Bill Tracker | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Bill Tracker

KFTC's legislative issues during the
2022 Kentucky General Assembly

The bills listed below have been prioritized by KFTC, within the limits of our organizational capacity and a Republican supermajority opposed to our vision in most ways.

Click here to see other important bills in the General Assembly that are on our radar that we have not taken positions on. Or check out the bill trackers and legislative priorities of our allies: ACLU-Kentucky; Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky; Kentucky Equal Justice Center and the Kentucky Conservation Committee (House Bills / Senate Bills).

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KFTC's Priority Legislation
KFTC Supports

Teaching African-American and Native American history

House Bill 88
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Scott
Additional Information

Has not been assigned to committee

One-page handout here

KFTC Supports

Teaching history of racism

House Bill 67
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Scott
Additional Information

Has not been assigned to committee.

One-page handout here on Rep. Scott's pro-education bills, HB 88 and HB 67

KFTC Supports

Black Lung Benefits

House Bill 166
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Ashley Lafferty Tackett
Additional Information

Has not been assigned to committee.

KFTC Supports

Abolish the Death Penalty

Senate Bill 47
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Steven Meredith
Additional Information

This bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty released a report that shows the racial bias in the application of Kentucky's death penalty, covered here in the Herald-Leader. From ACLU's Twitter: "Death sentences are arbitrary and fueled by racism. Since 1975 in Kentucky, Black men were 20x more likely to receive a death sentence when the victim was a white female. It's time to end this barbaric practice once and for all." For more information, track the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

KFTC Supports

Extended Voting Hours

House Bill 68
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Buddy Wheatley
Additional Information

Has not been assigned to committee.

Take action! Sign up for the Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy Democracy here, Tuesday, Jan 25. 

On Tuesday, January 25, we'll gather online to push for the democracy Kentucky deserves, with convenient, fair, and accessible voting. We'll lobby for voting rights for people with felonies in their past, fair redistricting, longer polling hours, voting by mail, and more. The day will start with a training at 9am ET on Zoom. We’ll break into groups to talk virtually with our legislators about this issue, leave messages on the legislative message line (and encourage our friends to do the same), have a virtual rally, spokesperson training, workshops on social media and letters to the editor, and other events throughout the day.

KFTC Supports

Ban Conversion Therapy

House Bill 12
Senate Bill 137
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Wilner, Sen. Kerr + 20 Reps and 7 Senators
Additional Information

SB 137 has been assigned to the Senate Health and Welfare committee.

HB 12 has not been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Supports

Fairness Act

Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Minter, Willner and several others
Additional Information

HB 11 and HB 15 have not been filed in committee.

SB 171 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary committee.

KFTC Supports

Comprehensive Tax Reform

House Bill 201
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps Willner, Scott, Brown, Kulkarni, Raymond
Additional Information

Has not been assigned to committee.

This year, we have a real opportunity in Kentucky. We have the dollars we need to make the investments that we deserve in housing, schools, public health, and advancing racial equity across the board. We call on the legislature to use all of these dollars this year, and we support comprehensive tax reform to ensure that we can continue to thrive. 

KFTC Supports

Ban the Box

House Bill 293
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep Brown and 10 other Democratic Reps.
Additional Information

This bill has not been assigned to a committee.

KFTC Supports

The CROWN Act

House Bill 31
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps Scott, Flood, Raymond, and Wheatley
Additional Information

This bill has not yet been assigned to committee.

KFTC Supports

Make Juneteenth a state holiday

House Bill 133
Senate Bill 22
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Neal and Reps Brown, Flood and Gentry
Additional Information

SB 22 bill has been assigned to the Senate State and Local Government committee.

HB 133 has passed out of the House and is awaiting committee assignment in the Senate.

KFTC Supports

Expanding Hate Crime laws

House Bill 236
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps Kulkarni, Scott, and Flood
Additional Information

This bill has not been assigned to committee.

KFTC Supports

Assessing health impacts of legislation

Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Neal
Additional Information

This bill has been introduced to the Senate Health and Welfare committee

KFTC Supports

Racial discrepancy in perinatal care

House Bill 37
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps Scott, Flood, and Raymond
Additional Information

This bill has not been assigned to committee.

KFTC Supports

Felony Expungement

House Bill 218
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps Huff, Nemes, Fleming, Massey, and Miller
Additional Information

This bill has not been assigned to committee.

KFTC Supports

Student Mental Health

House Bill 44
Bill Sponsor(s):
Bipartisan group of 17 Representatives
Additional Information

This bill passed out of the House with a bote of 94-0 and has been sent to the Senate Education committee.

KFTC Supports

Authority to raise the minimum wage

House Bill 424
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep Raymond
Additional Information

This bill has not been assigned to committee.

KFTC Supports

Expanded access to voting and same day registration

House Bill 407
Senate Bill 159
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep Wheatley and Sen Thomas
Additional Information

HB 407 has not been assigned to committee.

SB 159 has been assigned to the Senate State & Local Government committee.

KFTC Supports

Limiting Utility Shutoffs

House Bill 478
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Willner
Additional Information

This bill has not been assigned to committee.

KFTC Supports

Right to a Healthy Environment

House Bill 471
Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps Raymond, Cantrell, and Scott
Additional Information

This bill has not been assigned to committee.

KFTC Supports

Education funding for people with felonies in their past

Senate Bill 163
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Storm
Additional Information

The bill has been assigned to the Senate Education committee.

KFTC Supports

Expanding Medicaid eligibility for pregnant people

House Bill 535
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Kulkani
Additional Information

This bill has not been assigned to committee.

KFTC Supports

Waiving expungement fees

Senate Bill 182
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sen. Yates
Additional Information

This bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary committee.

KFTC Supports

Restoration of Voting Rights

Senate Bill 223
Bill Sponsor(s):
Sens. Neal, McGarvey, Harper Angel, Higdon, Hornback, and Thomas
Additional Information

This bill is in the Senate State and Local Government committee.

KFTC Supports

Right to record police officers

Bill Sponsor(s):
Reps. Willner and Herron
Additional Information

Neither of these bills have been assigned to committtee.

KFTC Supports

Harm Reduction

House Bill 776
Bill Sponsor(s):
Rep. Herron
Additional Information

This bill has not been assigned to committee.

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