KFTC's Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2017 Kentucky General Assembly

If you’d like to take action on any of the bills listed in the tracker, you can contact your legislators at 1-800-372-7181. Operators can help you find your legislator and it’s very simple to leave a message.

To check the status of a bill, click on the bill number in the Summary column.

You can get additional resources for taking action by visiting kftc.org/stand4ky. Here you can 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-labor bill

Senate Bill 237
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Chris McDaniel
KFTC Opposes

Anti-sanctuary cities

House Bill 501
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Lynn Belcher
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.

KFTC Opposes

Federal Constitutional Convention to require a balanced federal budget

Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Scott Wells
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports a healthy democracy. A Constitutional Convention would be a huge threat to our democracy. 

KFTC Opposes

Net metering

Senate Bill 214
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Jared Carpenter
Additional Information

This is a complex bill. It's an attempt to "repeal and replace" the existing net-metering law. It is designed to give monopoly utilities tight control over solar in KY, and ensure that they are the ones to benefit. It would effectively end net-metering as we know it and replace it with a much worse deal for consumers. That would also hurt Kentucky's independent solar installers. The utilities are claiming it's great, since part of what it does is raise the cap on net-metered systems from 30 to 1000 kilowatts. But in the process they add new charges to solar customers and the possibility that those charges could change any time there is a rate case. The bill also locks in current restrictions on 3rd party ownership, the ability to transfer net-metered credits from one account to another, and independent community solar. Those provisions are essential for solar energy to benefit low-income communities and customers.

KFTC Opposes

Call for a Federal Constitutional Convention

Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. DeCesare
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports a healthy democracy. A Constitutional Convention would be a huge threat to our democracy. 

KFTC Opposes

State constitutional convention

House Bill 353
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Phil Moffett
KFTC Opposes

Local Immigration Compliance

House Bill 235
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Dan Johnson
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.

KFTC Opposes

Requiring Bonds by Community Groups Appealing Development Decisions

House Bill 72
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Jerry Miller
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports fighting to create a just economy that sustains communities, families and individuals, promotes health, protects resources for the future, and supports social investment that eliminates structural poverty. We support communities that value socio-economic diversity.

This is a complicated bill. On the one hand, the bill would require a neighborhood group, for example, to post a bond if it wanted to try to delay, through litigation, the construction of an affordable housing development. On the other hand, if a community group wants to stop an industrial construction project that would release toxic air, they too would have to post a bond if they want to appeal a lower court decision. In terms of intersectionality, this bill as written could remove a barrier to the development of affordable housing but would also undermine the right of communities to oppose unsafe developments. Kentucky Resources Council opposes the bill as written, calling the bonds unconstitutional. Metropolitan Housing Coalition in Louisville is working to attach some amendments that would make the bill better.

KFTC Opposes

"Right to "Work"

House Bill 1
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Jeff Hoover
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports the right of workers to organize and the right to collective bargaining.
HB 1 was fast-tracked by Republican leaders – introduced on January 3, passed the House 58-39 on January 5, and passed the Senate 25-12 in a special Saturday session on January 7.
See how House & Senate members voted HERE.

KFTC Opposes

Prevailing Wage

House Bill 3
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Jeff Hoover
Additional Information

KFTC's platform support the right of workers to organize and the right to collective bargaining.
HB 3 was fast-tracked by Republican leaders – introduced on January 3, passed by the House, 57-40, on  January 5, and passed the Senate, 25-12, in a special Saturday session on January 7.
See how House and Senate members voted HERE.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-Local Fairness Laws

House Bill 105
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Rick Nelson
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform condemns and opposes discrimination.

KFTC Opposes

"Bathroom Bill"

House Bill 106
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Rick Nelson
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform supports affirming people's gender identities and gender expressions and opposes discrimination.

KFTC Opposes

"Blue Lives Matter"

House Bill 14
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Kevin Bratcher
Additional Information

HB 14 is aimed at diminishing the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, and does nothing to increase protections for law enforcement personnel. Also, there  already are increased criminal penalties for harming a police officers, first responders and certain other public employees.
This bill is very controversial. The following analysis by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is helpful: "While violence against police officers is entirely unacceptable, these type of bills are very concerning for several reasons. First, these bills could create hundreds of new and enhanced offenses which would result in increased incarceration. Even minor offenses, like resisting arrest, could be subject to extreme sentencing enhancements. Second, these bills misunderstand the very purpose of hate crimes - to protect communities that have been marginalized within our society and who are at a higher risk of facing violence simply because of an immutable characteristic they share. Police officers do not fit this understanding of a protected class, because (1) police officers have never been historically marginalized, (2) their choice of profession is not an immutable characteristic, and (3) as a community, they are already protected in all 50 states by laws that make it a serious crime to assault or kill a police officer. If we decide to expand hate crimes beyond marginalized groups who share an immutable characteristic, there is a significant risk that any group that is viewed as unpopular could receive special protections and corresponding enhanced offenses."

KFTC Opposes

Three Strikes

House Bill 70
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Gerald Watkins
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform supports a transition from our current punitive justice system to a more restorative system that honors the inherent dignity of all individuals.

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