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 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 had bipartisan sponsorship and support.

HB 232 was not assigned to a committee and legislative leaders denied the bill a hearing or a vote.

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 however passed over HB 21 and instead approved Senate Bill 4, a weaker bill that addresses the issuance and execution of police warrants but does not ban no-knock warrants. SB 4, which had passed the Senate 33-0 on February 25, was amended and approved by the House, 92-5, on March 30. The Senate concurred, 34-0, with House amendments. SB 4 was signed into law by the governor on April 9.

See how legislators voted on SB 4.

KFTC Supports

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.

HB 148 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, 6-4-1, on March 4 (see how committee members voted). HB 148 was been blocked from getting a vote by the full Senate by Sen. Damon Thayer (@damon_thayer) and died in the Senate Rules Committee

SB 60 was not assigned to a committee.

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 was to remove that partisanship from the process. The Kentucky League of Women Voters has been particularly active in developing HB 23.

HB 23 was not assigned to a committee and ignored by legislative leaders.

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 would have added one hour in the evening.

HB 51 was not assigned to a committee and ignored by legislative leaders.

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 have made this a part of Kentucky law.

HB 72 was not assigned to a committee. No excuse absentee (mail-in) voting was specifically excluded from the voting bill that did pass (see entry below for HB 574).

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 license application or renewal would be required to decline if they did not meet all qualification.

HB 182 was not assigned to a committee or given a hearing or vote.

KFTC Supports

Redistricting

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

HCR 61 was not assigned to a committee and was ignored by legislative leaders.

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 had bipartisan sponsorship. Despite this, neither bill was assigned to a committee and received no consideration during the session.

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 were not assigned to committees and were ignored by legislative leaders.

However, House Bill 212 did move. It requires 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 and then, after a delay, by the full House, 92-3, on March 3. It received approval by the Senate, 36-0, on March 16, and was signed into law by Gov. Beshear on March 25.

KFTC Supports

Re-entering Kentuckians

House Bill 497
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Kimberly Moser
Additional Information

HB 497 was passed by the House, 95-0, on March 5. In the Senate it was amended and approved by the Judiciary Committee on March 15 and the full Senate on March 16, 35-0. The House concurred with Senate changes, 91-0, on March 29. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Beshear on April 5.

KFTC Supports

Civil rights protection

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

HB 132 was not assigned to a committee and denied a hearing or vote by legislative leaders.

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