Legislative Update

April  4, 2019

The House and Senate adjourned sine die shortly before midnight on March 28, bringing the 2019 General Assembly to an end. With one exception, it proved to be a good session for AIA Kentucky.


The one piece of bad news was the passage of the net metering legislation without the House amendment. The bill as passed was a slight improvement over last year's legislation but it is likely to impede the development of the rooftop solar industry for years to come. How much will depend on the Public Service Commission since the legislation gives them the authority to set the reimbursement rate for customer-generators.


On a more positive note, HB 354, which is the tax legislation, has been signed by the Governor and is now law. The final version includes the language that exempts all non-profits from paying sales tax on admissions.


SB1, the school safety legislation, has been signed by the Governor and is now law. AIA Kentucky supported SB1.


The latest version of the Boards and Commissions bill (HB178) once again died- this time in the House Licensing and Occupations Committee. It is likely that any future version will be more focused on adherence to the Supreme Court ruling on the North Carolina Board of Dentistry case.


HB498 which would give the Board of Engineers the authority to determine what constitutes the incidental practice of engineering by an architect IS dead for the session. An agreement was reached not to pursue HB 498 this session to allow our respective boards to address the issue over the interim. If the issue is not addressed prior to the end of the year, we can expect this issue to be back in 2020.


We've been asked about SB 15 which has been signed by the Governor. Among other things, the bill removes the requirement for background checks on contractors that are temporarily on school premises and have no direct contact with students


The major piece of legislation that was considered on the final day was HB 358 which granted pension relief to the quasi-governmental agencies and the universities other than UK and UL which have their own retirement system. As this is being written, the Governor has yet to sign the legislation but regardless of his decision, there will be an impact on the budget discussions in 2020. Add in the $100 million in tax relief that was granted in 2019 and the costs of implementing the school safety legislation and 2020 is shaping up to be a very difficult budget year. It is also clear that tax reform will be on the table.


Below are all the bills AIA Kentucky followed in 2019.

Greg Brotzge 
AIA Kentucky Lobbyist 
Click below for full list of bills AIA Kentucky tracked this session.
(Report created on April  4, 2019)

Week In Review    
At a glance, their differences were obvious.
Louisville Courier-Journal

For as many education bills that Kentucky lawmakers passed in the 2019 legislative session, many other proposed measures failed.

Public pensions received much of the focus during the two most recent legislative sessions. But tax reform remains another hot-button issue.

Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature approved four anti-abortion measures this session, all of which were signed into law by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Kentucky's 2019 legislative session was a busy one for education-related measures.

Pregnant workers in Kentucky could get some extra protections.
Spectrum News

The 2019 session just wrapped up, but one lawmaker is already looking ahead to 2020.
Spectrum News

The House and Senate passed an amended version of Senate Bill 175 Thursday night which impacts the state's education accountability and assessment systems.
KY Chamber Bottom Line

Schools in Kentucky will soon be tobacco-free.
Spectrum News

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has often made life difficult for his Republican counterparts in the legislature during the last two years. He urged them to tackle tax reform and pension reform, then criticized their efforts. They don't have the "intestinal fortitude" to pass his pension agenda, he has repeatedly grumbled.
Lexington Herald-Leader

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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2019 Legislative

2019 Legislative 
Shadow Day  

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
Please consider contributing to the Kentucky Society of Architects Political Action Committee (KSA PAC)! 

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!