02RS HB618


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HB 618/LM (BR 2156) - P. Clark, K. Bratcher, L. Belcher, De. Butler, R. Crimm, P. Marcotte, G. Tapp, J. Thompson, M. Weaver

     AN ACT relating to vehicle emission testing.
     Create a new section of Subtitle 20 of KRS Chapter 224 relating to vehicle emission control environmental protection to require certain air pollution control district boards to develop plans to meet the requirements of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards without the use of a vehicle emission testing program; require the establishment of VET program review groups in counties that are not in attainment of the national standards; direct that the review groups identify alternative methods of bringing the county into attainment without the use of a VET program; direct that a review group be attached to the LRC for administrative purposes; require a report by September 1, 2003.


     HCS/LM - Delete original provisions and create a new section of KRS 224.20-710 to 224.20-765 to require the county to direct the air pollution control district board to revise the county's vehicle emissions testing program so that only cars 6 years old or older are tested on a biennial basis; require fee increases to be limited to the annual inflation rate; require study of additional modifications or elimination of the program; require board to report study results to LRC; effective November 1, 2003.

     HFA (1, K. Bratcher) - Amend to require the voters of any county with an air pollution control district to vote to terminate a vehicle emissions testing program; establish the procedures for termination of a vehicle emissions testing program.

     HFA (2, P. Clark) - Delete original provisions and insert language which would require the elimination by November 1, 2003 of any vehicle emissions testing programs in a county containing a consolidated local government if the county is in attainment of federal air quality standards as prescribed; prohibit the air pollution control board from renewing or entering into contracts for the operation of such programs; authorize the consolidated local government to determine the means and methods of achieving attainment of air quality standards should the county fall below federally established air quality standards at a later date.

     SFA (1, G. Neal) - Include particulate matter as one of the pollutants for which the local government must meet federal air quality standards; require that if the Federal Highway Administration determines prior to November 1, 2003, that transportation conformity cannot be demonstrated, then the VET program shall continue in that county; require that if a VET program is continued under the Act, any fee increases shall be limited to the rate of inflation as reflected in the CPI; prohibit fee increase as a result of certain model years being exempted.

     SFA (2, D. Mongiardo) - Direct that if federal highway funds are lost because of air quality non attainment, funds eligible to be transferred to another region be used for projects located in counties within the boundaries of the West Kentucky Corporation and the East Kentucky Corporation.

     Feb 7-introduced in House
     Feb 8-to Local Government (H)
     Feb 25-posted in committee
     Mar 7-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 8-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 11-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 12, 2002; floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 12-3rd reading, passed 89-7 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (2)
     Mar 13-received in Senate
     Mar 18-to State and Local Government (S)
     Mar 19-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 20-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 21-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, March 25, 2002; floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 25-floor amendment (2) filed ; 3rd reading; floor amendment (1) rejected ; passed 26-12
     Mar 26-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 5-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 229)

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