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SB 96 (BR 1070) - V. McGaha, D. Boswell

     AN ACT relating to water districts.
     Amend KRS 74.020 to delete authorization for the county judge executive to appoint two additional commissioners with approval of the fiscal court when two or more water districts merge; allows districts to extend into other counties rather than just adjacent counties; allow single and multicounty districts to acquire an existing or gas distribution system in more than one county without adding additional board members; use the area within all the counties in the territory to determine whether it comes under the jurisdiction of the chapter; allow the commission to elect a vice-chairman and any other assistants; allow two or more offices being held by the same person except for the chairman; deletes requirement that the commissioner's surety bond be approved by the county judge executive; amends KRS 74.030 to delete requirement for the county attorney to serve as general counsel to the water commission and allows the commission to hire legal counsel; amend KRS 74.040 to allow the commission to hire a chief executive officer and to pay a salary to the chief executive officer; amend 74.050 to require the treasurer to keep records of receipts and disbursements in accordance with generally accepted account principles and to require the treasurer to execute a surety bond whose amount is determined by the commission; amend 74.070 to delete the authorization for the commission to acquire, install works and operate a water system for any district; require all corporate authority be vested within the water commission and the affairs of the water district to fall under the commission; allow the commission to adopt by-laws not inconsistent with KRS Chapter 74; amend KRS 74.110 to require notice of a petition to change the territorial boundaries of a water district in accordance with KRS Chapter 424 and to furnish the notice to any water district that will be affected; amend KRS 74.330 to extend the bond issues from 30 to 40 years; amend KRS 74.361 to allow current water commissioners to continue to serve even after a merger of a water district, regardless of their term of expiration, for 1 year with approval of the Public Service Commission; amend KRS 74.363 to conform to allow water commissioners to continue to serve even after a merger and delete requirement for the county judge executive to approve; determine the number of commissioners in the merger documents; delete the formula for commissioners in a resulting district of 2 or more counties; amend KRS 74.407 to delete requirement that the water district have authority to acquire, develop, maintain or operate sewage disposal only within their respective districts; give dominant right for the provision of sewer service to the district in the instance that a municipality annexes in the districts territory; amend KRS 74.370, KRS 220.554; KRS 220.010, KRS 76.242, KRS 76.005, KRS 65.805, and KRS 65.060 to conform internal references; repeal KRS 74.250 and KRS 74.416.


     SCS - Retain original provisions; delete authority for water districts to have dominant right over cities that annex territory into the district.

     Feb 6-introduced in Senate
     Feb 8-to Agriculture and Natural Resources (S)
     Feb 15-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 16-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 20-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 21, 2006
     Feb 21-3rd reading, passed 36-1 with Committee Substitute
     Feb 22-received in House
     Feb 27-to Local Government (H)
     Mar 2-posted in committee

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