Legislative Update

March  18, 2019

Only one day, March 28, remains in the 2019 General Assembly. The legislature has adjourned for the veto recess and will have one day to consider any veto overrides. This will be the last weekly report. A final report will be sent after the legislature adjourns sine die.
Unfortunately, one of the last actions the House took before it adjourned for the veto recess was to recede from their amendment on SB 100, the net metering legislation. The final version is a bad bill and will do little to encourage the growth of rooftop solar in Kentucky.
However, other than Senate Bill 100 AIA Kentucky had a good session.
HB 354 is the tax legislation has passed the House and Senate and has been delivered to the Governor. The final version includes the language that exempts all non-profits from paying sales tax on admissions.
SB1, the school safety legislation, has been signed by the Governor and is now law. AIA Kentucky supports SB1.
The latest version of the Boards and Commissions bill (HB178) is still in House Licensing and Occupations and is dead for the session.
HB498, which would give the Board of Engineers the authority to determine what constitutes the incidental practice of engineering by an architect is also dead for the session. An agreement was reached not to pursue HB 498 this session to allow our respective boards to address the issue over the interim. If the issue is not addressed prior to the end of the year, we can expect this item to be back in 2020.
Below are all the bills AIA Kentucky is tracking.

Greg Brotzge 
AIA Kentucky Lobbyist 
Click below for the current status of bills AIA Kentucky is tracking.
(Report created on March  18, 2019)

Week In Review 
   March 16, 2019     
With Jefferson County Public Schools shut down for the third straight day - on the heels of three other recent teacher "sickouts" - a Louisville lawmaker is calling for the district to take action against the protesting educators.
Louisville Courier-Journal

Gov. Matt Bevin says he will likely sign off on a tax bill that reduces state revenue by about $105 million per year. The changes are mostly due to an adjustment in the way local banks get taxed by the state, but also include several other tax breaks.

It was a late night in Frankfort as lawmakers rushed to pass bills on the final night before entering the 10 day veto recess.
Cn|2 Pure Politics

News that lawmakers declared two controversial education bills dead this session failed to satisfy hundreds of teachers protesting at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Louisville Courier-Journal

The bill that would have put sweeping new restrictions on public access to government records won't be approved by the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly.
Louisville Courier-Journal

Kentucky lawmakers believe they've found a way for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies like health departments to ease some of the financial burdens posed by an overwhelmed state pension system, but they acknowledge it will still cause pain.
Lexington Herald-Leader

House and Senate members on the free conference committee attempted to tackle tax reform changes and made some progress on agreements when they met Tuesday morning.
KY Chamber Bottom Line

A resolution directing the state to review its response to the deadly hepatitis A outbreak is advancing in the Kentucky legislature.
Louisville Courier-Journal

Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law Monday a bill that lets people carry a concealed gun without first getting a permit or completing a background check and safety training.
Louisville Courier-Journal

The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed a bill that would once again allow employers to force employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.

Amid massive protests from teachers in the state Capitol Thursday, Gov. Matt Bevin spoke at an anti-abortion rally celebrating several bills that would restrict the procedure.
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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2019 Legislative

2019 Legislative 
Shadow Day  

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
Please consider contributing to the Kentucky Society of Architects Political Action Committee (KSA PAC)! 

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!