Bill Tracker | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2021 Kentucky General Assembly

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.

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KFTC's Priority Legislation
KFTC Supports

Voting Rights

House Bill 232
Bill Sponsor(s):
Jason Nemes, Pamela Stevenson, William Lawrence
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 has bipartisan sponsorship and support.

HB 232 has not yet been assigned to a committee but should go to the Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee

KFTC Supports

Breonna's Law

House Bill 21
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Scott & 12 others
Additional Information

HB 21 was introduced in the House on January 5 and has not yet been 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 is to remove that partisanship from the process. The Kentucky League of Women Voters has been particularly active in developing HB 23.

HB 23 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

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 adds one hour in the evening.

HB 51 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Supports

Healthy Democracy: Expanded Absentee Voting

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 make this a part of Kentucky law.

HB 72 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

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 licrese application or renewal would be required tro sdecline if they did not meet all qualification.

HB 182 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Opposes

Reproductive Justice

Senate Bill 9
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Whitney Westerfield
Additional Information

The purpose of SB 9 seems to be to "shame and ostracize patients and healthcare providers … [and use] inflammatory rhetoric to make physicians who provide abortion care appear criminal." (ACLU-KY analysis).

SB 9 was fast-tracked by Republicans and passed by the Senate 32-4 and the House 76-18 in the first week of January. It is now before Gov. Andy Beshear.

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