The coronavirus continues to disrupt the 2020 General Assembly. The legislature adjourned last Thursday for one week and will reconvene on March 26. The conference committee on the budget will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. After March 26, the current plan is to reconvene on April 1 to pass the budget and then adjourn until April 14 and April 15 to consider any of the Governor's vetoes.
HB 325, which expands historic preservation tax credits, is still in the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. AIA Kentucky supports this legislation but given the reality on the ground at this point, it is unlikely the legislation will move this session.
HB 467, which allows local review of construction documents, is currently in the Senate State and Local Government Committee. The bill is still alive but there is not much time left to move it through the process. Current law grants local governments expanded jurisdiction on plan review with HBC approval. The bill would add educational facilities to the list of projects eligible for expanded jurisdiction.
HB 475, which is a Constitutional amendment that grants local governments the authority to impose additional local taxes, was recommitted to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee and is most likely dead for the session.
Below is the full list of bills that AIA Kentucky is currently tracking.
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As the Kentucky legislature continues to meet during the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers advanced a bill that would require counties to purchase more secure voting machines whenever they replace their old ones.
From direct shipment of alcohol to criminal justice reform, both the House and Senate were busy passing a variety of significant bills Wednesday, as lawmakers also practiced social distancing throughout the day in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kentucky lawmakers have given final passage to a bill to cut out the role of pharmacy benefit managers in handling Medicaid prescription drug claims. The Senate voted 30-1 Wednesday to send the measure to Gov. Andy Beshear.
Both houses of the Kentucky legislature have now acted to financially support the University of Louisville's plan to acquire and operate Jewish Hospital. Senate approval of a loan based bill came Tuesday with a 23 to 10 vote.
Bills to fund transportation projects across the Commonwealth over the next two years sailed out of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday as the legislature hustles through its work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Kentucky General Assembly is considering some modifications to a financial literacy program for high schools. Two years ago, the legislature passed a measure requiring students entering the ninth grade this fall to take such a course before graduating.
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.
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