Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Ceremonially Signs HB 440, HB 316

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 01, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Bills support nonprofits, protect victims of domestic violence

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Joined by legislators and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Governor Steve Beshear signed two bills which update laws for nonprofit organizations and which provide additional protections for victims of domestic violence.

House Bill 440

This legislation brings Kentucky law in line with more than 15 other states by updating rules for informal nonprofit entities such as Little League teams and local fundraising efforts. The bill allows these nonprofits to make a filing with the Secretary of State, affording participants limited liability from debts and obligations of the organization.

House Bill 440 will also bring much-needed updates to the state’s nonprofit corporation laws, accounting for advances in technology and spelling out how nonprofits can utilize technology such as email and conference calling.

“Life is better in Kentucky because of nonprofits – thousands of agencies and organizations that perform myriad vital functions, from raising money for those in need to creating recreation for our children,” said Gov. Beshear. “This bill simplifies requirements for those organizations, allowing them to focus more on their volunteer work than their paperwork.”

“There are more than 27,000 nonprofit entities registered to do business in Kentucky, and they benefit our communities in a variety of important ways, from creating important jobs, to combating hunger, to assisting individuals with disabilities, to supporting our youth, to promoting the arts,” said Grimes. “House Bill 440 will help them continue to serve our communities by simplifying and improving the laws that govern them, and I’m proud that our efforts to pass this legislation have paid off.”

House Bill 316

In 2013, the General Assembly passed a bill allowing victims of domestic violence to have their personal information redacted from publicly available voter registration records. This program is maintained by the Secretary of State’s office. House Bill 316 creates a funding mechanism to support the confidential address protection program.