Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2019 Kentucky General Assembly

The session began January 8 and new bills may be introduced until mid-February. KFTC will monitor bills related to our platform. If you’d like to take action 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

Statewide Fairness

House Bill 164
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian + 18 other Democrats
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform opposes and condemns discrimination. 

HB 164 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Supports

Minimum wage

Senate Bill 51
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Reginald Thomas & Gerald Neal
Additional Information

SB 51 is assigned to the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee. Similar bills in past legislative sessions have not received a hearing in this committee.

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

KFTC Supports

Ban the Box

House Bill 90
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. George Brown
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform opposes discrimination based on current or former incarceration status.

HB 90 is assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

KFTC Supports

Repeal Charter Schools

House Bill 17
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Attica Scott + 22 other Democrats
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. Charter schools take resources from public education and do not serve all students.

Both bills have been assigned to the House Education Committee.

KFTC Supports

Death Penalty Abolition

House Bill 115
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Chad McCoy + 4 others
Additional Information

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

Here's more information from the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

HB 115 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-sanctuary cities

House Bill 38
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Lynn Bechler + 4 others
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.

HB 38 is assigned to the House State Government Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-abortion

Senate Bill 9
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Matt Castlen + other Republicans
Additional Information

SB 9 is being fast-tracked through the Senate (given two readings on the Senate floor already before being given a committee hearing). It has been assigned to the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-abortion

Senate Bill 50
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Robby Mills + other Republicans
Additional Information

SB 50 was approved by the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee on January 10 (see how committee members voted). The full Senate passed SB 50 the following morning, 30-6 (see how senators voted). The bill will be sent to the House and assigned a committee.

Bills to Watch
On Our Radar

Black Lung

House Bill 75
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Angie Hatton & Robert Goforth
Additional Information

HB 75 is assigned the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

Learn more about the crisis in black lung in Fixing What's Broke.

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

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.

On Our Radar

Legalized Marijuana for Adults

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

Early Voting

Senate Bill 63
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Reggie Thomas & Gerald Neal
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform supports policies that facilitate full democratic participation.

On Our Radar

Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act

Senate Bill 18
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Alice Kerr + 3 others
On Our Radar

Payday Loans

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