Legislative Update

February 6, 2017

The General Assembly will convene tomorrow, February 7 for Part 2 of the 2017 session. Twenty-five legislative days remain and we anticipate some high-profile legislation will still be considered such as charter schools.
We will resume weekly reports next week, however we thought it would be good this week to discuss how the reports are put together and how to follow the bills we are tracking.
The reports consist of three parts. The first is a summary of activities relevant to AIA Kentucky. The second part are all the bills we are currently tracking and the final part consists of news clips from around the state. Our hope is that everyone at least reads the summary. The other information is there if you want to learn more about our work in Frankfort on your behalf.
Due to space constraints we only list the current status of the bills we are tracking. You can view all the action taken on a particular bill at the Legislative Research Commission website, www.lrc.ky.gov. The website also has a more detailed explanation of the process.
When looking at the current status, you will notice either an H or S at the beginning. This tells you whether the bill is in the House or Senate. This also tells you how far the bill has moved. A House Bill that is still in the House has not moved very far and as the session progresses the likelihood of it passing grows smaller.
The first step in the process is for the legislation to be assigned to committee. If the committee votes to approve it, the bill is required to have three readings on three separate days. After its second reading the bill goes to the rules committee to decide whether it goes to the floor for a vote or recommitted to committee for further consideration.
If the bill passes then it goes to the other chamber and the process starts all over again. In order for a bill to become law it must pass both chambers with identical wording. Sometimes a conference committee is appointed to reconcile these differences. If the bill passes both houses it goes to the Governor who can either sign it or veto it.
Below are the bills AIA Kentucky is tracking.
Finally, please note that our Legislative Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 from 8 to 9:30 in the annex cafeteria.
Greg Brotzge 
AIA Kentucky Lobbyist 
Bill Activity Report 

Below is the current status of bills AIA Kentucky is tracking.

Report created on February 6, 2017   



PREVAILING WAGE (HOOVER J) AN ACT relating to prevailing wage and declaring an emergency.

Amend various KRS sections to delete prevailing wage provisions; abolish the Prevailing Wage Review Board; make conforming amendments; create new section of KRS Chapter 65 to prohibit local governments from requiring employers to pay prevailing wage to employees; repeal KRS 337.505, 337.510, 337.512, 337.520, 337.522, 337.524, 337.525, 337.530, 337.540, 337.548, and 337.550, relating to prevailing wages in public works; apply this repeal to public works projects for which bids have not yet been awarded as of the effective date of the Act; EMERGENCY.


Current Status:   




PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (DONOHUE J) AN ACT relating to public procurement.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 45A to set forth findings of the General Assembly and establish policy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to promote the Kentucky and United States economies by requiring a preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods produced in Kentucky and the United States; define "manufactured in Kentucky," "manufactured in the United States," "Kentucky," and "United States"; require preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods made in Kentucky in construction and maintenance contracts and subcontracts; provide for a waiver of the Kentucky preference requirement; require preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods made in the United States if the Kentucky waiver is granted; provide for a waiver of the United States preference requirement; establish a short title of "Kentucky Buy American Act"; amend KRS 45A.343, 45A.352, 65.027, 162.070, 164A.575, 176.080, and 424.260 to require compliance with the Kentucky Buy American Act.


Current Status:   

1/3/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government



PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATIONS (MILLER J) AN ACT relating to public benefit corporations.

Amend KRS 14A.3-010, 271B.1-400, 271B.2-020, 271B.6-260, 271B.7-400, 271B.8-300, 271B.13-020, and 271B.16-210, and create a new section of Subtitle 11 of KRS Chapter 271B to establish public benefit corporations.


Current Status:   

1/3/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government



OCCUPATIONAL LICENSURE (RICHARDS J) AN ACT relating to occupational licensure for military service members and veterans.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 12 to require administrative bodies to issue professional licenses or certificates to military service members or veterans within two years of an honorable discharge if the training received by the service member or veteran could reasonably be expected to provide the necessary experience and skills; grant the administrative body the right to deny licensure or certification if training is not equivalent; allow appeal rights; require administrative bodies to promulgate administrative regulations to implement the section; clarify that military training and experience cannot be substituted for the acquisition of a college degree or passage of a specific examination when either is a prerequisite for licensure or certification.


Current Status:   

1/6/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations



VETERAN OWNED BUSINESSES (JOHNSON D) AN ACT relating to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 45A to require the Finance and Administration Cabinet to set aside a minimum of 3% of the value of all state contracts for goods and services for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses; require that when an item has been designated as a set aside for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, that the invitations for bids shall be confined to those qualified small businesses; if fewer than three qualified bids are submitted for an item and if the cabinet determines that the bids received are not cost effective, then the cabinet may open bidding to other businesses.


Current Status:   

1/7/2017 - Introduced



GUBERNATORIAL APPOINTMENTS (STIVERS R) AN ACT relating to gubernatorial appointments and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 63.080 to permit the Governor or other appointing authority to remove and replace certain board or council appointments to comply with statutory proportional representation requirements for the board or council and to permit the Governor to remove and replace appointments if a board or council is unable to perform its statutory duties; amend KRS 156.029, 164.011, 164.131, 164.180, 164.321, 164.350, 164.821, and 164.830 to conform; EMERGENCY.


Current Status:   

2/8/2017 - Senate State and Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

Week in Review - 1/15/2016
Week In Review    
Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday dismissed the lawsuit filed by former House Speaker Greg Stumbo challenging the legality of vetoes of various House bills last year by Gov. Matt Bevin.

Member of the Interim Joint Committee on Education heard from the sponsor of Senate Bill 1, a bill which has been described as the "let the teachers teach" bill, to improve academic achievement and career readiness in the state.

A northern Kentucky lawmaker is continuing his push to curtail the constitutional office of constable, saying recent efforts have bolstered support for a constitutional amendment that would allow local governments to abolish the office outright or restrict its powers.

Here are 12 issues to watch when the Kentucky General Assembly reconvenes.

Kentucky lawmakers will consider an extensive criminal justice reform bill next week designed to save the state money by keeping people out of jail.

The Bluegrass Community and Technical College's Leestown campus and Jessamine County schools are among the recipients of $65.5 million that Gov. Matt Bevin earmarked for workforce development projects.

Gov. Matt Bevin wants to give people with criminal records a "fair chance" when pursuing a job in state government, and he's using an executive order to do it.

Survivors of sexual assault are often asked to tell their stories. Asking for their advice is more unusual.

The school calendar bill is back for another run in 2017, with Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, taking over sponsorship from former Sen. Chris Girdler.

Republican legislators told members of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party on Thursday that tax reform may be taken up during a special session in 2017, but there will be many things to iron out before a agreement can take place.
Questions or comments may be directed to Legislative Chair Eric Steva, AIA, Lobbyist Greg Brotzge or Executive Vice President Janet Pike
Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President
AIA Kentucky
(859) 223-8201
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