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KFTC's legislative issues during the
2016 Kentucky General Assembly
KFTC's Priority Legislation
KFTC Supports

Restoration of Voting Rights Amendment

House Bill 70
Status

HB 70 was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on February 1, and the full House on February 4 by an 82-9 vote. It is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Instead of voting on HB 40, on March 21 the Senate passed a much weaker Senate Bill 299, 36-0. That bill is before the House Judiciary Committee.

See how House members voted on HB 70 HERE.

KFTC's HB 70 Action Alert
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KFTC Supports

Tax Reform

House Bill 342
Status

The bill is before the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

KFTC Supports

Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA)

House Bill 380
Status

HB 380 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on March 17, and by the full House, 47-46, on March 22. It is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

See how House members voted HERE.

KFTC Supports

Clean Energy Opportunity Act

House Bill 339
Senate Bill 190
Status

HB 339 has been assigned to the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee.

SB 190 is before the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

KFTC Supports

Stream Saver Bill

House Bill 152
Status

HB 152 is assigned to the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee.

Other Bills
KFTC Supports

Fairness

House Bill 155
Senate Bill 176
Status

HB 155 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and received a hearing but no vote. SB 176 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and no action was taken.

KFTC Supports

Expungement

House Bill 40
Status

HB 40 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee, 15-3, on January 13, and by the full House, 80-11, on January 15. It was modified and approved with a committee substitute by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 17. It passed the full Senate on March 29, 33-5. The House concurred with Senate changes on April 1 by a 84-13 vote. The governor signed the bill into law on April 12.
See how House and Senate members voted HERE.

SB 77 is before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Pipeline Safety

House Bill 240
KFTC Supports

Pipeline Safety

House Bill 440
Senate Bill 26
KFTC Supports

Kynect

House Bill 5
Status

HB 5 was approved by the House Health & Welfare Committee on March 17, and by the full House, 52-46, on March 22. On April 11, HB 5 failed to get enough votes to pass out of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee.

See how House members voted HERE.

KFTC Supports

Medicaid Expansion

House Bill 6
Status

HB 6 was approved by the House Health & Welfare Committee on March 17, and by the full House, 54-44, on March 22. On April 11, HB 6 failed to get enough votes to pass out of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee.

See how House members voted HERE.

KFTC Supports

Earned Income Tax Credit

House Bill 86
Status

HB 86 was assigned to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee and received no consideration.

KFTC Supports

Earned Income Tax Credit

Senate Bill 157
Status

SB 157 is assigned to the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee.

KFTC Supports

Abolition of Death Penalty

House Bill 203
Senate Bill 41
Status

HB 203 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. A hearing and vote took place on March 9 and HB 203 failed to get the necessary 10 votes to get out of committee (receiving only 8 Yes votes). SB 41 is before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

KFTC Supports

Payday Lending

Senate Bill 101
Status

SB 101 is assigned to the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee.

KFTC Supports

Campaign Contribution Limits

Status

HCR 14 was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on February 29. It is now before the full House but House leaders are not allowing a vote.

KFTC Supports

Raise the Minimum Wage

House Bill 278
Status

HB 278 was approved by the House Labor & Industry Committee on January 28 by a 14-6 vote. It was then reassigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, which approved a committee substitute for the bill on March 8 that raises the minmum wage only to $8.20 in August 2016. It now on the House floor where several amendments to weaken the bill further have been filed.

KFTC Supports

Early Voting

House Bill 290
Status

HB 290 was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on March 7, and by the full House, 57-37, on March 11. It is now before the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection Committee.
See how House members voted HERE.

KFTC Supports

Ban the Box

House Bill 180
Status

HB 180 is assigned to the House Labor & Industry Committee.

KFTC Supports

Waste to Energy

House Bill 449
Status

HB 449 was approved by the House Tourism Development & Energy Committee on March 17, and by the full House on March 22, 74-24. In the Senate it was assigned to the Natural Resources & Energy Committee, then reassigned to the Appropriations & Revenue Committee, which approved the bill on March 29.

See how House members voted HERE.

KFTC Supports

Cruelty to dogs

Senate Bill 14
Status

A committee substitute for SB 14 was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on February 23 and the full Senate, 36-0, on February 25. It is now before the House Judiciary Committee, which on March 9 skipped over this bill in favor of House Bill 428.

KFTC Supports

Cruelty to Dogs

House Bill 428
Status

A committee substitute to HB 428 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on March 9, and was approved by the full House on March 21 with a floor amendment that added some definitions, 97-0. In the Senate, HB 428 received quick approval by the Agriculture Committee on March 24, and by the full Senate, 37-0, on March 25. HB 428 was signed by the governor on April 8 and will become law on July 15.

See how House and Senate members voted HERE.

KFTC Supports

Racial disparity reporting

Senate Bill 270
Status

SB 270 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 14 and has been stuck in the Senate Rules Committee since.

KFTC Supports

External Detainee Fatality Review Panel

House Bill 400
Status

HB 400 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. and no action was taken.

KFTC Supports

Marriage Licenses

Status

On February 18, the Senate defeated SFA1 by a 15-23 vote and then approved SB 5, 30-8. SB 5 now goes to the House. See how senators voted HERE.

NOTE: On March 23, the House Judiciary Committee amended Senate Bill 216, having to do with interstate family support orders, to create one marriage license form. The amended SB 216 was approved by the full House, 97-0, on March 25. The Senate concurred with House changes, 36-0, on April 1. SB 216 was signed into law by the governor on April 13.

KFTC Supports

Timber Theft

Status

HCR 29 was approved by the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee on February 4. It was approved by the full House, 95-0, on February 10. In the Senate it has been assigned to the Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

KFTC Supports

Community Farm Alliance

Status

After lingering on the House floor for two months, the resolution was adopted by voice vote on April 1.

KFTC Opposes

Local Option Sales Tax

House Bill 2
Status

HB 2 was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on March 7, and by the full House on March 11, 60-31. It is now in the Senate Appropriation & Revenue Committee.

See how House members voted HERE.

KFTC Opposes

Mine Safety

Senate Bill 224
Status

SB 224 was approved by the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee on March 9, and by the full Senate, 26-10, on March 17. At a specially-called, spur-of-the moment meeting late in the day on March 23, the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee approved SB 224. House leaders had previously given the bill its first reading on the House floor, a maneuver usually used for fast-tracking a bill. In the end, opposition to SB 224 stopped it from getting a vote on the House floor.

See how senators voted HERE.

KFTC Opposes

Mine Safety

Senate Bill 297
Status

SB 297 with a committee substitute was approved by the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee on March 9, and by the full Senate, 25-11, on March 17. It is now before the House Labor & Industry Committee.

See how senators voted HERE.

KFTC Opposes

Right to Work

Senate Bill 3
KFTC Opposes

Prevailing Wage

Senate Bill 9
Status

SB 9 passed the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee on January 7, and the full Senate 26-11 on January 14. On February 4, it was defeated in the House Labor & Industry Committee by a 6-15 vote. See how senators voted HERE.

Republicans are trying to include a prevailing wage restriction in the state budget. According to the AFL-CIO, "in the governor’s budget proposal and in the Republican-controlled state Senate budget proposal is a prohibition against the use of the Kentucky prevailing wage law in any state expenditures." This is not included in the House budget.

KFTC Opposes

Prevailing Wage

Senate Bill 94
Status

SB 94 is assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Freedom to Discriminate

Senate Bill 180
Status

SB 180 was approved by the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee on February 25 and the full Senate on March 15, 22-16. It is now in the House and has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee. See how senators voted HERE.

KFTC Opposes

Unmined Coal Tax

House Bill 23
Status

HB 23 is assigned to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Unmined Coal Tax

House Bill 195
Status

HB 195 is assigned to the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Nuclear Power Plants

House Bill 103
Status

HB 103 is assigned to the House Tourism Development & Energy Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Nuclear Power

Senate Bill 89
Status

SB 89 was approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on February 24, and the full Senate, 28-6-1, on March 1. It is now in the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee. See how senators voted HERE.

KFTC Opposes

Polluters sanctuary

House Bill 104
Status

HB 104 is assigned to the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee.

KFTC Opposes

Drug Testing

House Bill 62
Status

HB 62 is assigned to the House Health & Welfare Committee.

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