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 adjourned on April 15, meeting for only 53 of the originally scheduled 60 days (reducing its schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic). KFTC monitored legislation throughout the session related to our platform. If you’d like to express your opinion on any of the bills listed in the tracker, contact your legislators at 800-372-7181. Operators will help you find your legislator and it’s very simple to leave a message. The Message Line stays open throughout the year, Monday-Friday.

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

HB 6 was a clean version of the Voting Rights bill with no exclusions based on the kinds of felonies. Everyone would get their right to vote after they’ve completed their prison time, probation, and/or parole. KFTC works to restore voting rights for folks who have a felony conviction in their past without exception. 

Many of the provisions in HB 6 were included in a House Elections & Constitutional Amendments Committee substitute to Senate Bill 62, which had already passed the Senate and made it as far as the House floor. However, House GOP leaders did not call SB 62for a vote.

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

Restoration of Voting Rights

Senate Bill 62
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Jimmy Higdon
Additional Information

KFTC supports a "clean" voting rights bill (such as HB 6) that excludes no one and includes no waiting period. 

SB 62, as originally filed and KFTC opposed, was approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee on February 19 (see committee vote tally), and by the full Senate, 29-7, on February 27 (see Senate vote tally).

On March 12, a committee substitute (see column to the left) to SB 62 was approved by the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. However, House GOP leaders did not bring the bill to a vote before the full House before the session adjourned.

KFTC Supports

Tax Reform

House Bill 416
Bill Sponsor(s):
L. Willner + 19 others
Additional Information

House Bill 416 was assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

KFTC Supports

Study Renewable Energy

Bill Sponsor(s):
T. Bojanowski, M. Marzian, C. Cantrell
Additional Information

HJR 91 was assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the resolution.

KFTC Supports

Statewide Fairness

House Bill 225
Bill Sponsor(s):
M. Marzian, P. Minter, M. Cantrell, L. Willner
Additional Information

House Bill 225 was assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

KFTC Supports

Declare Emergency in Martin Co Water Crisis

Bill Sponsor(s):
C. Harris
Additional Information

HR 122 was assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the resolution.

KFTC Supports

Wage Bonds for Mining Permits

Senate Bill 27
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Turner, C. Embry Jr., D. Harper Angel
Additional Information

SB 27 was approved by the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee on March 18, by an 11-0 vote (see how committee members voted). However, Senate GOP leaders did not allow the bill to be voted on by the full Senate and eventually killed the bill.

KFTC Supports

Net Metering

House Bill 323
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. DuPlessis + 5 others
Additional Information

HB 323 was assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Jim Gooch, who is a strongly anti-renewable energy. House GOP leaders did not push for a hearing or a vote on the bill.

KFTC Supports

Utility Rates

House Bill 126
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Hatton + 5 others
Additional Information

HB 126 was assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

KFTC Supports

Fair Maps Act

House Bill 326
Bill Sponsor(s):
J. Graviss, J. Jenkins + 29 others
Additional Information

HB 326 was assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

KFTC Supports

Hairstyles & Civil Rights

House Bill 33
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Scott + 12 others
Additional Information

House Bill 33 was assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

KFTC Supports

Pre-Existing Conditions

House Bill 21
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. P. Minter + 39 others
Additional Information

House Bill 21 was assigned to the House Banking & Insurance Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

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 was assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

Senate Bill 13 was assigned to the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

House and Senate GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bills.

KFTC Supports

Black Lung Benefits

House Bill 239
Senate Bill 215
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Hatton, B. McCool + 12 others, P. Wheeler
Additional Information

Senate Bill 215 was assigned to the Senate Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee.

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

Senate and House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bills.

KFTC Supports

Limit Death Penalty

House Bill 237
Senate Bill 154
Bill Sponsor(s):
C. McCoy & others; J. Adams & others
Additional Information

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

Senate Bill 154 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 27, by a 8-3 vote (see how they voted). A vote by the full Senate was denied by Senate leaders and the bill reassigned to the Judiciary Committee and killed on March 17.

House Bill 237 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

KFTC Supports

Maternal Health Bill

House Bill 138
Bill Sponsor(s):
A. Scott, C. Booker + 9 others
Additional Information

House Bill 138 was assigned to the House Health & Family Services Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

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 was assigned to the Senate Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee. House Bill 199 was assigned to the House Health & Family Services Committee. Senate and House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bills.

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 was assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

 

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 was assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

KFTC Supports

Campaign Finance

House Bill 111
Bill Sponsor(s):
D. Graham, G. Brown Jr., C. Stevenson
Additional Information

House Bill 111 was assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. House GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

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 was assigned to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

Senate Bill 43 was assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

House and Senate GOP leaders did not allow a hearing or a vote on the bill.

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