Bill Tracker | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2021 Kentucky General Assembly

The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly is now concluded. The bills listed below are among the ones KFTC prioritized, within the limits of our organizational capacity and a Republican supermajority opposed to KFTC's vision in most important ways.

To read a bill or get additional information, click on the bill number in the Summary column. If you’d like to let your legislators know what you think of any of these bills or how they voted, contact them through the Legislative Message Line at 800-372-7181 (open all year) or by email.

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KFTC's Priority Legislation
KFTC Opposes

Public funding for private schools II

House Bill 563
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. C. McCoy, S. Santoro
Additional Information

HB 563, as amended with school voucher language, passed the House, 51-45, on March 11. 

In the Senate, HB 563 was further amended and approved by the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee hearing on March 16, and passed the full Senate a few hours later, 21-15. The House later concurred with Senate changes, 48-47. 

HB 563 was vetoed by the governor on March 24, citing the $25 million cost that would be taken away from public funds and used to subsidize private schools. The House (51-42) and the Senate (23-14) voted to override the governor's veto on March 29.

See how legislators voted on HB 563.

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 was assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee. The bill was not moving  so the bill language was added to House Bill 563, which passed the House, 51-45, on March 11. See the entry above for action on HB 563.

A companion bill, Senate Bill 25, was assigned to the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee but did not receive a hearing or vote with HB 563 moving.

KFTC Opposes

Penalties on water customers

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

HB 272 was amended and approved by the House Local Government Committee on Feb. 11. It was passed by the full House, 70-25, on March 1.

In the Senate, bipartisan opposition during a Natural Resources & Energy Committee hearing led the sponsors to agree to stop pushing their bill and work with opponents on a modified version next year. However, Senate Republican leaders demanded an emergency committee meeting on March 16, where the bill was amended and passed committee. Because it had been fast-tracked, it went to a vote before the full Senate just a few hours later and passed the Senate, 25-10. The House then concurred with Senate changes, 71-23. See how legislators voted on HB 272.

HB 272 was vetoed by Gov. Beshear on March 23. The House (69-26) and the Senate (24-12) voted to override the governor's veto of HB 272 on March 29.

KFTC Opposes

Renter Evictions

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

SB 264 was assigned to the Senate Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee. Though initially fast tracked by Senate leaders, SB 264 did not receive approval by the Senate committee.

HB 570 was not 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 was not given a vote before the full Senate and died in that chamber.

See how committee members voted.

KFTC Opposes

Go to jail for not being nice

Senate Bill 211
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Danny Carroll, Michael Nemes
Additional Information

SB 211 was approoved by the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee on March 4, and by the full Senate, 22-11, on March 11. It was not given a heraring or vote in the House.

See how senators 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. In the House, SB 65 was approved by the Licensing & Occupations Committee on March 11. It passed the full House on March 16, 68-23. 

SB 65 was vetoed by Gov. Beshear on March 23. The House (71-23) and the Senate (30-7) voted to override the governor's veto of SB 65 on March 29.

See how legislators voted on SB 65.

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. In the House, SB 11 was approved by the Licensing & Occupations Committee and the full House, 75-17, on March 5. On March 11, the Senate, on a 26-6 vote, concurred with House changes.

On March 24, Gov. Beshear vetoed SB 11. The House (74-18) and the Senate (28-8) voted to override the governor's veto of SB 11 on March 29.

 See how legislators voted.

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 proposed a 27% excise tax on the gross commissions from the slot machine wagering. It was not assigned to a committee or allowed a vote.

House Concurrent Resolution 69 proposed a Pari-mutuel Wagering Taxation Task Force. It passed the House, 88-6, on March 12, but was killed by Senate leaders.

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 was approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee on March 1, and since it had been fast-tracked by Senate leaders received a floor vote the next day, passing 28-8.

SB 228 was approved by the House Elections & Constitutional Amendments Committee at a special meeting on March 12. It passed the House, 73-25, on March 16.

SB 228 was vetoed by Gov. Beshear on March 22. The House (70-24) and the Senate (29-8) voted to override the governor's veto of SB 228 on March 29, and the legislation becomes law.

See how legislators voted on SB 228.

KFTC Opposes

Constitutional Convention

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

HJR 56 was assigned to a committee.

KFTC Opposes

Turn out anti-abortion voters

House Bill 91
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Joe Fischer and others
Additional Information

HB 91 was approved by House Elections & Const. Amendments Committee on February 11, and passed the full House, 76-20, on February 25. In the Senate it was approved by State & Local Govt Committee on March 15, and the full Senate, 32-6, on March 30. As a proposed constitutional amendment, the governor cannot veto this legislation.

See how legislators voted.

KFTC Opposes

Reproductive Justice

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

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 without Gov. Andy Beshear's signature. Because it has an emergency clause, it went into effect immedicately.

See how legislators voted.

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