2013 Bill Tracker

KFTC's Priority Legislation
KFTC SUPPORTS

Tax Reform

House Bill 142
Status

HB 142 was filed on Feb. 5 and was assigned to theHouse Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing was held and the 2013 General Assembly did not address comprehensive tax reform.

KFTC SUPPORTS

Clean Energy Opportunity Act

House Bill 170
Status

The Clean Energy Opportunity Act was introduced on Feb. 5 by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian. It was assigned to the House Tourism, Development, and Energy Committee. The committee held a "discussion only" hearing on February 28 but took no further action.

KFTC SUPPORTS

Restoration of Voting Rights Amendment

House Bill 70
Status

The Restoration of Voting Rights Amendment passed out of the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on Feb. 12 by a vote of 6-1, and passed the full House 75-25 on February 20.  However, it died in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

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KFTC SUPPORTS

Stream Saver Bill

House Bill 86
Senate Bill 29
Status

The Stream Saver bill has been filed in the House (HB 86) and Senate (SB 29) this year. HB 86 was assigned to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee but never got a hearing or vote. SB 29 was assigned to the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee but never got a hearing or vote.

Other Bills
KFTC OPPOSES

Religious Belief Act

House Bill 279
Status

HB 279 passed the House, 82-7, on March 1. The House refused to add language which would have ensured the continued protection of current civil rights laws in Kentucky. The bill made its way quickly through the Senate, with approval by the full Senate, 29-6, on March 7. Govenor Beshearvetoed this bill on March 22, but the House and Senate voted on March 26 to override his veto, 79-15 in the House and 32-6 in the Senate.

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KFTC OPPOSES

Mine Reclamation Bonding

House Bill 424
Status

HB 424 was taken from the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and given two readings on the House floor, even before the bill was heard in committee. HB 424 was not brought up during a March 4 special committee meeting called specifically for that purpose when KFTC was prepared to testify, but was amended the next day at a special meeting and then passed by the full House, 90-1. It went to the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee, received one reading on the Senate floor, but no further action.

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KFTC OPPOSES

Water Quality Exemptions

House Bill 165
Status

HB 165 passed the House on February 26, 91-3. It went to the Senate the next day but was never assigned to a committee.

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KFTC SUPPORTS

Safer coal ash disposal

House Bill 223
Status

HB 223 was assigned to the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee. A "discussion only" hearing took place on Feb. 28, but there was no further action.

KFTC SUPPORTS

Payday Lending

House Bill 178
Status

HB 178 was assigned to the House Banking & Insurance Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC SUPPORTS

Industrial Hemp

House Bill 33
Senate Bill 50
Status

HB 50 is the bill that moved. It was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on Feb. 11 and the full Senate, 31-6, on Feb. 14. It was approved by the Agriculture and Small Business Committeein the House on March 6, but then got bogged down in the House before an 11th hour compromise that gave some control of the growing aspect to the Ky. Dept. of Agriculture and control of the energy-related research to UK, with a role for the state police in doing background checks. Gov. Beshear has indicated he is not yet sure if he will sign or veto the bill.

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KFTC SUPPORTS

Prison Gerrymandering

House Bill 29
Status

HB 29 was assigned to the House State Government Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC SUPPORTS

Voluntary Energy Efficiency

 
Status

HCR 15 was reported favorable by the House Tourism, Development, and Energy Committee on Feb. 14 and passed the House on Feb. 21, 100-0. It was assigned to and died in theSenate Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

KFTC SUPPORTS

Fairness bill

House Bill 171
Senate Bill 28
Status

SB 28 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. HB 171 went to the House Judiciary Committee. No hearing or vote took place on either bill.

KFTC OPPOSES

Weakening the Affordable Care Act

 
Senate Bill 40
Status

SB 40 was approved by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on February 20, and by the full Senate, 22-12-1, on Feb. 22. It went to theHealth & Welfare Committee, where it died without a hearing or vote.

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KFTC OPPOSES

Weakening the Affordable Care Act

 
Senate Bill 39
Status

SB 39 was approved by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on February 20, and by the full Senate, 22-13, on Feb. 22. It went to the House before the Health & Welfare Committee, where it died without a hearing or vote.

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KFTC OPPOSES

Rural telephone deregulation

 
Senate Bill 88
Status

SB 88 passed out of the Senate Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee on Feb. 11 by a vote of 9-1.  It passed the full Senate on Feb. 14 by a 24-13 vote. It got a hearing but no vote on March 7 before the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee. It has received two readings on the House floor but was never voted in committee or on the House floor. SB 62 and SB 119 also were not called for a vote on the House floor.

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KFTC SUPPORTS

Abolition of the death penalty

House Bill 48
Status

HB 48 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC SUPPORTS

Tax credit for tolls

House Bill 129
Status

HB 129 was assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC SUPPORTS

Public Financing for Judicial Elections

House Bill 31
Status

HB 31 was reported favorably by the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 20, and the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee on Feb. 26. It passed the full House, 48-46, on March 4. In the Senate it was assigned to and died in theAppropriations and Revenue Committee.

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