House Bill 168

Actions | Amendments
Last Action 03/02/20: to State & Local Government (S)
Title AN ACT relating to legislative ethics.
Bill Documents Current
Introduced
Bill Request Number 310
Sponsors K. Moser, K. Flood, D. Graham, C. Massey, P. Minter, R. Palumbo, M. Prunty, M. Sorolis, J. Tipton
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 intentionally engage in discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment; define "discrimination," "harassment," and "sexual harassment"; 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 6.686 to allow dismissal of complaints by the Legislative Ethics Commission based upon an affirmative vote of at least 5 members at a regularly scheduled meeting or, upon written or oral notification by the chair, a teleconference meeting that the preliminary inquiry fails to state a claim of an ethics violation; allow complaints to be filed against former legislators, former legislative agents, and former employers of legislative agents for extended periods if they are related to discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment; amend KRS 6.701 to include legislative branch employees in mandatory ethics education already required for legislators; amend KRS 6.711 to remove the requirement that orientation courses be designed to receive continuing legal education ethics credit; 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 and to reduce the length of the current issues seminar for legislators from three to two hours; amend KRS 7.101 to require the Legislative Research Commission to coordinate the development and presentation of a training course regarding workplace harassment for legislators with the assistance of the Legislative Ethics Commission.
Index Headings of Original Version General Assembly - Ethical misconduct, prohibited behavior, complaint procedures
Legislative Research Commission - Legislative Ethics Commission, discrimination and harassment complaints, review
Ethics - Legislative branch, discrimination and harassment complaints
Jump to Proposed Amendments House Committee Substitute 1
House Committee Substitute 2
House Floor Amendment 1
Votes Vote History

Actions

Top | Amendments
12/12/19
  • Prefiled by the sponsor(s).
01/07/20
  • introduced in House
  • to State Government (H)
01/13/20
  • posted in committee
01/16/20
  • reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
01/17/20
  • 2nd reading, to Rules
  • floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
01/21/20
  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, January 22, 2020
01/27/20
  • taken from the Orders of the Day
  • recommitted to State Government (H)
01/28/20
  • posted in committee
01/30/20
  • reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute (2)
  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, January 31, 2020
01/31/20
  • 3rd reading, passed 85-0 with Committee Substitute (2)
02/03/20
  • received in Senate
03/02/20
  • to State & Local Government (S)

Proposed Amendments

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Amendment House Committee Substitute 1
Summary Retain original provisions, except delete provisions concerning whether an incident is welcomed by the person to whom it is directed as a factor in determining whether sexual harassment has occurred.
Index Headings Ethics - Sexual harassment factors, alter
General Assembly - Sexual harassment factors, alter
Legislative Research Commission - Sexual harassment factors, alter

Amendment House Committee Substitute 2
Summary Retain original provisions, except: delete references to "intentionally"; delete references to "harassment" except for "sexual harassment"; specify that a single incident may constitute sexual harassment if linked to an employment benefit or is severe; specify that applicable criminal statutes of limitation shall not apply to ethical misconduct under KRS 6.601 to 6.849; require that allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment by an employee of the legislative branch shall be communicated by the director of the Legislative Ethics Commission to the human resources director of the Legislative Research Commission; and require all proceedings conducted and documents created be kept confidential.
Index Headings General Assembly - Legislative Ethics Commission, specified complaints, Legislative Research Commission, communicate to
Legislative Research Commission - Legislative Ethics Commission, specified complaints, human resources, receive
Ethics - Harassment, aside from sexual harassment, remove
Ethics - Sexual harassment, single incident, may constitute
Ethics - Criminal statutes of limitation, ethical misconduct, shall not apply to
Ethics - Proceedings, confidentiality, retain
Ethics - Documents, confidentiality, retain
Ethics - Intentionality, alter

Amendment House Floor Amendment 1
Sponsor K. Flood
Summary Amend new section 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.
Index Headings General Assembly - Ethical misconduct, prohibited behavior
Legislative Research Commission - Ethical misconduct, prohibited behavior
Ethics - Legislative branch, discrimination and harassment complaints

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