Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2019 Kentucky General Assembly

The session began January 8 and by the deadline in mid-February nearly 800 bills and 300 resolutions had been filed. KFTC will monitor legislation related to our platform. If you’d like to take action on any of the bills listed in the tracker, you can contact your legislators at 800-372-7181. Operators will help you find your legislator and it’s very simple to leave a message.

To read a bill or get additional information, click on the bill number in the Summary column.

You can get additional resources for taking action by visiting KFTC's General Assembly page. Here you will find resources for talking with your legislator, reporting back what you learn, information on lobby days, and more.

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KFTC Supports

Black Lung Benefits

House Bill 75
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Angie Hatton, Robert Goforth & Travis Brenda
KFTC Supports

Clean Energy Opportunity Act

House Bill 213
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian + 3 cosponsors
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports the development of a clean energy economy in Kentucky. HB 213 would be an important step toward implementing the Empower Kentucky Plan.

HB 213 is assigned the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

KFTC Supports

Statewide Fairness

House Bill 164
Senate Bill 166
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian + 18 others; Sen. McGarvey + others
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform opposes and condemns discrimination. 

HB 164 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

SB 166 is assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Death Penalty Abolition

House Bill 115
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Chad McCoy + 15 others
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports the abolition of the death penalty.

HB 115 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Public Utilities

House Bill 16
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Chris Harris, Angie Hatton & others
Additional Information

When dealing with utilities, the Public Service Commission (PSC) is required to determine that the utility's rates are "fair and reasonable," and the PSC does that by looking at all of the utility's expenses and then setting a rate that guarantees utilities a 12% profit.

There is no provision in the law for the PSC to take into account whether customers in the service territory can afford that rate. This law would add setting "rates that include affordability and balancing of interests of various parties affected by the rate" to their mandate. This bill sets a method for determining what the fixed rate should be.

HB 16 is assigned to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

KFTC Supports

Minimum wage

House Bill 182
Senate Bill 51
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Reginald Thomas & Gerald Neal; Rep. Mary Lou Marzian
Additional Information

SB 51 is assigned to the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee. HB 182 is assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee. Similar bills in recent legislative sessions have not received a hearing in this committee.

KFTC's platform calls for a living wage for all Kentuckians.

KFTC Supports

Ban the Box

House Bill 90
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. George Brown
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform opposes discrimination based on current or former incarceration status.

HB 90 is assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

KFTC Supports

Ban Conversion Therapy

House Bill 211
Senate Bill 248
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Lisa Willner + 17 other Democrats
Additional Information

HB 211 is assigned to the House Health & Family Services Committee. SB 248 is assigned to the Senate Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations Committee.

KFTC Supports

Youth Voting in Local Elections

Senate Bill 48
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Reggie Thomas
Additional Information

SB 48 is assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

KFTC Supports

Extended Voting Hours & Days

Senate Bill 63
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Reginald Thomas & Gerald Neal
Additional Information

SB 63 is assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

KFTC Supports

Extended Voting Hours

Senate Bill 134
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Adams, McGarvey, Alvarado, Thayer
Additional Information

SB 134 is assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

KFTC Supports

Election Day holiday

Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Charles Booker
KFTC Supports

Youth Homelessness Prevention

House Bill 466
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Charles Booker
Additional Information

HB 466 is assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

KFTC Supports

Officer Shooting Review

House Bill 18
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Attica Scott & Kelly Flood
Additional Information

HB 18 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Jail Fatality Review

House Bill 264
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Attica Scott & Susan Westrom
Additional Information

HB 264 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Repeal Charter Schools

House Bill 17
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Attica Scott + 22 other Democrats
Additional Information

KFTC's platform calls for a system of high-quality public education, including pre-school through higher education, that is accessible and affordable for all Kentuckians. Charter schools take resources from public education and do not serve all students.

Both bills have been assigned to the House Education Committee.

KFTC Supports

Landfill monitoring

House Bill 222
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Maddox, Pratt and Hart
Additional Information

HB 222 is assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

KFTC Supports

Solar amendment

Senate Bill 100
Additional Information

On February 21, the Senate refused to concur with the House amendment. Next the House votes whether to stay with its amendment or rescind it.

KFTC Supports

Criminalize Animal Torture

House Bill 25
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. W. Thomas
Additional Information

HB 25 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

"Klaire's Law"

House Bill 98
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Diane St. Onge
Additional Information

HB 98 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Criminalize Sexual Violence Against Animals

Senate Bill 67
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. J. Adams & D. Thayer
Additional Information

Kentucky is one of five states where sexual assault of an animal is not illegal

SB 67 was passed by the Senate, 35-0, on February 20. In the House it was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on March 6 and is expected to go for a vote by the full House.

KFTC Supports

Hot Car Bill

House Bill 36
Senate Bill 12
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Bratcher, Sen. Carroll + 3 others
Additional Information

SB 12 was approved by the full Senate, 33-1, on February 20. It is now before the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 36 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

End Diaper Tax

House Bill 24
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Attica Scott + 20 others
Additional Information

HB 24 has been assigned to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee

KFTC Supports

End Tampon Tax

House Bill 23
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Attica Scott + 21 others
Additional Information

HB 23 has been assigned to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-rooftop solar

Senate Bill 100
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Brandon Smith
Additional Information

On February 13 morning, SB 100 quickly passed the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee (see how committee members voted), was placed at the last minute onto the Senate agenda that afternoon (after a spur-of-the moment Rules Committee meeting), and passed 23-12 on the Senate floor (see how senators voted). Senate Republican leaders had the bill on the fast track to passage even before it was assigned to a committee earlier in the week. This maneuvering prevented a favorable amendment from Sen. Reggie Thomas from even being considered on the Senate floor.

That same afternoon, the bill was received in the House, and House Republicans waived the 3-day posting rule so it could be heard in the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee the next morning. It was and passed 10-4 (see how committee members voted). Six amendments were offered on the House floor; two were considered and one was adopted. SB 100 then passed the full House, 71-24, on February 15 (see how House members voted).

On February 21 the Senate refused to concur with the House amendment. On March 14, House Speaker David Osborne broke a promise to not allow the bill to go forward without the House amendment; the House voted to recede from its amendment and send the original, deeply flawed bill to the governor.

KFTC Opposes

War on the Poor

House Bill 3
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Osborse, Meade
Additional Information

HB 3 is assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee.

It is posted in committee and could get a hearing on Thursday, March 7 (noon, capitol annex room 169).

KFTC Opposes

Public education funding

House Bill 205
Senate Bill 118
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. John Carney + others; Sens. Alvarado & Thayer
Additional Information

HB 118 is assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee. SB 118 is assigned to the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

There was a hearing on HB 205 in the House committee on March 5. No vote was taken, and the perception is that there are not enough votes, at this time, for it to pass the House.

 

Also read: Why Catholics should oppose Kentucky private school tax bill

KFTC Opposes

School Principal Selection

Senate Bill 250
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Julie Raque Adams
Additional Information

KFTC's platform calls for support of high-quality public education.

SB 250 was approved by the Senate Education Committee and then the full Senate, 31-6, on February 28 (see how senators voted). In the House it was approved by the Local Government Committee on March 6 and by the full House, 54-42, on March 12 (see how House members voted). SB 259 has been sent to the governor for his signature or veto.

KFTC Opposes

Weaken Open Records Law

House Bill 387
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Jason Petrie
Additional Information

KFTC's platform calls for easy access and an end to the overly bureaucratic procedures necessary to obtain open records in Kentucky.

HB 387 was approved by the House Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee, 11-5-3, on February 27 (see how committee members voted). The bill is posted for passage on the House floor. Seven floor amendments have been filed.

KFTC Opposes

Call for a Federal Constitutional Convention

Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Hornback, Mills, McDaniel
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports a healthy democracy. A Constitutional Convention would be a huge threat to our democracy. A Constitutional Convention under Article V of the US Constitution is unprescedented.

SJR 102 is assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. HJR 87 has been assigned to the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

SJR 102 / HJR 87 handout

To learn more about this issue, you can like and follow the Kentucky Constitutional Convention Watch page on facebook.

KFTC Opposes

Cutting Unemployment Benefits

House Bill 317
Senate Bill 171
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Webber & Huff; Sen. Robby Mills
Additional Information

HB 317 was approved by the House Small Business & Information Technology Committee on February 21 by an 10-7 vote (see how committee members voted). On March 12, the House Rules Committee reassigned HB 317 to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee, signaling the likelihood that the bill is dead – unless it shows up as a last-minute amendment to another bill.

SB 171 is assigned to the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Tax giveaways

House Bill 354
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Steve Rudy, Lynn Bechler
Additional Information

HB 354 passed the House, 96-4, on February 21. HB 354 was amended and passed by the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee and by the full Senate, 33-0, both on March 4 (see how House and Senate members voted).

On March 5, the House reject the Senate amendment and the Senate refused to recede. A conference committee was appointed to negotiate differences in the two bills. On March 6, the conference committee reported that it could not reach an agreement. A free conference committee was appointed and added several more special interest tax breaks – including more than $50 million for banks – to the bill, totaling $105 million in lost revenue.

On March 13, both the Senate (34-3) and the House (87-8) approved the free conference committee report and the bill goes to Gov. Bevin for his signature or veto.

See what else Republicans hid in the bill.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-sanctuary cities

House Bill 38
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Lynn Bechler + 4 others
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports the right of residents who are undocumented to be treated with the respect and dignity that all human beings are entitled to. We also support open pathways to citizenship for people who are undocumented.

HB 38 is assigned to the House State Government Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-abortion

Senate Bill 9
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Matt Castlen + other Republicans
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform calls for quality, affordable, comprehensive health care including … reproductive health services and access to abortion … for all Kentuckians.

SB 9 passed the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee and the full Senate, 31-6, on February 14. See how senators voted. The House Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee approved SB 9 on February 27 and sent it to the full House (see how committee members voted). On March 14, SB 9 was approved by the House, 70-19. On March 15 it was signed into law by Gov. Bevin.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-abortion

Senate Bill 50
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Robby Mills + other Republicans
Additional Information

SB 50 was approved by the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee on January 10 (see how committee members voted). The full Senate passed SB 50 the following morning, 30-6 (see how senators voted).

The House Health and Family Services Committee amended and passed SB 50, 12-7, on February 21 (see how committee members voted). The full House approved, 75-19, on March 13 (see how House members voted). The Senate later voted, 31-4, to concur with the House changes. The bill has been sent to the governor for his signature or veto.

KFTC Opposes

Utility Rate Increases

Senate Bill 255
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Brandon Smith
Additional Information

SB 255 is assigned to the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Higher Education Retirement

House Bill 358
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. James Tipton + others
Additional Information

HB 358, as amended, passed the House, 76-21, on February 27 (see how House members voted).

A last-minute committee substitute, first made public on March 12 in the Senate State & Local Government Committee, significantly changes HB 358. Read about that here: Pension Bill Breaks Inviolable Contract, Shifts Contributions from Underfunded Plan. The committee approved the bill, and it passed the Senate, 25-12, on March 13 (see how senators voted).

On March 14 the House voted not to concur with the Senate changes. The Senate must decide whether or not to withdraw its changes. If it does not a conference committee likely will be appointed.

KFTC Opposes

Unlicensed gun ownership

Senate Bill 150
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Smith, Thayer + 9 Republicans
Additional Information

SB 150 was introduced on February 11 and put on the fast track, passing both the Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committe and the full Senate, 29-8,  just three days later. It is now in the House Judiciary Committee.

On February 27, SB 150 passed the House Judiciary Committee, 12-8 with 3 abstentions, after pleas from police and mothers of children killed by guns not to do so (see how committee members voted). After a long debate and the rejection of several amendments that would have made Kentuckians safer, on March 1 the House approved SB 150, 59-37. The bill was signed into law by Governor Bevin on March 11.

KFTC Opposes

Judge Shopping

Senate Bill 2
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Robert Stivers, Damon Thayer, Stephen West
Additional Information

SB 2, as amended, passed the full Senate, 26-9, on February 28. It is now before the House Judiciary Committee.

House leaders already have given SB 2 one reading on the House floor, even though the bill has yet to be recommended by the Judiciary Committee. This indicates the desire by House Republicans to pass the bill.

KFTC Opposes

Privatization of water

Senate Bill 163
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Jared Carpenter, Paul Hornback
Additional Information

SB 163 was approved by thre Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee on February 20 (see how committee members voted). The bill has lingered in the Senate floor and has not yet been brought up for a vote.

KFTC Opposes

Renters' rights

House Bill 437
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Melinda Prunty
Additional Information

HB 437 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Bills to Watch
On Our Radar

Studying Public Water Systems

Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Tipton, Harris + 3 others
Additional Information

From the Kentucky Resources Council (KRC): This resolution seeks to prevent drinking system's decline and failure. KRC would have a seat on the task force.

This editoral from the Lexington Herald Leader highlight issues with drinking water systems in Martin County an in numerous other communities across the state.

"Stirring the Waters" is a series of investigative reports that highlights barriers that communities across Appalachia face in accessing clean water.

On Our Radar

Special Tax Zones

House Bill 203
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Angie Hatton, John Blanton + 4 others
Additional Information

News coverage from the Lexington Herald Leader

On Our Radar

Counting Inmate Populations

House Bill 6
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. R. Meeks & K. Flood
Additional Information

Ensuring that folks who are presently incarcerated are accurately counted at their last known addresses is an important piece of ensuring that Kentucky has an accurate 2020 Census count. Accurate Census counts are also important for informing legislative redistricting.

On Our Radar

Earned Income Tax Credit

Senate Bill 241
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. McGarvey
On Our Radar

Forcible Entry

House Bill 297
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. J. Petrie
Additional Information

The Forcible Entry and Detainer process is an expedited process to get possession of real estate. This bill adds getting money from renters to that process.

Presently, there are processes for monetary judgements between landlords and tenants. Those processes include the ability for renters to respond and file counter claims. This bill would remove these normal processes.

On Our Radar

Foster Care & Adoption Discrimination

House Bill 160
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. J. Petrie + 5 others
On Our Radar

Accessible Renewable Energy

House Bill 146
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. R. Meeks
Additional Information

The implications of this bill are that it would greatly expand public access to renewable energy. Individuals, schools, churches, and other institutions could all access solar energy and lowered bills without paying the high upfront cost of a solar installation, by leasing energy from the third-party owner.

On Our Radar

Repeal Youth Incarceration Bill

House Bill 50
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Attica Scott
Additional Information

The 2018 Youth Incarceration bill layered on the punishment against young people who are alleged to have ever had a gang association. It promoted racial profiling and focuses on punishment rather than prevention.

On Our Radar

Medical Marijuana

House Bill 136
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Diane St. Onge + 6 others
Additional Information

The KFTC platform supports the legalization of production, sale and consumption of cannabis and cannabis-based products for medical and recreational use, and amnesty of anyone currently experiencing legal ramifications of cannabis related charges. We support policies that restrict the monopolization of cannabis by corporate entities.

On Our Radar

School Security

House Bill 1
Senate Bill 1
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Carney & Sen. Wise + 45 others
Additional Information

SB 1 passed the Senate, 38-0, on February 8. With some changes, it was passed by the House, 96-3, on February 27. The Senate accepted the House changes the next day. SB 1 was signed into law by Governor Bevin on March 11.

On Our Radar

Hate Crimes and Sentencing

House Bill 145
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. R. Meeks
On Our Radar

Hate Crimes

House Bill 129
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Reggie Meeks
On Our Radar

Voting Rights

House Bill 91
Senate Bill 90
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Brown & Booker, Sens. Neal & McGarvey
Additional Information

KFTC is working to restore voting rights to folks who have been convicted of a felony in their past through advancing a clean restoration bill without exclusions.

To learn more about the movement to restore voting rights in Kentucky as well as KFTC's work on this issue, and to connect with Kentuckians taking action for the restoration of voting rights, contact Dave Newton at: dave@kftc.org

On Our Radar

School Councils

Senate Bill 3
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. John Schickel + other Republicans
Additional Information

School councils in Kentucky are composed of parents, teachers and administrators. They are responsible for establishing school policies that create positive learning environments for students. School councils ensure that the voices of students, parents and teachers are heard in schools' decision-making processes.

SB 3 would dilute the voices of students, parents and teachers in decision making and shift more control to district administrators.

SB 3 was fast tracked and passed the Senate, 23-13, on January 11. It is now before the House Education Committee.

On Our Radar

Limit Death Penalty

Senate Bill 17
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Julie Raque Adams + 3 others
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports the abolition of the death penalty.

SB 17 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 7 but has not yet been allowed a vote by the full Senate.

On Our Radar

Recreational Marijuana

Senate Bill 80
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Dan Seum
On Our Radar

Taxing Pension Income

House Bill 15
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. John Blanton + 3 others
On Our Radar

Paid Maternity Leave

House Bill 48
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. McKenzie Cantrell & Joni Jenkins
On Our Radar

Paid Sick Leave

House Bill 47
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. McKenzie Cantrell & Joni Jenkins
On Our Radar

Surprise Medical Billing

House Bill 138
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. John Sims & Cherlynn Stevenson
On Our Radar

Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act

Senate Bill 18
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Alice Kerr + 3 others
Additional Information

SB 18 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 14. It was approved by the full Senate on February 22, 25-7.

  The bill was given a first reading on the House floor on March 6, a sign that House leaders may be interested in passing the bill this session. It was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on March 12, 20-1. It is now in the House Orders of the Day.

On Our Radar

Payday Loans

Senate Bill 43
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Dennis Parrett
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