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.

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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. 

A problematic version of a voting rights bill, Senate Bill 62, has begun moving in the Senate.

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

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

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 has been assigned to the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

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

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
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Hatton, B. McCool + 12 others
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

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

KFTC Supports

Limit Death Penalty

House Bill 237
Bill Sponsor(s):
C. McCoy, K. Banta, R. Rothenburger, N. Tate
Additional Information

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

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.

KFTC Opposes

Family Separation Bill

Senate Bill 1
Bill Sponsor(s):
D. Carroll, J. Schickel, D. Thayer + other Republicans
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 acknowledge the legality of all peoples' right to seek asylum, and we seek the end of family separation, detentions and criminal prosecutions of immigrants at our borders and elsewhere. We also support open pathways to citizenship for people who are undocumented.

SB 1 was approved the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 30, by a 7-2 vote (see how they voted). The full Senate passed the bill, 28-10 on February 4 (see how they voted) after defeating a floor amendment that would have removed the worse provisions of the bill.

SB 1 is now before the House Judiciary Committee. See KFTC's Action Alert targeted at Judiciary Committee members.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-Sanctuary Bill

House Bill 51
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. L. Bechler + 17 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.

House Bill 51 is a bad bill that is somewhat different from Senate Bill 1, the Family Separation Bill. Most of the legislative focus concerns SB 1. We oppose and will monitor HB 51 as well. 

KFTC Opposes

Restrictive Voter ID

Senate Bill 2
Bill Sponsor(s):
R. Mills, D. Thayer, + 10 others
Additional Information

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

Senate Bill 2 passed the Senate State & Local Government Committee by an 8-3 vote on January 22, and because it was fast-tracked by Senate Republicans got a vote by the full Senate the following day and passed, 29-9. See how Senate committee members voted. See how the full Senate voted.

SB 2, with a committee substitute, was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, 11-7, on February 20 (see how committee members voted).

Eighteen floor amendments have been filed as the bill is now before the full House.

KFTC Opposes

Expanding Police Powers

Senate Bill 89
Bill Sponsor(s):
S. Meredith
Additional Information

Under this bill, anyone who declined police demands for identification and explanations for their behavior, to the satisfaction of the officer, could be detained for up to two hours. That detention would not be considered an arrest, so the person would not have the right to call an attorney, and no official record would be made of the detention.

This bill targets minority and immigrant communities by encouraging police harassment and profiling. This bill has broad implications concerning policing in communities across the state.

Senate Bill 89 has BEEN WITHDRAWN by its sponsor.

KFTC Opposes

Damage to Rental Property

Senate Bill 11
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Schickel, C. Embry Jr., R. Girdler
Additional Information

Senate Bill 11 makes the renter a criminal where there is damage, even though landlords already have the ability to sue for money and compensation. This bill would have disproportionate impact on the poor, working class folks, Black folks and people of color, and likely add to Kentucky's very high incarceration rate. To learn more about this bill and its impacts, connect with the Metropolitan Housing Coalition as well as Black Lives Matter - Louisville

Senate Bill 11 passed the Senate Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee on January 14, the the full Senate, 29-5, on January 16. It is now before the House Judiciary Committee. See how members of the Senate voted here

KFTC Opposes

Pipeline Protest Bill

House Bill 44
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Gooch Jr., A. Bowling
Additional Information

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).

HB 44 has been assigned to the Natural Resources & Energy Committee in the Senate.

KFTC Opposes

Anti-Abortion Constitutional Amendment

House Bill 67
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Fischer, S. Maddox + 25 others
Additional Information

This bill seeks a constitutional amendment to state that Kentuckians have no stated right to an abortion. This move would essentially take abortion rights away from the courts and into the hands of the legislature. It is an attempt to add political, anti-abortion language to Kentucky's Constititution, and to turn out anti-abortion voters on Election Day.

House Bill 67 was approved by the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on February 20, 11-7 (see how committee members voted).



KFTC Opposes

Abortion Gag Rule Bill

House Bill 142
Bill Sponsor(s):
L. Bechler, D. Hale, K. King, S. Lee, M. Prunty
Additional Information

This bill would mandate healthcare providers only be able to suggest abortion as one of many options, but not advise their patient either way, regardless of expert medical advise. This bill would limit pregnant Kentuckians and their families doing what is best for them by limiting the options they can be counseled on – regardless of the circumstances of their pregnancy. 

House Bill 142 has been assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

KFTC Opposes

War on the Poor 2020

House Bill 1
Bill Sponsor(s):
D. Meade, D. Osborne, C. McCoy, S. Miles, J. Tipton
Additional Information

In 2019, lawmakers worked to advance legislation dubbed "War on the Poor." This year's bill is somewhat different in it's details, the same intentions have driven both efforts, to damage programs that help poor and working class folks. 

HB 1 is being fast-tracked by House Republicans who gave the unamended version of the bill a reading on the House floor even before it came up in committee. The House Health & Family Services Committee approved the bill with a minor amendment on February 20 by a 12-7 vote (see how committee members voted).

HB 1 received immediate approval by the Rules Committee and next must be considered by the full House. Fifteen floor amendments have been proposed.

KFTC Opposes

Armed Police in Schools

Senate Bill 8
Bill Sponsor(s):
M. Wise + 11 others
Additional Information

Senate Bill 8 was approved by the Senate Education Committee on January 23, and by the full Senate, 34-1, on January 27. A floor amendment by Sen. Gerald Neal to "allow SROs to carry firearms at the discretion of the local board of education" was defeated. See how senators voted.

In the House, SB 8 was approved by the Education Committee on February 4 by a 16-5-1 vote (see how committee members voted). The full House approved SB 8 by a 78-8 vote on February 7 after defeating floor amendments to eliminate the mandate that SROs carry guns (see how House members voted).

Gov. Andy Beshear signed the bill into law on February 21.

KFTC Opposes

Bathroom Bill

House Bill 132
Bill Sponsor(s):
D. Hale + 8 others
Additional Information

House Bill 132 targets transgender students' privacy. HB 132 has been assigned to the House Education Committee.

Bills to Watch
On Our Radar

Surprise Medical Billing

House Bill 179
Bill Sponsor(s):
C. Stevenson
Additional Information

House Bill 179 has been assigned to the House Banking & Insurance Committee.

On Our Radar

Ban The Box

House Bill 43
Bill Sponsor(s):
G. Brown Jr., C. Booker, D. Graham, N. Kulkarni, R. Meeks, A. Scott
Additional Information

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

House Bill 43 has been assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

On Our Radar

Repeal Youth Incarceration Bill

House Bill 62
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Scott, C. Booker, G. Brown Jr., J. Glenn, D. Graham, R. Meeks
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.

House Bill 62 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

On Our Radar

Repeal Charter Schools

House Bill 25
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Scott, M. Marzian, + 10 others
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.

House Bill 25 has been assigned to the House Education Committee.

On Our Radar

Officer Shooting Review

House Bill 10
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Scott, C. Booker, G. Brown Jr., J. Glenn
Additional Information

House Bill 10 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

On Our Radar

Trans Youth Healthcare Ban

House Bill 321
Bill Sponsor(s):
S. Maddox, M. Prunty, J. Fischer, K. King
Additional Information

HB 321 has been assigned to the House Health & Family Services Committee.

On Our Radar

Plastic Ban

House Bill 85
Bill Sponsor(s):
M. Marzian + 4 others
Additional Information

HB 85 has been assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

On Our Radar

School Councils

Senate Bill 7
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Schickel + 11 others
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. This bill would dilute the voices of students, parents and teachers in decision making and shift more control to district administrators.

SB 7 was approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee on February 5 by an 8-3 vote (see how they voted) and by the full Senate, 20-15 (see how the full Senate voted), on February 6.

It is now before the House Education Committee.

On Our Radar

Health Care Refusal

Senate Bill 90
Bill Sponsor(s):
S. Meredith, C. Embry Jr., R. Girdler, P. Hornback
Additional Information

SB 90 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 20 by the 8-3 vote (see how committee members voted).

On Our Radar

Reduced Marijuana Penalties

House Bill 221
Bill Sponsor(s):
C. Booker
Additional Information

House Bill 221 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

On Our Radar

Repeal Unlicensed Concealed Carry

House Bill 31
Bill Sponsor(s):
C. Booker
Additional Information

In 2019, the state passed a law which allows concealed weapons to be carried by someone over 21 without a concealed carry license – meaning no required gun safety training, no background checks, no records to aid police in investigations.

House Bill 31 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

On Our Radar

Restore Prevailing Wage

House Bill 77
Bill Sponsor(s):
N. Kulkarni
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports the right to a living wage for all Kentuckians.

House Bill 77 has been assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

On Our Radar

End Tampon Tax

House Bill 26
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Scott, C. Booker, G. Brown Jr., J. Glenn, D. Graham, R. Meeks
Additional Information

House Bill 26 has been assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

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