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HB238

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HB 238 (BR 901) - R. Rand, G. Stumbo, R. Adkins, L. Clark, S. Overly, T. Thompson

     AN ACT making appropriations for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the Judicial Branch of the government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its various officers, boards, commissions, subdivisions, and other state-supported activities.
     The Judicial Branch Budget: appropriate $250,800 in fiscal year 2013-2014, $412,381,100 in fiscal year 2014-2015, and $427,317,400 in fiscal year 2015-2016 from the General Fund, Restricted Funds, and Federal Funds; provide General Fund moneys to revise the Judicial Branch salary structure; provide General Fund moneys for the increase in employer cost of health and life insurance, and five percent annual increments for personnel; provide General Fund moneys to support the actuarially required retirement contribution; provide General Fund moneys to fund current position levels in the Court Operations and Administration appropriation unit; provide General Fund moneys to support the Judicial Branch's portion of the KHRIS debt service payment; provide that funds in the Court Operations and Administration appropriation unit carry forward; provide that if the Supreme Court retains the 2008 increase in civil filing fees, the additional income, not to exceed $5,000,000 in each fiscal year, shall be deposited in a trust and agency account for court operations; provide funds to compensate local units of government for providing court space and for costs incurred in the development of local court facilities; provide that funds in the Local Facilities Fund carry forward; provide that the use allowance for the Fayette County Courthouse is contingent upon Short Street in Lexington remaining open to traffic; provide that funds in the Local Facilities Use Allowance Contingency Fund carry forward; provide funds for actuarial-assessed judicial retirement benefits; reauthorize a docket management capital project; detail deferred funding; authorize leases; clarify that nothing in this Act shall reduce funding of court facility projects authorized by the General Assembly; provide that if a court facility project is occupied and use allowance funding is insufficient that use allowance payments must be approved from the Local Facilities Use Allowance Contingency Fund, or if funds are not available in the Local Facilities use Allowance Contingency Fund, the use allowance payments shall be deemed a necessary government expense; provide the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts with expenditure authority; provide for severability of budget provisions and priority of individual appropriations; declare that KRS 48.312 controls duplicate appropriations; provide that any unexpended balance remaining in the Court's Restricted Funds or Federal Funds accounts carry forward; provide for the final budget document; provide for the transferability of funds; provide for appropriations revisions; include funds for trial commissioner salaries as provided for in the Judicial Branch Budget Recommendation; provide that issuance of paychecks scheduled for June 30, 2014, and June 30, 2015, shall not be issued prior to July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015; provide for participation in any Budget Reduction Plan or Surplus Expenditure Plan.

HB 238 - AMENDMENTS


     HCS - Retain original provisions with the following exceptions: decrease the General Fund appropriation and increase the Restricted Funds appropriation for the Court of Justice's court operations and administration; provide funds for salary improvements for non-elected employees; require the Administrative Office of the Courts to continue the operations and current schedule of night court in Okolona and Middletown in Jefferson County; require the Administrative Office of the Courts to develop and implement a caseload system to compare judicial caseloads for the purpose of realigning circuit and district judicial boundaries; provide funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates; suspend annual increases in retirement benefits for recipients of Judicial Retirement System pensions; require that capital projects be authorized by the General Assembly; require that capital projects not listed in the budget be submitted to the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee; require project development boards planning court facilities to study the feasibility of structural additions and renovations; allow the transfer of funds among appropriation units and to capital items authorized by the General Assembly.
     HFA (1, R. Damron) - Adds project authorization and deferred funding for Jessamine County court facility.
     HFA (2, R. Rand) - Specify that the Court Appointed Special Advocates funding is for Hardin County, combine the thirty-first and thirty-sixth judicial circuits and districts, and specify the allocation of judgeships.
     SCS - Retain provisions with the following exceptions: decrease General Fund appropriation by $50,000 in FY 14-15 and increase General Fund appropriation by $2,000,000 in FY 15-16; amend salary structure language; delete language related to night court in Jefferson County; delete language related to funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates; delete Nicholas and Henry County local facilities projects; delete language related to deferred funding.
     CCR - Do not agree.
     FCCR - Adopt the provisions of HB 238/SCS with the following exceptions: insert language prohibiting salaries and wages for all judges from being increased during the 2014-2016 fiscal biennium; insert language directing the Administrative Office of the Courts to continue operations of night court in Okolona and Middletown in Jefferson County; insert Nicholas County and Henry County facilities projects and scopes; insert language related to deferred funding for the Nicholas County and Henry County Judicial Center projects.

     Jan 22-introduced in House
     Jan 23-to Appropriations & Revenue (H)
     Feb 28-posted in committee
     Mar 4-taken from Appropriations & Revenue (H); 1st reading; returned to Appropriations & Revenue (H)
     Mar 5-taken from Appropriations & Revenue (H); 2nd reading; returned to Appropriations & Revenue (H)
     Mar 11-reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 12, 2014; floor amendments (1) and (2) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 12-floor amendment (2) withdrawn
     Mar 13-3rd reading, passed 99-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 14-received in Senate
     Mar 17-to Appropriations & Revenue (S)
     Mar 20-taken from Appropriations & Revenue (S); 1st reading; returned to Appropriations & Revenue (S)
     Mar 21-taken from Appropriations & Revenue (S); 2nd reading; returned to Appropriations & Revenue (S)
     Mar 24-reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, March 24, 2014; 3rd reading, passed 31-0-7 with Committee Substitute ; received in House; to Rules (H)
     Mar 25-taken from Rules; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute ; House refused to concur in Senate Committee Substitute ; received in Senate; to Rules (S); posted for passage for receding from Senate Committee Substitute; Senate refused to recede from Committee Substitute ; Conference Committee appointed in Senate
     Mar 26-Conference Committee appointed in House
     Mar 31-Conference Committee report filed in House and Senate; Conference Committee report adopted in House and Senate; Free Conference Committee appointed in House and Senate; Free Conference Committee report filed in House and Senate; Free Conference Committee report adopted in Senate; Bill passed 38-0; received in House; Free Conference Committee report adopted in House; Bill passed 99-1; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 11-signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 122)

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