Bill Tracker | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2020 Kentucky General Assembly

The 2020 Kentucky General Assembly began on January 7 and will continue for 60 working days, adjourning on April 15. KFTC will monitor legislation related to our platform. If you’d like to express your opinion 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 Opposes

Anti-Abortion Attorney General Overreach

House Bill 451
Bill Sponsor(s):
S. Lee + 6 others
Additional Information

HB 451 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on March 4 (see how they voted) and the full House on March 10, 70-23 (see how they voted). In the Senate, HB 451 is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB 521 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Opposes

"Senate" Budget Bill

House Bill 352
Bill Sponsor(s):
S. Rudy, B. Reed
Additional Information

Read an in-depth analysis by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy of this bill here.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-Abortion Auditor Overreach

House Bill 391
Bill Sponsor(s):
S. Lee + 12 others
Additional Information

HB 391 was approved by the House Health & Welfare Committee on March 5 (see how they voted). 

On March 17, the bill was recommitted to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Family Separation Bill

Senate Bill 1
Bill Sponsor(s):
D. Carroll, J. Schickel, D. Thayer + other Republicans
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 acknowledge the legality of all peoples' right to seek asylum, and we seek the end of family separation, detentions and criminal prosecutions of immigrants at our borders and elsewhere. We also support open pathways to citizenship for people who are undocumented.

SB 1 was approved the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 30, by a 7-2 vote (see how they voted). The full Senate passed the bill, 28-10 on February 4 (see how they voted) after defeating a floor amendment that would have removed the worse provisions of the bill.

SB 1 is now before the House Judiciary Committee. See KFTC's Action Alert targeted at Judiciary Committee members.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-Sanctuary Bill

House Bill 51
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. L. Bechler + 17 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.

House Bill 51 is a bad bill that is somewhat different from Senate Bill 1, the Family Separation Bill. Most of the legislative focus concerns SB 1. We oppose and will monitor HB 51 as well. 

KFTC Opposes

Restrictive Voter ID

Senate Bill 2
Bill Sponsor(s):
R. Mills, D. Thayer, + 10 others
Additional Information

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

Senate Bill 2 passed the Senate State & Local Government Committee by an 8-3 vote on January 22, and because it was fast-tracked by Senate Republicans got a vote by the full Senate the following day and passed, 29-9. See how Senate committee members voted. See how the full Senate voted.

SB 2, with a committee substitute, was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, 11-7, on February 20 (see how committee members voted). Forty-two floor amendments were filed in attempt to improve the bill. House Speaker David Osborne would not allow most of them to be heard. On March 3, SB 2 passed the House, 62-35, with all Republicans voting for it and most Democrats voting against the more restrictive voter law (see how House members voted). 

On March 5, however, the Senate rejected the House's modest changes. On March 10, the House refused to recede from its changes. Both chambers appointed members to a conference committee, and on March 17 the committee reported that it could not agree on a compromise. This was not an unusual or unexpected outcome as it allowed a Free Conference Committee to be appointed, with more leeway in what it can put into a final bill.

The Free Conference Committee reported its final version of the bill on March 19, and both chamber quickly approved it (the Senate 25-2 and the House 58-25). It now goess to Gov. Beshear for his signature or veto.

KFTC Opposes

Expanding Police Powers

Senate Bill 89
Bill Sponsor(s):
S. Meredith
Additional Information

Under this bill, anyone who declined police demands for identification and explanations for their behavior, to the satisfaction of the officer, could be detained for up to two hours. That detention would not be considered an arrest, so the person would not have the right to call an attorney, and no official record would be made of the detention.

This bill targets minority and immigrant communities by encouraging police harassment and profiling. This bill has broad implications concerning policing in communities across the state.

Senate Bill 89 has BEEN WITHDRAWN by its sponsor.

KFTC Opposes

Damage to Rental Property

Senate Bill 11
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Schickel, C. Embry Jr., R. Girdler
Additional Information

Senate Bill 11 passed the Senate Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee on January 14, the the full Senate, 29-5, on January 16. It is now before the House Judiciary Committee. See how members of the Senate voted here

SB 11 was approved with a committee substitute by the House Judiciary Committee on March 18 (see how committee members voted). 

KFTC Opposes

Pipeline Protest Bill

House Bill 44
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Gooch Jr., A. Bowling
Additional Information

House Bill 44 was approved by the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee on January 30, despite several committee members (who voted yes) acknowledging flaws in the bill. It passed the full House with a floor amendment, 71-17, on February 10 (see how House members voted).

In the Senate, HB 44 was approved by the Natural Resources & Energy Committee on February 26. On March 5, HB 44 passed the full Senate, 31-4 (see how senators voted).

HB 44 was signed into law by Gov. Beshear on March 16.

KFTC Opposes

Health Care Refusal

Senate Bill 90
Bill Sponsor(s):
S. Meredith, C. Embry Jr., R. Girdler, P. Hornback
Additional Information

SB 90 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 20 by the 8-3 vote (see how committee members voted). A vote by the full Senate was denied by Senate leaders and the bill reassigned to the Judiciary Committee on March 17.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-Abortion Constitutional Amendment

House Bill 67
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Fischer, S. Maddox + 25 others
Additional Information

This bill seeks a constitutional amendment to state that Kentuckians have no stated right to an abortion. This move would essentially take abortion rights away from the courts and into the hands of the legislature. It is an attempt to add political, anti-abortion language to Kentucky's Constititution, and to turn out anti-abortion voters on Election Day.

House Bill 67 was approved by the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on February 20, 11-7 (see how committee members voted). It passed the House on March 10, 71-21 (see how House members voted).



KFTC Opposes

Abortion Gag Rule Bill

House Bill 142
Bill Sponsor(s):
L. Bechler, D. Hale, K. King, S. Lee, M. Prunty
Additional Information

This bill would mandate healthcare providers only be able to suggest abortion as one of many options, but not advise their patient either way, regardless of expert medical advise. This bill would limit pregnant Kentuckians and their families doing what is best for them by limiting the options they can be counseled on – regardless of the circumstances of their pregnancy. 

House Bill 142 has been assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

KFTC Opposes

War on the Poor 2020

House Bill 1
Bill Sponsor(s):
D. Meade, D. Osborne, C. McCoy, S. Miles, J. Tipton
Additional Information

In 2019, lawmakers worked to advance legislation dubbed "War on the Poor." This year's bill is somewhat different in it's details, the same intentions have driven both efforts, to damage programs that help poor and working class folks. 

HB 1 was fast-tracked by House Republicans who gave the unamended version of the bill a reading on the House floor even before it came up in committee. The House Health & Family Services Committee approved the bill with a minor amendment on February 20 by a 12-7 vote (see how committee members voted).

HB 1 received immediate approval by the Rules Committee and then by the full House, after it defeated several floor amendments that would have improved the bill, 58-32, on February 21 (see how they voted). 

In the Senate, HB 1 is ssigned to the Health & Welfare Committee. On March 17, Senate Republican leaders began fast tracking the bill for quick passage on the Senate floor.

KFTC Opposes

Armed Police in Schools

Senate Bill 8
Bill Sponsor(s):
M. Wise + 11 others
Additional Information

Senate Bill 8 was approved by the Senate Education Committee on January 23, and by the full Senate, 34-1, on January 27. A floor amendment by Sen. Gerald Neal to "allow SROs to carry firearms at the discretion of the local board of education" was defeated. See how senators voted.

In the House, SB 8 was approved by the Education Committee on February 4 by a 16-5-1 vote (see how committee members voted). The full House approved SB 8 by a 78-8 vote on February 7 after defeating floor amendments to eliminate the mandate that SROs carry guns (see how House members voted).

Gov. Andy Beshear signed the bill into law on February 21.

KFTC Opposes

Bathroom Bill

House Bill 132
Bill Sponsor(s):
D. Hale + 8 others
Additional Information

House Bill 132 targets transgender students' privacy. HB 132 has been assigned to the House Education Committee.

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