2016 Legislative Updates

Bookmark this page and check it often to stay informed on where the 2016 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative priorities stand in the Kentucky General Assembly. This page will be continually updated as bills are filed and as bills progress through the legislature. Take action.

Thriving Communities

  • Accommodate a child’s testimony of repeated abuse, known as continuous course of conduct

HB 109 – Sponsored by Representative Joni Jenkins

Jan 5 – Introduced in House

Jan 5 – Sent to House Judiciary Committee

Jan 13 – Passed House Judiciary Committee

Jan 15 – Passed KY House

Jan 19 – Received in KY Senate

Jan 21 – Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 60 – Sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield

Jan 6 – Introduced in the Senate

Jan 7 – Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee

Jan 14 – Passed Senate Judiciary Committee

Jan 21 – Passed KY Senate

Jan 25 – Received in KY House

Jan 26 – Sent to House Judiciary Committee

March 17 – Passed House Judiciary Committee

March 22 – Passed KY House

March 29 – Concurred in Senate, sent to the Governor

April 9 – Signed by Governor Bevin

  • Check the child abuse registry for public school personnel

SB 194 – Sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams

Feb 18 – Introduced in Senate

Feb 25 – Passed Senate Education Committee

HB 475 – Sponsored by Representative Rita Smart

Feb 23 – Introduced in House

Feb 24 – Sent to House Health & Welfare Committee

March 17 – Passed House Health & Welfare Committee

March 22 – Passed KY House

March 28 – Sent to Senate Health & Welfare Committee

  • Protect children and pregnant women from the harms of secondhand smoke by adopting a statewide smoke-free law.

HB 351 – Sponsored by Representative Susan Westrom

Feb 8 – Introduced in House

Feb 9 – Sent to House Health & Welfare Committee

Strong Families

  • Help parents get back to work by erasing criminal records for low-level felonies after time passes with no more offenses

HB 40 – Sponsored by Representative Darryl Owens

Jan 5 – Introduced in House

Jan 5 – Sent to House Judiciary Committee

Jan 13 – Passed House Judiciary Committee

Jan 15 – Passed KY House

Jan 19 – Received in KY Senate

Jan 21 – Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee

March 17 – Passed Senate Judiciary Committee

March 29 – Passed KY Senate

April 1 – Concurred in House, sent to the Governor

April 12 – Signed by Governor Bevin

SB 298 – Sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers

March 3 – Introduced in Senate

March 7 – Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee

  • Enact a state Earned Income Tax Credit to help working families make ends meet

SB 157 – Sponsored by Senator Morgan McGarvey

Feb 5 – Introduced in the Senate

Feb 8 – Sent to Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee

  • Adopt a statewide Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act

HB 380 – Sponsored by Representative Jim Glenn

Feb 10 – Introduced in the House

Feb 11 – Sent to House Judiciary Committee

March 17 – Passed House Judiciary Committee

March 22 – Passed KY House

March 28 – Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee

Successful Kids

  • Automatically erase or seal records of youth who get back on track after a non-violent offense

SB 294 – Sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield

March 3 – Introduced in the Senate

March 7 – Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee

March 17 – Passed Senate Judiciary Committee