Legislative Updates

Check here for up to date information on important legislation related to the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children.

Early Childhood

Child Care Assistance Program Funding

1/21/14 – Governor’s proposed budget included  $52.7 million in fiscal year 2015 and $58.1 million in fiscal year 2016 to restore the Child Care Assistance Program eligibility level to 150% of the federal poverty level and lift the freeze on applications.
3/13/14 – House budget fully protected the Governor’s budget recommendation for the Child Care Assistance Program.
3/24/14 – The Senate included funding for the Child Care Assistance Program but at a lower level than the House.

Preschool Funding

1/21/14 – Governor’s budget included an additional $36 million (18 million each fiscal year) to expand preschool to another 5,125 at-risk four year-olds to attend pre-school programs.
3/13/14 – House budget reduced additional preschool funding as was proposed by the Governor by $10 million over two years.
3/24/14 – The Senate cut $13.8 million each year from the proposed expansion of pre-school.

Making Indoor Workplaces Smoke-Free 

HB 173
1/9/14 – Introduced in the House
1/10/14 – Sent to Health and Welfare Committee
2/6/14 – Passed Health and Welfare Committee

SB 117
2/4/14 – Introduced in the Senate
2/7/14 – Sent to Judiciary

Protect Children from Abuse

Child Fatality Review Panel Funding

1/21/14 – Governor’s budget recommendation included $420,000 each year to fund, an independent staff for the External Child Fatality/Near Fatality Review panel established by the 2013 General Assembly.
3/14/14 – House Budget fully protected funding for the External Child Fatality/Near Fatality Review Panel.

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Training (HB 157) – Requires the State Board of Medical Licensure to include in its continuing medical education requirements training on the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma for pediatricians, radiologists, family practitioners, and emergency medicine and urgent care physicians.

1/7/14 – Introduced in the House
1/8/14 – Sent to House Health and Welfare Committee
1/30/14 – Passed House Health and Welfare Committee
2/4/14 – Passed the House unanimously
2/5/14 – Received in the Senate
2/7/14 – Sent to Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations Committee
3/4/14 – Passed Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations Committee unanimously
3/7/14 – Passed the Senate unanimously
3/19/14 – Signed by the Governor

State Earned Income Credit (SB 155)

2/21/14 – Introduced in the Senate
2/26/14 – Sent to Appropriations and Revenue Committee

Juvenile Justice Reform (SB 200)

3/5/14 – Introduced in the Senate
3/7/14 – Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee
3/13/14 – Passed Senate Judiciary Committee
3/20/14 – Passed the Senate
3/21/14 – Received in the House
3/24/14 – Sent to House Judiciary Committee
3/26/14 – Passed House Judiciary Committee
3/27/14 – Passed the House

Kinship Care

Kinship Caregiver Authorization Law (SB 176) – Allows a relative caregiver to access educational services and health care treatment for the children in their care when legal custody or guardianship is not feasible.

3/4/14 – Introduced in the Senate
3/6/14 – Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee
3/13/14 – Passed Senate Judiciary Committee
3/19/14 – Passed the Senate unanimously
3/20/14 – Received in House
3/21/14 – Sent to House Health and Welfare Committee
3/25/14 – Passed House Health and Welfare Committee unanimously
3/27/14 – Passed the House unanimously

Kinship Care Funding

1/21/14 – The Governor’s budget included $1 million in each fiscal year to support relatives raising kin children.

K-12 Education

1/21/14 – Governor’s budget included  an additional $189 million to the SEEK (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) program. This included a 2 percent salary increase for teachers and school personnel in fiscal year 2015, and an additional 1 percent increase in fiscal year 2016. Governor Beshear’s recommended budget provided $21.7 million in each fiscal year for textbooks and other instructional materials, which restored funding back to the fiscal 2008 level. Additionally, the Executive Budget restored Safe School funding to fiscal 2008 funding levels by adding $6.2 million each fiscal year. This budget also added $19.8 million each fiscal year to the Professional Development/Extended School Services programs to support the implementation and development of effective instructional practices and provide students with extra instructional assistance. While school safety programs have been cut in past budgets, Governor Beshear’s budget proposal includes $6.2 million for these programs.
3/14/14 – House budget reduced the Governor’s proposed SEEK funding by $7 million and the proposed textbook and instructional material funding by $10 million.
3/24/14 – Senate budget reduced funding in 2015 for extended school services by $6.6 million and teacher professional development by $3.3 million. It spends the same on textbooks as the House budget.