Pipeline Protest Bill | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Pipeline Protest Bill

House Bill Number: 
44

House Bill 44 would make it a felony to participate in certain types of protests against natural gas pipelines. It is modeled after a surge of similar legislation across the country which attacks the right of peaceful assembly as it pertains to gas and oil pipelines. It aims to create new criminal and civil penalties for conduct, including peaceful protest, around gas and oil pipelines and other infrastructure facilities. 

KFTC HB 44 handout

Bill Sponsor(s): 
J. Gooch Jr., A. Bowling

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.

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Opposes