Legislative Update

March 23, 2020

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.
Thank you,

Greg Brotzge 
AIA Kentucky Lobbyist 
Bill Activity Report

Click below for the current status of bills AIA Kentucky is tracking.
(Report created on March  23, 2020)   

Week In Review 
   (For the Week Ending March 21, 2020)  


Bill Requiring Secure Voting Machines Advances, Without Funding

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.



Stressing medical care needs in pandemic, lawmakers OK $35M U of L Jewish Hospital loan

The Kentucky legislature has kept busy despite the coronavirus pandemic, approving a major loan to the University of Louisville and advancing bills on Marsy's Law and other topics this week.

Louisville Courier-Journal


Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Voter ID Bill

The legislature also approved a new Voter ID law requiring voters to have some form of photo ID when they go to the polls in November.

Spectrum News


The Bottom Line: Legislature passes many bills

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.

KY Chamber Bottom Line


House committee advances legislation altering school accountability rules

As state testing in Kentucky faces a murky future, lawmakers advanced a bill altering how the state would grade and identify struggling schools based off the results.

Louisville Courier-Journal


Ahead Of October Deadline, REAL ID Bill Nears Final Passage In Legislature

Kentuckians will be able to use more documents to obtain REAL ID licenses under a bill nearing final passage in the state legislature.



Bill To Cut Out Role Of Benefit Managers Clears Legislature

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.



Kentucky Senate Approves Loan For Jewish Hospital Purchase

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.



Legislation To Crack Down On Fraudulent Musical Acts Moves On

The Kentucky General Assembly is considering ways to prevent fraudulent musical acts in the state. Senate Bill 222 got committee approval last week.



House committee approves key transportation funding bills

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.

KY Chamber Bottom Line


Financial Literacy Bill Gets A Second Review In The Legislature

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.


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!

2020 Legislative
Day at the Capitol

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