Legal News and Issues

Kentucky Supreme Court Validates Franchise Fees in Telecommunications Tax Case

Kentucky Supreme Court Validates Franchise Fees in Telecommunications Tax CaseThe Kentucky Supreme Court rules Kentucky's telecommunications tax, to the extent that it prohibits cities from charging franchise fees to telecommunications companies for using city rights of ways, is unconstitutional.

The KLC Legal Team is compiling quarterly updates of the Kentucky Attorney General Opinions, as well as Open Record and Open Meeting Opinions

This update is a great resource for your city attorney. We also encourage elected officials and city employees to take a look to learn what to do, or more often than not, what NOT to do, when it comes to open meeting and open record issues.

Time to Take Your Tourism Commission in for a Tune-Up

It has been almost 50 years since the first Kentucky statutes authorizing local tourism and convention commissions (TCCs) were enacted. Since 1968, the numerous amendments to these laws show that the General Assembly has revisited them many times. Unfortunately, many cities can't say the same. Some TCCs have existed for decades without oversight and direction from the local governments that created them.

Impact of Obergefell v. Hodges Decision on Kentucky Cities

On Friday, June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. So what does that mean for city governments in Kentucky?

KLC Serves as "Friend of the Court" in Pivotal 911 Funding Case

KLC has filed an amicus curiae brief advocating cities' interests in protecting a meaningful user fee structure and effective 911 funding options

KLC Legal Advocacy Program - Major Victory for City Annexations

On March 20, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lebanon v. Goodwin regarding annexation. In a 6-1 decision, the Court upheld the annexation and provided vital guidance that supports the growth of Kentucky cities.

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules for City in Important Open Records Act Decision

Important guidance regarding city redaction policies and privacy exemptions under the Kentucky Open Records Act.

6th Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Legislative Prayer Policy

Read the latest on the Court's ruling regarding Prayer at Public Meetings

SB 13 Changes To Alcohol Statutes Now In Effect!

Use KLC's SB 13 Statute Reference Chart to Help Update Your ABC Ordinances

Alcohol Sales on Election Day: Do you know how the statutes have changed?

Call KLC Member Legal Services for more inofrmation.

Insurance Premium Tax Ordinance deadline - March 23

Cities must file any changes to their Insurance Premium Tax ordinance with the Department of Insurance by March 23 in order for the changes to take effect July 1.

Local Occupational License Tax Information Available on SOS Website

HB 277 required each tax district that imposes an occupational license tax on net profits or gross receipts to submit information to the Secretary of State before November 1, 2012: If your city has not complied, please do so immediately.

Hot topic - Prayer at Public Meetings

Download a sample invocation policy and watch for more information from KLC on legislative prayer.

FAQs about the PSC

Confused about your relationship with the Public Service Commission? You're not alone. KLC has posted a guide to assist cities with frequently asked questions regarding the PSC and municipal utilities.