Common Ground: Bipartisan Bills Passed

04/23/2018 05:24 PM

The past couple of weeks, Pure Politics has been highlighting several bills that vast bipartisan support—and unanimous passage out of the General Assembly. This week, measures that were passed with residents of the commonwealth in mind are being highlighted.

House Bill 176 is a bill meant to keep ambulance service fees transparent. The measure was sponsored by Republican Rep. Rob Rothenburger, R-Shelbyville, but Democrat Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, joined as a co-sponsor. The bill requires that ambulance service providers post their fee schedules and provide it upon request. Providers found in violation of this will be required to pay a $150 fee to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

House Bill 218 , deals with insurance coverage for those with autism. Currently, the age cap for insurance benefits still applied to those with autism, meaning at age 21, an individual would no longer be covered by their parent or guardian’s insurance. This measure removes the age limitation, while also removing any annual dollar amount caps. This law applies to all insurance plans in the state.

HB 176, was not the only measure Rep. Westrom co-sponsored along with a Republican. Westrom helped to co-sponsor Rep. Melina Gibbons Prunty’s House Bill 398 , which requires that any physical therapist applicant must pass a state and national criminal background check before being licensed by the state.

Finally, House Bill 319 , was passed with Kentucky veterans in mind. The measure referred to as “Boots to Business” waives the business filing fee for entrepreneurs who are veterans, or active-duty military members. The annual report filing fees is also waived for the first four years of business. The main sponsor of the bill was Republican Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, but had major backing from Democratic Secretary of State Alison Ludergan Grimes, D-Kentucky.

“This new law will not only help grow our economy but it honors the service of the Commonwealth’s 330,000 veterans. In 2017 alone, my office identified 8,300 Kentucky businesses that are at least 50-percent veteran-owned. This bill thanks our heroes for not only their selfless service and sacrifice to our country, but for continuing to serve their communities by growing our economy when they come home and take off their uniforms,” said Grimes upon passage of the measure.

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Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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