Advocacy

Legislative Updates

During legislative sessions, it is critical for REALTORS® across Kentucky to come together and speak with one voice about the stability a sound and dynamic real estate market brings to the Commonwealth.  Please be sure to look for KAR's Legislative Update every Monday during this legislative session for the latest updates and information in Frankfort and how it affects your business.

2017 Legislative Issues

During sessions of the Kentucky State Legislature, KAR provides a weekly report of the bills we support, oppose and are monitoring.  The current reports, as well as an archive of past reports, are located below.

January 9, 2017 Legislative Update
February 13, 2017 Legislative Update
February 20, 2017 Legislative Update
2016
April 15, 2016 Legislative Update
April 1, 2016 Legislative Update
March 25, 2016 Legislative Update
March 18, 2016 Legislative Update
March 11, 2016 Legislative Update
March 4, 2016 Legislative Update
February 26, 2016 Legislative Update
February 19, 2016 Legislative Update
February 12, 2016 Legislative Update
February 5, 2016 Legislative Update
January 29, 2016 Legislative Update
January 22, 2016 Legislative Update
January 15, 2016 Legislative Update

Members are encouraged to stay updated on bill summaries, amendments and resolutions to proposed legislation and bills that have been passed. You can also stay up to date on committee meeting schedules and agendas as well as the legislators themselves. 

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Issues KAR is Tracking

(2015) HB 149 Post-license education for new real estate licensees.
March 30, 2015

 

This bill was sponsored and pursued by KAR in teh 2015 Session and passed:

Jan 8-introduced in House 
Jan 9-to Licensing & Occupations (H) 
Feb 4-posted in committee 
Feb 11-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute 
Feb 12-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 17, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 13, 2015 
Feb 23-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute 
Feb 24-floor amendments (2) and (3) filed to Committee Substitute 
Feb 25-floor amendment (4) filed to Committee Substitute 
Feb 27-3rd reading, passed 91-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (4) 
Mar 2-received in Senate 
Mar 3-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S) 
Mar 9-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar 
Mar 10-2nd reading, to Rules 
Mar 11-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 11, 2015; passed over and retained in the Consent Orders of the Day 
Mar 23-3rd reading, passed 37-0 
Mar 24-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor 
Mar 30-signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 97) 

 
 

Special thanks to Senator Albert Robinson and Representative Tommy Thompson for their early support of the bill.

The following associations have voted proactively and individually to support the bill:
 
  • Eastern Kentucky Association of REALTORS
  • Lexington Bluegrass Association of REALTORS
  • Northern Kentucky Association of REALTORS
  • REALTOR Association of Southern Kentucky (Bowling Green)
(2015) SB123: Dog bite legislation for property owners
February 23, 2015

Currently, under Kentucky state law, property owners are responsible for their tenants dog if the animal attacks or bites someone. As it states, the "owner," when applied to the proprietorship of a dog, includes "every person having a right of property in the dog and every person who keeps or harbors the dog, or has it in his care, or permits it to remain on or about premises owned or occupied by him." This bill would exclude the property owner if the owner is acting as a landlord for a tenant who owns such a dog by amending KRS 258.095 - modifying the definition of persons who would qualify as the owner of a dog for purposes of that chapter. To view the bill status, click here.  To learn more about the bill, click here to watch the video. Talking Points.

2015-02-19

Senate

returned to Agriculture (S)

2015-02-19

Senate

1st reading

2015-02-19

Senate

taken from Agriculture (S)

2015-02-09

Senate

to Agriculture (S)

2015-02-05

Senate

introduced in Senate

(2015) Kentucky Planned Community Act
February 10, 2015

The KPCA is legislation designed to (a) establish and modernize the law governing planned communities; and (b) make uniform the law among the various jurisdictions.

The following documents have been received by KAR and are published her for member access:
 

The KAR Governmental Affairs Committee is currently reviewing this legislation for its impact on REALTORS(r) and the public
(2014) New Data Security Breach Notification Requirements
December 22, 2014

VIEW THE ISSUE SUMMARY FROM KAR's ATTORNEY HB 232
The Security Breach Notification legislation went into effect July 15th, 2014 
in Kentucky.  This legislation requires businesses and organizations to provide notice to their consumers when a security breach involving personal data occurs.  The issue of data security is hot – from the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2013 to the CEO of Target Corp being hauled to The Hill for grilling over his company's recent security breach. 

According to HB 232 a security breach is defined as unauthorized acquisition of unencrypted and unredacted computerized data that compromises the security, confidentiality, or integrity of personally identifiableinformation maintained by the information holder as part of a database regarding multiple individuals that causes, or leads the information holder to reasonably believe has caused o will cause, identity theft or fraud against any Kentucky resident.

  • Personally identifiable information – means an individual’s first name or first initial and last name in combination with a social security number, driver’s license number or account number (credit, debit cards, security and access codes)
  • Information holder – means any person or business entity that conducts business in Kentucky (i.e. real estate broker/owner)

Any information holder is required to disclose any breach of the security system following discovery or notification of the breach to any Kentucky resident whose unencrypted personal information was/is reasonably believed to have been acquired by an unauthorized person.  This disclosure should be made in the most expedient time possible and without reasonably delay.  The notification may be delayed if a law enforcement agency determines that the notification will impede a criminal investigation.  Notices may be provided by one of the following methods:  (1) Written notice;             (2) electronic notice; or (3) substitute notice and that’s if the information holder is able to demonstrate that the cost of providing notice would exceed $250,000 or that the affected class of subject persons to be notified exceeds $500,000, or the information holder does not have sufficient contact information.

Many consumers are looking at data and how’s it’s used in business. NAR Senior Technology Policy Representative Melanie Wyne says “Clients today are smart and savvy,”. “They want to know what you’re doing to keep their data safe.”

Real estate professionals need to make sure they are securing clients’ driver’s license numbers, earnest money checks, HUD1 forms, rental applications, and any mortgage broker/lender information they may have on behalf of their customers.