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Legislative Report #2

February 5, 2020

 

House Bills

 

House Bill 8

Title

AN ACT relating to ground ambulance service providers and making an appropriation therefor.

 

Sponsors

R. Rothenburger, M. Hart, L. Bechler, A. Bowling, D. Elliott, D. Frazier, C. Fugate, D. Hale, D. Lewis, S. Lewis, C. Massey, K. Moser, P. Pratt, M. Prunty, S. Santoro, S. Sheldon, J. Sims Jr, N. Tate

Summary of Original Version

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 205 to define terms; establish the Medicaid ground ambulance service provider assessment; require ground ambulance service providers to pay a Medicaid ambulance service provider assessment quarterly; authorize the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to implement the Medicaid ground ambulance service provider assessment; create the ambulance service assessment revenue fund; APPROPRIATION.

Actions

05/09/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in House

  • to Health and Family Services (H)

01/13/20

  • posted in committee

01/16/20

  • reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar

01/17/20

  • 2nd reading, to Rules

01/22/20

  • recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

01/24/20

  • posted in committee

House Bill 14

Title

AN ACT relating to tuition benefits and making an appropriation therefor.

Sponsors

R. RothenburgerM. HartD. BentleyA. BowlingR. BrendaC. FugateD. LewisS. LewisC. MasseyM. PruntyS. Santoro

 

Summary of Original Version

Amend KRS 164.2841, relating to college tuition benefits for spouses and children of specified emergency response personnel and public employees who have died in the course of their duties to specify that the beneficiary is eligible for up to a maximum of 128 credit hours of undergraduate instruction; amend KRS 164.2842, relating to college tuition benefits for spouses and children of specified emergency response personnel and public employees who have been totally and permanently disabled in the course of their duties to specify that the beneficiary is eligible for up to a maximum of 128 credit hours of undergraduate instruction.

Summary

Retain original provisions of the bill, but remove maximum credit hour limitation in Section 1; make technical changes in Section 2.

Actions

06/10/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in House

  • to Education (H)

01/13/20

  • posted in committee

01/17/20

  • reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)

01/21/20

  • 2nd reading, to Rules

01/23/20

  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, January 24, 2020

01/24/20

  • 3rd reading, passed 88-0 with Committee Substitute (1)

01/27/20

  • received in Senate

01/30/20

  • to Education (S)

 

House Bill 18

Title

AN ACT relating to fire districts.

Sponsor

J. Nemes

 

Summary of Original Version

Amend KRS 75.040 to deem that emergency ambulance service provided by a fire protection district, volunteer fire department district, or subdistrict, is the primary emergency ambulance service within the district or subdistrict in the boundaries of the county containing the largest population within the district boundaries; add a method for boards of trustees to declare that the district or subdistrict is not the primary provider of emergency ambulance service within the district; declare status for secondary providers of emergency ambulance service; require that the additional tax moneys allowed for being a primary provider are no longer allowable; and require local governments providing secondary emergency ambulance service within the district or subdistrict within the boundaries of the county containing the largest population within the district boundaries to credit the amount of taxes paid by taxpayers of the district or subdistrict for emergency ambulance service to the taxes owed to the local government by the taxpayer.

Actions

06/19/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in House

  • to Local Government (H)

01/15/20

  • posted in committee

01/29/20

  • reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)

01/30/20

  • 2nd reading, to Rules

 

House Bill 35

Title

AN ACT relating to the taxation of pension income, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Sponsors

R. Huff, J. Blanton, T. Bojanowski, K. Bratcher, R. Brenda, M. Dossett, D. Hale, K. King, S. Lewis, C. Massey, P. Pratt, S. Riley, W. Thomas

 

Summary of Original Version

Amend KRS 141.019 to increase the pension income exclusion from $31,110 to $41,110; apply retroactively for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018; require the Department of Revenue to automatically issue refunds; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

Actions

08/05/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in House

  • to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

House Bill 83

Title

AN ACT relating to elimination of the certificate of need and declaring an emergency.

Sponsor

R. Wiederstein

Actions

10/31/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in House

  • to Health and Family Services (H)

House Bill 89

Title

AN ACT relating to dually employed retirement system members.

Sponsors

J. Tipton, D. Graham, J. Graviss

 

Summary of Original Version

Amend KRS 61.545 to provide that if a member is working in a regular full-time hazardous duty position that participates in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System or the County Employees Retirement System and is simultaneously employed in a nonhazardous position that is not considered regular full-time, the member shall participate solely as a hazardous duty member and shall not participate under the nonhazardous position unless he or she makes an election within 30 days of taking employment in the nonhazardous position; amend KRS 61.680 to conform; specify that provisions shall only apply to prospective nonhazardous employment occurring on or after the effective date of the Act.

Actions

11/12/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in House

  • to State Government (H)

01/13/20

  • posted in committee

01/16/20

  • reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)

01/17/20

  • 2nd reading, to Rules

01/22/20

  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 23, 2020

01/23/20

  • 3rd reading, passed 93-0 with Committee Substitute (1)

01/24/20

  • received in Senate

01/27/20

  • to State & Local Government (S)

House Bill 97

Title

AN ACT relating to First Responder Recognition Day.

Sponsors

C. Massey, C. Freeland

 

Summary of Original Version

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 2 to designate the first Saturday of October of each year as "First Responder Recognition Day"; require the Governor to proclaim the date each year and require state flags to be lowered on state public buildings from sun-up to sun-down on that day.

Actions

11/15/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in House

  • to State Government (H)

01/13/20

  • posted in committee

 

House Bill 100

Title

AN ACT relating to emergency medical service fees and declaring an emergency.

Sponsors

R. Rothenburger, J. DuPlessis, N. Tate

 

Summary of Original Version

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 67 to allow a fiscal court to levy a fee on certain units for the provision of emergency medical services; define units subject to fee; require fee to be placed on tax bill; allow collection by sheriff in the same manner as for property taxes; allow sheriff to receive up to 4.25% fee for collection; define "residential," "commercial," "charitable," and "educational" units; allow levy on occupied or unoccupied units or both, occupation determined at time of initial levy and July 1 thereafter; require fee increases to be imposed by ordinance; require fees collected to be placed in separate fund, used only for provision of emergency medical services; specify that fees are not to be in lieu of any taxes or fees established for the provision of emergency medical services; EMERGENCY.

Actions

11/18/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in House

  • to Local Government (H)

01/15/20

  • posted in committee

 

House Bill 212

Title

AN ACT relating to the taxation of pension income.

Sponsors

A. Tackett Laferty, C. Booker, K. Flood, J. Graviss, D. Lewis, B. Wheatley, L. Willner

 

Summary of Original Version

Amend KRS 141.019, relating to the individual income tax, to increase the pension income exclusion from $31,110 to $41,110.

Actions

01/09/20

  • introduced in House

01/13/20

  • to Health and Family Services (H)

01/21/20

  • posted in committee

 

House Bill 228

Title     AN ACT relating to Alzheimer's and dementia training.

Sponsors     D. Bentley, C. Massey, S. Westrom

 

Summary of Original Version       

Amend KRS 15.334 to encourage the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to provide peace officers with training on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; create a new section of KRS Chapter 216B to encourage hospitals to provide staff and management with training on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; amend KRS 311.601 to encourage physicians to participate in training on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; amend KRS 311A.120 to encourage emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, and paramedics to participate in training on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; amend KRS 194A.545 to encourage the secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to provide adult protective service workers with training on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Actions

01/09/20             introduced in House

01/13/20              to Health and Family Services (H)

01/21/20              posted in committee

 

House Bill 245

Title

AN ACT relating to the taxation of pension income.

Sponsors

J. Blanton, R. Brenda, C. Fugate, J. Graviss, D. Lewis

 

Summary of Original Version

Amend KRS 141.019, relating to the individual income tax, to increase the pension income exclusion from $31,110 to $41,110.

Actions

01/13/20

  • introduced in House

01/15/20

  • to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

 

 

House Bill 271

Title

AN ACT relating to death-in-line-of-duty benefits and declaring an emergency.

 

Sponsor

J. Blanton

 

Summary of Original Version

Amend KRS 16.601 and 61.621 to remove provisions which reduce line of duty or duty-related death benefits upon remarriage; establish non-codified sections to: provide that an eligible surviving spouse who has subsequently remarried shall have their benefit increased; provide that an eligible surviving spouse of a member whose death was determined by the systems to be a direct result of an act in line of duty or a duty-related injury, but chose to receive monthly death benefits in lieu of line of duty benefits, shall receive line of duty or duty-related death monthly benefits; provide that Kentucky Retirement System shall establish process by which a surviving spouse of a member who died prior to retirement and prior to April 13, 2018, may apply for the line of duty death benefits; EMERGENCY.

Actions

01/16/20

  • introduced in House

01/21/20

  • to State Government (H)

01/28/20

  • posted in committee

01/30/20

  • reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar

  • floor amendment (1) filed

01/31/20

  • 2nd reading, to Rules

02/03/20

  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 4, 2020

02/05/20

  • 3rd reading, passed 91-0 with floor amendment (1)

 

 

House Bill 305

Title

AN ACT relating to consolidated emergency services districts and making an appropriation therefor.

 

Sponsors

C. Massey, S. Santoro, R. Rothenburger, B. Wheatley

 

Summary of Original Version

Create various sections of KRS Chapter 65 to define terms; establish procedures for the creation of a consolidated emergency services district; authorize that certain local government officials shall appoint the board of trustees of the district; provide a formula for determining the number of elected members, qualifications of elected members, terms, non-partisan elections, nomination procedures, removal, and district apportionment requirements; establish officers of the district and compensation of officers; provide $100 per day to appointees, elected members compensated pursuant to KRS 64.527; establish the quorum of the board; establish an advisory committee, number, qualifications of appointees, duties of committee and compensation of members; exceed $0.30 per $100 valuation, allow for ballot question for expanded taxation for additional services to be provided, and provide that the additional tax may be either an ad valorem or occupational license tax; allow the board to levy an insurance premium tax or an occupation and license tax; declare that upon creation of a district, the board assumes all duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of former departments or districts, former jurisdictions to be special taxing districts until indebtedness is relieved and that all previously entered into interlocal agreements shall remain in force for their duration; set requirements relating to CERS; amend KRS 65.180 to define consolidated emergency services district as a "taxing districts"; amend KRS 68.180 to grant districts in counties over 300,000 the power to levy a license and occupation tax; amend KRS 68.197 to grant districts in counties over 30,000 the power to levy a license and occupation tax; amend KRS 75.020 to include creation of a district within the definition of merger; amend KRS 78.530 to allow for any districts, not all to be excluded from the provisions; amend KRS 91A.080 to include consolidated emergency services districts; amend KRS 95A.500 to allow the district to receive qualified shares of merged fire districts; amend KRS 118.305 to place elected trustees on ballot; amend KRS 118.315 to include nominating petitions for elected trustees; amend KRS 134.119 to provide that the sheriff shall be compensated for collecting taxes for consolidated emergency service districts; APPROPRIATION.

Actions

01/21/20

  • introduced in House

01/23/20

  • to Local Government (H)

01/24/20

  • posted in committee

 

 

House Bill 357

Title

AN ACT relating to emergency medical services professions reciprocity.

 

Sponsors

D. Frazier, S. Rudy

 

Summary of Original Version

Amend KRS 311A.142 to require reciprocity of certification or licensure for any member of the United States military who is registered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as an emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, or paramedic; grant reciprocity to any emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, or paramedic that is currently certified or licensed and is in good standing with a state contiguous to Kentucky.

Actions

01/30/20

  • introduced in House

 

House Bill 386

Title 

AN ACT relating to ambulance contracts.

 

Sponsor             S. Lewis

 

Summary of Original Version             Amend KRS 65.710 to increase the time limit from 1 year to 4 years that local governments may contract for ambulance services with private persons, partnerships, or corporations.

Actions

                02/05/20:   introduced in House

 

Senate Bills

Senate Bill 5

Title 

AN ACT relating to special purpose governmental entities.

Sponsors

R. Alvarado, R. Mills, J. Schickel, D. Thayer

 

Summary of Original Version

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 65A to require proposed increases in ad valorem taxes and certain fees and the levy of new ad valorem taxes or fees by special purpose governmental entities to be submitted to the legislative body of the county or city in which the special purpose governmental entity is located for review; amend various sections of the Kentucky Revised Statutes to conform; repeal KRS 65A.100; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2021.

Actions

12/11/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in Senate

01/08/20

  • to State & Local Government (S)

01/10/20

  • taken from State & Local Government (S)

  • 1st reading

  • returned to State & Local Government (S)

01/13/20

  • taken from State & Local Government (S)

  • 2nd reading

  • returned to State & Local Government (S)

01/23/20

  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • 3rd reading, passed 28-10 with Committee Substitute (1)

01/24/20

  • received in House

01/28/20

  • to Local Government (H)

01/31/20

  • posted in committee

Senate Bill 14

Title

AN ACT relating to the taxation of pension income.

Sponsor

C. Embry Jr.

Summary of Original Version

Amend KRS 141.019 to increase the pension income exclusion from $31,110 to $41,110.

Actions

08/20/19

  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).

01/07/20

  • introduced in Senate

01/08/20

  • to Appropriations & Revenue (S)

Senate Bill 111

Title

AN ACT relating to the transportation of police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel killed in the line of duty.

Sponsors

P. Wheeler, J. Higdon

 

Summary of Original Version

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 72 to require the coroner to deliver the remains of police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel, as defined in KRS 61.315, killed in the line of duty to the family or other responsible entities in a casket or other similar vessel covered in an American flag; specify that the county is responsible for any costs associated with obtaining the flag and the casket or similar vessel, but that the county has no obligation to purchase the flag or the casket for the actual burial, cremation, or other disposition of the remains.

Actions

01/24/20

  • introduced in Senate

01/30/20

  • to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

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