February 11, 2019

2018 Regular Session of General Assembly a Success

The 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly ended on Saturday, April 14. The Kentucky League of Cities is grateful for the representatives and senators who helped cities achieve several legislative goals. More than half of the bills KLC supported this session passed, including several 2018 legislative priorities set by the KLC Board of Directors.

KLC initiatives passed this session include:

  • A phase-in of County Employees Retirement System (CERS) employer contribution rates;
  • A modernization of newspaper publication requirements for cities in a county with a population of more than 90,000;
  • Crediting of city occupational license taxes against county occupational license fees;
  • Prohibition of unfunded mandates on cities;
  • Improvements to the current law for redevelopment of brownfields;
  • Codifying training incentive pay for police and fire and providing an administrative reimbursement to cities;
  • Workers' Compensation reform;
  • Setting standards for the release of body-camera footage under Kentucky's Open Records Act;
  • Setting a statute of limitations on the challenge of an annexation ordinance;
  • Improving city audit requirements;
  • Reinstatement of local representatives on the 911 Services Board;
  • Updates to the annual reporting requirements of city clerks;
  • Expansion of the definition of trespass to include the use of a drone above a key infrastructure asset; and
  • Making entertainment district licenses more affordable for local governments.

You can always keep up to date on developments in Frankfort on the new KLC Legislative news website, www.klccitylimit.com.

You can access a comprehensive list of all bills passed in 2018 that impact cities in the 2018 Legislative Update.