Damage to Rental Property | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Damage to Rental Property

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Senate Bill 11 would have criminalized intentional damage to rental property.

Senate Bill 11 would have made the renter a criminal where there is damage, even though landlords already have the ability to sue for money and compensation. This bill would have had a disproportionate impact on the poor, working class folks, Black folks and people of color, and likely added to Kentucky's very high incarceration rate. To learn more about this bill and its impacts, connect with the Metropolitan Housing Coalition as well as Black Lives Matter - Louisville

Bill Sponsor(s): 
J. Schickel, C. Embry Jr., R. Girdler

Senate Bill 11 passed the Senate Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee on January 14, the the full Senate, 29-5, on January 16. I

SB 11 was approved with a committee substitute by the House Judiciary Committee on March 18 (see how committee members voted). On April 14, the full House passed the bill, 74-14. Because of House changes, the Senate voted a second time to pass the bill, 31-3, on April 15 (see how Senate and House members voted).

On April 24, Gov. Beshear vetoed SB 11 (see govern's veto message). 

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Opposes