Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2019 Kentucky General Assembly

The session began January 8 and new bills may be introduced until mid-February. KFTC will monitor bills 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.

Finally, please like us on Facebook. That’s where we will provide the quickest, latest updates on important bills that begin to move or need action.

KFTC Supports

Black Lung Benefits

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

HB 75 is assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

Learn more about the crisis in black lung in Fixing What's Broke.

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. Angie Hatton & Chris Harris
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

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

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 legal

SB 67 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Hot Car Bill

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

SB 12 has been assigned to the Senate 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).

SB 100 will be returned to the Senate for concurrence with or rejection of the House amendment.

KFTC Opposes

Public education funding

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

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

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. It has been received in the House. See how senators voted.

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 bill is not before the House Health and Family Services Committee.

Bills to Watch
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

Call for a Federal Constitutional Convention

Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. J. Miller
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.

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

HJR 87 has been assigned to the House Elections, Constit. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee

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
On Our Radar

Hate Crimes and Sentencing

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

Hate Crimes

House Bill 129
Senate Bill 44
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. R. Meeks & Sen. G. Neal
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.

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 and next goes to 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

Early Voting

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

KFTC’s platform supports policies that facilitate full democratic participation.

On Our Radar

Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act

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

Read a Health Impact Assessment about SB 18 from the Center for Health Equity in Louisville.

On Our Radar

Payday Loans

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