Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2019 Kentucky General Assembly

The session began January 8 and by the deadline in mid-February nearly 800 bills and 300 resolutions had been filed. KFTC will monitor legislation 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.

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KFTC Supports

Black Lung Benefits

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

HB 75 and HB 350 were assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee. House leaders did not allow either to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

Read: Black lung is surging, but bill to undo limits on doctors stalls without a hearing

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 was assigned the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee but House leaders would not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

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 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. House leaders would not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

SB 166 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate leaders would not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

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, with 30 cosponsors from both parties, was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. House leaders would not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Public Utilities

House Bill 16
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Chris Harris, Angie Hatton & others
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 was assigned to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

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 was assigned to the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee. Senate leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote. HB 182 was assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

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 was assigned to the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Ban Conversion Therapy

House Bill 211
Senate Bill 248
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Lisa Willner + 17 other Democrats
Additional Information

HB 211 was assigned to the House Health & Family Services Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote. SB 248 was assigned to the Senate Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations Committee. Senate leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Youth Voting in Local Elections

Senate Bill 48
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Reggie Thomas
Additional Information

SB 48 was assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee. Senate leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Extended Voting Hours & Days

Senate Bill 63
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Reginald Thomas & Gerald Neal
Additional Information

SB 63 was assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee. Senate leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Extended Voting Hours

Senate Bill 134
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Adams, McGarvey, Alvarado, Thayer
Additional Information

SB 134 was assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee. Senate leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Election Day holiday

Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Charles Booker
Additional Information

HR 85 was assigned to the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Youth Homelessness Prevention

House Bill 466
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Charles Booker
Additional Information

HB 466 was assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Officer Shooting Review

House Bill 18
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Attica Scott & Kelly Flood
Additional Information

HB 18 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Jail Fatality Review

House Bill 264
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Attica Scott & Susan Westrom
Additional Information

HB 264 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

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 were assigned to the House Education Committee. House leaders did not allow the bills to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Landfill monitoring

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

HB 222 was assigned to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

Solar amendment

Senate Bill 100
Additional Information

On February 21, the Senate refused to concur with the House amendment. On March 14, the House voted 50-38 to recede from its amendment, and then passed the original Senate version of the bill, 55-36. On March 26 Gov. Bevin signed SB 100 into law.

KFTC Supports

Criminalize Animal Torture

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

HB 25 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to be brought up for a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

"Klaire's Law"

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

HB 98 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee but did not receive a hearing or a vote. However, the provisions of HB 98 were added as an amendment to SB 67 (see next entry) and became law as part of that bill.

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 not illegal

SB 67 was passed by the Senate, 35-0, on February 20. The House added an amendment to prohibit cruelty to equines including situations involving abuse and neglect (Klaire's Law, see above) and passed the bill, 97-0, on March 13. The next day the Senate concurred with the House changes. SB 67 was signed into law by the governor on March 26.

KFTC Supports

Hot Car Bill

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

SB 12 was approved by the full Senate, 33-1, on February 20. In the House it was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. HB 36 also was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. House leaders did not allow either bill to receive a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

End Diaper Tax

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

HB 24 was assigned to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to receive a hearing or a vote.

KFTC Supports

End Tampon Tax

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

HB 23 was assigned to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee. House leaders did not allow the bill to receive a hearing or a vote.

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