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KFTC's legislative issues during the
2015 Kentucky General Assembly
KFTC's Priority Legislation
KFTC Supports

Restoration of Voting Rights Amendment

House Bill 70
Senate Bill 70
Status

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.

KFTC Supports

Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA)

House Bill 368
Status

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.

KFTC Supports

The Kentucky Forward Plan

House Bill 132
Status

HB 132 was assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Supports

Clean Energy Opportunity Act

House Bill 229
Status

House Bill 229 was filed on February 3 and was assigned to the Tourism Development and Energy Committee. A commttee hearing scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at was cancelled due to a snowstorm.

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.

KFTC Supports

Stream Saver Bill

House Bill 131
Status

HB 131 was assigned to the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee. No hearings or votes on pro-environment bills are allowed in this committee.

KFTC Supports

Earned Income Tax Credit

House Bill 374
Status

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 the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. No vote took place.

Other Bills
KFTC Supports

Energy tax credits

House Bill 349
Status

HB 349 was assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Supports

Minimum wage

House Bill 2
Status

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.

KFTC Supports

Fairness

House Bill 379
Senate Bill 156
Status

HB 379 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. SB 156 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. No hearing or vote took place on either bill.

KFTC Supports

Abolition of the Death Penalty

House Bill 82
Senate Bill 15
Status

HB 82 and SB 15 were assigned to the House and Senate Judiciary committees respectively. No hearing or vote took place on either bill.

KFTC Supports

Expungement

House Bill 40
Status

HB 40 passed the House, 84-14, on February 25. It was assigned to the Judiciary Committee in the Senate where it died.

KFTC Supports

Arrest-related Deaths

Senate Bill 69
Status

SB 69 has been assigned to the Senate State and Local Government Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Supports

Payday Lending

Senate Bill 32
Status

SB 32 was assigned to the Senate State and Local Government Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Supports

Eminent Domain

House Bill 103
Senate Bill 113
Status

HB 103 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. SB 113 was assigned to the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee. No hearing or vote took place on either bill.

KFTC Supports

Pipeline Safety

House Bill 272
Status

HB 272 was assigned to the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Supports

Utility shutoff prevention

House Bill 324
Status

HB 324 has been assigned to the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Supports

Local energy efficiency projects

House Bill 100
Status

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.

KFTC Supports

Special waste landfills

House Bill 372
Status

HB 372 was assigned to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Supports

Mobile home residents rights

House Bill 327
Status

HB 327 was assigned to the House Judicary Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Supports

Public financing for judicial elections

House Bill 63
Status

HB 63 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on February 12. But House leaders refused to allow a floor vote on the bill.

KFTC Supports

Electronic voter registration

House Bill 214
Status

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.

See how House members voted.

KFTC Supports

Student involvement

House Bill 236
Status

HB 236 and HCR 69 were both approved by the House 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.

KFTC Opposes

Local Sales Tax Option

House Bill 1
Status

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.

KFTC Opposes

Rural telephone deregulation

House Bill 152
Senate Bill 3
Status

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.

KFTC Opposes

Right to work

Senate Bill 1
Status

SB 1 passed out of the Senate with a vote of 24-12. It was defeated in the House Labor and Industry Committee on February 12 by a 4-15 vote..

KFTC Opposes

Oil and gas drilling, fracking

House Bill 386
Senate Bill 186
Status

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.

KFTC Opposes

Unmined minerals tax

House Bill 130
Status

HB 130 has been assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Opposes

Unmined minerals tax

House Bill 338
Status

HB 338 has been assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Opposes

Nuclear power plant construction

House Bill 84
Status

HB 84 was assigned to the House Tourism, Development, and Energy Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

KFTC Opposes

Nuclear energy

Senate Bill 90
Status

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 the House Tourism, Development, and Energy Committee, where it died. See how the Senate voted HERE.

KFTC Opposes

Net metering

Senate Bill 196
Status

HB 196 was assigned to the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. No hearing or vote took place.

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