BR 158 - Representative Sannie Overly, Representative Brent Yonts (09/11/13)
AN ACT relating to the legislative branch of state government.
Amend KRS 6.611 to implement the "no cup of coffee" rule for legislators, limit allowable payments for attendance of individual legislators to events held in-state, define "in-state" and include administrative regulations and legislative proposals not introduced in the General Assembly to the definition of "legislation"; amend KRS 6.701 to specify that sexual and workplace harassment information is to be part of the legislative ethics manual and training program, and specify that the training for legislators is to be conducted by an individual chosen by the deputy director of human resources; amend KRS 6.711 to specify that sexual and workplace harassment law and policy is to be part of the general curriculum of the legislative orientation courses, make sexual and workplace harassment training mandatory for legislators, specify that the training is to be conducted by a live presenter, expand the orientation training requirement to five hours, and require that two of the five hours of the orientation course is to be devoted to sexual and workplace harassment law and policy; amend KRS 6.716 to include updates on sexual and workplace harassment in the current issues seminar for legislators, and specify that one of the three hours of the current issues seminar is to be devoted to sexual and workplace harassment training; amend KRS 6.747 to specify that the legislative agent or employer may not furnish out-of-state transportation or lodging for a legislator with certain exceptions; amend KRS 6.767 to prohibit a legislator, candidate, or campaign committee from accepting a campaign contribution from an executive agency lobbyist, or an employer of a legislative agent or executive agency lobbyist during a regular session of the General Assembly, except for a special election held during a regular session of the General Assembly; amend KRS 6,811 to prohibit a legislative agent or employer to give anything of value to a legislative candidate, prohibit a legislative agent from soliciting, controlling, or delivering a campaign contribution, prohibit an employer of a legislative agent from making a campaign contribution to a legislator, candidate, campaign committee, or caucus campaign committee during a regular session of the General Assembly, and delete language allowing legislative agents and their employers to purchase food or beverages for legislators not to exceed $100 ("no cup of coffee" rule); amend KRS 6.821 to conform, and to include the cost of advertising during a General Assembly by an employer of a legislative agent or their affiliates in the employer's statement filed with the Legislative Ethics Commission; create a new section of KRS Chapter 7 to require the Commission, with the assistance of the Personnel Cabinet, to establish a job classification and compensation system for non-partisan employees of the Commission by July 1, 2014, require non-partisan staff to be employed, promoted, disciplined, and dismissed in accordance with that system, allow non-partisan staff to appeal to the Kentucky Personnel Board, require that each non-partisan employee of the Commission have a personnel file that is accessible to the employee, and provide that nothing in this section shall grant rights under KRS Chapter 18A to employees of the Commission; create a new section of KRS Chapter 7 to define "sexual harassment" and "workplace harassment", require the Commission to establish comprehensive policies and procedures to maintain a harassment-free workplace, require the Commission to employ a deputy director for human resources upon recommendation of the director who may only be dismissed by the Commission, provide for partisan staff to make complaints under this section, require complaints of workplace harassment to be investigated and the findings and recommendations made in a written report to the Commission, prohibit the Commission from providing staff support for a member of the Senate or House, or anyone directly employed by the Senate or the House, who has not consented in writing to be bound by the policies and procedures regarding sexual and workplace harassment; amend KRS 7.090 to require employment of personnel by the Commission to be in accordance with the job classification and compensation system; amend KRS 18A.030 to require the secretary of the Personnel Cabinet to assist the Commission in establishing a job classification and compensation system; amend KRS 18A.075 to the require the Kentucky Personnel Board to assist the Commission in establishing a job classification and compensation system; require the Commission to contract with an external entity within 10 days of enactment of this legislation to evaluate all facets of the policies, procedures, and culture of all Commission staff, require certain experience of the outside entity, and require the entity to recommend best practice in accordance with the requirements of this Act; EMERGENCY.
(Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)
To: Interim Joint Committee on State Government