Legislative Update

January  13, 2020

Activity picked up in week two but few bills of substance have moved very far through the process. This is particularly true for legislation involving revenue and expenses. The legislature is waiting on the Governor to make the first move which he will do with his budget address on January 28.
AIA is following several pieces of legislation but nothing major at this point. Several "title" bills relating to revenue were filed on Friday. These bills make technical corrections but can be substituted with a different bill as the process moves along.
AIA Kentucky's Legislative Day will be held at the Capitol Annex on February 6, beginning 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  20, 2020)

Week In Review 
   (For the Week Ending January 18, 2020)     
On Thursday morning, a Senate committee gave first approval to a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to seek a search warrant for a blood test in all DUI investigations.
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Employees on the front lines of helping the sick or victims of sexual assault in Kentucky would be exempted from a high-profile immigration bill under changes its lead sponsor is making.
Associated Press

A bill pending in the Kentucky Senate would give police new powers to stop people on the street and demand that they identify themselves and explain their actions, drawing criticism from civil rights lawyers who say that would be an unconstitutional device likely used against minority groups.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Legislation outlawing the sale or possession of tobacco products to anyone under age 21 is moving in the Kentucky legislature. The measure, which includes tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products, came out of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday. Legislation outlawing the sale or possession of tobacco products to anyone under age 21 is moving in the Kentucky legislature. The measure, which includes tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products, came out of the Sena

As Jefferson County Public Schools prepares to create a new school safety force, the district is debating whether the officers should be armed.

A bill designating shelter pets as the official state pet of Kentucky passed out of committee Thursday.
Spectrum News

A woman who donated an organ to a complete stranger, then mounted a campaign to give paid leave to people who do likewise, told her story Thursday and moved a legislative committee that approved a bill giving the benefit to state employees.
Frankfort State Journal

The leader of the Kentucky Senate expects pardon related legislation to pass during the current General Assembly session. Former Governor Matt Bevin is facing increasing criticism for issuing an unusually high number of pardons as he was leaving office. Senate President Robert Stivers envisions a pardon commission to review such requests before they would go to the governor.

Pharmacist and State Representative Danny Bentley testified for his resolution to call for the feds to research Medical Marijuana.

A new proposed law is looking to change the way Bible literacy classes are taught in Kentucky public schools.

If the proposed constitutional amendment clears the legislature, it would go on the November ballot for Kentucky voters to decide.

Citing lower costs and the digital age, Republican State Rep. Jerry Miller has introduced legislation to remove paid public notices from newspapers and instead post them for free on local government websites.

A bill permitting sports betting in Kentucky easily sailed through committee Wednesday in a unanimous vote could bode well for the measure's future.

Retired librarian Kaye Peterson sometimes has to dip into her savings to help pay for her insulin and other prescriptions stemming from her long battle with diabetes.
Kentucky Today

A legislative committee has unanimously approved a bill that would legalize sports betting in Kentucky, sending it to be considered by the state House of Representatives.

A bill to criminalize the practice of female genital mutilation in Kentucky unanimously passed out of a Senate Committee Wednesday. Advocates says this law could protect hundreds of girls in Kentucky.

A bill in the Kentucky legislature this year takes aim at dairy alternatives like almond and oat milk. What does it stand to accomplish?

A group of Kentucky lawmakers wants to remove days honoring Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis from the state's official list of public holidays.

For the fourth time in more than 20 years, a Republican lawmaker is proposing to amend the Kentucky Constitution to make clear the state's citizens have no right to an abortion.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Twice a week for four years when he was in high school, gay student Zach Meiners underwent "conversion therapy," a practice that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Associated Press

Legislation to promote cures for serious diseases was the topic of a press conference on Tuesday.
Kentucky Today

Republican Mike Nemes defeated Democrat Andrew Bailey in Tuesday night's special election to fill a Senate seat left vacant by Dan Seum, who retired in November.
Louisville Courier-Journal

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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