New laws go into effect today

Regulations range from concealed carry permits to stricter ethics for lawmakers

By Kevin Wheatley, Published:

Dozens of laws passed by the General Assembly during this year’s legislative session take effect today, from expediting concealed carry permits for victims of domestic violence to stricter ethics rules for lawmakers.

Some new laws took effect immediately through “emergency” clauses while others carried delayed effective dates. Most, though, become law 90 days after the legislature adjourned April 15.

Here’s a quick look at various laws in full force today, as provided by the Legislative Research Commission:

>House Bill 237, the state’s road plan, provides a framework for $5.2 billion in road and bridge projects throughout Kentucky for the next two fiscal years.

>HB 128 allows anyone given an emergency protective or domestic violence order to get a provisional concealed carry permit within one business day. The same background checks and application requirements will apply, but such individuals will have 45 days to complete necessary training for a full concealed carry license.

>Senate Bill 7 broadens the prescribing authority of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

>SB 98 establishes an adult abuse registry to document substantiated adult abuse, neglect or exploitation.

>HB 157 requires doctors undergo additional training to recognize and prevent abusive head trauma among children.

>SB 225 updates voyeurism laws to outlaw “up-skirting,” in which a person uses a cell phone to take photos beneath a woman’s skirt without her consent.

>HB 28 adds further restrictions to legislative ethics rules. Lawmakers will be prevented from accepting food or drink from lobbyists, out-of-state travel expenses from special interest groups, and campaign contributions during legislative sessions from political action committees or organizations employ lobbyists.

>SB 20 makes October Anti-Bullying Month, with a purple-and-yellow ribbon symbolizing anti-bullying awareness.

>HB 232 requires businesses and other entities to notify consumers when a security breach may have compromised their personal or financial information.

>SB 29 requires acupuncturists receive licensing.

>HB 98 allows school staff trained by health professionals administer insulin to diabetic students.

>HB 90 requires parents or guardians to appear in court when a driver younger than 18 is cited for a traffic violation.

>SB 184 allows a person’s criminal record to be cleared of non-violent offenses if a judge determines the offender acted as a victim of human trafficking.

>HB 69 makes possessing a “tax zapper,” a device that can be used on computerized cash registers to help retailers conceal sales subject to tax from collectors, a Class D felony.

>SB 47 requires annual reporting of health statistics for drug-addicted or dependent newborns.

>HB 475 allows residents near state park lodges and golf courses in dry counties to vote on whether by-the-drink alcohol sales can be allowed at the facilities.

>SB 213 allows Sunday alcohol sales at small farm wineries if authorized by fiscal court vote or a local option election.

>HB 396 makes appliance manufacturers eligible for Kentucky Jobs Retention Act benefits, which may allow General Electric invest some $325 million in Louisville’s Appliance Park.

>HB 337 provides veterans with applicable military experience an easier path to become a license HVAC professional.

>SB 66 requires boating enforcement officers to have a reasonable suspicion of boating law violations before boarding and inspecting a boat on state waterways.

>HB 260 allows an all-terrain vehicle operator 16 or older to cross a public roadway without protective headgear if the speed limit is 45 mph or less in order to get from one ATV trail to another.

>SB 170 expands the state’s list of invasive and noxious plants targeted for eradication from roadsides and public right-of-ways, such as kudzu and poison hemlock.

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  • Unfortunately there’s no new law(s) that will start to fix the Kentucky Public Employee Pension Fund that ranks last or next to last when compared to all states. Total lack of legislative leadership is evident for the constituents of Franklin and other surrounding counties.  Writing a letter at the start of each legislative session stating the pension fund needs fixing is NOT solving the problem.  Action is needed and area legislators don’t have the influence to get simple greatly needed road projects funded much less correct their own decade of mistakes when dealing with the pension fund.

  • ">HB 128 allows anyone given an emergency protective or domestic violence order to get a provisional concealed carry permit within one business day. The same background checks and application requirements will apply, but such individuals will have 45 days to complete necessary training for a full concealed carry license."

    What possibly could go wrong here?

    ">SB 225 updates voyeurism laws to outlaw “up-skirting,” in which a person uses a cell phone to take photos beneath a woman’s skirt without her consent."

    What about mirrors on the toes of their shoes?

    ">HB 260 allows an all-terrain vehicle operator 16 or older to cross a public roadway without protective headgear if the speed limit is 45 mph or less in order to get from one ATV trail to another."

    If someone rides an ATV at 45 mph without a helmet ANYWHERE, do they deserve to die?