Bill Tracker | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2019 Kentucky General Assembly

The 2019 session began January 8 and by the deadline in mid-February nearly 800 bills and 300 resolutions had been filed. KFTC monitored 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.

We'll have the 2020 Bill Tracker up in early January.

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.

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

HB 203 passed the House Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee and was reassigned to the Appropriations Committee, where it died.

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. However, Senate Republican leaders refused to allow the bill a vote before 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 approved by the House Judiciary Committee on March 12, 20-1, and the full House on the last day, 87-5. It was signed into law by Gov. Bevin on April 9,

On Our Radar

Payday Loans

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