Ky. General Assembly: Bills So Far

Heading into the fourth week of the Kentucky legislature’s 2018 session, 18 bills have passed at least one chamber of the General Assembly. Five Senate bills had been sent to the House as of Friday, and 13 House bills had been sent to the Senate.

Here’s a very quick rundown of the moving legislation, with the primary sponsor’s name in parentheses:

SB 3 (Westerfield): Would amend the Kentucky Constitution to create a crime victim’s bill of rights. (On the agenda for the 22 Jan. meeting of the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee)

SB 4 (McDaniel): Would move the elections of governor and other constitutional officers to the same even-year election cycle as legislative elections.

SB 7 (Adams): Would create a rare-disease advisory council and would change the oversight authority of some health-care-related entities.

SB 8 (D. Carroll): Would give people civil immunity if they damage vehicles to free a dog or cat left unattended in a hot car.

SB 70 (McDaniel): Would give the University of Louisville $8 million to build a television station and production studio. This one has an emergency clause.

HB 22 (St. Onge): Would proscribe law enforcement’s use of drones.

HB 49 (Nemes): Would expand jurisdiction of Kentucky courts over non-residents and define how non-residents are served with papers, among other things.

HB 70 (Fischer): Would restrict registered sex-offenders’ use of electronic communications, and would no longer require registered offenders to provide their email addresses and user names to their parole officers.

HB 74 (King): Would require police to have proof that items are stolen before they can take the items from pawn shops.

HB 92 (York): Would allow jails to use profits from their canteens for security and safety purposes.

HB 97 (Imes): Would move the date for filing a campaign finance supplemental annual report from Dec. 1 of each year to Dec. 31.

HB 101 (Petrie): Would change sexual consent laws to determine that 16- and 17-year olds are incapable of consent and would charge anyone over the age of 28 who has sex with 16- or 17-year olds with third degree rape, among other changes.

HB 120 (McCoy): Would create rules for how a person charged with child pornography can view  evidence against him/her and would require such evidence to remain locked up.

HB 122 (M. Meredith): Would change how fire departments with annual budgets under $100,000 would have to make financial reports.

HB 133 (Tipton): Would exempt vehicles transporting agriculture products and farm supplies from certain hours-of-service rules that apply to truck drivers under certain conditions.

HB 146 (Hale): Would reorganize the Office of Agricultural Marketing.

HB 150 (Dossett): Would change the name of the Surplus Agricultural Commodities Advisory Committee to the Farms to Foodbanks Advisory Committee and would update requirements for spending money.

HB 153 (Heath): Would allow a 10 percent weight variance for trucks transporting poultry or livestock.