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.

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

Gun Violence Study

Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Gerald Neal
On Our Radar

Drug testing

House Bill 528
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. C. Morgan, M. Hart, D. Johnson, S. Wells
On Our Radar

Elections and voting rights

Senate Bill 251
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Morgan McGarvey
On Our Radar

Training for former coal miners

Senate Bill 196
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Ray Jones
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports policies aimed at significantly increasing the development of energy conservation, energy efficiency.

On Our Radar

Juvenile Justice

Senate Bill 20
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Whitney Westerfield
Additional Information

KFTC's platofrm supports a fair justice and education systems that doesn't discrimante based on race or age and moves away from a punitive punishment and to a restorative system

On Our Radar

Telephone deregulation

Senate Bill 10
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Paul Hornback
On Our Radar

Minimum Wage

House Bill 420
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Will Coursey, Joni Jenkins
Additional Information

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

On Our Radar

Public financing for campaigns

House Bill 398
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports campaign spending limits and public financing of elections to reduce the amount spent on elections and the power of big money contributors.

On Our Radar

Mine Safety

House Bill 384
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Robert Benvenutti
Additional Information

KFTC's platform demands enactment and enforcement of occupational health and safety laws that protect all workers in Kentucky, especially workers in occupations that continue to suffer high rates of preventable work-related death, disability, and illness such as coal miners, coal truckers, and other coal industry workers.

On Our Radar

Payment of wages

House Bill 378
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Jim DeCesare
On Our Radar

Hate crime laws

House Bill 370
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Lynn Bechler, Phil Moffett, Toby Herald, Scott Wells
Additional Information

KFTC's platform affirms that we will work toward a more fair justice system not mired in discrimination.

On Our Radar

Low-income housing tax credit

House Bill 355
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Adam Koenig, James Kay
On Our Radar

Drug penalties & treatment

House Bill 352
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Gerald Watkins
On Our Radar

Conversion therapy

House Bill 342
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps Jim Wayne & Mary Lou Marzian
On Our Radar

Administrative regulations

House Bill 332
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Addia Wuchner and Joe Fischer
On Our Radar

Payday Lending

House Bill 320
Senate Bill 168
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Darryl Owens and Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr
On Our Radar

Bathroom Bill #2

House Bill 141
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Rick Nelson
Additional Information

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

On Our Radar

Diversified Energy Plan

Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Reginald Thomas
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform speaks to the need have good energy policies.

On Our Radar

Criminal Justice Reform

Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Whitney Westerfield
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports working toward a more fair justice system.

For more information on this bill, see this article in the Louisville Courier Journal. For competing views, see  this op-ed by Amy Hannah (Criminal Defense Lawyers) and this op-ed by Sherry Currens and Eileen Recktenwald.

On Our Radar

IDs & Licenses for Formerly-Incarcerated

Senate Bill 110
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Ernie Harris
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports programs that promote the positive re-entry of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated prisoners into our communities.

On Our Radar

Reporting Arrest-Related Deaths

Senate Bill 44
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Reginald Thomas
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform oppose the inappropriate use of police powers to address problems.

On Our Radar

Liability for Timber Theft

Senate Bill 38
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. C.B. Embry, Jr.
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform supports strengthening present timber theft laws in Kentucky. This bill is not aimed at that. While it gives timber theft victims another lever for receiving compensation, it does little to stop the crime from happening.

On Our Radar

"Religious Freedom" for Schools

Senate Bill 17
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Albert Robinson
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports fighting to create a fair and just society that respects human and civil rights, uplifts all people to their potential, and values the participation of everyone.

On Our Radar

Public Resources for Abortion Services

Senate Bill 8
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Max Wise
Additional Information

KFTC's platform advocates for quality and affordable health coverage, including reproductive health services.

On Our Radar

Conceal Carry

Senate Bill 7
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Robinson
Additional Information

KFTC's platform calls for responsible gun ownership to address the problem of gun violence.

On Our Radar

Expand Absentee Voting for People with Disabilities

House Bill 258
Senate Bill 137
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. James Tipton and Sen. Jullian Carrol
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports policies that facilitate full democratic participation, including accommodations for people with disabilities.

On Our Radar

Permitting Firearms on School Property

House Bill 249
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Tim Moore
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports responsible gun ownership and initiatives to address the problem of gun violence. 

On Our Radar

Expand Death Penalty

House Bill 219
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Robert Benvenuti, III
Additional Information

KFTC's platform calls for the abolition of the death penalty.

On Our Radar

Equal Pay

House Bill 179
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Sannie Overly & Kelly Flood
Additional Information

KFTC's platform opposes wage discrimination based on gender, race, ability, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigration status, or any other defining characteristic.

On Our Radar

Tax Incentive for Coal Use

House Bill 165
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Jim DePlessis
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.

On Our Radar

Public Resources for Abortion Services

House Bill 149
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Stan Lee
Additional Information

KFTC's platform advocates for quality and affordable health coverage, including reproductive health services.

On Our Radar

Charter Schools

House Bill 103
Senate Bill 70
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Phil Moffett, Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, and Sen. Gerald Neal
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.

See an op-ed in The Courier-Journal discussing ALEC's charter school agenda as promoted by Gov. Bevin.

On Our Radar

Nuclear Power

House Bill 90
Senate Bill 11
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Watkins, Rep.Richards and Sen. Danny Carroll
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform opposes the expansion of nuclear power.

On Our Radar

Expanding List of Expungement-Eligible Felonies

House Bill 86
Senate Bill 72
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Darryl Owens, Sen. Gerald Neal, and Sen. Denise Harper Angel
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform supports programs that promote the positive re-entry of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated prisoners into our communities.

On Our Radar

Campaign Finance Reporting

House Bill 82
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Kenny Imes
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform supports expanding democratic participation that makes government open, honest, and responsive to the needs of the people.

On Our Radar

Coal Severance Tax

House Bill 61
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Jim Gooch
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports the collection of coal severance taxes and calls for an increasing return of severance tax funds to promote sustainable economic development in coalfield counties.

On Our Radar

Unmined Minerals Tax Exemption

House Bill 37
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Tim Couch
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports the continued fair taxation of unmined minerals. 

On Our Radar

Reduces Expungement Filing Fees

House Bill 17
Senate Bill 37
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Rick Nelson and Sen. Gerald Neal
Additional Information

KFTC's platform support programs that promote the positive re-entry of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated prisoners into our communities.

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