2015 Bill Tracker
House Bill 70
Senate Bill 70
House Bill 70 and Senate Bill 70, theRestoration of Voting Rights Amendment, would allow voters a chance to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights to most former felons upon the completion of their sentence. KFTC also supports similar bills, HB 26 and SB 26.
A KFTC factsheet can be downloaded here.
HB 70 passed the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on February 10 and the full House on February 12 by an 86-12 margin (the 10th time in the last 9 years this legislation has passed the House). The House also defeated a floor amendment to add a three-year waiting period. Click HERE to see how they voted.
HB 70 and SB 70 were assigned to the Senate State and Local Government Committee and did not receive a hearing or vote.
House Bill 368
House Bill 368 would apply statewide standards to encourage “landlords and tenants to maintain and improve the quality of housing.” These standards already exist with local governments having the option to adopt them. HB 368 would apply the standards equally all across the state.
Learn more with this handout.
HB 368 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee but did not receive a hearing or vote. Interest in the legislation should result in a hearing during the legislative interim.
House Bill 132
The Kentucky Forward Bill (House Bill 132) would have made Kentucky's tax system more fair, adequate and sustainable with a broad variety of reforms. It would have raised about $575 million in new revenue, mostly from income and transactions that currently go untaxed. Lower income folks would have paid less in taxes, largely due to a 15% refundable Earned Income Tax Credit. Here is a HB 132 summary.
HB 132 was assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
House Bill 229
The Clean Energy Opportunity Actwould have created a Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard requiring utilities in Kentucky to get an increasing share of their electricity from clean, renewable sources and energy efficiency programs. It also would have established a Feed-in Tariff that sets a guaranteed rate for renewable energy producers. The two policies could create 28,000 new Kentucky jobs over the next 10 years.
The House Economic Development Committee also planned to hear about the job potential of clean energy on March 5 and that, too, was cancelled.
A hearing during the legislative interim by one or both of these committees is expected.
House Bill 131
House Bill 131 would have provided important protections for our water by prohibiting the dumping of toxic mine wastes, most commonly associated with mountaintop removal, into "an intermittent, perennial, or ephemeral stream or other water of the Commonwealth."
These are mostly headwater streams that are essential to the quality of waterways upstream and downstream. Mine wastes could be placed back on the mine site or an adjacent mine site as part of the reclamation process already specified in state and federal law rather than dumped over the side of the hill into the valleys and streams below.
Download a handout on HB 131.
HB 131 was assigned to the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee. No hearings or votes on pro-environment bills are allowed in this committee.
House Bill 374
House Bill 374 would close several corporate tax loopholes that allow some profitable corporations to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, and use the revenue to fund a 7.5%Earned Income Tax Credit for Kentucky’s working families.
Learn more from KCEP HERE.
HB 374 was assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. A committee had a brief "discussion only" hearing on March 3 with testimony from Rep. Jim Wayne, Rep. Greg Stumbo, Jesus Gonzalez for KFTC and Jason Bailey with theKentucky Center for Economic Policy. No vote took place.
House Bill 349
House Bill 349 extends the energy efficiency and renewable tax credits, including Energy Star home and Energy Star manufactured home tax credit, to taxable periods beginning before January 1, 2023.
HB 349 was assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
House Bill 2
House Bill 2 will raise the minimum wage for most workers in Kentucky to $10.10 an hour over the next three years, with exceptions for several classifications of employees. It also prohibits some wage discrimination on the basis of sex, race, or national origin.
HB 2 passed out of the House Labor & Industry Committee on February 5 and the full House on February 10 by a 56-43 margin. The House also defeated a floor amendment to lower the wage to $8 an hour. Click HERE to see how the House voted.
HB 2 was assigned to the Appropriations and Revenue Committee in the Senate where it died.
House Bill 379
Senate Bill 156
House Bill 82
Senate Bill 15
House Bill 82 and Senate Bill 15 would abolish the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without parole for inmates presently sentenced to death, and permitt imprisonment for life without parole and imprisonment for life without parole for 25 years for offenses formerly denominated as capital offenses.
House Bill 40
House Bill 40 would expand expungement statues to include Class D felonies when certain conditions are met, and to exclude felonies referred to a grand jury where no indictment ensues.
HB 40 passed the House, 84-14, on February 25. It was assigned to the Judiciary Committee in the Senate where it died.
Senate Bill 69
Senate Bill 69 would require an investigation and public reporting of deaths that occur during arrests.
SB 69 has been assigned to the Senate State and Local Government Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
Senate Bill 32
Senate Bill 32 attemps to limit the abuses of payday lending, including setting an annual cap on interest rates at 36%.
Learn more at the website of the Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending
SB 32 was assigned to the Senate State and Local Government Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
House Bill 103
Senate Bill 113
House Bill 103 and Senate Bill 113, as currently written, are placeholders for a bill to clarify that private companies not regulated by the Public Service Commission do not have the power of eminent domain.
House Bill 272
House Bill 272 sets up a Pipeline Safety Fund in order to equip and train emergency responders for natural gas and hazardous liquids pipeline leaks, spills and explosions. It also directs the Public Service Commission to get certification in order to set up a pipeline safety inspection program within the state.
HB 272 was assigned to the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
House Bill 324
House Bill 324 would prohibit utility shutoffs if a financial hardship exists, a resident has a serious illness, there is an infant under 12 months of age or adults 65+ years, it is between November 1 and March 31.
HB 324 has been assigned to the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
House Bill 100
House Bill 100 would allow local governments to establish energy project assessment district programs in order to advance the efficient use of energy and water resources, and provide for local funding.
HB 100 was approved by the House Tourism, Development, and Energy Committee on February 5 and on by the full House on February 9 by a 66-32 vote. It was approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on March 4 and by the full Senate, with an amendment, on March 11. The House concurred with the Senate changes, 85-13, and the bill has been signed into law by the governor.
Click HERE to see how the House and Senate voted.
House Bill 372
House Bill 372 requires a minimum buffer zone of 1500 feet between any special waste landfill, such as coal ash, and the property line of any residential property.
HB 372 was assigned to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
House Bill 327
House Bill 327 set conditions for eviction of residents of manufactured home communities; prohibit retaliation against manufactured home residents in certain circumstances; apply URLTA to manufactured home communities in c
HB 327 was assigned to the House Judicary Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
House Bill 63
House Bill 63 will establish a system for public financing of elections for justice of the supreme court.
HB 63 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on February 12. But House leaders refused to allow a floor vote on the bill.
House Bill 214
House Bill 214 sets up electronic voter registration throughout the state.
HB 214 was approved by the House Elections and Contitutional Amendments Committee on February 10 and by the full House, 92-3, on February 23. In the Senate it was assigned to the State and Local Government Committee, where it died.
House Bill 236
HB 236 and HCR 69 were both approved by theHouse Education Committee on February 24. HB 236 passed the full House, 88-5, on February 26. HCR 69 passed the full House, 79-14, on March 3. HB 236 was approved by the Senate Education Committee on March 9.
Senate floor amendments were filed related to use of restrooms by transgender students, prayer in school and making the student rep a non-voting member. On march 24, HB 236 passed the Senate 27-9-1 with the school prayer amendment. Supporters decided to let this bill die in the House rather than vote on concurrence with the Senate changes.
House Bill 1
House Bill 1 would amend the state constitution (if approved by voters) to give Kentucky cities the authority to enact local sales tax increases of up to 1% for specific capital projects, if approved by local vote.
Read HERE why the LOST is a bad idea and there are ways to raise local revenue that are more fair.
HB 1 passed the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on February 10 and the full House on February 12 by a 65-32 margin. Click HERE to see how the House voted.
HB 1 was assigned to the State and Local Government Committee in the Senate, where it died.
House Bill 152
Senate Bill 3
HB 152 passed out of the House Economic Development Committee on February 5. It passed the full House on February 24 by a 71 to 25 vote after House members rejected floor amendments that woudl have added some consumer protections back in the bill. See how House members voted HERE. HB 152 was fast-tracked in the Senate with committee approval on the morning of March 2 and a Senate floor that same afternoon. It passed 30-3.
Gov. Steve Beshear has signed HB 152 into law.
SB 3 was approved by the Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor Committee on February 11. It already has been taken from committee and given two readings on the Senate floor, setting the stage for a quick floor vote that was never needed because of the action on HB 152.
Senate Bill 1
Senate Bill 1, the “Right To Work Act,” would prohibit mandatory membership in or financial support of a labor union as a condition of employment.
House Bill 386
Senate Bill 186
House Bill 386 and Senate Bill 186 were identical bills written by the Kentucky Energy Cabinet to address concerns about the growing wave of deep drilling and fracking but it falls short of protecting communities from many of the most significant impacts stemming from high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracking.
HB 386 passed the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on February 24 and, being put on the fast track, passed the full House on February 25 by a 96-0 vote. An attempt to add a two-year moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracking was quashed by House leaders. HB 386 has been assigned to the Natural Resources and Energy Committee in the Senate and was given one reading on the Senate floor.
SB 186 was approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on February 25 and, also on the fast track, passed the full Senate the next day, 37-0. An attempt to add a two-year moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracking was quashed by Senate leaders.
SB 186 passed the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee on March 10, the full House 99-0 on March 11 and was signed into law by Gov. Beshear on March 19.
See how they voted on SB 186 HERE.
House Bill 130
House Bill 130 would reduce tax revenue for schools and county governments in counties where coal is mined by eliminating the unmined minerals tax for coal reserves that haven't been mined in the last 10 years.
HB 130 has been assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
House Bill 338
House Bill 338 would exempt unmined coal reserves from state and local property tax if the owner does not hold a valid permit to mine.
HB 338 has been assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
House Bill 84
House Bill 84 would have circumvented Kentucky's existing ban on the construction of nuclear power plants by allowing plants to be constructed on sites previously used for the manufacture of nuclear products.
HB 84 was assigned to the House Tourism, Development, and Energy Committee. No hearing or vote took place.
Senate Bill 90
Senate Bill 90 would have removed the de facto ban on nuclear power facilities by requiring only a plan for storage of nuclear waste rather than a permanent means of disposal.
SB 90 was approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on February 25, and by the full Senate 30-7 on March 3. It was assigned to theHouse Tourism, Development, and Energy Committee, where it died. See how the Senate votedHERE.
Senate Bill 196
Senate Bill 196 would have destroyed the residential net metering program that we currently have, while doing nothing good to encourage the growth of net metering in the commercial sector (though we believe this is not what the sponsor intended).
HB 196 was assigned to the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. No hearing or vote took place.