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HB 454/LM (BR 234) - R. Rand

     AN ACT relating to liens.
     Create new sections of KRS 376 to authorize utilities that provide gas, electric, sewer or water service to retail business customers to impose a lien on their property for any outstanding charges and fees when utility bill is in arrears in excess of $50,000; allow the lien to take priority over a mortgage, contract lien, or bona fide conveyance under specific conditions; prescribe the contents of the statement of lien; prescribe the method of recording the lien and the duties of the county clerk in recording the lien; permit the clerk to receive a fee for compensation for recording the lien; prescribe a method of enforcing the lien; identify the parties to an equitable proceeding to enforce the lien and the duties of the master commissioner; allow the owner or claimant of property to file a bond for double the amount of the lien to discharge the lien; and define "retail business ratepayer," "charges," "service" and "utility."


     HCS/LM - Retain original provisions of HB 454; limit the type of utility eligible for obtaining a statutory lien to a municipal utility; limit the threshold for placement of the lien to a retail business ratepayer being $10,000 in arrears on a utility bill; define "public agency"; clarify that the utility sends a copy of the lien statement to the retail business ratepayer.

     SCS/LM - Amend to limit the ability of the lien to attach to real property which has been leased to a customer of the utility.

     SCA (1, T. Jensen) - Prohibit attachment of the utility lien to the real property of a lessor when leased to the retail business ratepayer.

     Feb 18-introduced in House
     Feb 22-to Tourism Development & Energy (H)
     Feb 23-posted in committee
     Mar 11-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 12-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 15, 2010
     Mar 15-3rd reading, passed 96-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 16-received in Senate
     Mar 17-to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 23-taken from committee; 1st reading; returned to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 24-taken from committee; 2nd reading; returned to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 25-reported favorably, to Rules as a Consent bill with committee amendment (1)
     Apr 14-taken from Rules Committee; returned to Judiciary (S); reported favorably, to Rules as a Consent bill with Committee Substitute ; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, April 14, 2010; 3rd reading; committee amendment (1) withdrawn ; passed 36-2 with Committee Substitute ; received in House; to Rules (H); taken from Rules Committee; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1) ; House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute ; passed 100-0
     Apr 15-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 26-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 169)

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