Bill Tracker | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2021 Kentucky General Assembly

To read a bill or get additional information, click on the bill number in the Summary column. If you’d like to express your opinion on any of the bills listed in the tracker, contact your legislators at 800-372-7181.

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Check out the bill trackers and legislative priorities of our allies: ACLU-Kentucky; Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky; Kentucky Voices for Health; Forward Kentucky and the Kentucky Conservation Committee.

KFTC's Priority Legislation
KFTC Supports

Voting Rights

House Bill 232
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Jason Nemes, Pamela Stevenson, William Lawrence and others
Additional Information

HB 232 is similar to legislation passed by a House committee last year that received no further consideration when the pandemic curtailed the 2020 session. It has bipartisan sponsorship and support.

HB 232 has not yet been assigned to a committee but should go to the Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee

KFTC Supports

Breonna's Law

House Bill 21
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Attica Scott & other Democrats
Additional Information

HB 21 was introduced in the House on January 5, and after much delay assigned to the Judiciary Committee. The committee also is likely to consider Senate Bill 4, a weaker bill that addresses the issuance and execution of police warrants.

KFTC Supports

Healthy Democracy: Redistricting

House Bill 23
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Buddy Wheatley, Kelly Flood & Attica Scott
Additional Information

The majority party often has used redistricting to shape districts in ways that weaken the votes of minority populations, pit sitting legislators against each other and skew the district to favor their party’s candidates. The goal of this legislation is to remove that partisanship from the process. The Kentucky League of Women Voters has been particularly active in developing HB 23.

HB 23 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Supports

Healthy Democracy: Voting Hours

House Bill 51
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Buddy Wheatley & others
Additional Information

Kentucky has one of the earliest poll closing times in the nation at 6 p.m. This adds one hour in the evening.

HB 51 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Supports

Healthy Democracy: Expanded Absentee Voting

House Bill 72
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Rachel Roberts & others
Additional Information

"No excuse" absentee voting absentee (also referred to as mail-in voting) was widely used in the 2020 elections, but done so only under emergency orders for voters concerned about voting safely. HB 72 would make this a part of Kentucky law.

HB 72 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Supports

Healthy Democracy: Expanded voter registration

House Bill 182
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Josie Raymond
Additional Information

A person not previously registered could do so at the precinct of their residence on the day of an election, provided they met all qualifications to be a voter (age, residency, etc.). A person registered through their driver's licrese application or renewal would be required tro sdecline if they did not meet all qualification.

HB 182 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Supports

Redistricting

Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Buddy Wheatley, Attica Scott, Lisa Willner
Additional Information

HCR 61 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Supports

Ban Conversion Therapy

House Bill 19
Senate Bill 30
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Lisa Willner / Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr with bipartisan cosponsors
Additional Information

Both bills have bipartisan sponsorship. Neither bill has yet been assigned to a committee. 

KFTC Supports

Maternal Health Bill

House Bill 27
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Attica Scott and others
Additional Information

HB 27 and most of the other maternal health-related bills have not been assigned to committees.

However, House Bill 212 is moving. It would require a child and maternal fatality annual demographic analysis by race, income and geography. HB 212 was approved unanimously by the House Health & Family Services Committee on February 4 but then was reassigned by House leaders to the State Government Committee rather than sent to the floor for a vote.

KFTC Supports

Civil rights protection

House Bill 132
Bill Sponsor(s):
Nima Kulkarni, Jason Nemes
Additional Information

HB 132 has not been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Opposes

Public funding for private schools

House Bill 149
Senate Bill 25
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Chad McCoy / Sen. Ralph Alvarado and other Republicans
Additional Information

HB 149 is before the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

A companion bill, Senate Bill 25, is before the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Penalties on water customers

House Bill 272
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Josh Bray and other Republicans
Additional Information

HB 272 was approved by the House Local Government Committee on Feb. 11. It was passed by the full House, 70-25, on March 1. It now goes to the Senate.

See how House members voted.

KFTC Opposes

Renter Evictions

Senate Bill 264
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Stephen West and Republicans; Rep. David Meade
Additional Information

SB 264 has been assigned to the Senate Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee.

HB 570 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Opposes

Medical care refusal

Senate Bill 83
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Stephen Meredith, Robby Mills
Additional Information

SB 83 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 11. It next goes to the full Senate for a vote.

See how committee members voted.

KFTC Opposes

Child food security

Senate Bill 65
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Steven West, Ralph Alvarado
Additional Information

SB 65 was approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee on February 10 and the full Senate, 30-6, on February 23..
See how committee members voted. 
See how all senators voted.

In the House, SB 65 is on the agenda for the Licensing & Occupations Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 3.

KFTC Opposes

Criminalizing rental damage

Senate Bill 11
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. John Schickel & other Republicans
Additional Information

SB 11 was approved by the Senate Licensing & Occupations Committee and the full Senate, 28-8, on February 4. See how senators voted.

In the House SB 11 has been assigned to the Licensing & Occupations Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Legalized pari-mutuel gambling

Senate Bill 120
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. John Schickel and others
Additional Information

SB 120 was approved by the Senate Licensing & Occupations Committee and by the full Senate, 22-15, on February 9.

It was moved through the House in near record time, getting a committee hearing and approval on February 10 and approval by the full House, 55-38, on February 11. Gov. Beshear signed the bill into law on February 22.

An effort, through a House floor amendment, to increase the excise tax on historical horse racing from 1.5% to 3.5% was ruled out of order by House Speaker David Osborne. Another bill, HB 481 proposes a 27% excise tax on the gross commissions from the slot machine wagering. It has not yet been assigned to a committee.

See how Senate and House members voted on SB 120.

KFTC Opposes

U.S. Senate vacancies

Senate Bill 228
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Robert Stivers, Tom Buford
Additional Information

SB 228 has been assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Constitutional Convention

Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Robby Mills and other Republicans
Additional Information

HJR 56 has not been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Opposes

Reproductive Justice

Senate Bill 9
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Whitney Westerfield
Additional Information

The purpose of SB 9 seems to be to "shame and ostracize patients and healthcare providers … [and use] inflammatory rhetoric to make physicians who provide abortion care appear criminal." (ACLU-KY analysis).

SB 9 was fast-tracked by Republicans and passed by the Senate 32-4 and the House 76-18 in the first week of January. It became law with Gov. Andy Beshear's signature. Because it has an emergency clause, it goes into effect immedicately.

Bills to Watch

Comprehensive Tax Reform

House Bill 356
Additional Information

HB 356 has not been assigned to a committee.

Omnibus voting changes

House Bill 574
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Jennifer Decker
Additional Information

A 144-page committee substitute for the original 138-page HB 574 was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on February 25. It was approved by the full House, 93-4, on February 26, after they defeated a provision to expand no-excuse in-person early voting and added a provision to help people who are homeless register and vote.

See how House members voted.

Death Penalty Limit / Abolition

House Bill 148
Senate Bill 60
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Chad McCoy, Sen, Stephen Meredith and other Republicans and Democrats
Additional Information

HB 148 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on February 24. It passed the full House, 75-16, on March 1. See how House members voted.

SB 60 has not been assigned to a committee.

Statewide Fairness

House Bill 116
Senate Bill 269
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Minter and Willner, Sen. McGarvey and Democrat and Republican cosponsors
Additional Information

None of the bills have been assigned to a committee by legislative leaders.

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