House Bill 60

Actions | Amendments
Last Action 03/12/19: to State & Local Government (S)
Title AN ACT relating to legislative ethics.
Bill Documents Current/Final
Introduced
Bill Request Number 212
Sponsors K. Moser, R. Adkins, D. Bentley, C. Booker, K. Bratcher, G. Brown Jr, T. Burch, J. Donohue, J. DuPlessis, L. Elkins, J. Fischer, K. Flood, C. Fugate, A. Gentry, D. Graham, J. Graviss, D. Hale, R. Heath, J. Jenkins, K. King, A. Koenig, S. Lee, C. Massey, B. McCool, C. McCoy, R. Meyer, S. Miles, J. Miller, T. Moore, J. Nemes, D. Osborne, J. Petrie, M. Prunty, R. Rand, S. Riley, S. Santoro, D. Schamore, S. Sheldon, J. Sims Jr, D. St. Onge, W. Stone, N. Tate, W. Thomas, J. Tipton, R. Webber, S. Westrom
Summary of Original Version Create new sections of KRS 6.601 to 6.849 to make it ethical misconduct for a legislator, legislative agent, or director of the Legislative Research Commission to engage in discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment; define "discrimination," "harassment," "sexual harassment," and "workplace complaint"; grant the Legislative Ethics Commission jurisdiction to investigate and proceed upon receipt of a complaint from an employee of the legislative branch regarding discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment allegedly committed by a legislator, legislative agent, or director of the Legislative Research Commission; require that allegations of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment by one employee of the legislative branch against another employee of the legislative branch be referred to the Legislative Research Commission; require the Legislative Ethics Commission to establish a legislative ethics telephone tip line to allow employees of the legislative branch to report complaints of discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment; require the Legislative Ethics Commission and the Legislative Research Commission to publicize the existence of the legislative ethics telephone tip line; require the legislative ethics telephone tip line to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the Legislative Ethics Commission providing staff during regular business hours and allowing for recorded messages during nonbusiness hours; require the forwarding of information reported on the legislative ethics telephone tip line to the executive director of the Legislative Ethics Commission or his or her designee on an approved form; provide that within 24 hours of the receipt of a workplace complaint that the Legislative Ethics Commission executive director make an initial determination as to whether a workplace complaint meets the criteria for consideration and notify the complainant of the determination; provide that the alleged violator shall be notified and given the opportunity to file a written response after receiving a written statement detailing allegations; provide that within seven days of receiving a response or expiration of the deadline for receiving a response from the alleged violator the Legislative Ethics Commission chair, vice chair, and executive director shall interview the complainant, the alleged violator, and any other person with information relevant to the complaint; provide that within 14 business days of completion of the interviews, the Legislative Ethics Commission shall give notice of the status of the workplace complaint and a general statement of applicable law to the complainant and alleged violator; provide that within 30 business days of receipt of a workplace complaint the complaint file shall be closed if the Legislative Ethics Commission chair and vice chair agree that the workplace complaint is resolved or agree that there is no credible allegation of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment; allow the Legislative Ethics Commission chair and vice chair to refer a workplace complaint to another federal or state agency if they determine that the case does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Ethics Commission; if the Legislative Ethics Commission chair and vice chair do not agree whether a workplace complaint is resolved but agree that there is a credible allegation of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment, the Legislative Ethics Commission enforcement counsel shall file a complaint; a legislator, legislative agent, or an employee of the legislative branch may file a complaint of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment at any time under KRS 6.686; set forth confidentiality provisions; provide that complainants shall not be subject to reprisal; require the annual reporting of complaints processed using the legislative ethics telephone tip line; provide that nothing prevents a legislator, legislative agent, or legislative branch employee from pursuing other avenues to report complaints of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment; permit employees who report complaints to seek assistance from the Kentucky Employee Assistance Program or from private health professionals for matters related to workplace complaints; declare that if a provision of KRS 6.601 to 6.849 is designated a misdemeanor or felony, an alleged violation of the provision may be adjudicated by the Legislative Ethics Commission as ethical misconduct; amend KRS 6.661 to restrict political activity by the Legislative Ethics Commission staff; amend KRS 6.686 to allow dismissal of complaints by teleconference held by the Legislative Ethics Commission; allow complaints to be filed against former legislators, former legislative agents, and for employers of former legislative agents for extended periods if they are related to discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment; if a complainant publicly discloses or comments on a complaint or preliminary inquiry, the Legislative Ethics Commission may dismiss the complaint without prejudice via teleconference; amend KRS 6.701 to include legislative branch employees in mandatory ethics education already required for legislators; amend KRS 6.716 to require the Legislative Ethics Commission to administer a current issues seminar for legislative branch employees in addition to the existing requirement for legislators; amend KRS 6.787 to include in legislator "statement of financial interests" information regarding out of state travel associated with the performance of legislative duties, including the name of any person or organization who paid for transportation, food, lodging, or travel expenses and the value of the expenses paid.
Index Headings of Original Version General Assembly - Ethical misconduct, prohibited behavior, complaint procedures
General Assembly - Legislative ethic telephone tip line, establishing
Legislative Research Commission - Legislative Ethics Commission, jurisdiction, granting
Legislative Research Commission - Legislative ethics telephone tip line, establishing
Ethics - Legislative ethics telephone tip line, establishing
Reports Mandated - Legislative ethics telephone tip line, complaints received
Jump to Proposed Amendments House Committee Substitute 1
House Floor Amendment 1
Votes Vote History

Actions

Top | Amendments
09/26/18
  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).
01/08/19
  • introduced in House
01/10/19
  • to State Government (H)
02/05/19
  • posted in committee
02/14/19
  • reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
02/15/19
  • 2nd reading, to Rules
  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 19, 2019
02/19/19
  • floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
02/28/19
  • 3rd reading, passed 99-0 with Committee Substitute (1)
03/01/19
  • floor amendment (1) withdrawn
  • received in Senate
03/12/19
  • to State & Local Government (S)

Proposed Amendments

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Amendment House Committee Substitute 1
Summary Retain original provisions, except: delete "annoying" and "alarming" from definition of "harassment"; specify that the Legislative Ethics Commission shall report to the chief human resources officer of the Legislative Research Commission any workplace complaints by employees of the legislative branch; specify that the Legislative Research Commission be included under confidentiality provisions; amend KRS 6.661 to ensure that any person investigating or prosecuting workplace discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment have training and experience in the conduct of workplace investigations; amend KRS 6.686 to specify that the Legislative Ethics Commission may hold a teleconference meeting, and based upon an affirmative vote of at least five members that the preliminary inquiry fails to state a claim of an ethics violation, the claim may be dismissed; amend KRS 6.686 to specify that if a complainant publicly discloses or comments on the complaint or preliminary inquiry, the Legislative Ethics Commission may dismiss the complaint without prejudice at a meeting; amend KRS 7.101 to require the Legislative Research Commission to coordinate the development and presentation of a training course for legislators with the assistance of the Legislative Ethics Commission.
Index Headings Legislative Research Commission - Confidentiality provisions, include
Legislative Research Commission - Legislative Ethics Commission, complaints, circumstances, dismiss
Legislative Research Commission - Legislative Ethics Commission, complaints, report
Legislative Research Commission - Legislative Ethics Commission, teleconference, hold
Legislative Research Commission - Training, require
Ethics - Confidentiality provisions, include
Ethics - Legislative Ethics Commission, complaints, circumstances, dismiss
Ethics - Legislative Ethics Commission, complaints, report
Ethics - Legislative Ethics Commission, teleconference, hold
Ethics - Training, require

Amendment House Floor Amendment 1
Sponsor K. Upchurch
Summary Amend KRS 6.811 to allow legislative agents to make campaign contributions in races in which a legislative agent is eligible to vote.
Index Headings Campaign Finance - Legislative agents, campaign contributions, allow
Ethics - Legislative agents, campaign contributions, allow

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