On April 8th Senator T. Buford's B54 was signed in to law, it is AN ACT relating to donated clothing, household items, or other items. The bill created a new section of KRS 367.650 to 367.670 to require proper labeling on donation boxes and donation drop-off sites when the donations do not qualify as charitable contributions for federal tax purposes; amend KRS 367.668 to require lettering to be not less than 2 inches in height; amend KRS 367.665 to grant the county attorney concurrent jurisdiction and powers with the Attorney General and allow the county attorney to impose penalties which shall be paid to the county.
Now Kentucky Law, D. Keene, A. Koenig's HB124 is AN ACT relating to law enforcement amends KRS 16.220 to allow funds from the sale of confiscated firearms to be used to purchase body-worn cameras and establish guidelines therefor.
On April 13th SB186 sponsored by M. Wise was signed in to law. It is AN ACT relating to boat liens and creates a new section of KRS Chapter 376 to allow a marina to enforce a possessory lien on a boat; establish notification requirements for the enforcement of a possessory lien on a boat; establish sale requirements following judgment in favor of a marina to enforce a possessory lien on a boat.
This session Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed Senator W. Westerfield's SB153 which sought to amend KRS 403.212 to establish new amounts in the child support guidelines table and delete the old amounts.
Now Kentucky Law SB56 sponsored by D. Parrett, D. Carroll, R. Thomas is AN ACT relating to driving under the influence and declaring an emergency which amends various sections in KRS Chapter 189A, relating to driving under the influence, to double the defacto probationary period or "look-back window" for prior offenses from five years to 10 years is also amends KRS 189A.330 to expand the window for quarterly monitoring of pending DUI cases.
Will the prospect of 'holding paper' over the heads of chronic alcoholics who are serial offenders reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road? Will the states revocation of driving privileges deter serial offenders from driving to work, the liquor store or anywhere else? Evidence suggest that it will not, in fact data from other states who have extended their "look-back windows" to "get tough on drunk driving" shows that most individuals in violet of these stringent statutes are individuals who achieve a period of sobriety and relapse years later, forcing them to be punished again for offenses already atoned for. Does this not create a discriminatory paradox for alcoholic individuals under the guise of public safety?
Many libertarians are sometimes quick to dismiss the "harms no one but themselves" aspect of offenses when public safety is concerned out of personal fear and unknown probability, especially when the offense involves a individual deemed 'morally less-than' in society's eyes. The reality is compounding punishment for any offense expost facto is not only constitutionally questionable but realistically only serves the interest of the state who's role in cases like this is to punish and extort through the court. All this bill has really accomplished is insuring that the state can "reach back and fuck someone for something they were already punished for" according to one anonymous recovering alcoholic, "This bill is more about taking the states licensure privileges away from second-class citizens than deterrence and it will do little to dissuade individuals in active alcoholism from hanging up their keys for several reasons"
Signed in to law April 8th, Kentucky SB269 sponsored by P. Clark, D. Harper Angel, J. Schickel is AN ACT relating to hair braiding amending KRS 317A.010 to define "natural hair braiding" it also amended KRS 317A.020 to exempt persons engaged in natural hair braiding from the licensure requirements of the chapter.
Senator T. Buford's SB222 is AN ACT relating to banking which would amend KRS 286.2-030 to include limited liability partnerships and limited liability limited partnerships as business associations forbidden from improperly influencing a real estate appraisal.
On Apr 01, 2016 Governor Bevin signed in to law AN ACT relating to municipal audits amend KRS 43.050 and 91A.040 to allow a special audit or examination of a city government or its agencies or departments to avoid a duplicative repository of audit records at the LRC; allow the Auditor to bill the city for the actual expense of the audit or examination conducted.
SB168/LM was sponsored by S. West, C. Girdler
Signed by Governor Apr 04, 2016, Kentucky Passes AN ACT relating to radon mitigation amending KRS 211.9107 to exempt a residential building contractors who install radon ventilation pipes from radon mitigation certification requirements.
Amendments from the floor extend exemption to include the construction of commercial buildings.
HB272 was sponsored by T. Thompson, R. Meyer, R. Palumbo, S. Santoro, S. Westrom