Where KLC Initiatives Stand

The final days of the 2024 legislative session are producing positive results for Kentucky cities, as members of the House and Senate are moving KLC initiatives out of the chambers and onto the governor.

Governor Andy Beshear will have until midnight on April 9 to consider a mountain of bills, including more than a half dozen KLC initiatives and many more KLC-supported bills.

KLC Initiatives Delivered to Gov. Beshear:

  1. House Bill 109, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Jackson, R-Bowling Green, would allow pools to reopen that shut down due to overburdensome regulations by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which changed the lifeguard rules in 2022.
  2. House Bill 472, sponsored by Rep. Chris Freeland, R-Benton, allows the appointment of a receiver for a planned community when it fails to maintain the infrastructure, common area, stormwater detention or retention area, or other facility that it is legally obligated to maintain; allows a city to recover funds expended to repair, renovate, maintain, or otherwise bring violations up to code.
  3. House Bill 528, sponsored by Rep. Mark Hart, R-Falmouth, was amended in committee to carry an amendment to ensure that city ABC administrators and investigators have the same abilities to deal with licensees as county, consolidated local, and urban county governments. 
  4. House Bill 533 allows the payment of working capital expenditures as an allowable use of money received from the sale of conduit bonds.
  5. House Bill 583, sponsored by Rep. William Lawrence, R-Maysville, corrects an oversight in a 5-year-old statute to add mayors to the list of officials the Energy and Environment Cabinet notifies when there is an environmental emergency in their jurisdiction.
  6. House Bill 782, sponsored by Rep. Scott Lewis, R-Hartford, creates the Public Safety Telecommunicator Work Group. The group would develop an in-person and online delivery model for the public safety telecommunicator academy.
  7. Senate Bill 71, sponsored by Sen. Phillip Wheeler, R-Pikeville, was amended in a House committee to address a hardship for police under the current law that requires law enforcement to be present for a 202A evaluation until a facility agrees to hold the individual. Law enforcement agencies say it can take hours for facilities to begin these evaluations, with some evaluations taking more than 13 hours. The committee substitute revises the language to ease this burden and get law enforcement back to work for everyone in a community.
  8. Senate Bill 229, sponsored by Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, clarifies the naming of members from municipal utilities to several boards as designated by the Kentucky League of Cities.
  9. House Bill 1 – includes $50 million in funding for the Western Kentucky Training Academy in Madisonville.
  10. House Bill 8 – includes a two-year fix regarding modified new revenues for income tax (TIF).

Annexation

The Senate unanimously agreed to send the compromise annexation legislation, House Bill 596, to Gov. Beshear. A KLC agenda item was to defend annexations and prevent a moratorium.

While KLC initially opposed the legislation, changes to the bill were agreed to by KLC and KACo, which ended nearly a year of negotiations over how annexations in Kentucky are conducted.

Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Frankfort on Friday, April 12, and Monday, April 15, for the final two days of session to override any vetoes and concur on other last-minute bills.