Legislative Update

January  13, 2020

The first week of the 2020 session has concluded. Other than bill introductions, and some committee changes there was little activity.


This was in large part due to the candidate filing deadline on January 10. Also, the Governor will not release his budget until January 28, which is when the real work of the session will begin. In the meantime most of the focus will be on bills that position the majority party for the 2020 elections.


AIA Kentucky's Legislative Day will be held at the Capitol Annex on February 6 at 8:00 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend the breakfast that morning and then stay for appointments with their legislators. AIA Kentucky will assist in scheduling these visits.


Below are the bills AIA Kentucky is currently tracking,

Greg Brotzge 
AIA Kentucky Lobbyist 
Click below for the current status of bills AIA Kentucky is tracking.
(Report created on January  13, 2020)

Week In Review 
   January 12, 2020     

Legislature in session; house institutes new rules, has temporary Majority Leader; Senate delays SB 1

There was a new look in House leadership for both Republicans and Democrats on the opening day of the 2020 General Assembly on Tuesday.

Northern Kentucky Tribune


Ky. Republican Lawmakers Rally Around Anti-'Sanctuary' Immigration Bill

Republican leaders in Kentucky's legislature are rallying around a bill that would ban cities, public agencies and universities from adopting so-called "sanctuary" policies that snub federal immigration officials.



Kentucky Eyes Single-Use Plastic Ban

The bill would ban plastic bags, straws and balloon launches, presenting promotional products companies with the potential for both opportunities and challenges.

Associated Press


Governor Beshear Reviewing Sanctuary City Legislation

Governor Andy Beshear said his administrative staff continues to examine a piece of legislation labeled as a priority by Kentucky Senate leaders. Senate Bill One prohibits cities in the Commonwealth from establishing sanctuary status regarding illegal immigrants.



Senate Bill 2 would require photo IDs to vote in Kentucky

Senate Bill 2, one of the Kentucky Senate's top priorities for this legislative session, would require voters to show a photo ID.

Associated Press


Controversial immigration bill given top priority by Kentucky Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans identified a controversial bill targeting illegal immigration as the chamber's top legislative priority on Tuesday, the first day of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2020 session.

Louisville Courier-Journal


Photo ID bill wins support from top election official

A bill aimed at requiring Kentuckians to present photo identification in order to vote won a quick endorsement Wednesday from the state's chief election official.

Associated Press


Booker files for Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell

Vowing to fight the status quo, state Rep. Charles Booker officially filed Wednesday to enter the Democratic primary in Kentucky for the seat held by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Associated Press


Kentucky Lawmaker Wants To Limit Governor's Pardoning Power

A Kentucky Republican lawmaker is seeking to limit the pardon powers of the governor, following a series of controversial pardons and commutations issued by former Gov. Matt Bevin during his final days in office.



Budget Looms As Key Issue As Kentucky Lawmakers Convene

Lawmakers are returning to Kentucky's Capitol to start a 60-day session that will be dominated by work on a new state budget. Lawmakers are returning to Kentucky's Capitol to start a 60-day session that will be dominated by work on a new state budget.



Pro-gun group aims to make counties '2nd Amendment Sanctuaries'

A group calling itself Kentucky United has brought to southcentral Kentucky its pro-gun message and its preemptive strike against any gun control legislation that might be considered in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Bowling Green Daily News


Improvements under school safety act will cost millions

Under a school safety bill signed into law last spring, Kentucky's public schools will see more counselors and school resource officers, along with an increased focus on equipping school staff to recognize and respond to students' traumatic experiences.

Bowling Green Daily News


Kentucky Democrat announces run for Rocky Adkins' former seat

A Kentucky Democrat has announced that he is running for the former seat of Rocky Adkins.

Associated Press


Human Trafficking Awareness Highlighted At State Capitol

The head of a Kentucky organization focusing on helping human trafficking victims move forward with their lives says more attention needs to be given to those paying for the criminal activity. A capitol event Tuesday recognized Human Trafficking Awareness month.



Kentucky Bill Would Ban Plastic Bags, Styrofoam Containers

A bill filed ahead of this year's legislative session would ban retailers from providing certain kinds of plastic bags and limit the use of plastic straws and foam containers.



Carroll files bill mandating child abuse in schools be reported immediately

Tuesday is the start of a new legislative session in Kentucky.

Associated Press

Questions or comments may be directed to Legislative Chair Eric Steva, AIA, Lobbyist Greg Brotzge or Executive Director, Kelly Ives.
Kelly E. Ives, AIA
Executive Director
AIA Kentucky
(859) 223-8201
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AIA Kentucky Government Affairs Committee
The AIA Kentucky Government Affairs Committee reviews, provides feedback, and recommends positions on pending legislation. 

Eric Steva, AIA is the AIA Kentucky Government Affairs Committee chair. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact AIA Kentucky Executive Director Kelly Ives, AIA at 859-221-0154. Any AIA Kentucky member in good standing is eligible to serve.

KSA Political Action Committee

The importance of our participation in the political process becomes more and more evident each time we must take action to cope with legislative proposals that have the potential to negatively impact our profession. 

You can join many of your fellow members who have already contributed by making a donation of any amount that you are comfortable with. Visit our KSAPAC website to donate online and find out more about how you can lend your support!

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