant species without written permission of the owner, lessee, or other person entitled to possession; authorize the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission to promulgate regulations to establish a list, regulate the sale, the protection, and the taking of the plant species and exempt taking of species for certain purposes and circumstances; require persons that sell endangered or threatened plant species to be registered with the commission; require certification of propagators; require inspection of nurseries and propagators if the facility sells or propagates endangered or threatened species; require state agencies to avoid activities that will jeopardize the existence of an endangered or threatened species; exempt location of endangered and threatened species from Open Records Act; amend KRS 146.605 to create definitions; amend KRS 146.990 to create a civil penalty of $500 per violation per day for as long as offense continues and allow State Nature Preserves Commission to stop the person from continuing the activity.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) Returned to Committee House Rules
 
HB96MINIMUM WAGE (MEEKS R) AN ACT relating to minimum wage.

Amend KRS 337.275, relating to the minimum wage, to include anti-preemption language permitting local governments to establish minimum wage laws in excess of the state minimum wage.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government
 
HB97CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (WUCHNER A) AN ACT relating to controlled substances and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 15.334 to require that the Department of Criminal Justice Training provide mandatory regionalized in-service training on the topic of heroin; amend KRS 72.026 to increase the scope of mandatory coroner reporting in deaths involving Schedule I controlled substances; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to enumerate the controlled substance treatment services to be offered by the Department for Medicaid Services; amend KRS 217.186 to provide that peace officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and school employees authorized under KRS 156.502 to administer medication may receive, possess, and administer naloxone to a person suffering from an apparent opiate-related overdose; establish requirements relating to the use of maloxone on school premises; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to require that all substance abuse treatment or recovery providers that receive state funding must give pregnant women priority in accessing and cannot refuse service if certain conditions are met; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to provide that a person shall have a defense for the possession of a controlled substance if the person in good faith seeks medical assistance from a public safety answering point, emergency medical services, law enforcement office or health practitioner and meets certain additional criteria; amend KRS 218A.1412 to provide minimum service time requirements for persons convicted of trafficking in the first degree of heroin; require that if as a result of a defendant’s violation of the crime of trafficking in the first degree of heroin, a person dies as a result of the use of heroin trafficked by the defendant, this is a Class A felony; establish service fees for persons convicted of trafficking 2 grams or more of heroin and above; provide that any service fees collected pursuant to this section be remitted to KY-ASAP to be used as supplemental funding for substance abuse treatment programs operating in county jails that are located within the region in which the offense was committed; allow upon a motion by the Commonwealth, a court to consider lowering the minimum service time requirement for a person who is convicted of trafficking in the first degree who provides substantial assistance to the Commonwealth for the prosecution of another; amend KRS 439.340 to require substance abuse treatment or education courses as a condition of release for persons convicted under KRS Chapter 218 for a violation of trafficking in heroin; amend KRS 625.050 to forbid the termination of parental rights of a woman solely because of her use of a controlled substance if certain conditions are met; encourage the Department of Corrections to offer video, audio, oral, and written materials to persons housed at correctional facilities within the state that concentrate on educating inmates on Kentucky's drug trafficking laws, associated penalties, and treatment options; title the "Heroin Impact Act"; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) WITHDRAWN
 
HB99HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to health benefit plans which include a tiered formulary for prescription drugs.

Create new sections of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to define terms; require health benefit plans that provide coverage for prescription drugs subject to a tiered formulary to ensure that any copayment or coinsurance applicable to specialty drugs not exceed $100 per month for up to a 30-day supply and that the copayment or coinsurance for specialty tier drugs shall not exceed $200 per month in the aggregate; require an exceptions process for tiered formulary plans that allows an insured to request an exception to the tiered cost-sharing structure, including coverage of a non-preferred drug under the cost sharing, applicable for preferred drugs if the prescribing physician determines that the preferred drug would not be as effective or would have an adverse effect, or both, for the insured, and denial of a cost-sharing exception shall be subject to an external review; prohibit placing all drugs of the same class in a specialty tier; require the commissioner to promulgate administrative regulations to implement this section; provide that nothing in the section requires coverage of any drugs not otherwise required by law, specific utilization management techniques, or ceasing utilization of tiered cost-sharing structure; provide that nothing in the section is to be construed to require a pharmacist to substitute a drug without the written consent of the prescribing physician; provide that the new sections apply to health benefit plans issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) WITHDRAWN
 
HB100EPAD (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to energy project assessment districts or EPAD.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 65 to allow local governments to establish energy project assessment district programs in order to advance the efficient use of energy and water resources by allowing for energy projects to be financed by assessments imposed on only those properties participating in a program; define terms; establish the basic required parameters of a program; allow local governments to impose assessments on participating properties and provide the terms for the collection of the assessments, including the grant of senior tax lien status therefor; allow local governments to issue bonds to finance a program; prohibit a local government from imposing an assessment on property under a program except upon the request of the owner of record; provide that no provision of this Act shall be interpreted to expand the statutory powers of eminent domain belonging to a local government, state agency, or private entity; provide that a local government may only engage financing to administer a program from certain financial institutions; declare short title of the Act.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB101TUITION PROGRAM TAX DEDUCTION (MONTELL B) AN ACT relating to an income tax deduction for qualified tuition programs.

Amend KRS 141.010 to allow a tax deduction for contributions to a qualified tuition program for higher education.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB103EMINENT DOMAIN (FLOYD D) AN ACT relating to eminent domain.

Amend KRS 278.502 to exclude natural gas liquids from the definition of oil or gas or oil and gas products as used in that statute; require that oil or gas pipeline condemnation be for a "public use" as defined in KRS 416.675 rather than "public service"; provide that condemnation rights as well as procedures be governed by the Eminent Domain Act of Kentucky; amend KRS 416.680 to include KRS 416.675 and 416.680 in the Eminent Domain Act of Kentucky.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB105NALOXONE (TILLEY J) AN ACT relating to naloxone and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 217.186 to allow the opiate overdose rescue medication naloxone to be prescribed to persons or agencies capable of administering the medication in emergency situations; allow first responders to access and utilize the medication; allow pharmacists certified to do so to prescribe and dispense the medication; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB106LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES (WAYNE J) AN ACT relating to training for staff in long-term care facilities.

Establish a new section of KRS Chapter 194A to require dementia-specific training for nurse aides upon initial orientation and an annual requirement of 5 hours of dementia-specific in-service training for nurse aides.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Health and Welfare
 
HB107MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY (BURCH T) AN ACT relating to Medicaid eligibility determinations.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the DMS or an MCO to process a Medicaid eligibility application within 45 days of receipt of the application; require DMS or an MCO to forward a conclusive request for verification of income by a specific deadline; require an applicant to respond within 15 days; state that if the DMS or an MCO fails to comply with established time periods that it shall have waived the right to enforce regulations relating to spend down of excess resources and production of verification of income; once all information requested has been provided, the DMS or MCO shall make a determination within 5 days, if all information is not provided by applicant the request shall be denied; allow for the agency to terminate benefits if it later discovers information that would have resulted in a denial.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Health and Welfare
 
HB108KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to Kentucky Retirement Systems.

Amend KRS 16.505 to clarify that lump-sum payments or nonrecurring payments shall, as determined by the board, be credited when earned or classified as a lump-sum bonus and averaged over the career of the member; make technical amendments; amend KRS 16.582 to remove language which prohibited an injury or disease resulting from military service from being considered a disabling condition for hazardous members of Kentucky Retirement Systems; amend KRS 61.510 and 78.510 to utilize partial fiscal years in determining the final compensation of a nonhazardous member who began participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System and the County Employees Retirement System on or after September 1, 2008, but prior to January 1, 2014, in situations where the member does not have 5 complete fiscal years of service; to clarify that lump-sum payments or nonrecurring payments shall, as determined by the board, be credited when earned or classified as a lump-sum bonus and averaged over the career of the member; provide that interim positions in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System and probationary positions in the County Employees Retirement System shall not be renewable by the employer for the same employee unless the employee has not been employed by the agency for 12 months; make technical amendments; amend KRS 61.542 to remove the requirement that the estate be designated as beneficiary of a member's account when they request a refund of contributions prior to retirement; provide that the member's estate shall be beneficiary of his or her account from Kentucky Retirement Systems if prior to retirement the member fails to designate a beneficiary or the beneficiary designation is found to be void; provide that a beneficiary shall not be changed on or after the first day of the month in which a retired employee begins receiving retirement benefits; provide that reemployed retirees who establish a second retirement account will have their estate named beneficiary if they fail to designate a beneficiary for their new account; amend KRS 61.545 to remove provisions allowing a member who is simultaneously eligible for participation in more than one retirement system administered by Kentucky Retirement Systems to select participation in only one system; make conforming amendments; amend KRS 61.552 to clarify and conform to federal law the payment options available to members for purchasing service credit; remove service purchase provisions no longer applicable to current members; require agencies who fail to report employees to the retirement system to pay penalties and interest on employer contributions from the date the contributions should have been reported to the system; make technical amendments; amend KRS 61.555 to provide that the service credit that is granted without cost to employees who are called to active duty military deployment shall be limited to those whose rights to such benefits have not been terminated under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); require employees participating in the hybrid cash balance plan on or after January 1, 2014, who are called to active duty military deployment to pay their employee contributions if they are granted service credit, as required by USERRA, for the period of active duty deployment; require employers to make contributions, for service credited to employees as required by USERRA, who are called to active duty military deployment: make conforming amendments; amend KRS 61.557 to make technical amendments; amend KRS 61.560 to clarify that retirees reemployed on or after 9/1/2008 shall not pay into the systems and to make conforming amendments; amend KRS 61.590 to make technical changes and to clarify that a retiring employee must separate employment with all participating system employers; amend KRS 61.623 to require all recipients of a retirement allowance from Kentucky Retirement Systems to receive retirement allowance payments by electronic funds transfer to a financial institution; provide that if the member does not have a bankaccount or the member's bank does not participate in electronic funds transfers that the member will receive payment of his or her retirement allowance to an electronic fund transfer card issued by Kentucky Retirement Systems; amend KRS 61.645 to allow the Kentucky Retirement Systems board by promulgation of administrative regulation to conduct trustee elections by electronic ballot; amend KRS 61.650 to increase the Kentucky Retirement Systems investment committee membership from 5 trustees to 7 trustees and to make technical amendments; amend KRS 61.680 to provide for consolidation of accounts with other state-administered retirement systems only if the member retires simultaneously from all state-administered retirement systems or retires from the other state-administered retirement systems within one month of retiring from the systems administered by Kentucky Retirement Systems; make technical amendments; amend KRS 61.702 to define "monthly contribution rate"; require recipients or the spouse or dependent children of a recipient of a retirement allowance, who is eligible to participate in Medicare to participate in the plans administered by the systems for Medicare eligible recipients; provide that a member who retired prior to July 1, 2003, who has established a second retirement account shall not receive more than the monthly contribution rate for retiree health benefits: make technical amendments; amend KRS 16.520, 61.525, 61.5525, 61.592, 78.540, 78.610, and 78.615 to make technical and conforming amendments; provide non-codified section to provide that the successor of the additional board trustee elected by the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) added by SB 2 in the 2013 Regular Session shall be elected in the same period as all other CERS trustees in 2017 and shall have a shortened term from 2017 to 2021 to coincide with all other future CERS trustee terms of office.
 Current Status:   3/11/2015 - received in House w/Letter
 
HB109GPS TRACKING (TILLEY J) AN ACT relating to criminal GPS tracking.

Amend KRS 508.130 and create a new section of KRS Chapter 508 to establish the offense of criminal GPS tracking as a Class A misdemeanor.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (S) SECOND READING, to Rules
 
HB112CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (DENHAM M) AN ACT relating to controlled substances and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 72.026 to increase the scope of mandatory coroner reporting in deaths involving Schedule I controlled substances; amend KRS 189A.010 to create drugged driving defense provision; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to specify the controlled substance treatment services to be offered by the Department for Medicaid Services; amend KRS 217.186 to increase the availability of opiod-overdose drug Naloxone; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to provide a "good samaritan" defense to those seeking emergency help in drug overdose situations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to provide safe harbor provisions for drug-addicted pregnant women who are in treatment; amend KRS 218A.1412 to establish a 50% minimum time service requirement for higher-level traffickers in heroin or methamphetamine, with the ability to deviate from that requirement in cases where the defendant provides assistance to the prosecution; amend KRS 218A.1413 to clarify persistent felony offender applicability in trafficking offenses; amend KRS 218A.1414 to increase penalty for first offense of trafficking in the third degree if involving 120 or more dosage units and clarify persistent felony offender status; amend KRS 218A.500 to exempt suspects who warn officers of sharp objects from some charges; amend KRS 625.050 to prohibit petitions to terminate the parental rights of pregnant women in treatment; amend various sections of Chapter 222 regarding involuntary treatment for alcohol and drug abuse; encourage the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to study community response to opioid addiction and to make any recommendation for legislation relating to substance abuse to the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare by November 30, 2015; encourage the Department of Criminal Justice Training to offer voluntary regionalized in-service training on the topic of heroin; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/8/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB116RETIREMENT BENEFIT SPIKING (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to retirement benefit spiking.

Amend KRS 61.598 to provide that the last participating employer shall not be required to pay for pension spiking costs that are less than $2,500.
 Current Status:   2/23/2015 - House State Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB119ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION (WUCHNER A) AN ACT relating to administrative regulations.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 13A to delay the effective date of ordinary administrative regulations with a major economic impact until the effective date of legislation ratifying the administrative regulation; amend KRS 13A.010 to define major economic impact as an overall annual economic impact from an administrative regulation of $500,000 or more on state and local government and regulated entities as determined by the promulgating administrative body; amend KRS 13A.250 to require the fiscal note to include a cost analysis of the administrative regulation's effect on regulated entities and a determination by the promulgating administrative body as to the overall economic impact of the administrative regulation; amend KRS 13A.330 and 13A.331 to conform; specify short title of the Act.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (H) posted in committee House State Government
 
HB126DRUG COURT (TILLEY J) AN ACT relating to drug court.

Amend KRS 26A.400 to create a discretionary expungement process for successful drug court graduates; amend KRS 27A.099 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/8/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB128CIVIL ACTIONS (TILLEY J) AN ACT relating to civil actions.

Amend KRS 454.410 to require a certified copy of an inmate's prison account statement showing the total deposits for 12 months if the inmate is seeking a waiver of fees and court costs imposed in a civil action; require an inmate to pay all partial fees and court costs within 90 days after a denial of a motion to waive all fees in a civil action.
 Current Status:   1/8/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB129SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES (COUCH T) AN ACT relating to amending the 2014-2016 Executive Branch budget bill regarding school district employees and declaring an emergency.

Amend the 2014-2016 Executive Branch budget bill to allow a local school district to determine salary increases for employees for the 2015-2016 fiscal year; require the commissioner of education to determine if salary increases for employees will cause the district budget to fall below the required minimum reserve of two percent of the total budget; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/8/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB130PROPERTY TAX (SHORT J) AN ACT relating to the property tax on unmined coal.

Amend KRS 132.820 to establish a standard value for unmined coal reserves that have not been mined during the 10-year period immediately preceding the assessment date, for purposes of the state and local property tax on unmined coal, setting the standard value thereof at zero unless information is available that warrants any deviation; require the Department of Revenue to publish an informational brochure explaining the basis of this tax, the valuation procedures used, and the procedure for taxpayers to follow to appeal assessments; amend KRS 131.190 to conform; make technical corrections; EFFECTIVE for property assessed on and after January 1, 2015.
 Current Status:   1/8/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB131SURFACE MINING (WAYNE J) AN ACT relating to surface mining.

Amend KRS 350.450 to require coal mine permittees for all types of mining practices to dispose of remaining overburden in the mined area, areas under the abandoned mine land program, or areas approved by the Energy and Environment Cabinet; require use of lifts and compacted fills; prohibit disposal of overburden in streams; amend KRS 350.440 to prohibit disposal of spoil or overburden in intermittent, perennial, and ephemeral streams or other waters of the Commonwealth; prescribe areas where spoil may be disposed of; amend KRS 350.410 to make internal reference corrections and specify that restoration to approximate original contour includes configuration and elevation of the area prior to mining; require disposal of remaining overburden in the mined area, areas under the abandoned mine land program, or areas approved by the cabinet, and the use of lifts and compacted fills; prohibit depositing overburden in streams.
 Current Status:   2/12/2015 - floor amendment (1) filed
 
HB132TAXATION (WAYNE J) AN ACT relating to taxation.

Amend KRS 140.130 to decouple from changes to the federal estate tax since 2003; amend KRS 141.010 to provide for a reduction and phase-out of the pension exclusion, disallow the domestic production activities deduction, establish a cap for itemized deductions, and define "taxpayer"; amend KRS 141.020 to provide for changes to income tax rates; amend KRS 141.0401 to lower the exclusion threshold; amend KRS 141.120 to change apportionment methods to use a "throwback" rule; amend KRS 141.200 to require "combined" reporting for corporations; amend KRS 134.810, 136.310, 136.530, 141.040, 141.121, 141.206, and 141.420 to conform; amend KRS 141.066 to provide for a refundable earned income credit; amend KRS 141.205 to recognize "tax haven" foreign countries and tax all income apportioned or allocated to those countries; amend KRS 141.0205 to recognize changes in income tax credits; amend KRS 141.383, 148.544, and 148.546 to make the film industry tax credit nonrefundable and nontransferable; create a new section of KRS 6.900 to 6.935 to require review and sunset of all economic development tax credits; amend KRS 131.190 to allow LRC employees to review selected tax documents; amend KRS 138.210 to set the "floor" price at $2.616 per gallon; amend KRS 138.270 to reduce dealer compensation to 1%; amend KRS 132.020 to make the real property tax rate 12.2 cents per $100, remove the rate adjustment provision, and remove the recall provision; amend KRS 132.260 to clarify requirements for reporting of rental space for mobile/manufactured homes, private aircraft, and certain boats/vessels; amend KRS 132.730, 132.751, 132.810, and 132.815 to clarify property tax treatment of manufactured homes; amend KRS 140.300 to clarify the treatment of agricultural valuation on inherited property; amend KRS 279.200, 279.530, 279.220, and 139.530 to repeal rural electric and telephone co-op taxes; amend KRS 132.097 and 132.099 to amend the exemption for personal property shipped out of state; amend KRS 139.105, 139.200, 139.220, 139.270, 139.340 and 139.740 to impose sales tax on selected services; amend KRS 243.0305 and 243.990 to recognize changes in the distilled spirits case tax; amend KRS 138.130, 138.140, and 138.143 to change the tax on cigarette rolling papers, to raise the tobacco taxes, to impose a floor stock tax, and to tax e-cigarettes; amend KRS 65.125, 65.674, 67.862, 67.938, 67A.843, 68.245, 68.248, 82.095, 97.590, 132.0225, 132.023, 132.024, 132.027, 132.029, 157.440, 160.470, 160.473, 67C.147, 78.530, and 342.340 to remove the provisions of HB 44 that allow for recall of certain tax rates and make conforming and technical changes; repeal KRS 132.017, 132.018, 132.025, 132.720, 143A.035, and 243.710; provide that income tax provisions apply for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, estate tax provisions apply for deaths occurring on or after August 1, 2015, sales tax provisions are effective for periods beginning on or after October 1, 2015, motor fuels tax provisions are effective August 1, 2015, property tax provisions are for assessments on and after January 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   3/9/2015 - Senate Judiciary, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB134PARIMUTUEL WAGERING (KEENE D) AN ACT relating to pari-mutuel wagering and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 138.510 to exempt a two day international horse racing event that distributes more than $20,000,000 in purses and awards from the excise tax imposed on pari-mutuel wagering; make the exemption apply to money wagered at the track on live races conducted at the track during the international event; exclude money wagered at the track on live races conducted at the track during the international event from the calculation of the track's daily average live handle; extend the exemption to any other two day international horse racing event if it is held within four years of the most recent two day international horse racing event in the state; EMERGENCY
 Current Status:   3/17/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB136MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAXES (SIMPSON A) AN ACT relating to the administration of municipal property taxes.

Amend KRS 91A.070 to establish procedures for city ad valorem taxes not collected by the sheriff, including the due date, possible installment payments, penalties and interest for nonpayment, and other matters not in conflict with law; ordinance may also provide an amnesty program for forgiveness or reduction of taxpayer penalties or interest.
 Current Status:   3/30/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB137COUNTY OFFICIALS SALARIES (NELSON R) AN ACT relating to county officials' salaries whose duties or jurisdictions are coextensive with that of the Commonwealth.

Amend KRS 64.5275 to provide that county judges/executive, county clerks, jailers who operate full-service jails, and sheriffs shall not receive salary reductions as a result of their county of service being reassigned to a different population group resulting from a loss of population; provide that the officers shall not receive back pay and shall receive the adjusted pay for pay periods that begin on or after July 1, 2015.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
HB139EMERGENCY ALLERGY TREATMENT (WUCHNER A) AN ACT relating to emergency allergy treatment.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 311 to define terms; require the Department for Public Health to promulgate administrative regulations for emergency allergy treatment training and certification and stocking of epinephrine auto-injectors; permit the department to approve training by entities including the Kentucky Board of Nursing; permit health care practitioners to prescribe to permit certified individuals to administer and provide epinephrine auto-injectors; permit authorized entities to stock epinephrine auto-injectors; provide for immunity from civil liability for any personal injury for good faith actions to treat an allergic reaction in an emergency when a health care practitioner is not immediately available; title the Act as the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) Returned to Committee House Rules
 
HB140PRESCRIPTION REFILLS (WUCHNER A) AN ACT relating to the synchronization of prescription refills.

Amend KRS 304.17A-165 to permit patients who suffer from chronic illnesses, in consultation with their medical providers, to elect all of their medications; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the Department for Medicaid Services or a managed care organization to permit medication synchronization when part of a plan between provider, patient, and pharmacist.
 Current Status:   1/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Banking and Insurance
 
HB142MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE (BELCHER L) AN ACT relating to the maximum class size.

Amend KRS 157.360 to prohibit the number of pupils enrolled in a class on the fifteenth student instructional day from exceeding the established maximum class size; amend KRS 157.420 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 
HB143TUITION FREE COURSES (BELCHER L) AN ACT relating to tuition-free courses for employees of public postsecondary institutions.

Amend KRS 164.001 to define "adjunct faculty"; amend KRS 164.020 to allow temporary full-time employees and adjunct faculty of public postsecondary institutions meeting conditions to take up to 6 credit hours per term at any public postsecondary institution with tuition waived; amend KRS 164.5807 to allow temporary full-time employees and adjunct faculty to take a maximum of 6 credit hours per term at any public postsecondary institution with tuition waived; amend KRS 15.257, 164.2843, and 164.465 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/3/2015 - House Education, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB144KENTUCKY HOMECARE PROGRAM (BURCH T) AN ACT relating to presumptive Medicaid eligibility for the Kentucky Homecare program for the elderly.

Amend KRS 205.203 to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish a presumptive eligibility program for Medicaid eligibility for homecare; require 60 days of funding for individuals with pending applications following a presumptive eligibility process; state requirements for screening tools, financial eligibility determinations, and written agreements; require the Department for Medicaid Services to make a final determination within 45 days of the receipt of a completed form; provide for penalties for social services districts that contain high levels of subsequent ineligibility determinations; require a state plan amendment be filed by the cabinet if necessary; allow a retroactive use of presumptive eligibility for some of the first months of 2015.
 Current Status:   3/30/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB145PUBLIC SMOKING (WESTROM S) AN ACT prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 438 to define terms; prohibit indoor smoking in businesses, places of employment, and other listed public places; exempt private residences, unless used for child care or adult day care; permit smoking in designated nonenclosed areas; require posting of "no smoking" signs at specified locations; permit local governments to adopt stricter regulations by ordinance; provide for enforcement by all peace officers and designated health department and local government employees; provide for the issuance of uniform citations for violations; require that employers and others not discriminate against persons reporting violations; provide for fines for violation; provide that fines go to the agency whose employee issued the citation; provide that no court costs or other fees be charged for violations; exempt certain research and manufacturing laboratories and agricultural buildings; amend KRS 344.040, relating to unlawful practices by an employer, to add reference to state law, local ordinance, or local board of health regulation relating to smoking; amend KRS 431.450, relating to uniform citations, to provide for issuing citation forms to health departments; authorize the Department of Kentucky State Police to create and issue uniform smoking violation citations; repeal various statutes permitting smoking in public buildings; provide that Sections 1 to 6 may be referred to as the Smokefree Kentucky Act.
 Current Status:   3/11/2015 - (S) discharge petition filed
 
HB146HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to health benefit plans which include a tiered formulary for prescription drugs.

Create new sections of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to define terms; require health benefit plans that provide coverage for prescription drugs subject to a tiered formulary to ensure that any out-of-pocket expenditure shall not exceed $100 per month for up to a 30-day supply, and that out-of-pocket expenditures for drugs subject to a tiered formulary shall not exceed $200 per month in the aggregate; require an exceptions process for tiered formulary plans that allows an insured to request an exception to the tiered cost-sharing structure, including coverage of a non-preferred drug under the cost sharing, applicable for preferred drugs if the prescribing physician determines that the preferred drug would not be as effective or would have an adverse effect, or both, for the insured, and denial of a cost-sharing exception shall be subject to an external review; prohibit placing all drugs of the same class in a specialty tier; require the insurance commissioner to promulgate administrative regulations to implement this section; provide that nothing in the section requires coverage of any drugs not otherwise required by law, specific utilization management techniques, or ceasing utilization of tiered cost-sharing structure; provide that nothing in the section is to be construed to require a pharmacist to substitute a drug without the written consent of the prescribing physician; provide that the new sections apply to health benefit plans issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   1/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Banking and Insurance
 
HB151OFFICES OF SHERIFF AND JAILER (MOFFETT P) AN ACT relating to consolidation of the offices of jailer and sheriff.

Amend KRS 71.110 to require the consolidation of the offices of jailer and sheriff in counties meeting certain conditions.
 Current Status:   1/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government
 
HB152TELECOMMUNICATIONS (RAND R) AN ACT relating to telecommunications.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 278 to modify the telecommunications deregulation plan in KRS 278.541 et. seq.; end most Public Service Commission authority over exchanges with 15,000 or more housing units; for less populous exchanges, PSC jurisdiction reduced and obligation to provide basic local exchange (wireline) service is reduced; give utility option to substitute internet protocol or wireless service in some situations; provide that customers in some situations would have right to reject IP or wireless service and have their wireline restored; federal jurisdiction unaffected, especially over carrier to carrier issues; end PSC jurisdiction over consumer cellphone complaints; end PSC jurisdiction over consumer broadband complaints; retain PSC jurisdiction over wholesale issues, carrier to carrier, anti-competitive practices; amend KRS 278.54611and 278.5462 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/12/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB153HEALTH CARE SERVICE SOLICITATION (GOOCH JR. J) AN ACT relating to solicitation of a person involved in a motor vehicle accident for healthcare services.

Create a new Section of KRS Chapter 367 to define "healthcare provider", "intermediary", and "solicit"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 367 to prohibit solicitation of a person involved in a motor vehicle accident by a health care provider or the provider's intermediary for the purpose of obtaining basic reparation benefits, specify the acts prohibited by a healthcare provider; provide that the healthcare provider is responsible for the contact made by an intermediary with the person involved in a motor vehicle accident; require any healthcare provider who suspects a violation by a healthcare provider or an intermediary to report the suspected violation to the appropriate board listed in the definition section of this Act; require the licensing or regulatory appropriate authority to impose sanctions on the healthcare provider who violates the solicitation prohibition; provide that charges for services owed by the person involved in a motor vehicle accident or on behalf of the person involved in a motor vehicle accident, by a healthcare provider in violation of the prohibition on solicitation shall be void, and any charges billed and paid by or on behalf of a person involved in a motor vehicle accident to the healthcare provider shall be returned to the payor; amend KRS 21A.300 to conform; repeal KRS 367.409.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB156FIREFIGHTERS (BUTLER D) AN ACT relating to firefighters.

Amend KRS 95A.262 to require the Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education to pay for workers' compensation for paid and volunteer firefighters; create a new section of KRS Chapter 95A to create a presumption of an occupational disease under KRS Chapter 342 for firefighters who obtain cancer; provide that the rebuttable presumption exists if an firefighter is employed for five years or more, has not used tobacco products for ten years, and commission pays for the workers' compensation coverage; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (S) reassigned to committee Senate Committee on Committees
 
HB161TAXATION (NELSON R) AN ACT relating to taxation.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 132 and amend KRS 139.470, 141.020, and 141.040 to exempt small businesses located in a federally designated Promise Zone from state personal property taxes, sales and use taxes, and income taxes on the first $50,000 of net income.
 Current Status:   1/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB162EXPUNGEMENT (RINER T) AN ACT relating to expungement.

Amend to clarify the point in time from which the five-year waiting period runs.
 Current Status:   1/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB163REEMPLOYMENT (BELCHER L) AN ACT relating to reemployment after retirement.

Amend KRS 61.637 to provide that effective July 1, 2015, local school districts shall not be required to reimburse Kentucky Retirement Systems for retiree health care premiums for reemployed retirees who work less than 80 days a year.
 Current Status:   4/1/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB166ALUMINUM TRANSPORTATION (DECESARE J) AN ACT relating to the transportation of aluminum.

Amend KRS 189.2715, relating to overweight permits for the transportation of steel products or materials, to extend eligibility for the permits to aluminum products or materials.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Transportation
 
HB167FUEL TAXES (BECHLER L) AN ACT relating to motor fuel taxes.

Amend 138.210 to remove any adjustment to the average wholesale price of motor fuels without direct action of the General Assembly.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB168INCOMPATIBLE LICENSES (STUMBO G) AN ACT relating to incompatible licenses.

Amend KRS 243.110 to specify malt beverage licenses which are to be considered incompatible.
 Current Status:   3/20/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB172UNDERGROUND FACILITY PROTECTION (RIGGS S) AN ACT relating to underground facility protection.

Amend KRS 367.4903 to change the definition of "business day" to "working day" as used in KRS 367.4903 to 367.4917, the Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act of 1994, to add the definition of "large project"; amend KRS 367.4909 to add a response time period for large projects; amend KRS 367.4911 and 367.4913 to make conforming changes created by changing the definition of "business day" to "working day"; amend KRS 367.4917 to allow enforcement of the Act to be based on any evidence available to the agency issuing the citation.
 Current Status:   3/20/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB174CHARTER SCHOOLS (MONTELL B) AN ACT relating to charter schools and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 160 to describe the intent of the General Assembly and the purposes of authorizing public charter schools; define terms; establish the Kentucky Public Charter School Commission and identify membership selection and responsibilities of members; outline the requirements and limitations on the establishment of charter schools including identification of charter school authorizers; describe responsibilities of authorizers; describe charter school application, renewal, and revocation processes; establish the Kentucky Public Charter School Commission trust fund and identify uses of the fund; create a new section of KRS Chapter 159 to identify student enrollment and withdrawal requirements to be followed by a charter school; create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 to identify employment conditions for charter school staff; create a new section of KRS Chapter 157 to require local, state, and federal funds to be distributed to charter schools using formulas and allocation processes used in public schools; amend KRS 161.220 to include a teacher employed by a board of directors of a public charter school as a member within the state retirement system; amend KRS 161.220 to include employees of boards of directors of public charter schools in the state-sponsored retirement system; amend KRS 78.510 to include noncertified employees of public charter schools in the state-sponsored retirement system.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 
HB180FINANCIAL AID (PALUMBO R) AN ACT relating to postsecondary financial aid for students with intellectual disabilities.

Amend KRS 164.7882 to increase the amount of Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarships available to students enrolled in a comprehensive transition and postsecondary program.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 
HB184CONSUMER PROTECTION (MAYFIELD D) AN ACT relating to consumer protection.

Amend KRS 367.110 to define the term "price gouging"; amend KRS 367.170 prohibit price gouging in regard to retail sales of gasoline and diesel motor vehicle fuel; amend KRS 367.990 to create a $10,000 civil penalty for an initial violation of the prohibition against price gouging and $20,000 civil penalty for any subsequent violations.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB192UNIFICATION OF COUNTIES (KOENIG A) AN ACT relating to voluntary unification of counties.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 67 to establish a new procedure for the optional consolidation of counties; exclude consolidated local governments, charter county governments, urban-county governments, and unified local governments from the procedures; permit two or more counties to consolidate with such action initiated by public petition or local ordinance; require signatures of 20% or more of the number of persons voting in last presidential election for initiation petition; provide for the contents and certification of petitions as prescribed; require the county judge/executive in the initiating county within 10 days to notify the other local governments and their citizens of the proposal as prescribed; require responding action in adjoining counties within 120 days or initial action becomes void; require a special election within 90 days if adjoining counties enter the process; require approval in each county for consolidation to become effective; prescribe the language for the ballot, other election procedures, and advertisement of the election by the sheriff; require a simple majority of those voting in each county for approval; require all election costs to be paid for by the state, and prohibit any organizational changes in a newly consolidated county for 10 years; prohibit any new county from becoming effective until the end of terms of current officeholders and require new officers to be elected in the same manner and at same time as other county officials; require the county judge/executive in each county to appoint 6 citizens to a transition committee as prescribed; require transition committee to divide county into 3-8 magisterial districts and to select 2-5 names for the new county to be decided by the voters; require final report of the transition committee as prescribed; provide for a gubernatorial appointee to break tie vote on questions relating to the name of the new county, the formation of magisterial districts, or other issues on the ballot; require all taxes from the immediate year to remain in effect until changed by the new county; require the creation of a special taxing district for repayment of prior financial obligations in previously existing counties as prescribed; require surplus funds to be spent in the areas where funds were raised as prescribed; permit voters to determine the location of new county seat from previously existing locations; require county seat to remain at that location for not less than 10 years; require other remaining county buildings to be maintained as branch offices for 10 years as prescribed; require the Department for Local Government to promulgate administrative regulations awarding preference points on community development block grant applications and provide technical and advisory assistance to consolidated counties; require, upon consolidation, all appointments to boards of special purpose governmental entities to remain in effect until the expiration of the term, at which point the appropriate appointing authority shall make new appointments; amend KRS 567.280 to provide for federal and state election districts as prescribed; repeal KRS 67.190, 67.200, 67.210, 67.220, 67.230, 67.240, 67.250, 67.260, 67.270, 67.290, and 67.310.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government
 
HB193FINANCIAL LITERACY (GLENN J) AN ACT relating to a teacher institute regarding financial literacy and economic education.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to require the Kentucky Department of Education, no later than September 1, 2016, to establish at least one teacher institute regarding financial literacy and economic education, to be conducted annually.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 
HB194NATURAL RESOURCE SEVERANCE (DENHAM M) AN ACT relating to the impact of refunds of natural resources severance and processing tax upon distributions from the local government economic assistance fund and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 42.470 to provide that effective April 1, 2015, quarterly distributions of local government economic assistance fund moneys to a mineral producing county shall be reduced by no more than 20% as a result of any refund of natural resources severance and processing tax, and that if the local share of a refund exceeds this limit, the remainder shall carry forward to be offset in successive quarters as necessary until it is satisfied in full; declare an EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB195PROCUREMENT (DENHAM M) AN ACT relating to procurement.

Amend KRS 45A.343 to clarify the application of the Model Procurement Code to local public agencies; amend KRS 45A.380 to include sale of materials and equipment at reduced prices in items that may be purchased through noncompetitive negotiation; amend KRS 45A.420 to include services and materials as items that may be negotiated for when subject to price agreements; expand the price agreements to include those with another local public agency, a public university, or a foreign activity defined in KRS 45A.295 if there is no vendor in the Commonwealth of Kentucky; amend KRS 45A.425 to clarify that a city may dispose of its property under KRS 82.083; amend KRS 45A.494 to delete the requirement that reciprocal preference statutes be part of advertisements for bids; amend KRS 82.083 to allow for low value surplus property to be more easily disposed of; allow the Finance and Administration Cabinet to sell surplus property for the city; amend KRS 424.260 to exempt the purchase of materials, supplies, equipment, or professional services from another public agency or political subdivision of the state from advertising requirements.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
HB197INCARCERATION (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to incarceration.

Amend KRS 439.340 to make parole mandatory for Class D offenders who are not violent offenders or sexual offenders and have not committed any violent acts while incarcerated; amend KRS 197.045 to allow sentencing credits for misdemeanants; amend KRS 439.177 to allow parole of misdemeanants; amend other sections to conform.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) WITHDRAWN
 
HB198DISTILLERIES (KEENE D) AN ACT relating to distilleries.

Amend KRS 243.120 to allow a distiller in wet territory to sell distilled spirits by the drink at retail on the distillery premises; limit sales to distilled spirits produced and bottled at the distillery premises; apply the distillery souvenir package tax and distribution system to a distillery's by-the-drink sales; follow all other law concerning distilled spirits by the drink sales.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) Returned to Committee House Rules
 
HB205POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS (MARZIAN M) AN ACT relating to governance of postsecondary education institutions.

Amend KRS 164.600 to allow the membership of the local community and technical college board of directors to increase up to 16 members, with no less than 10 members.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - House Education, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB206WORKERS COMPENSATION (MEREDITH M) AN ACT relating to workers' compensation and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 342.650 to include certain ministers and caretakers of a church or religious organization with employees who are exempt from workers' compensation insurance; apply the provision retroactively to citations issued on or after July 1, 2014; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) Returned to Committee House Rules
 
HB207INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS (GREER J) AN ACT relating to insurance requirements for transportation network companies.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 281 to establish insurance requirements for transportation network companies operating in Kentucky.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Transportation
 
HB213CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (TILLEY J) AN ACT relating to controlled substances and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 72.026 to increase the scope of mandatory coroner and medical examiner examinations and reporting in deaths involving a Schedule I controlled substance; amend KRS 100.982 to mirror federal law in regard to addicted persons and residential care facilities; amend KRS 196.288 to direct that a portion of recaptured savings from criminal justice reforms be directed to jail-based substance abuse treatment programs for prisoners, to community mental health centers for community members, and to KY-ASAP for substance abuse prevention programming; and to combat neonatal abstinence syndrome; and to prosecutorial and defense agencies to fund social workers and expedited prosecutions; amend KRS 205.560 to amend the protocols for Medicaid provider credentialing relative to substance abuse treatment; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require Medicaid to offer a broad array of substance abuse treatment resources; amend KRS 216B.020 to amend the certificate of need process relative to substance abuse treatment facilities; annual reporting to the Legislative Research Commission; amend KRS 217.186 to allow the opiate overdose rescue medication naloxone to be prescribed to persons, agencies, or school employees capable of administering the medication in emergency situations; allow first responders to access and utilize the medication; allow pharmacists certified to do so to prescribe and dispense the medication; amend KRS 218A.050 to include acetylfentanyl in the list of schedule I controlled substances; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to create a criminal defense for use in emergency drug overdose situations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to require state-funded substance abuse programs from discriminating against pregnant women; create and amend various sections in KRS Chapter 218A to restructure the existing trafficking in controlled substance offenses into a three-tiered structure based upon peddling, trafficking, and aggravated trafficking; amend KRS 218A.500 to exempt from the drug paraphernalia statute needles exchanged at a local health department operating a treatment outreach program with local approval and needles and sharps declared to a peace officer prior to a search of the defendant's person; amend KRS 625.050 to provide a safe harbor protection for a pregnant addict who complies with prenatal care and substance abuse treatment instructions; include noncodified language encouraging the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to study certain opioid treatment initiatives, establish an evidence-based treatment task force relating to the disease of addiction, develop county and regional wraparound teams for opioid addiction, collaborate with medical schools and post-graduate training programs to include ten hours of coursework on addiction for all medical professionals, increase continuing education units for medical and health professionals relating to the disease of addiction, and make legislative recommendations to the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare; direct the Department of Criminal Justice Training to conduct regionalized heroin-specific in-service training for law enforcement officers by December 31, 2016; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/25/2015 - Senate Judiciary, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB218CIVIL RIGHTS (JENKINS J) AN ACT relating to civil rights.

Amend KRS 344.030 to include within the definition of reasonable accommodations, accommodations made for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions; amend KRS 344.040 to make an unlawful practice for employers who fail to accommodate an employee affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition; require employers to provide notice to all employees regarding discrimination for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection
 
HB219LAND BANK AUTHORITIES (JENKINS J) AN ACT relating to land bank authorities.

Amend KRS 65.350 to define "certificate of delinquency," "fee office," "local government lien," and "taxing jurisdiction"; amend KRS 65.355 to expand the authority of land bank authorities; amend KRS 65.360 to clarify membership of the land bank authority; amend KRS 65.365 to update mailing list requirements; amend KRS 65.370 to update notice provisions; amend KRS 65.375 to require a motion from the landbank authority to obtain property upon sale with no satisfactory bid, to require that the property be vacant or abandoned for the motion to be made, to provide that all government taxes and liens shall be extinguished upon transfer to the land bank, to allow the land bank to keep proceeds from the sale of property, and to provide that the land bank shall receive a portion of property tax collected on property sold by the land bank for five years following the sale; amend KRS 99.715 to allow cities to transfer property to a land bank.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
HB223CHIROPRACTORS (GREER J) AN ACT relating to chiropractors.

Create a new section of Subtitle 39 of KRS Chapter 304 to require the use of a peer review committee or a licensed chiropractor when performing a utilization review.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health and Welfare
 
HB229ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (MARZIAN M) AN ACT relating to economic development.

Create new sections of KRS Chapters 278 to require retail electric suppliers to use increasing amounts of renewable energy; require retail electric suppliers to take energy-efficiency measures and implement energy-efficiency programs that increase energy savings over a period of time; provide for alternative compliance plans for public utilities who fail to meet renewable energy or efficiency requirements; define renewable energy; specify reporting requirements to the Public Service Commission regarding progress in diversifying energy sources and energy savings; require the Public Service Commission to develop tariff guidelines for purchase of renewable power.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - House Tourism Development and Energy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB232CRAFT ACADEMY (ADKINS R) AN ACT relating to the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.

Amend KRS 158.140 to allow the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics to award a high school diploma; allow the local school district to award a joint diploma with the Craft Academy; amend KRS 164.002 to include the Craft Academy in the definitions of dual credit and dual enrollment; amend KRS 164.7874 to allow students enrolled in the Craft Academy to earn KEES scholarships; amend KRS 164.7885 to require the Craft Academy to report data for KEES scholarship purposes.
 Current Status:   3/19/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB234EARLY CHILDHOOD (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to early childhood.

Amend KRS 199.8943 to clarify participating agencies and establish schedule for implementing a quality-based graduated early care and education program rating system for providers; require the Early Childhood Advisory Council to submit an annual report to the Interim Joint Committees on Education and Health and Welfare by October 1 of each year.
 Current Status:   3/19/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB235POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION GOVERNANCE (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to governance of postsecondary education institutions.

Amend KRS 164.011 to require new appointees to the council to complete orientation and education program to be eligible for a second term; amend KRS 164.020 to direct the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to develop orientation and education program for new governing board members of the council, public universities, and Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS); require that hte program include six hours of instruction time with specific information and be delivered within one year of a new member's appointment; require an annual report listing new board members not completing the program; invite board members of private colleges and universities to participate; authorize the CPE to develop continuing education programs for all governing board members of public institutions and to review and approve orientation programs for governing boards of each public university and KCTCS; amend KRS 164.131 to require appointed and elected governing board members of the University of Kentucky to complete an orientation and education program to be eligible for a second term; amend KRS 164.321 to require appointed and elected governing board members of the comprehensive public universities and KCTCS to complete an orientation and education program to be eligible for a second term; amend KRS 164.821 to require appointed and elected governing board members of the University of Louisville to complete an orientation and education program to be eligible for a second term.
 Current Status:   2/19/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education
 
HB236SUPERINTENDENT SCREENING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to superintendent screening committee membership.

Amend KRS 160.352 to allow a high school student enrolled in the district to be appointed to the superintendent screening committee.
 Current Status:   3/24/2015 - received in House w/Letter
 
HB237PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (SHELL J) AN ACT relating to the eligibility of public assistance.

Amend KRS 205.200 to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to implement a substance abuse screening program for applicants and recipients of public assistance who have a felony or misdemeanor history of substance abuse; permit the cabinet to design the program and utilize testing of blood or urine or other reliable methods of substance abuse detection; state conditions under which an adult person is ineligible for public assistance; require testing as a requirement before the receipt of public assistance and once each subsequent year; require the cabinet to promulgate regulations governing the program and testing, including requirements that applicants pay for all substance abuse screening costs and receive a reimbursement if the test is passed; grant the right to additional screenings for applicants who fail a test; require both parents in two-parent families to comply with screening requirements if both parents have a felony or misdemeanor history of substance abuse; require that an individual who fails a test receive a list of licensed substance abuse treatment providers in his or her area; require passage of a drug test before receiving benefits; permit parents or guardians who fail a test to designate another individual to receive benefits for the parent's minor children; require designated individuals to pass substance abuse screenings; create a 60-day grace period to enter a treatment program after the initial positive test; require individuals to pay for a test at the end of the 60-day grace period; provide that if they pass that test, they must pass two additional randomized testings during the next 24 months, or if an individual tests positive after the 60-day grace period, they must show evidence of having entered a substance abuse treatment program within 14 days, during which time, benefits may be suspended and only be payable for the benefit of any children in that recipient's home.
 Current Status:   3/11/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Health and Welfare
 
HB238WELFARE RECIPIENTS (SHELL J) AN ACT relating to photographic identification for welfare recipients.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require photo IDs on all welfare benefit cards; require that an existing recipient be issued a new card at renewal; establish a procedure by which an individual may be designated to purchase qualifying items temporarily.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Health and Welfare
 
HB254FUEL TAX REVENUES (SIMPSON A) AN ACT relating to the distribution of fuel tax revenues.

Amend KRS 177.320, regarding allocation of a portion of fuel tax revenue to the rural secondary and county road aid funds, to change the revenue sharing formula to divide 48.2% of motor fuel tax revenues between incorporated and unincorporated areas based on population, road mileage, and land area; clarify that the share of the three splits allocated to incorporated areas shall be used by cities in accordance with Sections 3,4, and 5 of the Act; clarify that the share of the three splits allocated to unincorporated areas shall be used by counties, with 54.8% going to rural secondary roads and 45.2% used for county roads; amend KRS 177.360 to eliminate the formula of fifths for allocation of rural secondary and county road aid funds among the counties and instead allocate funds to counties based on population, road mileage and land area; Amend KRS 177.365 to clarify that the allocation of fuel taxes to incorporated areas shall be used by cities for city streets; eliminate references to "urban roads"; Amend KRS 177.366 to eliminate the use for population as the sole factor in distributing municipal road aid funds and instead allocate funds based on population, road mileage, and land area; eliminate references to "unincorporated urban places"; amend KRS 177.369 to eliminate references to counties, urban roads, and unincorporated urban places; amend KRS 177.330, 179.410, 179.415, 138.220, 177.020, 177.037, and 177.055 to conform; Repeal KRS 67.805 and 81.015; EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   2/4/2015 - (H) WITHDRAWN
 
HB256MISCLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES (OVERLY S) AN ACT relating to misclassification of employees in the construction industry.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 to set forth legislative findings and declarations behind employee misclassification problems; provide definitions; set forth determination of misclassified workers; set forth investigation process and violations; establish court remedies; require notice by an employer; grant commissioner authority to promulgate administrative regulations; require agencies to share the information of a misclassifying employer to other interested state agencies; amend KRS 337.990 to establish penalties for violations; amend KRS 45A.485 to prohibit contractors with multiple violations from contracting with the state for two years; amend KRS 131.190 to require the Department of Revenue to provide copies to three other state agencies; create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to require the Office of Employment and Training to provide copies of orders to three other state agencies; create a new section of KRS Chapter 342 to require the commissioner to provide copies to three other state agencies.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) Returned to Committee House Rules
 
HB258PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (BUTLER D) AN ACT relating to physician assistants.

Amend KRS 311.854 to allow a physician to supervise up to four physician assistants at the same time.
 Current Status:   4/3/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB259UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Amend KRS 341.370 to eliminate benefit disqualification for military spouses who quit employment to follow a spouse that has been reassigned to another military base or duty station 100 miles or more from the worker's home; prohibit disqualification from benefits for workers unemployed as a result of domestic violence; amend KRS 341.530 to charge benefits to pooled account for workers displaced from employment through domestic violence; and amend KRS 341.360 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - House Labor and Industry, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB260STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to postsecondary student financial assistance.

Repeal KRS 164A.337 and reenact as a new section of KRS 164.740 to 64.7911 to repurpose the Kentucky Educational Savings Plan endowment trust; amend the new section to allow the endowment trust to provide college access programs; delete reference to the Kentucky Educational Savings Plan Trust and make technical amendments; repeal KRS 164A.315, which provides for administrative support of the Kentucky Educational Savings Plan endowment trust.
 Current Status:   3/30/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB261DEFERRED COMPENSATION (KING M) AN ACT relating to small business deferred compensation.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 41 establishing the Kentucky Retirement Account Program, an automatic enrollment payroll deduction Roth IRA program, for employees of private employers with five (5) or more employees; add definitional section; create a governing board composed of the Treasurer, Secretary of the Labor Cabinet, Secretary of the Finance Cabinet, two (2) at-large members with expertise in retirement savings and one at-large member of the general public; attach the board for administrative purposes to the Treasurer's office; delineate responsibilities of the board in program design and oversight; permit the Treasurer to pursue and accept donations to set up the program; require the board to contract with a third party administrator for plan administration; require employees who do not opt out to deposit a minimum of three percent (3%) of wages per pay period into their Roth IRA; require the program contain a default investment fund but permit a range of investment options; require the board to develop and disseminate program information to all employers including informational packets explaining the plan to employees; establish that the program shall begin twenty-four (24) months after the effective date of the Act; permit employers to obtain a irrebutable hardship exemption from participation in the program; declare that neither the state or employers are liable for investment losses; authorize the board to promulgate administrative regulations; allow the board to delay implementation for lack of funding; permit the board to seek an opinion as to the applicability and impact of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act in writing from the appropriate federal entity with jurisdiction over the Employee Retirement Income Security.
 Current Status:   2/25/2015 - House Agriculture and Small Business, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB265KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP (DUPLESSIS J) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 164.7881 to permit high school seniors, beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, and high school juniors and seniors, beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, to use their KEES awards to pay for dual credit courses; require that the funds they would have received as eligible postsecondary students be reduced proportionally over a four, or in some cases, five year period by an amount equal to the amount used for dual credit; amend KRS 164.7885 to conform; designate the expenditures as necessary governmental expenses if KEES funds appropriated for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 are not adequate; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Education
 
HB267DRIVING CERTIFICATES (CLARK L) AN ACT relating to certificates for driving.

Create new sections of KRS 186.400 to 186.640 to define the term "certificate for driving" as a certificate issued by the Transportation Cabinet to an individual 18 years or older who has resided in the Commonwealth for a minimum of three years and who cannot prove citizenship or meet the requirements of KRS 186.412(2) to (4); mandate that certificates for driving be clearly distinguishable from regular operator's licenses and clearly state on the face that the document is not to be used for identification purposes; require the cabinet to establish a unique identifying number system for certificates and keep a database of all certificate holders and their driving histories available for the use of law enforcement agencies; provide that the certificate for driving shall have a color photograph of the applicant on it; provide that the certificate for driving shall be valid for one year; provide that the certificate for driving shall clearly state on its face that it is valid in Kentucky only; provide that the certificate for driving database shall not be used for the investigation or enforcement of immigration laws; require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to provide standards for the application, issuance, denial, and revocation of certificates; set out application procedures for certificates for driving; require application to be made in Frankfort or at a regional office of the cabinet; require the Department of Kentucky State Police to examine all applicants for a certificate; impose instruction permit restrictions on individuals applying for a certificate who do not have a valid license from another state or recognized foreign jurisdiction; set out denial criteria and revocation criteria; provide that the Transportation Cabinet shall not issue a certificate for driving to a person whose driving was suspended for any reason other than a conviction for failure to have insurance or a conviction for driving without an operator's license; require the cabinet to establish a points and suspension system for moving violations similar to the one used for operator's licenses; make certificates valid for one year, with renewal; require possession of the certificate at all times when operating a motor vehicle; require certificate holders to notify the circuit clerk of name and address changes; set the fee for a certificate at the same fee as for an operator's license; establish an initial application fee of $100; prohibit certificate holders from possessing an operator's license; prohibit certificate holders from operating a commercial motor vehicle; subject certificate holders to existing penalties for DUI and driving on a suspended license.
 Current Status:   2/17/2015 - House Transportation, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB268KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP (DONOHUE J) AN ACT relating to Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarships and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 164.002 to define "Cambridge Advanced International"; amend KRS 164.7879 to add Cambridge Advanced International exams to the high school exams eligible for KEES supplemental awards; amend KRS 164.7874, 164.7881, and 164.7885 to conform; make provisions retroactive beginning with the 2013-2014 school year; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   4/2/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB272PIPELINE SAFETY (FLOYD D) AN ACT relating to pipeline safety and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of Subchapter 10 of KRS Chapter 224 to define terms; establish the Kentucky pipeline safety fund; specify the distribution of funds in the Kentucky pipeline safety fund; establish a pipeline spill response plan program within the Department for Environmental Protection; create new sections of KRS Chapter 278 to establish definitions; establish procedures for the Public Service Commission to gather information to provide to Department of Revenue for the pipeline safety assessment; require the Public Service Commission to seek certain federal pipeline certifications; create new sections of KRS Chapter 136 to define terms; establish the Kentucky pipeline safety assessment; allow for the extension of the assessment due date; establish the powers of the Department of Revenue with respect to collection of the assessment; establish procedures for late payment and interest; establish corporate liability for the assessment; allow payment of security for assessment; require cooperation by various agencies.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - floor amendment (1) filed
 
HB273URBAN DEVELOPMENT (SCHAMORE D) AN ACT relating to urban development.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to provide the local rehabilitation credit; create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to provide the state abandoned building income tax credit; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the credit.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB276WASTE WATER (MCKEE T) AN ACT relating to waste water.

Amend KRS 224A.111 governing loans made by the Kentucky Infrastructure authority using the federally assisted wastewater fund to provide for a 30 year payback and to commence principal and interest payments on the loan no later than one year after initiation of operations.
 Current Status:   3/30/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB277WORKERS COMPENSATION (DECESARE J) AN ACT relating to workers compensation.

Amend KRS 342.120 to require the special fund to engage a program to settle claims as early as feasible; amend KRS 342.122 to require a special fund of assessment of not less than 6.28 % and limit funding to the Labor Cabinet, Department of Workers' Claims and a portion of the Department of Workplace Standards; amend KRS 342.1223 to require a report to interim joint committees of Appropriation and Revenue and Labor and Industry. Amend KRS 342.1224 to change some of the appointment for the funding commission.
 Current Status:   2/11/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Labor and Industry
 
HB280EMINENT DOMAIN (FISCHER J) AN ACT relating to eminent domain.

Amend KRS 416.675 to condition the exercise on the power of eminent domain on the right of the owner of the condemned property to access the service for which the property was condemned.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB283EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS (BELL J) AN ACT relating to emergency departments and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to define terms and require Medicaid managed care organizations to cover and pay for medical screening examinations and emergency medical condition care; require in-network hospital reimbursements at negotiated rates and out-of-network hospital reimbursements at published Medicaid fee-for-service rates; require that nonemergency medical condition determinations are made by qualified medical professionals; require the Department for Medicaid Services to promulgate administrative regulations; amend KRS 205.6334 and 205.6336 to conform; repeal KRS 205.6310; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/23/2015 - posting withdrawn
 
HB285INCARCERATION (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to incarceration.

Amend KRS 439.340 to make parole mandatory for Class D offenders who are not violent offenders or sexual offenders and have not committed any violent acts while incarcerated; amend KRS 197.045 to allow sentencing credits for misdemeanants; amend KRS 532.090 to conditionally discharge portions of certain misdemeanor sentences.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB286CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.

Amend KRS 532.090 to establish gross mesdemeanors as a new category of misdemeanor offense and set penalty range; amend KRS 530.050 to make flagrant nonsupport a gross misdemeanor; amend KRS 532.100 to provide that gross misdemeanants are state prisoners and that the cost of incarceration in a local jail shall be the responsibility of the Department of Corrections; amend KRS 441.127 to permit local jailers to grant limited service credits against an inmate's sentence for good behavior and educational achievement; amend KRS 532.110, relation to multiple sentences, to prohibit the aggregate of consecutive definite terms from exceeding the longest term authorized for the highest class of crime for which any of the sentences is imposed; amend various sections to conform.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB287KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees.

Amend KRS 61.645 to provide that vacancies in an elected position on the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees shall be filled, for the remaining term of office, by a majority vote of the remaining elected trustees rather than a majority vote of the remaining full board of trustees.
 Current Status:   3/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
HB289FUEL TAX (SIMPSON A) AN ACT relating to the distribution of fuel tax revenues.

Amend KRS 177.320, regarding allocation of a portion of fuel tax revenue to the rural secondary and county road aid funds, to change the revenue sharing formula to divide 48.2% of motor fuel tax revenues between incorporated and unincorporated areas based on population, road mileage, and land area; clarify that the share of the three splits allocated to incorporated areas shall be used by cities in accordance with Sections 3,4, and 5 of the Act; clarify that the share of the three splits allocated to unincorporated areas shall be used by counties, with 54.8% going to rural secondary roads and 45.2% used for county roads; amend KRS 177.360 to eliminate the formula of fifths for allocation of rural secondary and county road aid funds among the counties and instead allocate funds to counties based on population, road mileage and land area; amend KRS 177.365 to clarify that the allocation of fuel taxes to incorporated areas shall be used by cities for city streets; eliminate references to "urban roads"; amend KRS 177.366 to eliminate the use population as the sole factor in distributing municipal road aid funds and instead allocate funds based on population, road mileage, and land area; eliminate references to "unincorporated urban places"; amend KRS 177.369 to eliminate references to counties, urban roads, and unincorporated urban places; amend KRS 177.010 to define the term "revenue sharing road" amend KRS 177.330, 179.410, 179.415, 138.220, 177.020, 177.037, and 177.055 to conform; repeal KRS 67.805 and 81.015; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB290MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AUTHORITIES (GOOCH JR. J) AN ACT relating to municipal electric authorities.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 96 which permit municipal utilities to join together to buy and sell electricity and natural gas; specify elements of an agreement to create a municipal electric authority; determine what powers an authority will have, including the power to undertake projects, bonding and other borrowing power; specify limits to financial transactions; amend KRS 45A.365 and 424.260 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/12/2015 - House Tourism Development and Energy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB292LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to minimum staffing requirements for long-term care facilities.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 216B to require staff-to-resident ratios in long-term care facilities as a condition of licensure or relicensure; establish minimum staffing requirements; prohibit long-term care facilities from admitting new residents if the facility fails to comply with the minimum staffing requirements, beginning on the second day of noncompliance and continuing until six days after the required staffing is achieved, with exceptions allowed for weather emergencies and other similar events; require additional staffing based on the needs of the residents; exempt intermediate-care facilities for persons with intellectual disabilities, institutions for the treatment of mental illnesses, personal care homes, and family care homes from the minimum staffing requirements; create a 17-member board to review staffing requirements on an annual basis; establish a civil fine of no more than $1,000 for each day that the staffing requirements are not maintained.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Health and Welfare
 
HB293UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (COLLINS H) AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to define a "seasonal/on recall employee" and require certification by an employer; amend KRS 341.350 to exempt seasonal/on recall employees from the waiting week and reemployment requirements.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - House Labor and Industry, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB294WORKERS COMPENSATION (SINNETTE K) AN ACT relating to workers compensation.

Amend sections of KRS Chapter 342 relating to workers' compensation to terminate income benefits at age 70, change impairment multipliers, and amend the calculation of attorney's fees and specify that attorneys shall file a notarized affidavit detailing fees with the commissioner.
 Current Status:   2/25/2015 - (H) WITHDRAWN
 
HB295NON DEPOSITORY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS (THOMPSON T) AN ACT relating to improved licensing system process for non-depository financial institutions.

Create a new section of subtitle 4 of KRS Chapter 286, granting the commissioner of the Department of Financial Institutions the authority to require filings under this subtitle be filed with the State Regulatory Registry; create a new section of subtitle 9 of KRS Chapter 286, granting the commissioner of the Department of Financial Institutions the authority to require filings under this subtitle be filed with the State Regulatory Registry.
 Current Status:   3/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Banking and Insurance
 
HB298POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION CAPITAL PROJECTS (RAND R) AN ACT authorizing bonds for a postsecondary education capital project, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate to the University of Kentucky from the General Fund $5,459,000 in fiscal year 2015-2016 for debt service to support General Fund Bonds; authorize and appropriate $132,500,000 in Bond Funds in fiscal year 2014-2015 and $132,500,000 in Restricted Funds in fiscal year 2014-2015 for construction of a Research Building at the University of Kentucky; establish that it is the intent of the 2015 General Assembly that the University of Kentucky not base any decision to proceed with the capital project on an expectation of receiving any General Fund moneys for the operation and maintenance of that facility in future biennia; stipulate that all authorizations and appropriations for the capital project shall expire on June 30, 2016, unless reauthorized, with the following exceptions: a construction or purchase contract for the project is awarded, or permanent financing or a short-term line of credit sufficient to cover the total authorized bonds is obtained if the appropriated project completes an initial draw on the line of credit within the fiscal biennium immediately subsequent to the original bond authorization; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/9/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB299TAXATION (RAND R) AN ACT relating to taxation.

Amend KRS 132.380 to clarify that, if a second property valuation administrator exam within a county is necessary, notice shall be made by issuing a press release in that county and by posting an announcement on the Web site of the Department of Revenue; amend KRS 133.020 to allow for an authorized person other than the county judge/executive to swear in a new member of the local board of assessment appeals; amend KRS 133.120 to clarify that real estate appraisers may represent a property owner in assessment appeals; amend KRS 136.180 to clarify that common carrier water transportation companies are taxed as public service corporations under KRS 136.1801 to 136.1805; amend KRS 136.1877 to make conforming changes; amend KRS 136.310 to clarify that the total value of bank deposits maintained in Kentucky shall be determined by the same method used for filing the summary of deposits report with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for purposes of the foreign savings and loan tax; amend KRS 136.555 to correct a statutory reference related to the local government franchise tax on bank deposits; amend KRS 138.330 to clarify that a financial instrument is an acceptable form of surety for motor fuels taxes; amend KRS 138.460 to conform to finalized litigation related to the return of a motor vehicle to a dealer within 60 days; amend KRS 138.4603 to remove an incorrect formula for determining the retail price of a new vehicle; amend KRS 131.183 to base the annual adjustment of the tax interest rate on prime rate charged by banks in September rather than October; amend KRS 141.180 to make approvals of innocent spouse relief effective as of the date that the relief is approved by the Internal Revenue Service or the department, and to allow for payments made after the effective date of the relief to be refunded as applicable; make various other technical corrections.
 Current Status:   3/25/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB300CASINO GAMBLING (STUMBO G) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 226 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to casino gaming.

Propose to amend Section 226 of the Constitution of Kentucky to permit casino gaming by general law; require a limit on the number and location of casinos; require local approval; assign oversight to the Kentucky Lottery Corporation; direct revenue from casino gaming to elementary, secondary, and higher education, and enhance purses at licensed racing associations; permit local governments containing a casino to impose a licensing fee and an occupational tax.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs
 
HB303HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING (PULLIN T) AN ACT relating to higher education funding.

Amend KRS 141.010 to permit a deduction for contributions to the Kentucky Educational Savings Plan Trust; Amend KRS 164A.370 to clarify tax treatment of refunds from participant accounts; create a new section of KRS 164A.300 to 164A.380 to specify reporting requirements for refunds from participant accounts; Make effective for tax years on and after January 1, 2015, and sunset in 2026.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB304FELONY OFFENDER SENTENCING (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to persistent felony offender sentencing.

Amend KRS 532.080 to limit application of persistent felony offender sentencing to specified triggering offenses; give jury discretion in this sentencing; allow previous offenses to be used only if defendant was incarcerated and finished serving the sentence within 15 years prior to committing the present offense; amend KRS 439.3405 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB305CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.

Amend and create various KRS sections to convert certain misdemeanors to prepayable violations and set fines.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB306PUBLIC PENSION PLAN (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to public pension plan reporting.

Amend KRS 6.350 to specify that the actuarial analysis required on retirement legislation shall include the impact on funding levels and unfunded liabilities over time; specify the qualification requirements of the actuary completing the analysis; amend KRS 21.440, 61.670, and 161.400 to provide that all state-administered retirement systems shall include in their actuarial valuation a description of funding methods utilized or required by state law in the development of the valuation, a description of any changes in actuarial assumptions and methods that have occurred since the last valuation, the actuarially recommended employer contribution rates for the upcoming budget period, a 20-year projection of employer contribution rates, funding levels, and unfunded liabilities, and a sensitivity analysis to evaluate the impact of changes in key assumptions on employer rates, funding levels, and unfunded liabilities; require the systems to conduct an actuarial experience study at least once every 5 years and to perform a 20-year impact of the proposed changes to the systems employer rates, funding levels, and unfunded liabilities; require the systems to perform a 20-year impact on employer rates, funding levels, and unfunded liabilities for any changes in assumptions, funding methods, retiree health subsidies, or other changes enacted by the board of trustees of the systems that impact system liabilities; require the actuary certifying the results of the annual actuarial valuation and the 5 year experience study to be a fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries or a member of the American Academy of Actuaries; require electronic distribution of actuarial valuations, experience studies, or analysis on changes made by the boards of trustees to the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) and require LRC to distribute information to chairs and committee staff of committees with jurisdiction over the systems; make technical amendments; amend KRS 48.040 to provide that on or before August 15 prior to a budget session, that the state-administered systems shall prepare a preliminary projection of the actuarially required contribution rates for the upcoming budget biennium and to provide updated values by December 31 of the same year once the actuarial valuation is completed; require submission to the state budget director's office and the LRC and require LRC to distribute information to chairs and committee staff of committees with jurisdiction over the systems upon receipt.
 Current Status:   3/24/2015 - (S) Passed Over and retained in the Orders of the Day
 
HB307SALES AND USE TAX (GOOCH JR. J) AN ACT relating to sales and use tax.

Amend KRS 139.200 and 139.310 to impose the sales and use tax on advertising space in any media format, the purpose of which is to support or oppose a candidate for certain offices; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2015.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB311DOGS (LEE S) AN ACT relating to dogs.

Amend KRS 258.095 to modify the definition of persons who would qualify as the owner of a dog for purposes of that chapter.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB313STUDENT ASSESSMENT (NELSON R) AN ACT relating to student assessment.

Amend 158.6453 to allow school-based decision making councils to select and use interim or formative assessments for their students; amend KRS 160.345 to require school councils to adopt a policy regarding the testing and reporting of student progress.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) recommitted to committee House Education
 
HB324UTILITY SERVICES (SINNETTE K) AN ACT relating to the disconnection on utility services.

Create a new section of KRS 278.010 to 278.450 to require the Public Service Commission to promulgate administrative regulations to establish additional utility service shut-off and reconnection protections; define terms; provide that if a customer certifies to the utility that a financial hardship exists, the customer is protected from termination of service if a resident has a serious illness, an infant under 12 months of age is domiciled at the residence, it is between November 1 and March 31 and termination of utility service would result in the customer's heating service to cease operating, or all adults domiciled at the residence are 65 years of age or older and a minor under the age of 18 years resides at the residence; require administrative regulations to include minimum protection substantiation requirements; provide for renewal of protection claims; require arrearage notices to include prominent written notice of the protections afforded by this section; require in-person notification of utility shut-off and notice and opportunity for the customer to avail himself or herself of the protections of this section; provide for the repayment of arrearages to be done according to a reasonable schedule, not to exceed one year from the date of protection qualification; prohibit utilities from requiring additional deposits for reconnection or continuance of service.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Tourism Development and Energy
 
HB325UTILITY FRANCHISES (SINNETTE K) AN ACT relating to utility franchises.

Amend KRS 96.010 to allow cities to deny utility franchisees the ability to recover from ratepayers the franchise fee by adding a fee or surcharge to the bill; prohibit the Public Service Commission from allowing recovery in a rate case.
 Current Status:   2/12/2015 - House Tourism Development and Energy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB328METROPOLITAN COLLEGE (CLARK L) AN ACT relating to the tax credit for entities participating in the Metropolitan College.

Amend KRS 141.381 to remove the expiration date for the Metropolitan College tax credit.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB353LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS (YONTS B) AN ACT relating to legislative recommendations from the Judicial Form Retirement System.

Amend KRS 6.521, 6.525, 6.577, 21.345, 21.402, 21.405, 21.410, 21.420, and 21.427 to make technical and clerical changes for the Legislative Retirement Plan and the Judicial Retirement Plan.
 Current Status:   3/24/2015 - (S) Passed Over and retained in the Orders of the Day
 
HB356SALES AND USE TAX (DENHAM M) AN ACT relating to sales and use tax incentives.

Amend KRS 154.32-020 relating to the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) economic development incentive program to allow a new, additional sales and use tax incentive to be awarded to approved companies undertaking economic development projects in certain enhanced incentive counties; create a new section of Subchapter 32 of KRS Chapter 154 to establish the parameters of the sales and use tax refund incentive; amend KRS 154.32-040 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 139 to establish the procedure for an approved company to apply to the Department of Revenue for payment of a refund; declare the short title of the Act to be the Rural Communities Economic Advancement and Job Creation Act of 2015; provide that the Act shall apply to economic development projects undertaken by companies receiving preliminary approval on or after the effective date of the Act.
 Current Status:   2/10/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB357CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE (WESTROM S) AN ACT authorizing the payment of certain claims against the state which have been duly audited and approved according to law, and have not been paid because of the lapsing or insufficiency of former appropriations against which the claims were chargeable, or the lack of an appropriate procurement document in place, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate funds for the payment of claims against the Commonwealth; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/30/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB361TAX LAWS (THOMPSON T) AN ACT relating to the administration of tax laws and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 131.010 to define "taxpayer representative"; amend KRS 131.081 to enhance various taxpayer rights by formalizing the Kentucky tax education and information program, allowing all communications to be directed to the taxpayer representative, requiring a determination to be issued by the Department of Revenue within 6 months, allowing a reasonable fee to be assessed by the department for a determination, and requiring workpapers for every examination of a taxpayer's return; amend KRS 131.110 to require the department to accept all grounds of a taxpayer's protest and void the assessment if responses to the taxpayer are not made within certain time frames; amend KRS 131.130 to require the department to issue a 90-day notice in advance of beginning the process of modifying tax compliance forms and instructions and to provide a means for taxpayer participation; amend KRS 131.170 to allow the department to permit a taxpayer to pay tax on a date other than that prescribed by statute, provided that interest at the tax interest rate is also paid; amend KRS 131.175 to require the commissioner of revenue to abate all or part of any interest, penalty, and fee assessment to the extent that additional interest accrued because of unreasonable error or delay by the department; amend KRS 131.190 to require the department to notify the taxpayer if that taxpayer's information is shared under a reciprocal agreement and to make available on its Web site all final rulings, determinations and rescissions of determinations, all manuals, including training manuals, any other writing stating the department's interpretation of any matter under its jurisdiction, and all forms used by the department in administering the tax laws; amend KRS 131.365 to require the department to apply a final order from the Board of Tax appeals uniformly; amend KRS 131.370 to require a stay on the collection of tax by the filing of an appeal to any court and to remove the provisions requiring a supersedeas bond; amend KRS 131.990 to allow a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both, if any employee of the department willfully, recklessly, or intentionally disregards the rights of a taxpayer; amend KRS 134.580 to require the department to issue or deny a refund claim if responses to the taxpayer are not made within certain time frames; amend various sections to transfer the Office of the Taxpayer Ombudsman from the Department of Revenue to the Finance and Administration Cabinet; require the department to undertake a detailed review of penalties and fees assessed and collected and ongoing criminal prosecutions initiated by the department and report to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue no later than November 30, 2015; repeal KRS 131.051, relating to the taxpayer representative; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/3/2015 - House Appropriations and Revenue, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB369EXPUNGEMENT (FLOYD D) AN ACT relating to expungement.

Amend KRS 431.076 to expand expungement of criminal charges which have been dismissed.
 Current Status:   2/10/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB374TAXATION (WAYNE J) AN ACT relating to taxation.

Amend KRS 141.200 to require combined reporting of business income; amend KRS 141.120 to implement a throwback rule for income not taxed elsewhere; amend KRS 141.205 to disallow tax haven transactions; amend KRS 136.310, 136.530, 141.040, 141.0401, 141.121, 141.206, and 141.420 to conform; amend KRS 141.066 and 141.0205 to implement a Kentucky earned income tax credit; provide that the Act applies to tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   3/3/2015 - House Appropriations and Revenue, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB375FINANCIAL LITERACY (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to financial literacy and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 41 to create and describe the Kentucky Financial Literacy Commission; provide for membership of its board of directors; attach the commission to the Department of the Treasury for administrative purposes; set forth the duties of the commission; establish the financial literacy fund; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   3/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education
 
HB376NONTEACHING TIME (SMART R) AN ACT relating to nonteaching time for teachers.

Amend KRS 158.060 to require teachers to be provided a minimum of 60 minutes per day for nonteaching activities; require that at least 120 minutes per week be used for self-directed activities; specify the types of activities.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) recommitted to committee House Education
 
HB379CIVIL RIGHTS (MARZIAN M) 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 include a prohibition against discrimination because of sexual orientation and 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 sexual orientation and 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 sexual orientation and 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 and 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 sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.367, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain insurance sales, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.400, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain credit transactions, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; and make various technical amendments; amend KRS 18A.095 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/10/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB380SCHOOL EMPLOYEES (SCHAMORE D) AN ACT relating to school employees.

Amend KRS 161.190 to prohibit the abuse of a classified school employee when the employee is functioning in his or her capacity as a board of education employee.
 Current Status:   3/30/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB384QUALITY EDUCATION PROMOTION (THOMPSON T) AN ACT relating to tax credits to promote quality education in Kentucky.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to provide a nonrefundable tax credit against the tax imposed by KRS 141.020 or 141.040 and 141.0401 for contributions made to the Commonwealth school improvement fund; create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a tuition assistance tax credit against the tax imposed by KRS 141.020 or 141.040 and 141.0401 for contributions made to qualified tuition assistance organizations; amend KRS 141.010 to exclude any amount received as tuition assistance from the definition of "adjusted gross income"; amend KRS 141.0205 to establish the order in which the credits may be taken; create a new section of KRS 136.500 to 136.575 to allow financial institutions to take the Commonwealth school improvement tax credit and the tuition assistance tax credit against the tax imposed by KRS 136.505.
 Current Status:   2/10/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB386OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION (ADKINS R) AN ACT relating to oil and gas production and reclamation.

AN ACT relating to oil and gas production and reclamation.
 Current Status:   3/4/2015 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Natural Resources and Energy
 
HB398MEDICAL REVIEW PANELS (THOMPSON T) AN ACT relating to medical review panels.

Establish KRS Chapter 216C; create within that chapter various new sections establishing a medical review panel system for use in civil litigation relating to health care providers, including sections setting out definitions, delineating covered health care facilities and providers, panel membership and formation, functions and deliberations of the panel, and utilization of panel results in civil actions.
 Current Status:   2/11/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
HB399TAXATION (THOMPSON T) AN ACT relating to taxation.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 141 and amend various sections of KRS Chapters 131, 141, and 154 to amend the calculation of the estimated tax penalty; clarify that no interest is due on estimated tax payments; allow for annualized income for taxpayers whose income fluctuates during the year; mimic the federal estimated tax penalty calculation as nearly as practicable; apply to taxable years beginning January 1, 2015; amend KRS 131.183 to apply the calculated interest rate to both overpayments and underpayments; apply retroactively to all outstanding refund claims and notices of tax due.
 Current Status:   2/11/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB400LEGISLATOR RETIREMENT BENEFITS (OWENS D) AN ACT relating to retirement benefits for legislators.

Create a new section of KRS 61.510 to 61.705 to prohibit future members of the General Assembly from participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System unless they participated in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System or the Legislators' Retirement Plan as members of the General Assembly prior to August 1, 2015; allow current members of the General Assembly participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System to make a one-time election to discontinue participation and to take a refund of accumulated contributions; amend KRS 6.505 to close the Legislators' Retirement Plan to new members effective August 1, 2015; allow current members of the General Assembly participating in the Legislators' Retirement Plan to make a one-time election to discontinue participation and take a refund of accumulated contributions; amend KRS 61.510 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/11/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB412REORGANIZATION (ADKINS R) AN ACT relating to reorganization.

Confirm Executive Orders 2014-460 and 2014-559, which reorganize various offices in the Department of Education; amend various KRS sections to conform; repeal KRS 156.017 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/24/2015 - (S) Passed Over and retained in the Orders of the Day
 
HB413REORGANIZATION (ADKINS R) AN ACT relating to reorganization.

Confirm Executive Order 2014-987, which reorganizes various offices in the Department for Libraries and Archives.
 Current Status:   4/6/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HB416ENERGY EFFICIENCY (RIGGS S) AN ACT relating to energy efficiency.

Amend sections of KRS 154.34 of the Kentucky Reinvestment Act to create a separate tax incentive tier for industries that invest a minimum of $100,000, applicable only to energy efficiency investments for small and medium sized industries previously ineligible; define "energy efficiency mechanisms", "production reinvestment project", "energy efficiency reinvestment project"; set annual dollar limits for energy efficiency reinvestment projects; direct KEDFA to collaborate with the Energy and Environment Cabinet on promulgation of regulations and on recovery amounts for energy efficiency reinvestment projects; set application requirements for reinvestment projects; set investment minimums and other requirements for a reinvestment agreement.
 Current Status:   2/11/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB418911 EMERGENCY SERVICES (KING M) AN ACT relating to 911 emergency services and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to establish legislative findings and declarations for KRS 65.750 to 65.760 and KRS 65.7621 to 65.7643; amend KRS 65.750 to add definitions; amend KRS 65.760 to allow for collection of local 911 fees from VoIP and establish permitted uses of locally collected 911 fees; amend KRS 65.7621 to add definitions; amend KRS 65.7629 raise CMRS service charge and index it to the CPI-U; amend KRS 65.7631 make changes to the CMRS distribution formula to allow for PSAP consolidation reimbursement and implementation of next generation 911 capacity; amend KRS 65.7635 to provide a collection method for the CMRS service charge from prepaid CMRS services; and amend KRS 65.7633 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/11/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB423SMALL FARM WINERIES (HORLANDER D) AN ACT relating to small farm wineries.

Amend KRS 243.155 to allow a small farm winery to produce up to 1,000 gallons of brandy per year; mandate the use of 100% Kentucky products in the production of brandy or its fortified wine products; forbid the offer or sale of brandy as a stand-alone product by the small farm winery, with its use limited to fortifying wine products produced by that small farm winery; exclude brandy and fortified wine production from a small farm winery's 50,000 gallon wine production limit; authorize sampling and sale of fortified wine products at a small farm winery or off-premises retail site located in wet territory; limit fortified wine samples to two ounces per patron per day; direct a small farm winery to only fortify its wine products with brandy it manufactured.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB426AREA DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS (WESTROM S) AN ACT relating to area development districts.

Amend KRS 147A.004 to require the Department for Local Government to prepare a manual of requirements for area development districts and training; amend KRS 147A.070 to require that the executive director be chosen from a pool of candidates and set forth requirements for the board and its staff; amend KRS 147A.080 to clarify and delineate the boards authority and what it does not have authority to do; amend KRS 147A.090 to require the sharing of audits and financial information produced pursuant to KRS Chapter 65A and require the Auditor of Public Accounts to audit every four years; create a new section of KRS Chapter 147A prohibiting an area development district from serving as both a fiscal agent and service provider.
 Current Status:   2/12/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government
 
HB438ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES (CLARK L) AN ACT relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes.

Amend KRS 138.130 to create a definition for "electronic cigarettes" and amend definition of "tobacco products" to include "electronic cigarettes; Effective July 1, 2015.
 Current Status:   2/23/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB443PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (COMBS L) AN ACT relating to public-private partnerships and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 45A.030 and 45A.075 and create a new section of KRS Chapter 45A to provide an explicit framework for the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) as an alternative method of procurement, construction, or financing of capital projects and services by state government; define terms and establish procurement procedures; establish certain oversight and General Assembly authorization requirements; amend KRS 175B.005, 175B.010, 175B.020, 175B.025 175B.030, 175B.035, 175B.040, 175B.045 and 175B.095 and create a new section of KRS Chapter 175B to provide for the use of P3 procurement pursuant to that chapter as an alternative method for developing and financing major transportation projects; define terms and amend the definition of a transportation project to align with current federal usage; make numerous conforming changes; provide that the provisions of this Act relating to state government P3 procurement shall apply only to projects initially undertaken on or after the effective date of this Act; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/11/2015 - (S) discharge petition filed
 
HB444RETIREMENT BENEFIT CALCULATIONS (BUTLER D) AN ACT relating to retirement benefit calculations.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 to provide that members of the Legislators' Retirement Plan who retire on or after January 1, 2016, shall be limited to a 10% growth in the creditable compensation earned during their last three years of service to the General Assembly if that compensation is used to calculate their retirement benefits; provide that only creditable compensation earned on or after July 1, 2015, shall be subject to the creditable compensation growth limitations; exempt bona fide promotions or salary advancements from the compensation growth limitation; define "bona fide promotion or salary advancements" as a professional advancement in substantially the same line of work held by the member in the 4 years immediately prior to the 3-year period or a change in employment position based upon training, education, or expertise; provide that the Judicial Form Retirement System shall refund contributions and interest on contributions, for any reductions in creditable compensation; provide that the Judicial Form Retirement System shall determine what constitutes a bona fide promotion or salary advancement; create a new section of KRS Chapter 21 to provide that members of the Judicial Retirement Plan who retire on or after January 1, 2016, shall be limited to a 10% annual growth in the creditable compensation earned during their last 60 months of service if that compensation is used to calculate their retirement benefits; provide that only creditable compensation earned on or after July 1, 2015, shall be subject to the creditable compensation growth limitations; exempt bona fide promotions or salary advancements from the compensation growth limitation; define "bona fide promotion or salary advancements" as a professional advancement in substantially the same line of work held by the member in the 4 years immediately prior to the 60 month period or a change in employment position based upon training, education, or expertise; require the Judicial Form Retirement System to refund contributions and interest on contributions, for any reductions in creditable compensation; provide that the Judicial Form Retirement System shall determine what constitutes a bona fide promotion or salary advancement; amend KRS 61.598 to provide that members of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, and the State Police Retirement System, who retire on or after January 1, 2016, shall be limited to a 10% growth in the creditable compensation earned during their last five years of employment if that compensation is used to calculate their retirement benefits; provide that only creditable compensation earned on or after July 1, 2015, shall be subject to the creditable compensation growth limitations; exempt bona fide promotions or salary advancements, alternative sick leave payments, and lump-sum payments for compensatory time from the compensation growth limitation; exempt from the compensation growth limitation those years of compensation where in the immediately preceding fiscal year the member was paid worker's compensation benefits or was on unpaid maternity, FMLA, or approved sick leave for a period of 5 weeks or for a period of at least 10% of the employee's contract days if the employee is hired to work a specific number of days during the year; provide that the Kentucky Retirement Systems shall refund employee contributions and interest on contributions, for any reductions in creditable compensation provided by this section; provide that the Kentucky Retirement Systems shall determine what constitutes a bona fide promotion or salary advancement and allow the member to appeal a decision of the system to the board; remove provisions charging employers for creditable compensation growth greater than 10% during the employee's last five years of employment; amend KRS 16.645, 61.645, and 78.545 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/23/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB445WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS (WESTROM S) AN ACT relating to workforce investment boards.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 151B to define terms; create the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and set forth its duties and responsibilities; set forth what statutes and regulations to which the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and local boards shall be subject; require an annual audit to be done on the local boards and filed with the Legislative Research Commission, various Interim Joint Committees, and the Attorney General.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - House Labor and Industry, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB449LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to low performing schools.

Amend KRS 160.346 to require schools that remain classified as persistently low-achieving for four years to implement the internal innovation option; provide requirements of the internal innovation option.
 Current Status:   3/24/2015 - Missing Action! Cannot Agree
 
HB461TRANSPORTATION FINANCES (COMBS L) AN ACT relating to transportation finances.

Amend KRS 138.220, 175.505, 177.320, and 177.365 to make technical corrections and remove outdated references to dates and computations.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - (H) Posting Waived
 
HB475WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS (DECESARE J) AN ACT relating to workforce investment boards.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 151B to define terms; create the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and set forth its duties and responsibilities; create two pilot projects for local boards in specified areas; subject the Kentucky Workforce Investment board and local boards to federal and state procurement laws; require audits of local boards be conducted by an approved and certified auditor annually and by the Auditor of Public Accounts every four years.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Labor and Industry
 
HB479LABOR (NELSON R) AN ACT relating to labor.

Amend KRS 337.055 to add feminine gender-specific pronoun to the statute.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - House Labor and Industry, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB482REORGANIZATION (BURCH T) AN ACT relating to reorganization.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 194A to define terms; establish the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit and Health Information Exchange to administer the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; establish the Kynect Advisory Board; repeal, reenact as new sections of KRS Chapter 194A, and amend KRS 304.17B-001, 304.17B-003, 304.17B-005, 304.17B-007, 304.17B-009, 304.17B-021, 307.17B-023, 304.17B-025, 304.17B-027, 304.17B-029 and 304.17B-031 to transfer the Kentucky Access Program to the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit and Health Information Exchange from the Department of Insurance; amend various sections of the Kentucky Revised Statutes to conform; repeal KRS 304.17B-011, 304.17B-013, 304.17B-015, 304.17B-017, 304.17B-019, 304.17B-033, 304.17B-035, and 204.17B-037; confirm Executive Orders 2014-561 and 2014-906.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Health and Welfare
 
HB484NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT (COMBS L) AN ACT relating to the new markets tax credit.

Amend KRS 141.432, relating to the new markets tax credit, to define terms and reduce the amount of investments that may be made in any single low-income community businesses for purposes of the tax credit from $10 million to $5 million; amend KRS 141.433 to make various changes to the application procedure and qualification requirements for the tax credit, including that a qualified community development entity (CDE) shall have a federal tax credit allocation agreement dated on or after January 1, 2014, in order to qualify for state credits on or after January 1, 2015; require that certain CDEs shall have received more than one federal credit allocation, and have made at least $50 million in investments under the program, in order to qualify for state credit; increase the amount of the refundable performance fee that a CDE must pay with its application for tax credit from 0.5% to 1% of the amount of investment requested to be certified; require new annual reports to be submitted by all CDEs to the Department of Revenue, and from the department to the Legislative Research Commission, relating to tax credits awarded and utilized under this program; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the department to issue the report.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB485DEPARTMENT OF OVERSIGHT AND COMPLIANCE (WESTROM S) AN ACT creating the Department for Oversight and Compliance and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 147A to create the Department for Oversight and Compliance and to require the department to monitor workforce investment areas and area development districts in the execution of their duties and to administer the distribution of state and federal funds to area development districts; amend KRS 12.020 to admit the department into the executive branch; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government
 
HB488KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEM (MILLER J) AN ACT relating to volunteer service with an agency participating in Kentucky Retirement Systems.

Amend KRS 61.510 and 78.510 to provide that creditable compensation shall exclude nominal fees paid to volunteers of a participating agency who begin participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System and the County Employees Retirement System on or after July 1, 2015; define "volunteer" and "nominal fees"; amend KRS 61.637 to provide that retirees of Kentucky Retirement Systems who receive reimbursements of actual expenses or nominal fees for their volunteer services shall not be subject to the required breaks in employment and prohibitions on prearranged agreements prior to retirement if the retired member did not receive creditable compensation prior to retirement from the employer they are providing volunteer services, any reimbursements or nominal fees received prior to retirement have not been classified as creditable compensation or used to determine retirement benefits, the retired member has not purchased or received service credit for service with the participating employer for which he or she is providing volunteer services, and the retired member does not become an employee, leased employee, or independent contractor of the employer for which he or she is providing volunteer services for a period of at least 24 months.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB493LEGISLATOR RETIREMENT PLAN (MOFFETT P) AN ACT relating to the Legislators' Retirement Plan.

Amend KRS 6.525 to prohibit salary earned in another state-administered system from being used to determine benefits in the Legislators' Retirement Plan if the member does not have service in the other state-administered retirement systems prior to July 1, 2015; provide that members serving in the General Assembly on the effective date of this Act shall only be able to use salary earned in another state-administered retirement system prior to July 1, 2015, to determine benefits in the Legislators' Retirement Plan.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB494PUBLIC RETIREMENT INFORMATION (MOFFETT P) AN ACT relating to the disclosure of public retirement information.

Amend KRS 61.661, 161.585, and 21.540 to require the Kentucky Retirement Systems, Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System, and the Judicial Form Retirement System to disclose upon request the names, status, projected or actual benefit payments, and other retirement information of each member or recipient of a retirement allowance of the systems; require the systems to also make the information available on a searchable database on the systems' Web site or on a Web site established by the executive or judicial branch to provide government expenditure and salary data to the public.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB495RETIREMENT BENEFIT PARTICIPATION (MOFFETT P) AN ACT relating to retirement benefit participation for members of the General Assembly and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS 6.145 to 6.237 to allow individuals who become a member of the General Assembly on or after April 1, 2015 to make a one-time irrevocable election to not participate in the Legislators' Retirement Plan or the Kentucky Employees Retirement System for their service to the General Assembly; allow members of the General Assembly who began contributing to the Legislators' Retirement Plan or the Kentucky Employees Retirement System on or after December 31, 2014 but prior to April 1, 2015, to make a one-time irrevocable election by May 31, 2015, to discontinue participation in the Legislators' Retirement Plan or the Kentucky Employees Retirement System for their service to the General Assembly and receive a refund of accumulated contributions; provide that the election to not participate or discontinue participation in the Legislators' Retirement Plan or the Kentucky Employees Retirement System shall apply to all future service of the General Assembly; amend KRS 6.505, 61.510, and 61.525 to conform; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB498STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GAPS (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to improving student achievement gaps.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter160 to require a targeted focus school to undergo an audit and implement an internal innovation plan; define "focus school" and "internal innovation plan"; direct the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate regulations regarding the audit process; provide that the superintendent may release the principal if that is a recommendation of the audit.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) Returned to Committee House Rules
 
HB500KENTUCKY TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to Kentucky Teachers Retirement System.

Create a new section of KRS 161.220 to 161.716 to permit the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System (KTRS) to use and accept electronic signatures as deemed appropriate; amend KRS 161.220 to clarify that annual compensation does not include benefit or salary adjustments that are not available to all members of an agency; amend KRS 161.290 to require public employers in addition to school districts to provide paid leave to teacher trustees serving on the KTRS board; amend KRS 161.310 to clarify the types of remuneration included in retirement incentives; amend KRS 161.340 to allow KTRS to contract for insurance; amend KRS 161.430 to allow the KTRS board to contract with one or more general investment consultants; remove references to the book value of assets in regard to limitations on funds managed internally by the system's investment staff; remove the requirement that the board investment committee consist of the executive secretary of the system and two trustees; require the system's staff to be subject to fiduciary requirements applicable to board members and investment consultants and managers; make technical amendments; amend KRS 161.470 to make technical corrections; amend KRS 161.480 to automatically designate a KTRS member's spouse as beneficiary for an active member's account balance upon employment until changed by the member; declare the member's spouse as beneficiary of the active member's account balance in the event all named beneficiaries predecease the active member or the member fails to designate a beneficiary; amend KRS 161.500 to provide allow a full year of service credit for contracts of at least 185 and 180 days if no more than five unpaid leave days are taken during a year; amend KRS 161.515 to clarify the retirement factor for service purchases; amend KRS 161.540 to add eligibility requirements for including annual leave credit in the retirement calculation for year-round contracts; amend KRS 161.545 to provide that full-time sabbatical leave by university staff participating in the KTRS shall be deemed full-time employment for retirement purposes; require employee and employer contributions to be paid during the period of sabbatical leave; amend KRS 161.553 to adjust the cost schedules of providing statutory benefit improvements for annuitants; amend KRS 161.560 to require participating employers to file contribution data with KTRS 15 days after each payroll period and set penalties for noncompliance; amend KRS 161.597 to require a refund of prior installment payments and a reduction in service credit for a member in default on installment payments; amend KRS 161.600 to make technical changes; amend KRS 161.605 to make technical changes; require a refund of retirement contributions made on compensation that exceeds salary limitations; provide that breaks in service are required before returning to work for the employer even if in a position not covered by KTRS if the member is under age 60; begin running of breaks in service from date of retirement; prohibit prearranged agreements between a retiring member and employer for member to return to work after retirement and require certification thereof; allow KTRS to provide medical insurance to retired members who return to work when medical insurance is not available from the employer; allow the commissioner of education to pay reemployed retirees in excess of statutory maximums if the commissioner deems that the employees have the necessary experience to provide services and support to persistently low-achieving schools as provided by KRS 160.346; require retired members under age 60 returning to work for certain state universities and state community colleges to comply with the separation-from-service requirements, effective July 1, 2016; amend KRS 160.612 to reduce the $500 minimum monthly disability benefit by benefit payments from all state-administered retirement systems for part-time employees and substitute teachers participating in the KTRS who apply for disability benefits on or after July 1, 2015; provide that part-time employees and substitute teachers are not eligible to apply for a disability retirement allowance if they are eligible for a nondiscounted service retirement allowance; amend KRS 161.614 to include mediation awards; amend KRS 161.620 to clarify the option for seeking inflation adjustments; amend KRS 161.630 to make technical change; amend KRS 161.643 to authorize KTRS to require more frequent submission of annual reports on reemployed employees by participating employers; amend KRS 161.650 to automatically designate a KTRS member's spouse as beneficiary for a retired member's remaining account balance at the time of death unless changed by the member; declare the member's spouse as beneficiary of the retired member's remaining account balance in the event all named beneficiaries predecease the retired member or the member fails to name a beneficiary for the account balance; amend KRS 161.655 to automatically designate a KTRS member's spouse as beneficiary for the life insurance benefit available to active and retired members unless changed by the member; declare the member's spouse as beneficiary of the life insurance benefit available to active and retired members if, upon the death of the member, all named beneficiaries predecease the member or the member fails to name a beneficiary; amend KRS 161.661 to provide that members who begin participating on or after July 1, 2015, shall not be eligible for a disability benefit if they are eligible for any unreduced benefit and that they shall have their $500 minimum monthly disability benefit reduced by benefit payments from all state-administered retirement systems; amend KRS 161.680 to clarify the system's authority to collect overpayments; amend KRS 161.550 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
HB506PUBLIC RETIREMENT INFORMATION (BENVENUTI R) AN ACT relating to the disclosure of public retirement information.

Amend KRS 61.661, 161.585, and 21.540 to require the Kentucky Employee Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System, and the Judicial Form Retirement System, to disclose upon request the names, status, projected or actual benefit payments, and other retirement information of each member or recipient of a retirement allowance of the systems; require the systems to also make the information available on a searchable database on the systems' Web site or on a Web site established by the executive or judicial branch to provide government expenditure and salary data to the public.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
HB510TAXATION (RAND R) AN ACT relating to taxation.

Make technical corrections.
 Current Status:   4/6/2015 - LINE ITEMS VETOED
 
HB511TAXATION (RAND R) AN ACT relating to taxation.

Amend KRS 131.030 to make a technical correction.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - (H) Returned to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HB513MOTOR FUELS TAX (HOOVER J) AN ACT relating to motor fuels taxes and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 138.210 to set the minimum average wholesale price of gasoline for computation of motor fuels tax at $2.07 per gallon, amend KRS 138.220 to remove the exemption of 2.1 cents per gallon of motor fuels tax from revenue sharing; amend KRS 177.320 to increase the percentage of motor fuel tax allotted to the County Road Aid Fund from 18.3% to 19.5%; amend KRS 177.365 to increase the percentage of motor fuel tax allotted to the Municipal Road Aid Fund from 7.7% to 8.3%; Declare EMERGENCY on the new AWP floor in Section 1; make remaining sections EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - Missing Action!
 
HB547HEALTH CARE COVERAGE (HEAVRIN S) AN ACT relating to health care coverage.

Create new sections of Subtitle 17 of KRS Chapter 304 to establish definitions for "direct purchase," "health care system," and "penalty or fine"; prohibit the General Assembly from requiring any individual to participate in any health care system or plan, or imposing a penalty or fine regarding participation; permit an individual or an employer to pay directly for health care services and a health care provider to accept direct payment without penalties or fines; direct the Attorney General of Kentucky to undertake and initiate all necessary legal proceedings to protect and defend Kentuckians' rights as set forth; prohibit the Governor, the Personnel Cabinet, and state agencies from participating in or complying with any federal law, regulation, or policy that would compromise the freedom of choice in the health care decisions of any resident of Kentucky.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Banking and Insurance
 
HCR20BUDGET REFORM TASK FORCE (WUCHNER A) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION creating the Budget Reform Task Force.

Establish the Budget Reform Task Force; direct the task force to study the priorities of government spending and budget reform and report findings to the Legislative Research Commission no later than November 30, 2015.
 Current Status:   1/8/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HCR45ROAD FUNDS (GLENN J) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the staff of the Legislative Research Commission to study new ways to fund roads.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the staff of the Legislative Research Commission to study the sufficiency of highway fuel taxes to meet highway funding needs over the next two decades, the effect of the anticipated decline in the state gasoline tax rate and its effect on road fund revenue, and alternative methods to fund Kentucky's highways; report findings to the appropriate committee or committees by November 30, 2015.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
HCR168ENVIRONMENT REGULATION IMPACT ASSESSMENT (GOOCH JR. J) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the Legislative Research Commission to create the Federal Environmental Regulation Impact Assessment Task Force; provide that the purpose of the task force shall be to study the potential effect of federal environmental regulations on the affordability and reliability of electricity generation in the Commonwealth; establish the membership of the task force; require the task force to meet at least three times before the submission of its findings and recommendations; require the task force to submit its findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 4, 2015; allow a majority of members appointed to the task force to vote to recommend to the Legislative Research Commission that an outside entity complete an analysis or study on behalf of the task force; provide that the Legislative Research Commission has authority to alternatively assign the issues identified by the Resolution to an interim joint committee or subcommittee.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the Legislative Research Commission to create the Federal Environmental Regulation Impact Assessment Task Force; provide that the purpose of the task force shall be to study the potential effect of federal environmental regulations on the affordability and reliability of electricity generation in the Commonwealth; establish the membership of the task force; require the task force to meet at least three times before the submission of its findings and recommendations; require the task force to submit its findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 4, 2015; allow a majority of members appointed to the task force to vote to recommend to the Legislative Research Commission that an outside entity complete an analysis or study on behalf of the task force; provide that the Legislative Research Commission has authority to alternatively assign the issues identified by the Resolution to an interim joint committee or subcommittee.
 Current Status:   3/30/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
HJR7KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS (MONTELL B) A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) board of trustees to have an actuarial audit completed of the assumptions and funding methods adopted by the systems.

Direct the Kentucky Retirement Systems to engage an independent actuarial firm to perform an actuarial audit of the assumptions and funding methods adopted by the systems and report the findings to the KRS board of trustees and the Public Pension Oversight Board.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) Returned to Committee House Rules
 
HJR77FORT KNOX AND FORT CAMPBELL (SCHAMORE D) A JOINT RESOLUTION urging the Department of Defense and the United States Army to reconsider proposed cuts to Fort Knox and Fort Campbell.

A JOINT RESOLUTION urging the Department of Defense and the United States Army to reconsider proposed cuts to Fort Knox and Fort Campbell.
 Current Status:   3/5/2015 - Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB1CONTRACTS (STIVERS R) AN ACT relating to contracts.

Amend KRS 336.130 to prohibit mandatory membership in or financial support of a labor organization as a condition of employment and to name this section the "Kentucky Right to Work Act"; amend KRS 336.180 to conform; amend KRS 336.990 to make a violation of the Act a Class A misdemeanor, award damages, and provide injunctive relief; create new sections of KRS Chapter 336 to exempt existing contracts or agreements; require the Attorney General to investigate complaints and prosecute those who violate Section 1 of the Act; amend KRS 67A.6904, 67C.406, 70.262, 78.470, 78.480, and 345.050 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/12/2015 - House Labor and Industry, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB2CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT (BOWEN J) AN ACT proposing to amend section 29 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to administrative regulations.

Propose to amend Section 29 of the Constitution of Kentucky to permit the General Assembly or an agency or committee it creates to review, approve, or disapprove any administrative regulation of the executive branch during or between regular sessions of the General Assembly; submit to the voters for approval or disapproval; supply ballot language.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs
 
SB3TELECOMMUNICATIONS (HORNBACK P) AN ACT relating to telecommunications.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 278 to modify the telecommunications deregulation plan in KRS 278.541 et. seq.; end most Public Service Commission authority over exchanges with 15,000 or more housing units; for less populous exchanges, PSC jurisdiction reduced and obligation to provide basic local exchange (wireline) service is reduced; give utility option to substitute internet protocol or wireless service in some situations; provide that customers in some situations would have right to reject IP or wireless service and have their wireline restored; federal jurisdiction unaffected, especially over carrier to carrier issues; end PSC jurisdiction over consumer cellphone complaints; end PSC jurisdiction over consumer broadband complaints; retain PSC jurisdiction over wholesale issues, carrier to carrier, anti-competitive practices; amend KRS 278.54611 and 278.5462 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor
 
SB5CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (MCDANIEL C) AN ACT relating to controlled substances.

Amend KRS 72.026 to increase the scope of mandatory coroner and medical examiner examinations and reporting in deaths involving a Schedule I controlled substance; amend KRS 196.286 and 196.288 to increase the scope of the required cost-savings calculations; direct that a portion of recaptured savings from criminal justice reforms be directed to funding of KY-ASAP programs operating in or under the supervision of county jails, and a portion to community mental health centers offering substance abuse treatment for heroin and other opiate abuse disorders; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to specify the controlled substance treatment services to be offered under Medicaid; amend KRS 217.186 to increase the availability of Naloxone for use as a rescue drug for narcotic overdose situations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to provide an opportunity for deferred prosecution for persons seeking emergency help in drug overdose situations; amend KRS 218A.1412 to establish a 50 percent minimum time service requirement for higher-level traffickers in heroin and to remove the quantity thresholds in heroin and fentanyl prosecutions; amend KRS 218A.500 to provide the ability to deviate from the service requirement in cases where the defendant provides assistance to the prosecution; amend KRS 439.3401 to require a minimum 50 percent time service requirement for homicide and fetal homicide offenders in situations in which the decedent died due to a Schedule I drug overdose; direct the Department of Criminal Justice Training to conduct regionalized heroin-specific in-service training for law enforcement officers by December 31, 2015.
 Current Status:   3/3/2015 - (H) Returned to Committee House Judiciary
 
SB6MEDICAL REVIEW PANELS (ALVARADO R) AN ACT relating to medical review panels.

Retain original provisions, except extend the amount of time that plaintiffs have to bring their initial evidence; state that this bill shall not impact any currently pending cases; allow evidence produced during pretrial discovery that would have had a substantial impact on the panel's deliberations to act to make the report of the panel inadmissible.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (H) discharge petition filed
 
SB8CHARTER SCHOOLS (WILSON M) AN ACT relating to charter schools and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 160 to describe the intent of the General Assembly and the purposes of authorizing public charter schools; define terms; establish the Kentucky Public Charter School Commission and identify membership selection and responsibilities of members; outline the requirements and limitations on the establishment of charter schools including identification of charter school authorizers; describe responsibilities of authorizers; describe charter school application, renewal, and revocation processes; establish the Kentucky Public Charter School Commission trust fund and identify uses of the fund; create a new section of KRS Chapter 159 to identify student enrollment and withdrawal requirements to be followed by a charter school; create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 to identify employment conditions for charter school staff; create a new section of KRS Chapter 157 to require local, state, and federal funds to be distributed to charter schools using formulas and allocation processes used in public schools; amend KRS 161.220 to include a teacher employed by a board of directors of a public charter school as a member within the state retirement system; amend KRS 161.220 to include employees of boards of directors of public charter schools in the state-sponsored retirement system; amend KRS 78.510 to include noncertified employees of public charter schools in the state-sponsored retirement system; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 
SB9PREVAILING WAGE (SCHRODER W) AN ACT relating to prevailing wage.

Amend KRS 337.010 to exclude all educational buildings and facilities from meeting the requirements of the prevailing wage law.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (H) Posting Waived
 
SB12HEROIN (SCHICKEL J) AN ACT relating to trafficking in heroin.

Amend KRS 218A.1412 to require that persons who violate that section by trafficking in heroin be charged as Class C felons for the first offense and to require that those persons serve at least 50% of the sentence imposed for the violation before being released on probation or parole.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 
SB13SCHOOL FUNDING (SCHICKEL J) AN ACT relating to school funding.

Amend KRS 157.310 to clarify the intention of the General Assembly that no mandate be placed on the public schools without program funding to carry out the mandate; require legislation relating to the public schools that includes a fiscal note pursuant to KRS 6.955 or a state mandate pursuant to KRS 6.965 to include provision for funding that is adequate for compliance with the mandate; clarify that no school district shall be compelled to comply with mandated enactments of the General Assembly that do not provide adequate funding.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education
 
SB16COMPUTER PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES (GIVENS D) AN ACT relating to computer programming languages in public schools.

Amend KRS 156.160 to allow computer programming language courses to be accepted as meeting foreign language requirements in the public schools; amend KRS 164.002 to define "computer programming language"; amend KRS 164.4785 to ensure that computer programming language courses be accepted as meeting foreign language requirements for admission to public postsecondary institutions.
 Current Status:   3/24/2015 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/HFA 1, 2T, 3P,4T,5P,6T
 
SB17CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT (NEAL G) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to persons entitled to vote.

Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow persons convicted of a felony, other than felonies designated by the General Assembly, the right to ; submit to the voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
SB18OFFENDER REENTRY (NEAL G) AN ACT relating to offender reentry.

Amend various sections in KRS Chapter 335B relating to employment and licensure of persons convicted of crime to narrow the class of offenses to which the chapter applies; add consideration of the passage of time since the commission of the offense to the criteria considered in making licensure decisions; delete language relating to a hiring or licensing authority's subjective view of an ex-offender's rehabilitation; require a connection between the offense and the licensure category before a licensure denial is issued; repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 335B.060 to exempt peace officers and other law enforcement personnel as well as licensure categories preempted by federal law; repeal KRS 335B.040, relating to denial of license on ground of abuse of good moral character.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
 
SB20PUBLIC RETIREMENT INFORMATION (MCDANIEL C) AN ACT relating to the disclosure of public retirement information.

Amend KRS 61.661, 161.585, and 21.540 to require the Kentucky Retirement Systems, Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System, Legislators' Retirement Plan, and the Judicial Retirement Plan to disclose upon request the retirement benefit information of current and former members of the General Assembly including their name, status, and projected or actual retirement benefit payments.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
SB21DEFERRED DEPOSIT TRANSACTIONS (THOMAS R) AN ACT relating to deferred deposit transactions.

Amend KRS 286.9-010, relating to deferred deposit transactions, to define "annual percentage rate," "consideration," and "interest"; amend KRS 286.9-100 to delete the service fee of $15 per $100 loan and establish a tiered maximum annual percentage rate based on the face amount of the deferred deposit check; provide that making a deferred deposit transaction in violation of the maximum interest provisions is an unfair, false, misleading and deceptive practice in violation of the Consumer Protection Act and subject to its rights and remedies; prohibit a licensee from engaging in deceptive practices to evade the requirements of Subtitle 9 of KRS Chapter 286; amend KRS 286.9-102 to require a licensee to conspicuously display interest charges for services; create a new section of Subtitle 9 of KRS Chapter 286 to provide that knowing violation of the maximum allowable interest rate provisions shall be deemed a forfeiture of the entire interest for the transaction and that the person who paid the interest, or his or her legal representative, may recover twice the amount paid in any action against the lender if commenced within two years of the deferred deposit transaction.
 Current Status:   1/6/2015 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)
 
SB22PUBLIC PENSION FUND INVESTMENTS (MCDANIEL C) AN ACT relating to public pension fund investments.

Amend KRS 21.540, 61.645, and 161.430 to require the Judicial Retirement Plan, the Legislators' Retirement Plan, the Kentucky Retirement Systems, and the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System to establish by reference in administrative regulation a placement agent disclosure policy; require the policy to disclose, at a minimum, to the boards of trustees of the plans and systems the name of the placement agent, dollar value of investment, and the fees or payments made to placement agent for each investment in which a placement agent was utilized; define placement agent; require the plans and systems to submit a quarterly update of the information disclosed to the respective boards of trustees to the Government Contract Review Committee; provide that the disclosure shall apply to contracts established or renewed on or after July 1, 2015.
 Current Status:   3/24/2015 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/HCS 1
 
SB23LEGISLATOR RETIREMENT PLAN (MCDANIEL C) AN ACT relating to the Legislators' Retirement Plan.

Amend KRS 6.525 to allow members contributing to the Legislators' Retirement Plan prior to January 1, 2014, to make a one-time election to have their benefits from the Legislators' Retirement Plan based solely on their legislative salary and any salary, earned in another state-administered retirement system prior to January 1, 2014.
 Current Status:   2/23/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 
SB26CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT (BUFORD T) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to persons entitled to vote.

Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to restore the right to vote to persons convicted of a felony after service of their sentence, expiration of probation, or final discharge from parole, unless the offense was treason, intentional murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse of a child, bribery in an election, or another crime specified by the General Assembly; delete language in the 1891 Constitution referring to persons as "idiots and insane persons"; submit to the voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
SB29MOTOR FUELS TAXES (HARRIS E) AN ACT relating to motor fuels taxes and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 138.210(10) to set the minimum value for the average wholesale price of gasoline used for computation of the motor fuels tax at $2.354 per gallon; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/4/2015 - Senate Transportation, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB31HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS (BUFORD T) AN ACT relating to health benefit plans which include a tiered formulary for prescription drugs.

Create new sections of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to define terms; require health benefit plans that provide coverage for prescription drugs subject to a tiered formulary to ensure that any out-of-pocket expenditure shall not exceed $100 per mont,h for up to a 30-day supply, and that out-of-pocket expenditures for drugs subject to a tiered formulary shall not exceed $200 per month in the aggregate; require an exceptions process for tiered formulary plans that allows an insured to request an exception to the tiered cost-sharing structure, including coverage of a non-preferred drug under the cost sharing, applicable for preferred drugs if the prescribing physician determines that the preferred drug would not be as effective or would have an adverse effect, or both, for the insured, and denial of a cost-sharing exception shall be subject to an external review; prohibit placing all drugs of the same class in a specialty tier; require the commissioner to promulgate administrative regulations to implement this section; provide that nothing in the section requires coverage of any drugs not otherwise required by law, specific utilization management techniques, or ceasing utilization of tiered cost-sharing structure; provide that nothing in the section is to be construed to require a pharmacist to substitute a drug without the written consent of the prescribing physician; provide that the new sections apply to health benefit plans issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   2/25/2015 - Senate Health and Welfare, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB32DEFERRED DEPOSIT TRANSACTIONS (KERR A) AN ACT relating to deferred deposit transactions.

Amend KRS 286.9-010 to define "annual percentage rate," "consideration," and "interest"; amend KRS 286.9-100, relating to deferred deposit transactions, to delete the service fee of $15 per $100 loan and establish a tiered maximum annual percentage rate of 36 percent; provide that making a deferred deposit transaction in violation of the maximum interest provisions is an unfair, false, misleading and deceptive practice in violation of the Consumer Protection Act and subject to its rights and remedies; prohibit a licensee from engaging in deceptive practices to evade the requirements of Subtitle 9 of KRS Chapter 286; create a new section of Subtitle 9 of KRS Chapter 286 to provide that knowing violation of the maximum allowable interest rate provisions shall be deemed a forfeiture of the entire interest for the transaction and the person who paid the interest, or his or her legal representative, may recover twice the amount paid in any action against the lender if commenced within two years of the deferred deposit transaction.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
SB35BREAST FEEDING (THOMAS R) AN ACT relating to breast-feeding.

Amend KRS 211.755 which establishes that breast-feeding is permitted by a mother in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to provide that a violation of this section shall be reported to a local health department; amend KRS 211.990 to establish a fine of $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent penalty for any person who violates any provision of KRS 211.755.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 
SB36BREAST FEEDING (THOMAS R) AN ACT relating to breast-feeding.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to establish workplace standards for nursing mothers; amend KRS 337.990 to establish penalties for violations of newly established workplace standards for nursing mothers.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 
SB40MEDICAL CANNABIS (CLARK P) AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

Create various new sections of KRS Chapter 218A to establish a comprehensive system for medical cannabis in Kentucky, including provisions for medical verification of need, persons allowed to cultivate, use, and possess the drug, organizations allowed to assist in providing the drug, regulation by the state Department for Public Health, interaction on the part of state and local governments, including law enforcement, with persons and entities coming within the purview of the Act, and the establishment of required reporting and review procedures; amend KRS 218A.040 to conform; name the Act the Cannabis Compassion Act.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
 
SB41TUITION PAYMENT TAX DEDUCTION (SCHICKEL J) AN ACT relating to an income tax deduction for tuition payments.

Amend KRS 141.010 to exclude amounts paid for private elementary and secondary school tuition from adjusted gross income.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations and Revenue
 
SB43SAFETY OF MINORS (HIGDON J) AN ACT relating to the safety of minors and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to provide civil immunity for damaging a vehicle to a person who enters a vehicle with the good faith belief that a minor is in imminent danger of harm if not removed from the vehicle; encourage Transportation Cabinet to implement education on children left in vehicles; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB44PRESCRIPTION REFILLS (ADAMS J) AN ACT relating to the synchronization of prescription refills.

Create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to permit patients who suffer from chronic illnesses, in consultation with their medical providers, to elect all of their medications; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the Department for Medicaid Services or a managed care organization to permit medication synchronization when part of a plan between provider, patient, and pharmacist.
 Current Status:   3/20/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
SB53DIGITAL ASSETS ACT (WESTERFIELD W) AN ACT relating to Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.

Establish KRS Chapter 395A and create new sections thereof to enact the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act to establish a framework for the management and disposition of digital assets upon death or incapacitation; define terms; set forth the applicability of the chapter to fiduciaries, agents, personal representatives, conservators, guardians, and trustees; provide that the chapter does not apply to a digital asset of an employer that is used by an employee in the ordinary course of business; enumerate the rights and limitations of a personal representative of a decedent to access the electronic communications or digital assets of the decedent; permit a court to grant a conservator or guardian the right to access electronic communications of a protected person after a hearing conducted pursuant to applicable state law; enumerate the rights and limitations of an agent to access a principal's electronic communications and digital assets; enumerate the rights and limitations of a trustee, or successor of a trustee, to access the electronic communications and digital assets of an account holder or successor account holder; provide that a fiduciary who is an account holder or has the right under the chapter to access an account holder's digital assets may do so, subject to certain limitations; provide that an account holder may limit a fiduciary’s access to any digital asset by affirmative act, separate from his or her assent to other provisions, in a terms-of-service agreement; specify when a provision in a terms-of-service agreement is void as against public policy of Kentucky; provide that a choice-of-law provision in an agreement is unenforceable to the extent that it limits a fiduciary’s access to a digital asset under the chapter; allow a fiduciary with authority over the property of a decedent, protected person, principal, or settler to access tangible property containing digital assets; specify the documents or instruments that a fiduciary must provide to a custodian in order to access, control, or copy a digital asset; provide that a custodian must comply with a request made pursuant to this section within 60 days of receipt of the request; require that the provisions of the chapter be applied and construed so as to promote uniformity of law among the states; establish conformity with federal requirements related to electronic signatures and records; provide that the chapter may be cited as the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 
SB58PHYSICIANS (ALVARADO R) AN ACT relating to physicians.

Create a new section of KRS 311.530 to 311.620 to forbid the State Board of Medical Licensure from requiring specialty certification or maintenance of licensure testing to practice as a physician; prohibit an agency or facility that accepts state funds and employs physicians from employment discrimination against physicians who do not maintain specialty medical board certification; amend KRS 216B.017 to prevent a licensed health facility from employment discrimination against physicians who do not participate in specialty medical board certification or the maintenance of certification or licensure.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
 
SB61COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING (ALVARADO R) AN ACT relating to removing barriers to colorectal cancer screening.

Amend KRS 304.17A-257 to require that health benefit plans cover colorectal cancer screening regardless of the billing code or other procedure performed in the same clinical encounter and as part of ongoing prevention; effective January 1, 2016.
 Current Status:   3/19/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
SB70PERSONS ENTITLED TO VOTE (NEAL G) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to persons entitled to vote.

Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow persons convicted of a felony other than treason, intentional killing, a sex crime, or bribery the right to vote after expiration of probation, final discharge from parole, or maximum expiration of sentence; submit to the voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
SB72CHILD-CARE FACILITY REGULATIONS (GIVENS D) AN ACT relating to child-care facility administrative regulations.

Amend KRS 199.896 to require licensed child-care centers that provide instructional and educational programs for preschool-aged children and that operate for a maximum of 20 hours per week and which a child attends for no more than 16 hours per week be exempted from the licensure requirements of KAR 2:110 and 922 KAR 2:120.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (H) posted in committee House Health and Welfare
 
SB80HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT FUND (HARRIS E) AN ACT relating to the hazardous waste management fund and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 224.46-580 to extend the levy of the hazardous waste management assessment until June 30, 2024.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations and Revenue
 
SB81STATE REGULATION (SCHICKEL J) AN ACT relating to state regulation.

Amend KRS 241.010 to define "bed and breakfast," "discount in the usual course of business," and "marina"; expand the definition of "alcoholic beverage" to include a powder or crystal containing alcohol; amend KRS 241.020, 241.030, 241.080, 241.090, 243.035, 243.037, 243.040, 243.380, 243.430, 243.470, 243.550, and 244.590 to describe the powers, duties, titles, and qualifications of the administrators of the Division of Distilled Spirits and the Division of Malt Beverages; amend KRS 241.060, 242.1292, 243.100, 243.110, 243.160, 243.200, 243.220, 243.250, 243.360, 243.390, 243.440, 243.490, 243.520, 243.530, 243.560, 243.620, 243.640, 243.650, 243.660, 243.670, 244.060, 244.070, 244.085, 244.150, 244.260, 244.340, 244.350, and 244.990 to create consistent and modern terminology throughout the alcohol statutes; amend KRS 241.140, 241.190, and 241.250 to clarify the functions of local alcohol administrators; create a new section of KRS Chapter 242 to allow a local option election on distilled spirit souvenir package sales by distilleries within the precinct; create a new section of KRS Chapter 242 to authorize a local option election on by the drink alcoholic beverage sales at marinas within the precinct; amend KRS 242.123 and 242.124 to permit a golf course or small farm winery local option election in any dry or moist city or county; amend KRS 242.1241 to conduct a small farm winery local option election in the same manner as in KRS 242.020; create a new section of KRS Chapter 243 to establish the terms of a sampling license, to include both free and paid samples; amend KRS 243.030 to permit either the administrator of distilled spirits or malt beverages to issue a license that allows the sale of distilled spirits, wine, and malt beverages; amend KRS 243.0305 to allow a distillery to sell souvenir packages of distilled spirits if the distillery is located in a moist precinct that has authorized that type of sale; establish the limitations of a distiller's sampling license; amend KRS 243.033 to authorize a caterer to cater alcoholic beverages at a private party or special event at a non-federally bonded portion of a distillery premises; forbid a caterer from catering alcoholic beverages at an event hosted by the caterer either alone or as a joint venture; amend KRS 243.036 to apply a distilled spirits and wine auction license to malt beverages; include raffles as a part of the auction license; amend KRS 243.042 to allow a qualified historic site to obtain a supplemental bar license for a riverboat or railroad train; amend KRS 243.045 to clarify that a transitional license entitles the holder to the same rights and privileges of the corresponding permanent license; amend KRS 243.060 and 243.070 to authorize a local qualified historic site license fee up to a maximum that matches the state fee; amend KRS 243.082 to merge state park NQ1 license language with that of the other types of NQ1 licensees; amend KRS 243.084 to authorize a marina NQ2 retail drink license; amend KRS 243.086 to permit a bed and breakfast NQ3 retail drink license; limit bed and breakfast drink sales to paid overnight guests; amend KRS 243.090 to make most local alcohol licenses expire on the same date as the corresponding state license; prorate the cost of a local license in the first year to allow the local license to synchronize with the state license; amend KRS 243.130, 243.155, and 243.157 to allow employees of distillers, rectifiers, wineries, small farm wineries, and microbreweries to sample their employer's products for purposes of education, quality control, and product development; enable small farm wineries to enter into "custom crush" agreements with one another; clarify that a small farm winery may sell and serve its products by virtue of a precinct election; permit a small farm winery to sell its wine products that are unmarketable as wine to a distiller; prohibit the location of a microbrewery in moist territory; amend KRS 243.230 to remove the city population threshold for quota retail drink licenses; amend KRS 243.450 to indicate that a state administrator may deny a license if the applicant is a delinquent taxpayer; amend KRS 243.500 to exempt lawful pari-mutuel betting or charitable gaming from the list of prohibited gambling offenses by a licensee; amend KRS 243.540 to make the license termination provisions apply to a default under a lease or security agreement; describe how a landlord or creditor may dispose of alcoholic beverages in its possession; amend KRS 243.630 to define "transfer" to include the transfer of a business and license to a different premises; create a new section of KRS Chapter 244 to forbid any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, or use any powdered or crystalline alcoholic beverage product; amend KRS 244.080 to specify how a person must be manifestly under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances before alcohol sales to that person are prohibited; amend KRS 244.110 to limit entrance requirements to only quota retail drink and package licenses; amend KRS 244.130 to allow a distiller to provide free production by-products and non-alcoholic merchandise worth up to $25 per item for a distillery tour or event conducted by a church or charitable organization; amend KRS 244.240 to permit distillers, rectifiers, wineries, and wholesalers to give discounts in the usual course of business if the same discounts are offered to all licensees of the same license type buying similar quantities; amend KRS 244.290 and 244.480 to make a local ordinance limiting election day alcohol sales effective only if the ordinance was adopted after June 25, 2013; require a retail drink licensee in territory with Sunday distilled spirits and wine sales to acquire the Sunday license before conducting the sales; amend KRS 244.360 to set rules for a licensee to display its license number on its licensed premises; amend KRS 242.1244, 243.034, 243.050, 243.075, 243.260, 243.882, 244.050, and 83A.022 to conform; repeal KRS 241.075, 242.127, 242.129, 243.031, 243.072, 243.460, 243.505, 243.510, 243.892, and 244.295.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - House Licensing and Occupations, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB83MEDICAL REVIEW ORGANIZATIONS (ALVARADO R) AN ACT relating to medical review organizations.

Amend KRS 311.377 to add medical malpractice actions, actions arising out of review of credentials or of retrospective review and evaluation, and actions by an applicant for or grantee of staff privileges to materials that are confidential and privileged and not subject to discovery, subpoena, or introduction into evidence, in any civil action in any court.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 
SB84CAREER READINESS (ALVARADO R) AN ACT relating to career readiness.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the Kentucky Board of Education to identify a student as career-ready if the student obtains minimum score of 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and completes a minimum of three years in JROTC, or if the student has a valid military enlistment contract through any branch of service.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education
 
SB87MEDICAL COVERAGE (ALVARADO R) AN ACT relating to medical coverage.

Amend KRS 304.17A-254 to establish a policy governing the procedures for an insurer changing an existing agreement with a provider; amend KRS 304.17A-545 to establish a policy governing he procedures for a Managed Care Organization changing an existing agreement with a provider.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (H) SECOND READING w/HCS 1, HCA 1T, to Rules
 
SB88EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS (ALVARADO R) AN ACT relating to emergency departments and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to define terms and require Medicaid managed care organizations to cover and pay for medical screening examinations and emergency medical condition care; requiring in-network hospital reimbursements at negotiated rates and out-of-network hospital reimbursements at published Medicaid fee-for-service rates; require that nonemergency medical condition determinations are made by qualified medical professionals; require the Department for Medicaid Services to promulgate administrative regulations; amend KRS 205.6334 and 205.6336 to conform; repeal KRS 205.6310; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health and Welfare
 
SB90NUCLEAR POWER (CARROLL D) AN ACT relating to nuclear power.

Amend KRS 278.600 to define "storage" and amend a definition to require that nuclear power facilities have a plan for the storage of nuclear waste rather than a means of permanent disposal; amend KRS 278.610 to delete the requirement that the Public Service Commission certify the facility as having a means for disposal of high-level nuclear waste; change all references to disposal of nuclear waste to storage of nuclear waste; prohibit construction of low-level waste disposal sites in the Commonwealth except as provided in KRS 211.852; require the Public Service Commission to determine whether the construction or operation of a nuclear power facility, including one constructed by an entity regulated under KRS Chapter 96, would create low-level nuclear waste or mixed wastes that would be required to be disposed of in low-level waste disposal sites in the Commonwealth; repeal KRS 278.605, relating to construction of nuclear power facilities.
 Current Status:   3/11/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Tourism Development and Energy
 
SB91MUNICIPAL UTILITY BOARD MEMBERSHIP (CARROLL D) AN ACT relating to board membership for municipal utilities.

Amend KRS 96.530 and KRS 96.740 to require members appointed to city utility commissions and municipal utility boards to be customers of the utility; requirement that these appointees be residents, taxpayers and voters of the city is deleted.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government
 
SB94DEBT (BOWEN J) AN ACT relating to debt and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 48.010 to define terms; create a new section of KRS Chapter 48 to establish limitations on the issuance of general fund-supported debt, calculate the debt limitation savings, and transfer the savings to the nonhazardous employee unfunded liability trust fund; create a new section of KRS Chapter 61 to establish the nonhazardous employee unfunded liability trust fund, to offset the supplemental contribution required by certain employers; amend KRS 61.565 to require a supplemental contribution for each employer participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System; amend KRS 56.063 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/2/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations and Revenue
 
SB95WORKER'S COMPENSATION (BUFORD T) AN ACT relating to workers compensation.

Amend several provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act in KRS Chapter 342 to define and recognize temporary partial disability benefits and amend other statutes to comply; define medical provider; limit medical benefits to age 70 or five years after date of injury, whichever is later except for permanent total awards or awards involving prosthetic devices which continue for as long as the employee is disabled; allow attorney's fees or increased payments for medical fee disputes that are decided in favor of the claimant; amend the reopening statutes to allow for reopening for additional temporary total or partial benefits; permit claimants who have awards of $60 or less per week to elect a lump sum and receive a one point higher discount rate than that set by the commissioner; require settlements for future medicals to be approved by the federal Medicare Secondary Payer Act; increase attorneys' fees to a total of $24,000; specify that administrative law judges do not approve attorney's fees; enumerate changes to the manner that income benefits are determined; increase the maximum for temporary total or partial income benefits from 100% of the state average weekly wage to 120% of the state average weekly wage; increase the maximum of permanent partial income benefits from 75% to 85% of the state average weekly wage; increase and clarify multiplier language factors; provide that the time limit for permanent partial income benefits is determined by the impairment ratings; make other amendments to conform.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor
 
SB104AREA DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS (WILSON M) AN ACT relating to area development districts.

Create a new section of KRS 147A.050 to 147A.140 to allow a county to suspend its affiliation with an area development district; and create a new section of KRS Chapter 151B to prohibit an area development district from acting as both a fiscal agent and service provider relative to the provisions of the WIA and WIOA.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
SB105SUPERINTENDENT COMMITTEE SCREEENING (THOMAS R) AN ACT relating to superintendent screening committee membership.

Amend KRS 160.352 to require a school equity council member be appointed to the superintendent screening committee, if an equity council exists; revise the district minority population required for minority member election from 8% to 4%; allow a board to add a high school student to the superintendent screening committee.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education
 
SB107HEALTH PROVIDERS (GIVENS D) AN ACT relating to health providers.

Amend KRS 205.8477 to establish that Medicaid providers shall provide operating disclosures to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and to other entities in established circumstances.
 Current Status:   3/30/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
SB109PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (BUFORD T) AN ACT relating to physician assistants.

Amend KRS 311.854 to allow a physician to supervise up to four physician assistants at the same time.
 Current Status:   2/19/2015 - Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB110KEES (WISE M) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 164.7881 to permit high school seniors, beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, and high school juniors and seniors, beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, to use their KEES awards to pay for dual credit courses; require that the funds they would have received as eligible postsecondary students be reduced proportionally over a four, or in some cases, five year period by an amount equal to the amount used for dual credit; amend KRS 164.7885 to conform; designate the expenditures as necessary governmental expenses if KEES funds appropriated for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 are not adequate; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   2/27/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 
SB111MEDICARE PROVIDER REIMBURSEMENT (ALVARADO R) AN ACT relating to provider appeals for reimbursement for Medicare managed care organizations.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 205 to create a process for providers to request an administrative appeals hearing from the Department for Medicaid Services for reimbursement by a Medicaid managed care organization.
 Current Status:   2/5/2015 - (S) WITHDRAWN
 
SB113EMINENT DOMAIN (CARROLL J) AN ACT relating to eminent domain.

Amend KRS 278.502 to exclude natural gas liquids from the definition of "oil or gas" or "oil and gas products," as used in that statute; require that oil or gas pipeline condemnation be for a public use as defined in KRS 416.675, rather than public service; provide that condemnation rights as well as procedures be governed by the Eminent Domain Act of Kentucky; amend KRS 416.680 to include KRS 416.675 and 416.680 in the Eminent Domain Act of Kentucky.
 Current Status:   2/6/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources and Energy
 
SB116CHIROPRACTORS (WISE M) AN ACT relating to chiropractors.

Create a new section of Subtitle 39 of KRS Chapter 304 to require the use of a peer review committee or a licensed chiropractor when performing a utilization review.
 Current Status:   2/24/2015 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Health and Welfare
 
SB118GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS (WESTERFIELD W) AN ACT relating to government contracts.

Create a new section of KRS 45A.690 to 45A.725 that establishes standards and rules for contingency fee personal service contracts for legal services; require the Attorney General to make written findings of the need for a contingency fee contract; set limits on the amount of the contingency fee, require the Finance and Administration Cabinet to post information regarding the contract on its Web site; require the contractor to maintain certain records; require the Finance and Administration Cabinet and the Attorney General to submit a report on all contingency fee contracts to the Government Contract Review Committee by September 1 of each year; amend KRS 45A.695 to require the Attorney General to participate in discussions with contingency fee offerors to determine their qualifications; require the Attorney General to approve of contingency fee personal service contract for legal services before the contract may be awarded.
 Current Status:   4/2/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
SB121FINANCIAL LITERACY (PARRETT D) AN ACT relating to financial literacy.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the Department of Education to develop and implement the Kentucky Financial Literacy Program; require a high school student to complete instruction in financial literacy, included within the existing curriculum, prior to graduation.
 Current Status:   2/9/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education
 
SB123REAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP (GIRDLER C) AN ACT relating to responsible real property ownership.

Amend KRS 258.095 to modify the definition of persons who would qualify as the owner of a dog for purposes of that chapter.
 Current Status:   3/4/2015 - House Banking and Insurance, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB126PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS (ADAMS J) AN ACT relating to pharmacy benefit managers.

Amend KRS 304.17A-162 to address changes in the maximum allowable cost; require review of the maximum allowable cost at least every 7 instead of 14 days; require that only certain drugs be subject to the maximum allowable cost; create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to establish licensure requirements for pharmacy benefit managers.
 Current Status:   2/11/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health and Welfare
 
SB129SCHOOL CALENDAR (GIRDLER C) AN ACT relating to school calendars.

Amend KRS 158.070 to require schools to schedule the first student attendance day no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26, unless a school has adopted a year-round calendar; allow a waiver when a school has missed at least seven days each year for five previous years due to inclement weather; make technical amendments.
 Current Status:   3/5/2015 - Senate Education, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB132SCHOOL AND STUDENT PERFORMANCE (SEUM D) AN ACT relating to improving school and student performance.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to allow a superintendent to select the principal in a school identified as an initial intervention school or, with local board approval, choose other intervention options; define initial intervention school; direct the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate regulations to establish the process and procedures for implementing the intervention options.
 Current Status:   3/24/2015 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/HCA 1T, HCS 1, HFA 1
 
SB135SCHOOL COUNCILS (SCHICKEL J) AN ACT relating to school councils.

Amend KRS 160.345 to require the school superintendent to consult with the principal or principal's designee and the school council when establishing school policy, making personnel decisions, determining instructional materials, and student support services; allow a principal vacancy to be filled by the superintendent; require the superintendent to adopt policies to be implemented in the schools; require the superintendent to plan professional development; allow the principal or principal's designee to develop and implement a wellness policy; amend KRS 158.197 to allow the principal or principal's designee to authorize the display of specific educational materials; amend KRS 158.153, 158.792, and 158.844 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Education
 
SB151SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS (HARRIS E) AN ACT relating to school board elections.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to identify the process to be followed by a candidate to appear on an election ballot for school board member in a school district that extends across county lines; identify the process for totaling a candidate's votes and issuing a certificate of election; amend KRS 118.425 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/4/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs
 
SB156CIVIL RIGHTS (MCGARVEY M) 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 include a prohibition on discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.040, 344.050, 344.060, 344.070, and 344.080, relating to prohibited discrimination in various labor and employment practices, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.025, 344.100, 344.110, and 18A.095 to conform; amend KRS 344.120 and 344.140, relating to prohibited discrimination in places of public accommodation and advertisements therefor, to include sexual orientation and 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 and gender identity in the scope of their powers and duties; amend KRS 344.360, 344.680, 344.370, and 344.380, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain housing, real estate, and other financial transactions, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.367, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain insurance sales, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.400, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain credit transactions, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; and make various technical amendments.
 Current Status:   2/13/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 
SB157RETIREMENT BENEFITS SPIKING (MCDANIEL C) AN ACT relating to retirement benefits spiking.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 to provide that members of the Legislators' Retirement Plan who retire on or after January 1, 2016, shall be limited to a 10% growth in the creditable compensation earned during their last three years of service to the General Assembly if that compensation is used to calculate their retirement benefits; provide that only creditable compensation earned on or after July 1, 2015, shall be subject to the creditable compensation growth limitations; exempt bona fide promotions or salary advancements from the compensation growth limitation; define "bona fide promotion or salary advancements" as a professional advancement in substantially the same line of work held by the member in the 4 years immediately prior to the 3-year period or a change in employment position based upon training, education, or expertise; provide that the Judicial Form Retirement System shall refund contributions and interest on contributions, for any reductions in creditable compensation; provide that the Judicial Form Retirement System shall determine what constitutes a bona fide promotion or salary advancement; create a new section of KRS Chapter 21 to provide that members of the Judicial Retirement Plan who retire on or after January 1, 2016, shall be limited to a 10% annual growth in the creditable compensation earned during their last 60 months of service if that compensation is used to calculate their retirement benefits; provide that only creditable compensation earned on or after July 1, 2015, shall be subject to the creditable compensation growth limitations; exempt bona fide promotions or salary advancements from the compensation growth limitation; define "bona fide promotion or salary advancements" as a professional advancement in substantially the same line of work held by the member in the 4 years immediately prior to the 60 month period or a change in employment position based upon training, education, or expertise; require the Judicial Form Retirement System to refund contributions and interest on contributions, for any reductions in creditable compensation; provide that the Judicial Form Retirement System shall determine what constitutes a bona fide promotion or salary advancement; amend KRS 61.598 to provide that members of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, and the State Police Retirement System, who retire on or after January 1, 2016, shall be limited to a 10% growth in the creditable compensation earned during their last five years of employment if that compensation is used to calculate their retirement benefits; provide that only creditable compensation earned on or after July 1, 2015, shall be subject to the creditable compensation growth limitations; exempt bona fide promotions or salary advancements, alternative sick leave payments, and lump-sum payments for compensatory time from the compensation growth limitation; exempt from the compensation growth limitation those years of compensation where in the immediately preceding fiscal year the member was paid worker's compensation benefits or was on unpaid maternity, FMLA, or approved sick leave for a period of 5 weeks or for a period of at least 10% of the employee's contract days if the employee is hired to work a specific number of days during the year; provide that the Kentucky Retirement Systems shall refund employee contributions and interest on contributions, for any reductions in creditable compensation provided by this section; provide that the Kentucky Retirement Systems shall determine what constitutes a bona fide promotion or salary advancement and allow the member to appeal a decision of the system to the board; remove provisions charging employers for creditable compensation growth greater than 10% during the employee's last five years of employment; amend KRS 16.645, 61.645, and 78.545 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 
SB168ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (ROBINSON A) AN ACT relating to economic development.

Amend KRS 154.33-501 to replace reference to the East Kentucky Corporation with reference to Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc; amend KRS 154.33-550 to create the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund, to be administered by the Department for Local Government; create new sections of KRS 154.33 to identify the purposes for which money from the fund may be used and to provide an application process; repeal KRS 154.33-501, 154.33-515, 154.33-520, 154.33-525, 154.33-527, 154.33-533, 154.33-535, 154.33-540, 154.33-545, 154.33-555, 154.33-560, 154.33-565, 154.33-570, 154.33-575, 154.33-580, 154.33-585 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/23/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
SB178VENUE AND CIVIL ACTIONS (WESTERFIELD W) AN ACT relating to venue and civil actions including the Commonwealth and its agencies.

Amend various sections of the Kentucky Revised Statutes relating to Franklin Circuit Court to modify standards for venue and jurisdiction in actions and give concurrent jurisdiction to other Circuit Courts in the Commonwealth.
 Current Status:   2/26/2015 - Senate Judiciary, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
SB183EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (MCGARVEY M) AN ACT relating to an earned income tax credit.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 and amend KRS 141.0205 to establish a refundable earned income tax credit.
 Current Status:   2/19/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations and Revenue
 
SB186OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION (CARROLL J) AN ACT relating to oil and gas production and reclamation.

Create new sections of KRS 353.500 to 353.720 to require notice and method of notice of high-volume horizontal fracturing; require baseline water quality testing and exemption from requirements; require information disclosures to the cabinet for a vendor or service provider conducting high-volume horizontal fracturing treatments; create an exemption for disclosure of trade secrets; require vendors to provide information to chemical disclosure registry unless protected by trade secret status and provide method for claiming trade secret status; require release by director or vendor to health professionals under specified conditions and with confidentiality agreement; require release by director to deal with emergency spill or discharge and require nondisclosure of information further and with specific procedure; provide that information disclosed not be deemed publicly available or a waiver of trade secret claim; require notification to parties by the cabinet if the cabinet receives a request for chemicals under the Open Records Act and provide a procedure for notification of vendors and operators who assert confidential treatment status; clarify that the review of a determination of release of information under the Open Records Act not be a part of judicial review; create the Kentucky Abandoned Storage Tank Reclamation Program and define when a tank is deemed abandoned and eligible for the program; specify the purpose of the program and create the Kentucky abandoned storage tank reclamation fund; identify the expenses that can be paid for out-of-fund moneys; allow the cabinet to contract for services and enter into agreements for services; create a right of entry to inspect or to conduct work on an abandoned storage tank; specify procedures for notice before entering lands; authorize the cabinet to recover costs for removal and remediation of an abandoned storage tank from owners or responsible parties; amend KRS 353.180 to make internal reference corrections; amend KRS 353.510 to amend the definitions; amend KRS 353.590 to establish permit fees for vertical deep and horizontal deep wells; establish bonds for deep wells and minimum bonds; specify how bonds will be conditioned; add blanket bonds; amend KRS 353.592 to correct internal references; amend KRS 353.5901 to require a reclamation plan rather than a proposal; clarify the contents of the reclamation plan; require review and approval of the plan prior to permit issuance; allow for a waiver of the mediation fee for a landowner with proof of a financial inability to pay; amend KRS 353.651 to regulate the drilling units of vertical deep and horizontal deep wells and the pooling for deep wells and change the 1/8 royalty to prevailing royalty and overriding royalty to 3 times the share of costs payable or charged for deep wells; amend KRS 353.652 to make technical corrections; amend KRS 353.730 and 353.737 to correct internal references; add noncodified section naming the act as the Kentucky Oil and Gas Regulatory Modernization Act.
 Current Status:   3/19/2015 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 
SB189PUBLIC SMOKING (ADAMS J) AN ACT prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 438 to define terms; prohibit indoor smoking in businesses, places of employment, and other listed public places; exempt private residences, unless used for child care or adult day care; permit smoking in designated nonenclosed areas; require posting of "no smoking" signs at specified locations; permit local governments to adopt stricter regulations by ordinance; provide for enforcement by all peace officers and designated health department and local government employees; provide for the issuance of uniform citations for violations; require that employers and others not discriminate against persons reporting violations; provide for fines for violation; provide that fines go to the agency whose employee issued the citation; provide that no court costs or other fees be charged for violations; exempt certain research and manufacturing laboratories and agricultural buildings; amend KRS 344.040, relating to unlawful practices by an employer, to add reference to state law, local ordinance, or local board of health regulation relating to smoking; amend KRS 431.450, relating to uniform citations, to provide for issuing citation forms to health departments; authorize the Department of Kentucky State Police to create and issue uniform smoking violation citations; repeal various statutes permitting smoking in public buildings; provide that Sections 1 to 6 may be referred to as the Smokefree Kentucky Act.
 Current Status:   2/19/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection
 
SB196NET METERING (MCGARVEY M) AN ACT relating to net metering.

Amend KRS 278.465 to include rental and leasing arrangements in the definition of "eligible customer-generator" and increase the allowable size of eligible electric generating facilities from 30 kilowatts to 1000 kilowatts; amend KRS 278.466 to exclude rental and leasing arrangements from PSC regulation and exclude service furnished by eligible customer-generators from the definition of retail electric service; allow retail electric suppliers to recover certain costs from net meter customers; existing net meter customers grandfathered in; net meter customers may only use self-generation offsets generated during an hour to offset electricity purchased in that hour.
 Current Status:   2/19/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources and Energy
 
SCR11DEATH PENALTY COSTS (NEAL G) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the Task Force on the Costs of the Death Penalty in Kentucky.

Establish a task force to study the costs of administering the death penalty in Kentucky; establish membership of task force; provide that the task force is to study the costs to the state and local governments related to administering the death penalty in all phases of the criminal justice system and the number and outcomes of death-eligible cases; require the task force to submit a report to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2015.
 Current Status:   2/3/2015 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 
SCR103KENTUCKY WORKFORCE OVERSIGHT TASK FORCE (GIVENS D) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Kentucky Workforce Oversight Task Force to study and develop recommendations concerning the benefits, investments, and funding of workforce education; establish task force membership; require the task force to submit report to Legislative Research Commission by December 11, 2015.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Kentucky Workforce Oversight Task Force to study and develop recommendations concerning the benefits, investments, and funding of workforce education; establish task force membership; require the task force to submit report to Legislative Research Commission by December 11, 2015.
 Current Status:   3/24/2015 - (H) Posted for Passage in Consent Orders of the Day
 
SJR106POST SECONDARY PERFORMANCE BASED FUNDING (GIVENS D) A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to develop a performance-based funding model for the public postsecondary education institutions; identify guiding principles and constraints; establish metrics that recognize difference of missions among research, comprehensive regional, and community and technical college institutions; require findings and recommendations to be reported by December 11, 2015.

A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to develop a performance-based funding model for the public postsecondary education institutions; identify guiding principles and constraints; establish metrics that recognize difference of missions among research, comprehensive regional, and community and technical college institutions; require findings and recommendations to be reported by December 11, 2015.
 Current Status:   3/10/2015 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 
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