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.

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

Restore Voting Rights

House Bill 6
Bill Sponsor(s):
C. Booker, C. Stevenson
Additional Information

This bill is a clean version of the Voting Rights bill with no exclusions based on the kinds of felonies. Everyone gets their right to vote after they’ve completed their prison time, probation, and/or parole. KFTC is working to restore voting rights for folks who have a felony conviction in their past without exception. 

Many of the provisions in HB 6 are now included in a House committee substitute to Senate Bill 62, which already passed the Senate and a House committee and is headed to the House floor.

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, contact Dave Newton at: dave@kftc.org

KFTC Supports

Restoration of Voting Rights

Senate Bill 62
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Jimmy Higdon
Additional Information

KFTC supports a "clean" voting rights bill (such as HB 6) that excludes no one and includes no waiting period. 

SB 62, as originally filed, was approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee on February 19 (see committee vote tally), and by the full Senate, 29-7, on February 27 (see Senate vote tally).

On March 12, a committee substitute (see column to the left) to SB 62 was approved by the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. The bill now goes before the full House.

KFTC Supports

Tax Reform

House Bill 416
Bill Sponsor(s):
L. Willner + 19 others
Additional Information

Learn more about the variety of provisions contained in this bill in this blog post from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

House Bill 416 has been assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

KFTC Supports

Study Renewable Energy

Bill Sponsor(s):
T. Bojanowski, M. Marzian, C. Cantrell
Additional Information

HJR 91 has been assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

KFTC Supports

Declare Emergency in Martin Co Water Crisis

Bill Sponsor(s):
C. Harris
Additional Information

HR 122 has been assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

KFTC Supports

Wage Bonds for Mining Permits

Senate Bill 27
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Turner, C. Embry Jr., D. Harper Angel
Additional Information

As we saw over the summer when Blackjewel declared bankruptcy, the state of Kentucky didn't enforce the already existing bond law to ensure that miners would receive severance pay. SB 27 would try to prevent that from happening to other workers by ensuring coal companies cannot get or maintain a permit to mine coal unless they have a bond to pay severance pay to their workers.

SB 27 was approved by the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee on March 18, by an 11-0 vote (see how committee members voted).

KFTC Supports

Net Metering

House Bill 323
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. DuPlessis + 5 others
Additional Information

HB 323 would slow down some of the damage impacting the solar energy industry in the state. 

HB 323 has been assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

KFTC Supports

Utility Rates

House Bill 126
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Hatton + 5 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 offers utilities a 9.5 - 10.5% 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 126 has been assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee

KFTC Supports

Fair Maps Act

House Bill 326
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Graviss, J. Jenkins + 29 others
Additional Information

This legislative effort is being spearheaded by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky.

HB 326 has been assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

KFTC Supports

Hairstyles & Civil Rights

House Bill 33
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Scott + 12 others
Additional Information

House Bill 33 has been assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

KFTC Supports

Pre-Existing Conditions

House Bill 21
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. P. Minter + 39 others
Additional Information

House Bill 21 has been assigned to the House Banking & Insurance Committee.

KFTC Supports

Raise Minimum Wage

House Bill 39
Senate Bill 13
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. K. Hinkle + 13 others, & Sen. R. Thomas
Additional Information

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

House Bill 39 has been assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

Senate Bill 13 has been assigned to the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

KFTC Supports

Black Lung Benefits

House Bill 239
Senate Bill 215
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Hatton, B. McCool + 12 others, P. Wheeler
Additional Information

Ensuring that folks who've worked in the mines have the health care, income and retirements they deserve requires a Just Transition. KFTC members and our allies have been working at the state and federal levels to ensure that the epidemic in black lung disease is properly addressed.

You can learn more about the work at the federal level at fixwhatsbroke.org. To learn more about ways you can help at the state level, email Lisa Abbott at: lisa@kftc.org

Senate Bill 215 has been assigned to the Senate Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee.

House Bill 239 has been assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

KFTC Supports

Limit Death Penalty

House Bill 237
Senate Bill 154
Bill Sponsor(s):
C. McCoy & others; J. Adams & others
Additional Information

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

Senate Bill 154 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 27, by a 8-3 vote (see how they voted). A vote by the full Senate was denied by Senate leaders and the bill reassigned to the Judiciary Committee on March 17.

House Bill 237 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Maternal Health Bill

House Bill 138
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Scott, C. Booker + 9 others
Additional Information

House Bill 138 has been assigned to the House Health & Family Services Committee.

KFTC Supports

Statewide Fairness

House Bill 225
Bill Sponsor(s):
M. Marzian, P. Minter, M. Cantrell, L. Willner
Additional Information

House Bill 225 has been assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

KFTC Supports

Ban Conversion Therapy

House Bill 199
Senate Bill 85
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. L. Willner, P. Minter, + 15 others, Sens. A. Kerr, M. McGarvey + 2 others
Additional Information

Senate Bill 85 has been assigned to the Senate Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee. House Bill 199 has been assigned to the House Health & Family Services Committee.

KFTC Supports

Voter Registration

House Bill 81
Bill Sponsor(s):
M. Sorolis, T. Bojanowski, G. Brown Jr., C. Stevenson, B. Wheatley
Additional Information

House Bill 81 has been assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

 

KFTC Supports

Same Day Voter Registration

House Bill 80
Bill Sponsor(s):
M. Sorolis, T. Bojanowski, G. Brown Jr., N. Kulkarni, C. Stevenson
Additional Information

House Bill 80 has been assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

KFTC Supports

Campaign Finance

House Bill 111
Bill Sponsor(s):
D. Graham, G. Brown Jr., C. Stevenson
Additional Information

This bill would help with transparency during election season as candidates would identify any financial conflicts of interest.

House Bill 111 has been assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

KFTC Supports

Early Voting

House Bill 78
Senate Bill 43
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. M. Sorolis, T. Bojanowski, + 4 others, & Sen. R. Thomas
Additional Information

House Bill 78 has been assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

Senate Bill 43 has been assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

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