Notes from Bruce
- For anyone looking for an example of a bill bypassing the required bill process, look at SB 265 (firing the KSU board). It was passed out of committee, sent to Rules, skipped the 2nd reading and passed in chamber, all in one day. Not saying there aren't times this shortened approach is needed; it just seems that it is being used way, way too often.
- I did not have time this morning to go through all the bills in committee today. I was able to get the chamber calendars marked up before sending.
- I continue to have people comment on how valuable these Updates are. If you think so, encourage others to become Members so they can get them too.
- The big headline from yesterday, of course, was the final passage of HB 4, the attack on unemployment benefits. A number of Repubs, mostly from eastern Kentucky, joined the Dems in voting against the bill. It will be vetoed, so perhaps there is still a chance to prevent the veto override. But it looks like the attacks on the poor in our state continue.
- Another bad bill that passed was HB 51, which prevent schools from requiring masks. As was pointed out in the debate, this same legislature last year passed a law overturning the gov's school mask requirement, saying that decision should be made locally. Now they are preventing the very same "local control" that they touted last year. The hypocrisy on this bill was amazing, and caused a number of Repubs to vote against it.
- The Maddox bill outlawing vax requirements (HB 28) was modified in committee to only apply to schools, after the business and health care community came out against the original. Still a crappy bill that made it out of committee.
- And, the Executive budget finally made an appearance in committee. Will be interesting to see if it gets amended at all, or just rammed through.
House actions on Tuesday
These bills passed:
SB 11 – Omnibus bill on long-term care facilities – 94-0
SB 30 – Allow a person applying online for motor vehicle registration renewal to make a donation to an organ donor program – 95-0
SB 38 – Include incest as a qualifying crime for designation of a "violent offender" – 93-0
SB 96 – Membership of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council – 94-0
❌ HB 4 – Attack on unemployment benefits – 58-36 (House concurred in Senate amendment)
❌ HB 51 – Eliminate mask requirements in schools – 56-35
HB 436 – Auctioneer licensure – 95-0
HB 565 – Virtual criminal justice training – 61-31
This bill had its 1st reading:
SB 265 – Direct the Governor to replace the Kentucky State University board of regents
These bills passed out of cmte and had their first reading:
SB 27 – Part-time adjunct instructors for the Kentucky Fire Commission participation in pension programs – 18-0
❌ HB 28 – Prevent requiring immunization disclosure – 14-5
✅ HB 197 – Identity documents for homeless persons – 18-0
HB 274 – Transportation improvement districts – 23-0
HB 490 – Prohibit the use of counterfeit airbags or components – 17-0
HB 502 – Regulate the collection, use, and disclosure of genetic data – 18-0
HB 562 – Allow first responders to take 48 hours leave after involvement in a critical incident – 17-0
HB 636 – Expand military family assistance trust fund eligibility and requirements – 17-0 (was mule bill)
HB 645 – Establish the mobile crisis services fund – 23-0
HB 684 – Budget document requirements – 20-2
HB 687 – Appropriate funds for the payment of claims against the Commonwealth – 23-0
HB 693 – Training for commercial driver's license holders – 15-0
HB 751 – Creation of the Commonwealth West Healthcare Workforce Innovation Center – 19-0
Senate actions on Tuesday:
These bills passed:
HB 284 – Require Transportation to develop an online motor vehicle title application and registration system – 34-0 w/ cmte sub
SB 114 – Require purchasers of catalytic converters to keep a record that contains proof of ownership – 34-0
SB 164 – Imagination Library of Kentucky Program – 33-1
SB 179 – Criminal offenses committed during a declared emergency – 34-1
SB 189 – Fire department mergers – 35-0
SB 265 – Direct the Governor to replace the Kentucky State University board of regents – 34-0
These bills had their 2nd reading:
HB 1 – Executive budget
HB 392 – Merchant electric generating facilities
❓ SB 4 – Limit executive orders
SB 241 – Transportation budget
This bill had its 1st reading:
SB 217 – Regs related to Fish and Wildlife Commission
These bills passed out of cmte, had their 1st reading, sent to Consent calendar:
SB 272 – Truth in Musical Advertising Act – 9-0
SCR 168 – Study to examine and evaluate the existing public funding and efficacy of workforce education and development programs in the Commonwealth – 9-0
HB 65 – Licensed Professional Counseling Compact – 11-0
HB 77 – Radon safety – 11-0
HB 95 – Selling and fitting of hearing instruments – 11-0
HB 175 – Require a national and state criminal background check of any applicant of licensure to practice massage therapy – 11-0
HB 192 – Electrical inspections – 11-0
HB 251 – Require the Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists to set its fees through administrative regulations – 11-0
HB 271 – Dept of Ag re-org – 9-0
HB 451 – Motor fuel standards – 9-0
This bill passed out of cmte, had its 1st reading, sent to regular calendar:
HB 249 – HVAC regs – 8-1-2
This bill passed out of cmte, had its 1st reading, sent to Rules:
SB 265 – Direct the Governor to replace the Kentucky State University board of regents – 13-0
8:30 am – House Agriculture
• SB 121 - AN ACT relating to agriculture exemption license numbers, and declaring an emergency.
• SB 53 - AN ACT relating to the acquisition of conservation equipment.
• SB 54 - AN ACT relating to soil and water conservation.
• SB 148 - AN ACT relating to controlled environment agriculture facilities and declaring an emergency.
• HJR 41 - A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the Department of Revenue and the University of Kentucky's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources to recommend equitable property tax assessment procedures for well-managed forests.
9:00 am – House Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
• HB 97 - AN ACT relating to ophthalmic dispensers.
• HB 354 - AN ACT relating to prescriptive authority.
9:00 am – Senate Appropriations and Revenue
• HB 1 - Executive budget
9:00 am – Senate Transportation
• HB 279/LM - AN ACT relating to motor vehicles.
• SB 347 - AN ACT relating to electric vehicle infrastructure development and declaring an emergency.
10:00 am – House Small Business and Information Technology
• Small Business Day
10:00 am – Senate Health and Welfare
• SB 95 - AN ACT relating to postpartum depression care.
• SB 203 - AN ACT relating to health care.
• SB 276 - AN ACT relating to Medicaid coverage for sickle cell disease.
• SCR 142 - A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the Early Childhood Education Task Force.
• HB 282 - AN ACT relating to health care services agencies.
• HJR 5 - A JOINT RESOLUTION requiring mental health professional licensure boards to either enter into an interstate compact or to ease or establish reciprocity procedures so as to increase the mental health workforce in Kentucky and declaring an emergency.
Consideration of Referred Administrative Regulations
• 201 KAR 020:471 Proposed Repeal of 201 KAR 20:470.
• 201 KAR 020:472 Proposed Initial approval for dialysis technician training programs.
• 201 KAR 020:474 Proposed Continuing approval and periodic evaluation of dialysis technician training programs.
• 201 KAR 020:476 Proposed Dialysis technician credentialing requirements for initial credentialing, renewal, and reinstatement.
• 201 KAR 020:478 Proposed Dialysis technician scope of practice, discipline, and miscellaneous requirements.
• 907 KAR 001:005 Proposed Nonduplication of payments.
• 907 KAR 017:005 Proposed Definitions for 907 KAR Chapter 17.
• 907 KAR 017:010 Proposed Managed care organization requirements and policies relating to enrollees.
• 907 KAR 020:001 Proposed Definitions for 907 KAR Chapter 20.
• 907 KAR 020:020 Proposed Income standards for Medicaid other than Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) standards or for former foster care individuals.
• 921 KAR 004:122 Emergency Assistance for low-income households with water or wastewater utility arrears.
11:00 am – Senate Natural Resources and Energy
• HB 392 - AN ACT relating to merchant electric generating facilities.
• SB 217 - AN ACT relating to the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
• SB 341 - AN ACT relating to forestry.
• SB 301 - AN ACT relating to biosolids.
• SB 315 - AN ACT relating to oil and gas.
12:00 Noon – House Local Government
• HB 590 - AN ACT relating to jails.
• SB 42 - AN ACT relating to local government procurement.
• SB 106 - AN ACT relating to the administrative dissolution of cities.
• SB 135 - AN ACT relating to county clerks.
12:00 Noon – Senate State and Local Government
• SB 212 - AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Educational Savings Plan Trust.
• SB 224/LM - AN ACT relating to retirement funds of urban-county governments and declaring an emergency.
• SB 4 - AN ACT relating to government actions and declaring an emergency.
• HB 335 - AN ACT relating to appointments to boards, commissions, and councils.
• HB 351 - AN ACT relating to local government records.
• HB 399/LM - AN ACT relating to local government.
• HB 453/LM - AN ACT relating to open meetings.
12:00 Noon – House Judiciary
• HB 318 - AN ACT relating to juvenile justice.
• HB 362 - AN ACT relating to substance abuse intervention and declaring an emergency.
• HB 489 - AN ACT relating to nonrecourse consumer legal funding.
• HB 675 - AN ACT relating to guardians and conservators.
• HB 690 - AN ACT relating to the Judicial Council.
Upon Adjournment of Both Chambers – Government Contract Review Committee
Upon House Adjournment – House Education
• HB 277 - AN ACT relating to teachers and making an appropriation therefor.
• HB 680 - AN ACT relating to creating a virtual computer science career academy.
• SB 61 - AN ACT relating to early high school graduation.
• SB 83 - AN ACT relating to athletics.
• SB 265 - AN ACT relating to the Kentucky State University board of regents and declaring an emergency.
2:00 PM – House convenes
Orders of the Day
House Bill: 126, 280, 294, 496, 340, 306, 494, ❌ 29 (can’t enforce firearms bans)
Senate Bill: 64
House Bill: ❌ 314 (more cities in Jefferson County), 319, 500, 215, 260, 291, ❓ 334 (changes to Executive Ethics Commission), 402, 529, ✅ 564 (election improvements), 597, 600, 740
2:00 PM – Senate convenes
House Bill: 249
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