Legislative Update

March  6, 2017

Seven days remain in the 2017 session. So, we're in the home stretch. Expect a flurry of activity between now and the start of the veto recess on March 16.

HB 520 establishing charter schools passed the full House this week. This bill is still more narrow in scope than HB 103 which was filed earlier in the session but changes have been made to satisfy some of the more conservative members of the Republican Caucus. The biggest change was an increase in the number of people who can authorize a charter school.

We have a number of concerns about HB 360 dealing with Agritourism. The bill was amended in committee last Wednesday and has been on the fast track through the House. The bill defines Agritourism building and exempts such buildings of a certain size, erected prior to December 31, 2016 from needing the services of an architect. We are concerned about this bill partly because we are not entirely sure of all the implications, but also because of the precedent it sets. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

SB 214, which deals with net metering of solar energy was passed over in committee this past week and is likely dead for the session. We anticipate that solar will be a hot topic in the 2018 session.

Below are the bills AIA Kentucky is tracking.

Finally, please note that our legislative breakfast is scheduled for tomorrow, 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 March 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:   

3/6/2017 - (S) Posted for Passage in Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 07, 2017



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:   

3/6/2017 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Licensing, Occupations, and 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:   

3/2/2017 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection



OPEN RECORDS (HARRIS C) AN ACT relating to open records.

Amend KRS 61.870 to make an exception for certain services or functions to the exemption from the definition of "public agency" that excludes services provided resulting from competitive bidding.


Current Status:   

2/9/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government



DOCTORAL PROGRAMS (CARNEY J) AN ACT relating to advanced practice doctoral programs at comprehensive universities.

Amend KRS 164.295 to remove the maximum number of advanced practice doctoral programs that may be offered by the six comprehensive universities; require the Council on Postsecondary Education to review advanced practice doctorates consistent with its review schedule for all other academic programs; prohibit a comprehensive university from offering a terminal degree in veterinary medicine, chiropractic, or optometry or a primary degree in architecture.


Current Status:   

2/9/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education



AGRICULTURE BUILDINGS (DECESARE J) AN ACT relating to agriculture buildings and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 227.300 to prohibit the commissioner of Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction from requiring exempt buildings used for agritourism and previously used for agricultural purposes to install fire protection sprinkler system, create a new section of KRS Chapter 198B to prohibit any local government or special purpose governmental entity from modifying the state building code to require fire protection sprinkler systems in buildings used for agritourism activities and previously used for agricultural purposes; EMERGENCY.


Current Status:   

2/24/2017 - (H) WITHDRAWN



STATE GOVERNMENT (MOFFETT P) AN ACT relating to statutorily mandated boards, councils, and commissions within state government.

Repeal various sections in KRS Chapters 11, 15., 18A, 36, 64, 146, 147, 153, 158, 164, 171, 177, 198B, 205, 211, 216, 336, 342, and 403 to abolish inactive boards, commissions, committees, and councils, including the Agricultural Resource Development Authority, the Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee, the Athletic Trainers Advisory Council, the Auto and Truck Recyclers Licensing Advisory Board, the Capitol Centennial Commission, the Cardiovascular Disease Initiative, the Child Support Enforcement Commission, the Children's Health Insurance Program Advisory Council, the Diabetes Research Board, the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Advisory Committee for Educational Improvement, the e-Health Network Board, the Council for Families and Children, the Family Health Care Providers Board, the Innovation Commission, the Labor-Management Advisory Council, the My Old Kentucky Home Advisory Commission, the National Guard and Reserve Employers' Council, the Natural History Museum Board of Directors, the Personnel Steering Committee, the Public Officials Compensation Commission, the Southern Growth Policies Board, the Underground Railroad Advisory Council, the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council, the Bicentennial Commission, the Health Care Infrastructure Authority, and the Historical Events Celebration Commission; amend KRS 148.400 to direct the use of funds in the "My Old Kentucky Home Endowment Fund"; amend KRS 403.705 to decrease the responsibilities of local domestic violence coordinating councils and to direct any recommendations be transferred to the commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services; repeal, reenact and amend KRS 407.707 to create a Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Committee attached to the Department for Community Based Services, staffed as necessary by the secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; transfer any committee recommendations to the commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services; require the secretary to make certain appointments; establish continuation of service of members of the Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Committee; direct transfer of funds of abolished boards, commissions, committees, and councils to the appropriate cabinets and agencies; amend various KRS sections to conform.


Current Status:   

3/6/2017 - (S) FIRST READING to Regular Calendar, w/SCS 1, SCA 1T



TAX INCREMENT FINANCING (OSBORNE D) AN ACT relating to tax increment financing and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 65.490 to allow an extension of time for certain tax increment financing pilot programs; EMERGENCY.


Current Status:   

3/6/2017 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Appropriations and Revenue



LAND CONSERVATION TAX CREDIT (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to income tax credits promoting land conservation.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a qualified conservation contribution income tax credit; require annual report; amend KRS 141.0205 to provide for the ordering of the credit; amend KRS 146.560 to include the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board in the evaluation of credit applications; amend KRS 262.908 to include the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements (PACE) Corporation board in the evaluation of credit applications; amend various statutes to allow the Department of Revenue to report credit information to the Legislative Research Commission.


Current Status:   

2/15/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue



AGRITOURISM (MILES S) AN ACT relating to agritourism.

Amend KRS 100.111 to expand the definition of "agricultural use" to include at least five acres devoted to agritourism; redefine "agritourism activity" and define "inherent risks of agritourism activity"; amend KRS 219.081 to make a technical correction.


Current Status:   

3/7/2017 - Senate Agriculture, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)



TAX INCREMENT FINANCING (HEATH R) AN ACT relating to tax increment financing and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 65.7045 to define "technology park"; amend KRS 65.7043 and 65.7049 to expand mixed-use development projects to include a mixed-use development with a technology park; amend KRS 154.30-060 to expand the definition of "mixed-use" project and to delete the upper investment limit on a project that can qualify as a mixed-use development project; amend KRS 65.7053 to conform; provide that the provisions of the Act are effective for applications for which a Tax Incentive Agreement has not been approved prior to the effective date of this Act; EMERGENCY.


Current Status:   

3/6/2017 - (H) THIRD READING Passed w/HCS 1 (92-0)



CONSTRUCTION PERFORMANCE BONDING (MORGAN W) AN ACT relating construction performance bonding.

Amend KRS 198B.040 to require the establishment of a performance bond program for contractors and subcontractors; determine who is subject to the requirement; require that performance bonds be posted for all contracts $5,000 or greater; authorize the Board Housing, Buildings and Construction to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to implement a performance bond program.


Current Status:   

2/21/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations



KENTUCKY BUSINESS INVESTMENT PROGRAM (DECESARE J) AN ACT relating to tax incentives offered through the Kentucky Business Investment Program.

Amend KRS 154.32-010 to define terms; amend KRS 154.32-020 to allow an approved company engaged in the development of infrastructure, including the erection of buildings, necessary to facilitate the location of manufacturing, agribusiness, nonretail service and technology, or national or regional headquarters operation in this state to qualify for tax credits against KRS 141.020, 141.040, and 141.0401; sunset tax credit program; amend KRS 154.32-070 to outline credit provisions; amend KRS 154.32-100 to require reporting to the Legislative Research Commission; create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to provide credit for infrastructure activity; amend KRS 141.0205 to provide order in which credits may be taken; amend KRS 131.190 to allow Department of Revenue to report data; amend various statutes to conform.


Current Status:   

2/21/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue



TAXATION (KEENE D) AN ACT relating taxation.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to provide the state abandoned building income tax credit and require reporting by the Department of Revenue to the Legislative Research Commission; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the credit; amend various sections of KRS Chapters 131 and 141 to conform with the reporting requirements and make technical corrections; amend KRS 154.32-080 to allow a preliminarily approved company also qualifying for the abandoned building tax credit, with an investment of $1 million or more, to also request an advance disbursement.


Current Status:   

2/21/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue



CHARTER SCHOOLS (CARNEY J) AN ACT relating to charter schools and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 160 to describe the intent of the General Assembly and the purposes of authorizing public charter schools; establish a public charter school project and identify public charter school authorizers; define terms; describe the characteristics and the requirements of a public charter school; identify the requirements and the components of a public charter school application; describe the responsibilities of public charter school authorizers; describe public charter school renewal and revocation processes; identify the components of a public charter school annual report; identify the requirements for student enrollment; create a new section of KRS Chapter 157 to identify funding practices for public charter schools; allow public charter schools to accept gifts and donations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 to identify employment conditions for public charter school staff; amend KRS 161.220 to include a qualified teacher employed by the board of directors of public charter schools in the state-sponsored retirement system; amend KRS 78.510 to include public charter schools in the definition of "county" so as to include noncertified employees of public charter schools in the state-sponsored retirement system; APPROPRIATION.


Current Status:   

3/6/2017 - received in Senate



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:   

3/6/2017 - House State Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)



ELECTRIC METERING (SEUM D) AN ACT relating to metering of electric service.

Create new sections of KRS Chapters 96 and 278 to define "smart meter" and to require utilities seeking to install smart meters to give notice to affected customers and the right to opt out of having a smart meter installed on the customer's premises; specify that customers are not required to pay for any electricity necessary to power the smart meter.


Current Status:   

2/8/2017 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources and Energy



ROOFING CONTRACTORS (HORNBACK P) AN ACT relating to roofing contractors.

Amend KRS 367.628 to prohibit causing damage to a roof to increase the scope of repair or replacement in order to secure a contract for repair or replacement from an insurance policy; create a new section of KRS 367.620 to 367.628 to allow any person to maintain an action to enjoin work in violation of KRS 367.620 to 367.628 and to entitle the plaintiff to recover twice the amount of economic damages plus reasonable attorney's fees.


Current Status:   

3/6/2017 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day



GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT (SCHRODER W) AN ACT relating to government procurement.

Amend KRS 45A.380 to allow a local public agency to contract through noncompetitive negotiation when a contract is with a private real estate development and the contract requires the developer to increase the collection capacity of the sanitary sewer or storm water pipe serving the development, with the local public agency only paying for the increase in the collection capacity.


Current Status:   

3/3/2017 - received in House



PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (WISE G) AN ACT relating to public private partnerships.

Amend KRS 45A.077 to exempt capital projects utilizing the public-private partnership delivery method with a value over twenty-five million dollars from authorization by the General Assembly; extend notice periods for capital project submissions; amend KRS 65.028 to allow some members of the Kentucky Local Government Public-Private Partnership Board to send designees instead of appearing in person; exempt agreements with a value less than thirty percent of the local government general fund revenues from being submitted to the Kentucky Local Government Public-Private Partnership Board; amend KRS 175B.015 to remove the requirement for quarterly meetings of the state authority if a bi-state or project authority exists; amend KRS 175B.020 to remove the commitment to pay costs incurred in evaluation of unsolicited proposal and implement a standardized fee set by administrative regulation; require costs paid by an unsolicited proposer to be negotiated in an agreement between the state authority and the proposer; amend various statutes to prohibit proposals that seek or purport to bind any future General Assembly to appropriate any moneys.


Current Status:   

3/2/2017 - (S) Reported Favorably w/SCS 1, SCA 1T, to Rules



NET METERING (CARPENTER J) AN ACT relating to net metering.

Amend the definitions in KRS 278.465 to require that net metering customers use a single meter on their premises, that the customers use the electricity generated for all or part of their electricity requirements, and to increase the allowable size of eligible electric generating facilities from 30 kilowatts to 1000 kilowatts; amend KRS 278.466 to only apply to eligible customer-generators taking net metering service on July 15, 2017, to allow retail electric suppliers to recover all costs necessary to serve all eligible customer-generators taking service after July 15, 2017, and to provide that excess electricity credits are not transferable between meters.


Current Status:   

3/1/2017 - Senate Natural Resources and Energy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)


Week in Review - 1/15/2016
Week In Review 
   March 3, 2017     
Liquor store owner and State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan is making progress in his effort to rewrite Kentucky liquor laws in ways more favorable to liquor stores.
The so-called "Blue Lives Matter" bill that makes targeting police a hate crime cleared a state committee Wednesday and is poised to pass in the Kentucky Senate and sail on toward Gov. Matt Bevin's desk.

The controversial bill over how much credit homeowners and businesses who use solar panels should get for the energy they produce has been tabled, and its chances of passing in the 2017 General Assembly suddenly appear slim.

Legislation rewriting the legal framework for an industrial hemp program aligning state regulations with the federal 2014 Farm Bill which authorized state-level research pilot programs, was passed by the state Senate on Tuesday by a 35-0 vote.

The state House of Representatives passed a bill creating medical review panels in malpractice cases on a 51-45 vote Wednesday, sending Senate Bill 4 to Gov. Matt Bevin's desk if the Senate agrees with changes made by the lower chamber.

A bill which would implement a statewide judicial redistricting plan designed to reallocate judicial resources and relocate judges was passed by the full Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 23-13.

Safety inspectors would visit Kentucky's underground mines less often under a bill moving through the state House of Representatives.

The charter schools bill that seemed stalled days ago is now positioned to move through the House quickly on Friday.

The Kentucky House of Representatives shifted into high gear this week as the General Assembly's 30-workday legislative session approaches its conclusion.

The General Assembly is getting a second chance to pass a Real ID law that would make Kentucky's driver's licenses comply with tougher federal security standards - and let Kentuckians keep using their licenses to board commercial airline flights and enter military bases.
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
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