Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker


Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2017 Legislative Priorities

Learn more about the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children at blueprintky.org.

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Senate Bill 20
More Effective Responses When Youth Get in Trouble

Improving responses would build safer communities and stronger kids.

Summary

SB 20 would improve the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system by holding youth accountable in ways that get them back on track while leading to safer communities. 

Status

SB 20 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield.

It’s currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Take Action

Ask Senate Judiciary Committee members to support SB 20 HERE.

View the fact sheet about more effective youth justice responses HERE.

Read the issue brief “Keep Kindergartners Out of Court” HERE.

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Senate Bill 29
Support Kinship Caregivers

Kinship caregivers are a vital safety net when children have to be removed from their home.
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Summary

SB 29 would permanently establish a program for kinship care and provide additional supports for kinship caregivers. Additional policies would still be necessary to help caregivers best meet the needs of children in their care.

Status

SB 29 is sponsored by Senator Dennis Parrett.

It’s currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Take Action

View the fact sheet about supporting kinship caregivers HERE.

Are you a kinship caregiver? Send your state Senator this letter with your story.

Read a youth’s perspective on growing up in the care of her great grandmother HERE.

Learn more about the needs of kinship caregivers from the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky HERE.

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Senate Bill 120
Reform Kentucky’s Criminal Justice System

Hold parents accountable in ways that allow them to care for their children.

Summary

SB 120 addresses Kentucky’s growing prison population. Kentucky has the highest rate of children who have experienced a parent being incarcerated, and this bill will help limit the impact of incarceration on children and families. 

Status

SB 120 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield.

It’s currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Take Action

Ask Senate Judiciary Committee members to support SB 120 HERE.

View the fact sheet about supporting children of incarcerated parents HERE.

Read the stories of four youth who were affected by parental incarceration HERE.

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Senate Bill 195
Allow Additional Youth Records to Be Expunged

Help children who stay on track succeed.

Summary

SB 195 would expand the type of offenses that youth can expunge from their record and make the process automatic. 

Status

SB 195 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield.

It’s currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Take Action

Ask Senate Judiciary Committee members to support SB 195 HERE.

View the fact sheet about expanding the expungement of youth records HERE.

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Senate Bill 220
Activate a Family Response to Young Children’s Behavior

Build safer communities and stronger kids.

Summary

SB 220 would create a family-focused response when children age 11 and under get in trouble, getting children back on track to become productive citizens and ultimately making our communities safer.

Status

SB 220 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield.

It’s currently waiting to be assigned to a committee.

Take Action

View the fact sheet about more effective youth justice responses HERE.

Read the issue brief “Keep Kindergartners Out of Court” HERE.

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Senate Bill 236
Strengthen Background Checks of Adults Working with Children

Keep kids safe from abuse.
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Summary

SB 236 would increase the safety of children in the care of adults by ensuring employers have access to the necessary information about employees and volunteers in order to make an informed decision on allowing that person to work with children.

Status

SB 236 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams.

It is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Take Action

View the fact sheet about strengthening background checks of adults working with children HERE.

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House Bill 180
Recognize Close Family Friends as Kinship Caregivers

Allow children who are removed from their homes to be placed with adults they trust.

Summary

HB 180 would allow children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect to be placed with close family friends.

Status

HB 180 is sponsored by Representative Addia Wuchner.

It has passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously.

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Take Action

View the fact sheet about recognizing close family friends as kinship caregivers HERE.

Read our statement on HB 180 passing the Senate Health and Welfare Committee HERE.


Other Legislative Items

Supported by Kentucky Youth Advocates

Legislative Item

Senate Bill 16
Clear Records of Adults Who Are Back on Track After Serving Their Time

SB 16 would allow people to clear certain low-level felonies off of adult records after a period of time to allow them to better care for their children by getting a good job, furthering their education, and finding stable housing.

Status

SB 16 is sponsored by Senator Jimmy Higdon.

It is awaiting a hearing in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

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Senate Bill 78 and House Bill 247
Make School Campuses Tobacco-Free

SB 78 and HB 247 would make public school buildings, grounds, and vehicles tobacco free.

Status

SB 78 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado. It has passed the Kentucky Senate. It is currently awaiting a hearing in the House Education Committee.

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HB 247 is sponsored by Representative Kimberly Moser. It is currently awaiting a hearing in the House Education Committee.

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Senate Bill 86
Connect Victims of Domestic Violence to Services

SB 86 would require professionals to connect victims of intimate partner violence to services, rather than report incidences to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Status

SB 86 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado.

It has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Senate Bill 89
Access to Smoking Cessation Treatments

SB 89 would require health insurers, both private and Medicaid, to offer access to treatments proven to help quit smoking.

Status

SB 89 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams.

It has passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

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Senate Bill 90
Establish a Process for Enforcing Protections for Breastfeeding Mothers

SB 90 would create a process to protect a mother’s ability to breastfeed by having health departments investigate and enforce laws when someone does not allow a mother to breastfeed in public places.

Status

SB 90 is sponsored by Senator Reginald Thomas.

It’s currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

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Senate Bill 113
Establish Workplace Standards for Nursing Mothers

SB 113 would require employers to provide reasonable time and a private space to allow mothers to breastfeed.

Status

SB 113 is sponsored by Senator Reginald Thomas.

It is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

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Senate Bill 141 and House Bill 266
Promote the Recognition and Report of Human Trafficking Among Commercial Drivers

SB 141 and HB 266 would require those seeking a commercial driver’s license to complete training on identifying and reporting human trafficking.

 

Status

SB 141 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. It is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee.

HB 266 is sponsored by Representative Sannie Overly. It is awaiting a hearing in the House Transportation Committee.

 

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Senate Bill 169 and House Bill 321
Protect Kentucky Families from Payday Lenders

SB 169 and HB 321 would increase the penalties of payday lenders that fail to enforce protections to prevent a cycle of debt among low-income families.

Status

SB 169 is sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr. It is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

HB 321 is sponsored by Representative Darryl Owens. It is currently awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

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Senate Bill 181
Prevent Isolation of Children Who Have Experienced Abuse or Neglect

SB 181 would require parents or caregivers who have been found by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to have abused or neglected a child to keep the child enrolled in school.

Status

SB 181 is sponsored by Senator Ray Jones

It is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Senate Bill 190
Establish Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care

SB 190 would keep children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect connected to their school.

Status

SB 190 is sponsored by Senator Dan Seum.

It is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Education Committee.

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House Bill 33
Notify Schools about Authorized Adults When a Child is Removed from the Home

HB 33 would require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to notify schools when the Cabinet has custody of a child about who may communicate with the child and take the child from school.

Status

HB 33 is sponsored by Representative Kim King.

It has passed the House Health and Family Services Committee.

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House Bill 92
Activate a Family Response to Young Children’s Behavior

HB 92 would create a family-focused response when children age 10 and under get in trouble, getting children back on track to become productive citizens and ultimately making our communities safer.

Status

HB 92 is sponsored by Representative Darryl Owens.

It’s currently awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Legislative Item

House Bill 122
Protect the Safety of Young Kids When Riding Bicycles

HB 122 would require children under age 12 to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle to prevent a head injury in the case of a crash.

Status

HB 122 is sponsored by Representative Regina Bunch.

It has passed the Kentucky House.

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House Bill 147
Establish Statewide Immunization Requirements for Incoming College Freshman

HB 147 would require incoming postsecondary students to provide documentation of immunizations, as required by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Status

HB 147 is sponsored by Representative Addia Wuchner.

It has passed the House Health and Family Services Committee and was recommitted to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. It is awaiting a hearing in the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

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House Bill 192
Allow Youth in Foster Care to get a Driver’s License

HB 192 would offer youth in foster care a more normal teenage experience by allowing them to get a driver’s permit and license.

Status

HB 192 is sponsored by Representative Larry Brown

It has passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

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House Bill 241
Promote Student Athlete Safety

HB 241 would protect student athletes by requiring a student with a possible or diagnosed concussion to be cleared by a physician or health care provider before returning to play.

Status

HB 241 is sponsored by Representative John Sims, Jr.

It has passed the House Education Committee.

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Legislative Item

House Bill 303
Support New Mothers with Paid Maternity Leave

HB 303 would require employers with 50 or more employees to provide six weeks of paid maternity leave for those who have been employed for at least one year.

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House Bill 307
Improve Learning of Students with Dyslexia

HB 307 would require schools to screen for dyslexia and plan appropriate responses to improve student learning.

Status

HB 307 is sponsored by Representative Addia Wuchner.

It has passed the House Education Committee.

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