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Anti-rooftop solar

Senate Bill Number: 

Senate Bill 100 is the extreme anti-solar bill designed to smash solar businesses and shatter Kentucky's opportunity to create a clean energy economy. Utilities failed to pass the bill the last two legislative sessions but appear to have lined up Republican leaders for passage in 2019.

Floor amendment 1 was added in the House and made several significant improvements to the bill but fell short of making it a good bill.

Follow SB 100 on KFTC's action page.

Bill Sponsor(s): 
Sen. Brandon Smith

On February 13 morning, SB 100 quickly passed the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee (see how committee members voted), was placed at the last minute onto the Senate agenda that afternoon (after a spur-of-the moment Rules Committee meeting), and passed 23-12 on the Senate floor (see how senators voted). Senate Republican leaders had the bill on the fast track to passage even before it was assigned to a committee earlier in the week. This maneuvering prevented a favorable amendment from Sen. Reggie Thomas from even being considered on the Senate floor.

That same afternoon, the bill was received in the House, and House Republicans waived the 3-day posting rule so it could be heard in the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee the next morning. It was and passed 10-4 (see how committee members voted). Six amendments were offered on the House floor; two were considered and one was adopted. SB 100 then passed the full House, 71-24, on February 15 (see how House members voted).

On February 21 the Senate refused to concur with the House amendment. On March 14, House Speaker David Osborne broke a promise to not allow the bill to go forward without the House amendment; the House voted to recede from its amendment and send the original, deeply flawed bill to the governor. SB 100 was signed into law by the governor on March 26.

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Opposes