FRANKFORT – The County Clerks’ Association currently operates the “Birdhouse Project,” a not for profit 501(c)3 which raises money to benefit “Hope for Veterans” by providing financial and other assistance to veterans.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Johnny Ray Turner to help the county clerks in their fundraising efforts was passed this week by the Kentucky State Senate. Senate Bill 163 would allow a county clerk and employees to collect charitable funds raised from private sources for a statewide charitable program sponsored by the primary association representing the clerks.
Currently, more than half of the county clerks’ offices across the state participate by raising money for the charity.
Senator Turner, D-Prestonsburg, said this bill makes sure that there are no statutory impediments to county clerks’ offices collecting and sending the money to this charity.
SB 163 requires collected funds to be remitted to the association to be used for the purposed collected. The bill also provides that the solicitation and collection of the charitable funds is for the benefit of the public and staff time may be used to collect, account and remit the funds.
Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson and Leslie County Clerk James Lewis testified in favor of SB 163 last week when the bill was before the Senate State and Local Government Committee.
SB 163 now moves to the House of Representative for further consideration.