Legislative Update

April 6, 2020

The legislature met once last week, on April 1. The main order of business that day was passage of the budget. Given the uncertainties with the coronavirus and an anticipated drop in state revenues, the legislature opted for a one-year budget using the pessimistic forecast that was developed last fall. The budget also contains a budget reduction plan should revenues fall below 5% between now and the 2021 session. The governor is expected to line item veto certain parts of the budget and this will be one of the topics on the agenda when the legislature returns.

The General Assembly will convene on Monday, April 13 to consider any vetoed legislation and several other measures that are still on the plate. The session could go until April 15 when the constitution requires it to end.

This will be the final weekly report and a wrap-up report will be issued after the General Assembly adjourns for good the week of April 13.

HB 467, which allows local review of construction documents, is currently in the Senate State and Local Government Committee. The bill appears to be dead unless it shows up on another bill in the final days. 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 granting local governments the authority to impose additional local taxes, was recommitted to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee and is 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 April 6 , 2020)   

Week In Review 
   (For the Week Ending April 4, 2020)  

Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a bill pushed by Republican lawmakers to require Kentucky residents to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed the voter ID bill that passed out of the legislature last month.
The General Assembly on Wednesday approved a quickly rewritten revenue bill that contains tax breaks for the agriculture, alcohol and coal industries as well as language that will affect solar energy, drunken drivers, newspapers and this year's state elections.
Lexington Herald-Leader
With Kentucky's economy thrown into chaos by the novel coronavirus and the shutdown of normal life, the General Assembly on Wednesday is prepared to approve a quickly written one-year state budget that maintains most government spending at current levels while allowing for cuts as necessary.
Lexington Herald-Leader
The Kentucky General Assembly passed an $11.4 billion, one-year state budget on Wednesday, with most House members voting remotely after new rules were enacted over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Louisville Courier-Journal
As Kentucky's General Assembly passes a one-year budget with few funding increases on Wednesday, nearly $40 million has been earmarked to implement various pieces of last year's sweeping school safety law.
Legislation offering relief to workers and employers suffering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic was signed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday.
Associated Press
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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

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2020 Legislative
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