Ten KLC initiatives became law on Friday, including legislation with and without Governor Andy Beshear’s signature. Measures that the governor does not sign or veto within 10 days become law. The bills that became law on Friday are important to cities and will impact issues including emergency medical services (EMS), lost and damaged records, and the peace officer powers of constables.
Governor Beshear signed the following measures into law:
- House Bill 351 — Representative Deanna Frazier Gordon (R-Richmond) sponsored the measure that provides options for local governments when trying to replace lost or damaged records.
- House Bill 399 — Representative Josh Branscum (R-Russell Springs) sponsored the KLC initiative that increases to $150,000 the limit a city with no long-term debt must collect or spend to permit an annual audit exemption. The measure also allows cities that receive Local Government Economic Assistance Fund grants and municipal road aid to allow public comment at a public meeting in lieu of holding a special public hearing.
- House Bill 536 — Representative Scott Sharp (R-Ashland) sponsored the KLC initiative that addresses an alcohol regulatory issue unique to the City of Ashland.
- House Bill 607 — Representative Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger) filed the bill that includes KLC initiative language clarifying that racetrack extensions must pay local occupational license fees.
- House Bill 777 — Representative Ken Fleming (R-Louisville) sponsored the KLC initiative that addresses EMS issues, including the need for a city or county to operate an emergency ambulance transport service without a certificate of need (CON).
- Senate Bill 124 — The measure, sponsored by Senator Phillip Wheeler (R-Pikeville), includes language from Senator Mike Nemes (R-Shepherdsville) that provides options for cities to protect streets from overweight vehicles.
- Senate Bill 176 — Senator Whitney Westerfield (R-Crofton) sponsored the bill that addresses facial recognition technology and its uses by law enforcement in Kentucky.
- Senate Bill 209 — Senator Mike Nemes (R-Shepherdsville) sponsored the measure that now includes language to help local governments retain experienced employees including first responders. Representative Kevin Bratcher (R-Louisville) added language that allows hazardous and nonhazardous duty retirees who choose to work beyond retirement to earn enhanced health benefits.
Several more measures became law without the governor’s signature:
- House Bill 239 — Representative Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger) sponsored the KLC initiative that prohibits newly elected constables from exercising peace officer powers unless they maintain Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) certification.
- House Bill 565 — Representative Kimberly Moser (R-Taylor Mill) sponsored the bill that requires the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) to promulgate administrative regulations to offer some basic training and annual in-service courses online.
Also on Friday, the governor vetoed House Bill 8. Representative Jason Petrie (R-Elkton) sponsored the measure that would lower the state’s 5% individual income tax incrementally over years if the state’s General Fund receipts met specific benchmarks. The bill includes KLC initiative language clarifying that rentals, such as Airbnb, are subject to local transient room taxes.
Before this latest round of bill signings, Governor Beshear had already signed six KLC initiatives into law. The governor signed Senate Bills 112 and 152 late last week and House Bill 453, Senate Bill 111, Senate Bill 106, and Senate Bill 64 last month.