Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2019 Kentucky General Assembly

The session began January 8 and new bills may be introduced until mid-February. KFTC will monitor bills related to our platform. If you’d like to take action 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.

Finally, please like us on Facebook. That’s where we will provide the quickest, latest updates on important bills that begin to move or need action.

KFTC Supports

Black Lung Benefits

House Bill 75
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Angie Hatton, Robert Goforth & Travis Brenda
Additional Information

HB 75 is assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

Learn more about the crisis in black lung in Fixing What's Broke.

KFTC Supports

Clean Energy Opportunity Act

House Bill 213
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian + 3 cosponsors
Additional Information

KFTC's platform supports the development of a clean energy economy in Kentucky. HB 213 would be an important step toward implementing the Empower Kentucky Plan.

HB 213 is assigned the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

KFTC Supports

Statewide Fairness

House Bill 164
Senate Bill 166
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian + 18 others; Sen. McGarvey + others
Additional Information

KFTC’s platform opposes and condemns discrimination. 

HB 164 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

SB 166 is assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Death Penalty Abolition

House Bill 115
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Chad McCoy + 15 others
Additional Information

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

HB 115 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Public Utilities

House Bill 16
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Angie Hatton & Chris Harris
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 guarantees utilities a 12% 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 16 is assigned to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

KFTC Supports

Minimum wage

House Bill 182
Senate Bill 51
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Reginald Thomas & Gerald Neal; Rep. Mary Lou Marzian
Additional Information

SB 51 is assigned to the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee. HB 182 is assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee. Similar bills in recent legislative sessions have not received a hearing in this committee.

KFTC's platform calls for a living wage for all Kentuckians.

KFTC Supports

Ban the Box

House Bill 90
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. George Brown
Additional Information

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

HB 90 is assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

KFTC Supports

Ban Conversion Therapy

House Bill 211
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Lisa Willner + 17 other Democrats
Additional Information

HB 211 is assigned to the House Health & Family Services Committee.

KFTC Supports

Repeal Charter Schools

House Bill 17
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Attica Scott + 22 other Democrats
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.

Both bills have been assigned to the House Education Committee.

KFTC Supports

Landfill monitoring

House Bill 222
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Maddox, Pratt and Hart
Additional Information

HB 222 is assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

KFTC Supports

Criminalize Animal Torture

House Bill 25
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. W. Thomas
Additional Information

HB 25 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

"Klaire's Law"

House Bill 98
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Diane St. Onge
Additional Information

HB 98 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Criminalize Sexual Violence Against Animals

Senate Bill 67
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. J. Adams & D. Thayer
Additional Information

Kentucky is one of five states where sexual assault of an animal is legal

SB 67 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Hot Car Bill

House Bill 36
Senate Bill 12
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Bratcher, Sen. Carroll + 3 others
Additional Information

SB 12 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee

HB 36 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

End Diaper Tax

House Bill 24
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Attica Scott + 20 others
Additional Information

HB 24 has been assigned to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee

KFTC Supports

End Tampon Tax

House Bill 23
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Attica Scott + 21 others
Additional Information

HB 23 has been assigned to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

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