KACP KENTUCKY GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEEKLY REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 10
Friday marked the 24th day of the 30-day Kentucky General Assembly legislative session, which is scheduled to end March 30.
A NOTE ABOUT THIS REPORT
For the sake of brevity, bills that will not pass or be considered this session have been removed.
Two of KACP’s priority bills – SB101 and HB207 – are on the move following last week’s legislative action.
SB101, employment contracts
Sponsored by Sen. Johnnie Turner, R-Harlan, the legislation extends contracts subject to reimbursement for training costs to five years for law enforcement officers, including sheriff’s deputies and officers working for state universities and airports. The bill has 9 co-sponsors and has been unanimously passed by the Senate. The House Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee (VMAPP) is scheduled to hear the bill Tuesday. KACP Exec Dir Butler will be at the table to testify.
HB207, wellness programs, Early Intervention System
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, the legislation would allow law enforcement departments to create a wellness program featuring an Early Intervention System (EIS). An EIS allows an officer to seek and receive confidential counseling and other services and treatment and the information revealed by the officer would, in most cases, not be subject to the Open Records law and could not be used in court proceedings. The bill passed out of committee – Exec Dir Butler led the testimony – and was passed 93-0 by the House. The bill is now awaiting assignment to the Senate State & Local Government Committee, which will hopefully hear the bill this week.
HB506, related to post-retirement options for state and local employees and is designed to help keep experienced employees in the workforce.
Filed by Rep. Walker Thomas, R-Hopkinsville, and Rep. D.J. Johnson, Owensboro, the will pertains to participants in the CERS, KERS, and State Police Retirement System and gives retires the option to receive a single payment upon retirement equal to 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months of benefits – also known as a Partial Lump-Sum Option (PLSO). Other provisions include:
- The employee’s subsequent monthly payments would be reduced appropriately.
- Kentucky Public Pensions Authority (KPPA) would provide an online calculator to show members how many additional months of service would be required to make up the difference in their monthly checks caused by the PLSO payment.
- KPPA would also provide information on the PLSO option, including benefits, consequences and tax implications.
- To put retirees back to work, the required break before reemployment would be reduced from three months to one for hazardous and non-hazardous.
- The bill pertains to hazardous and nonhazardous.
- The employee and employer would still certify there was no prearranged agreement.
The bill passed the House 98-0 and is awaiting action by the Senate State & Local Government Committee.
SB89, urban county government law enforcement officers
Filed by Sen. Donald Douglas, R-Lexington, allows urban-county governments (Lexington) to reemploy police officers who have retired from the urban-county government police. The bill has passed the Senate and is awaiting action by the House State Government Committee.
LEGISLATION KACP SUPPORTS
HB64, Police officer certification
Sponsored by Reps. Myron Dossett, R-Pembroke, Wade Wilson, R-Earlington- the retired chief of Madisonville – extend the period of time that a peace officer, who was employed as a peace officer as of December 1, 1998, may be separated from service before losing his or her certification status from 100 days to 365 days. Passed the House 95-0; awaiting assignment to a Senate committee.
HB328, related to membership dates in state-administered retirement systems
Filed by Rep. D.J. Johnson, R-Owensboro, and Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville, the bill provides that the participation date in CERS for individuals who entered the DOCJT Police Corps program to July 1, 2003, through an agreement with a CERS employee and who subsequently began participating in CERS as a worn officer upon completion of the program shall be the date training began in the Police Corps program. Passed the House 97-0 and is awaiting assignment to a Senate committee.
HB380, lower age for new hires entering the academy.
Filed by Rep. Susan Witten, R-Louisville, the bill allows a person who is at least 20 years old to be hired by a law enforcement agency to attend basic training if the person will be 21 years old at the time they become certified; require KLEC to allow person who is 20 years old to attend basic training if the person will be 21 years old by the conclusion of basic training. Passed House 96-0, assigned to Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee. Currently in Senate Rules Committee
LEGISLATION KACP FOLLOWING
HB542, a workforce development bill amended to include firearms language.
Filed by Rep. Savannah Maddox, R-Dry Ridge, the bill is related to workforce development, but the sponsor has amended the bill with language that prohibits colleges and universities from regulating the possession of firearms on campuses. The bill passed the House Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Cabinet and awaits action on the House Floor.
HB153, related to prohibiting the enforcement of a federal ban or regulation of firearms.
Filed by Rep. Josh Bray, R-Mt. Vernon, the bill prohibits law enforcement from enforcing federal firearms bans, such as the AFT rule on stabilization braces that converts pistols into rifles. The legislation also declares Kentucky as a Second Amendment sanctuary state. Passed House 78-19. Awaiting action by Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection.
HB353, related to drug paraphernalia.
Filed by Rep. Kim Moser, the bill excludes testing equipment used to determine the presence of chemicals, toxic substances or hazardous compounds in controlled substances from the prohibition of possession of drug paraphernalia; exclude fentanyl found on testing equipment from the definition of fentanyl. Passed the House 93-0; awaiting assignment to Senate committee.
HB373, related to peace officer certification.
Filed by Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville, the bill removes court security officers from the list of officers required to be KLEC certified; allows KLEC to certify local alcoholic beverage control investigators appointed before April 2019; allow an officer who has been on inactive status for less than one year to return to certification status with no additional training requirements; other provisions. Bill passed the House 97-0, awaiting action by the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee.
HB386, related to operating a motor vehicle.
Filed by Rep. Mary Beth Imes, R-Murray, the legislation would expand the requirement to move over or slow down when approaching an emergency or public safety vehicle to include any disabled vehicle displaying a warning signal. Bill passed the House 98-0, awaiting assignment to a Senate committee.
SB129, related to automated license plate readers.
Filed by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, the bill prohibits the selling of data obtained by automated license plate readers systems – also known as ALPR or Flock cameras. Bill has passed the Senate 27-6 and awaits action by the House Transportation Committee.
SB228, related to driving under the influence of marijuana.
Filed by Sen. Johnnie Turner, R-Harlan, the legislation would create a per se limit for a blood level of driving under the influence of marijuana. Bill has passed committee and awaiting action by the full Senate.
March 17-28: Veto recess
March 29-30: Final legislative days
FOR MORE INFO
As always, questions, suggestions, comments or concerns can be directed to Executive Director Shawn Butler, who can be reached at 859-743-2920 or firstname.lastname@example.org