February Legislative Update
- Published on Monday, 10 February 2014 22:15
Just want to say thank you to all who are making the calls to Frankfort. Please keep them coming! You can call about the same House Bill more than once. The Phone # to Frankfort is 1-800-372-7181.
There has been a change to one of the Bills on the Home page. HB11 was withdrawn, and is now HB342. We still support this Bill. This deals with Drones.
SB64 has passed the Senate 36-0, and has moved to the House. Please call your House Repasenatives and tell to to support SB64. This deals with ATV's.
SB27 is a bill listed as one we are Monitoring. This Bill has passed the Senate 25-12, and has moved to the House also. Deals with Election of State Officers. Please see home page as to how you feel about this issue and let you Repasenative know how you feel.
SB1 has also passed the Senate 24-14, and now in the House. Tell House Repasenative to support.
HB70 passed the House 82-12. Tell your Senator to please support.
HB173 has started to move in the House. Please call to stop this Bill! This is the State wide Smoking Ban.
HB197 is still in the Transportation Committee. This is the Red Light Bill we would like to get passed this year. We need everyone to call your Repasenatives and ask them to support and co-sponsor this Bill
That is what is happening so far. So please keep the calls comming!
Vice President Legislative
2014 Legislative Agenda - Frankfort
- Published on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 22:15
2014 Legislative Session Bills
Here is the list of bills the Kentucky Motorcycle Association is endorsing, opposing or monitoring during this session. We ask that you please stay in contact with your legislators as these bills make their way through the legislative process. The best way to do so is to call
and to leave a message for your Representative or Senator. A short message tends to work best such as “Please support / oppose HB / SB ###.” If it is a bill that you wish them to support then please ask that they become a co-sponsor of the bill. The more co-sponsors a bill has generally mean the better the chances for it to pass although that is not a guarantee.
You can also follow the progress of each of these and other legislation by going to www.lrc.ky.gov and clicking on the Legislative Record tab on the left side of the screen. From there choose the 2014 Session to look up any bill being considered this session.
I would also recommend that you sign up for Bill Watch which has a link in the same section. http://kentucky.gov/services/pages/billwatch.aspx This service will send an email to you anytime there is action on the bills you choose to follow or to search for. This is an excellent service. If you signed up for it during a previous session you can log in again but have to create a new search or list of bills you want to follow with this being a new session.
Clicking on the links below in this document of the bill number will take you to the actual bill as it is written. Items that are in italics are comments / additional information from me about the bill.
Bills to Support
Please ask your Representative to become a co-sponsor of these bills at this time. Try to focus on the House Transportation Committee now.
AN ACT relating to users of public roadways.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 189 to prohibit the operation of a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner that causes a collision and serious physical injury or death to a vulnerable user of a public roadway; establish definition of "vulnerable user of a public roadway"; establish penalties for violation; permit persons convicted to petition to enter a community labor program and attend a traffic safety course in lieu of penalties; direct the Transportation Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to implement the traffic safety program; amend KRS 27A.060 to conform.
This is the right of way bill which will increase minimum penalties for those who carelessly run over bikers and other ‘vulnerable users’ due to inattention. Kill a biker go to jail legislation.
AN ACT relating to traffic regulations.
Amend KRS 189.338 to establish an affirmative defense for an operator of a motor vehicle or motorcycle for a violation of entering or crossing an intersection controlled by a traffic signal against a steady red light; establish criteria for an affirmative defense; provide that the affirmative defense shall not constitute a defense to any other civil or criminal action.
This bill allows a person to run a red light should the light fail to change after 2 minutes or 2 cycles provided that it is safe to enter the intersection.
AN ACT relating to drone surveillance.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 500 to define "drone," "law enforcement agency," and "prohibited agency"; prohibit a law enforcement agency from using a drone to gather evidence or other information; provide exceptions; prohibit use of evidence obtained in violation; provide that the Act may be cited as the "Citizens' Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act."
Prohibits more of the Big Brother type activities used by law enforcement.
HB 70 (BR 173) - J. Crenshaw, J. Hoover, T. Burch, De. Butler, M. Denham, J. Glenn, K. Hall, R. Heath, R. Henderson, J. Jenkins, D. Keene, M. Marzian, T. Mills, S. Overly, D. Owens, A. Simpson, T. Thompson
AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to persons entitled to vote.
Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow persons convicted of a felony other than treason, intentional killing, a sex crime, or bribery the right to vote after expiration of probation, final discharge from parole, or maximum expiration of sentence; submit to the voters for ratification or rejection.
We have supported this bill for several sessions now. Once a person’s debt is paid they should be able to vote once again which is what this bill does. The bill is currently in the Senate as of Jan. 17th, 2014. Please call your Senators on this one.
AN ACT proposing to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to administrative regulations.
Create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to permit the General Assembly by general law to prohibit the adoption of administrative regulations that it has found to be deficient.
This bill is in response to the fight over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) however it does have farther reaching implications in that this allows the legislature more control over unelected bureaucrats who try to rule via administrative regulations. A huge problem on both the state and federal level.
AN ACT relating to all-terrain vehicles.
Amend KRS 189.515 to permit an all-terrain vehicle operator 16 years of age or older to cross a public roadway with a posted speed limit of 55 mph or less without protective headgear.
Addresses a loophole in the current law. ATVs are allowed to cross a road so long as they are not on the roadway for more than a short distance.
AN ACT relating to motor vehicle insurance.
Amend KRS 304.39-117, regarding proof of insurance for motor vehicles, to require that a copy of the insurance card be required only within 45 of transfer of title or changing insurance carriers; allow the vehicles listing in the AVIS database to be evidence of coverage.
This way you would not have to have your insurance card on you at all times especially on a bike where weather can be a factor.
AN ACT relating to administrative regulations.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 13A to delay the effective date of ordinary administrative regulations with a major economic impact until the effective date of legislation ratifying the administrative regulation; amend KRS 13A.010 to define major economic impact as an overall annual economic impact from an administrative regulation of $500,000 or more on state and local government and regulated entities as determined by the promulgating administrative body; amend KRS 13A.250 to require the fiscal note to include a cost analysis of the administrative regulation's effect on regulated entities and a determination by the promulgating administrative body as to the overall economic impact of the administrative regulation; amend KRS 13A.330 and 13A.331 to conform; specify short title of the Act.
This would help to curb the authority of unelected bureaucrats who can create law through the administrative regulation process.
Medicaid Expansion / Obamacare
We will support any and all bills which seek to limit the effects of Obamacare here in KY. We believe that is only a matter of time until unelected bureaucrats begin telling us that in order to be covered by our policies through the government that we will need to wear a helmet, stop riding, give up our guns, stop eating Twinkies, etc…. We see the Obamacare / Affordable Care Act as an avenue to control people’s personal lives. Please ask you legislators to stop anything related to this program.
Bills to Oppose
AN ACT prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment.
Create new sections of KRS Chapter 438 to define terms; prohibit indoor smoking in businesses, places of employment, and other listed public places; exempt private residences, unless used for child care or adult day care; permit smoking in designated nonenclosed areas; require posting of "no smoking" signs at specified locations; permit local governments to adopt stricter regulations by ordinance; provide for enforcement by all peace officers and designated health department and local government employees; provide for the issuance of uniform citations for violations; require that employers and others not discriminate against persons reporting violations; provide for fines for violation; provide that fines go to the agency whose employee issued the citation; provide that no court costs or other fees be charged for violations; exempt certain research and manufacturing laboratories and agricultural buildings; amend KRS 344.040, relating to unlawful practices by an employer, to add reference to state law, local ordinance, or local board of health regulation relating to smoking; amend KRS 431.450, relating to uniform citations, to provide for issuing citation forms to health departments; authorize the Department of Kentucky State Police to create and issue uniform smoking violation citations; repeal various statutes permitting smoking in public buildings.
This is the state-wide smoking ban bill. Once again it is a case of government trying to tell us how to live our lives. If we let them do it in one area then what is next?
AN ACT relating to DNA.
Amend KRS 17.169 to include local law enforcement as persons authorized to collect DNA samples; amend KRS 17.170 to provide for the collection of DNA samples at arrest or initial appearance from all persons charged with a felony offense; amend KRS 17.175 to provide for expungement of DNA samples in specified circumstances and allow use of all samples collected in good faith; amend KRS 64.060 to establish a $5 payment from the State Treasury to the collecting agency for each DNA sample collected; include noncodified provision to provide for alternative dates where expanded DNA collection may begin or be delayed based upon funding and pending court.
Bills We are Monitoring
AN ACT relating to injury prevention and making an appropriation therefore.
Amend KRS 189.292, prohibiting texting while driving, to prohibit the entering of a telephone number or name into a personal communication device in order to place a call while driving a vehicle in a highway work zone or school zone; amend KRS 189.990(30) to make technical corrections; increase the fines for violations of Section 1 of the Act and KRS 189.294 to $50 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent offenses; direct that 50% of the fines collected for violations of these offenses be directed to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Kentucky and appropriate the funds for the purpose of injury prevention research; APPROPRIATION.
While the bill itself we are in support of, where the money is being sent is a group that has supported mandatory helmet laws. We are asking our Representatives to use the money in a more constructive manner such as driver education programs or other ideas that help reduce crashes in the first place. When calling ask that the money NOT be sent to UK’s Injury Prevention Center.
AN ACT proposing to amend Section 95 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to the election of state officers.
Propose to amend Section 95 of the Constitution of Kentucky to hold the election of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Auditor of Public Accounts, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Commissioner of Agriculture, Labor and Statistics in even-numbered years, every four years, beginning in 2016; provide transitional calendar; submit to the voters for ratification or rejection.
If this were to pass then ALL elections would occur only in the even years with the exception of certain special elections. This may be more convenient in terms of going to the polling place but it would stretch the resources of grassroots organization such as ours very thin in trying to help our friend get re-elected.
AN ACT relating to speed limits.
Amend KRS 189.390, relating to speed limits, to increase the maximum speed limit is 65 MPH on four-lane state highways that are not interstates or parkways.
AN ACT relating to tolls.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 and amend KRS 141.0205 to create a refundable income tax credit for eligible persons who pay tolls to commute to work across an Ohio River bridge; create a new section of KRS Chapter 175B to establish an exclusion for tolls for mass transit vehicles operated by a public agency or a subsidiary of a municipal government; create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to require a transfer from the road fund to the general fund for the amount of toll credit allowed.
We would like to see motorcycles charged at ½ the cost of a car when using toll roads. This may be a bill we can add an amendment to.
Bills of Interest
AN ACT relating to driving under the influence.
Amend KRS 189.520, 189A.010, 189A.120, and 281A.2102 to move the per se DUI threshold from 0.08 to 0.05.
This bill lowers the DUI level from 0.08 to 0.05 which is about 1 drink per hour for most people.
AN ACT relating to regulation of local governmental affairs.
Amend KRS 244.290 to grant the legislative body of a city situated in the same county as a consolidated local government the separate and independent authority to establish the hours and times, including Sundays, in which distilled spirits and wine may be sold within its jurisdictional boundaries; declare that if a city exercises this power, no ordinance or part of an ordinance enacted by the consolidated local government on that issue will apply within that city; amend KRS 244.480 to clarify that these cities have the same powers and limitations regarding malt beverages.
This bill allows more local control over alcohol sales in their area.
AN ACT relating to search warrants.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 455 to allow the court system to authorize a search warrant to be applied for and issued electronically if the process complies with constitutional and other specified safeguards.
Doing this electronically could the system be hacked and an innocent person be harassed by a vindictive hacker?
AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 42 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to compensation for members of the General Assembly.
Propose to amend Section 42 of the Constitution of Kentucky to prohibit members of the General Assembly from receiving legislative pay for a special session that has been called by the Governor because the General Assembly adjourned without passing a state budget; submit to the voters with ballot question.
I kind of like how New Hampshire pays their legislators. They are paid $1 a year and then a per diem to cover gas/travel expense for those coming from further away. Maybe an idea for here too?
District 14 Share the Road Signs
- Published on Thursday, 10 October 2013 01:45
Motorists in Union County will see more signs asking drivers to be aware of motorcycles.
Kentucky Motorcycle Association / KMA, District 14 covering Union,
Henderson, Webster, and Crittenden counties recently contacted Union
County Judge Executive Jody Jenkins and requested these signs to be
placed in Union County. The signs have been installed in heavily
traveled areas of Union County.
Pictured with one of new Share the
Road signs are Kentucky Motorcycle Association / KMA Members: Debbie
Thomas, David Holt, Keith Decker, Leah Olson, Allan Olson, Bo Girten,
Brenda Williams, Jimmy Williams, Cindy Decker, Gary Decker, Elaine Sosh,
Hollie Markham, and Kenny Markham.