Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker

The Bill Tracker will continually be updated as bills are filed and move.

Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker

The Bill Tracker will continually be updated as bills are filed and move.

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Create Safe and Nurturing Learning Environments

House Bill 22 would eliminate the use of corporal punishment in schools.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet.

Status

HB 22 is sponsored by Representative Steve Riley. It has passed the Kentucky House and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Read the latest statement from Terry Brooks on HB 22.

Passed KY House

HB 22 is a Face It policy priority.

Blueprint Legislative Priority

End the Epidemic of E-cigarette Use Among Youth

House Bill 32 would enact a tax on e-cigarettes to help prevent e-cigarette use among youth.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet.

Status

HB 32 is sponsored by Representative Jerry Miller. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and awaits delivery to the Governor for signature.

Read the latest statement from Terry Brooks on HB 32.

Passed KY House & Senate

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Strengthen Statute of Limitations Timeframes for Cases of Child Sexual Abuse

HB 47 would create an opportunity for child victims of sexual assault or abuse to seek justice through civil claims or to pursue criminal charges by extending the length of time they are able to do so.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet here.

Status

HB 47 is sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. It has passed the Kentucky House and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Read the latest statement from Terry Brooks on HB 47.

Passed KY House

HB 47 is a Face It policy priority.

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Establish a Minimum Age of Jurisdiction

House Bill 203 would establish a minimum age that a child can be charged with an offense and connecting the child to family-focused services to prevent children from entering the maze of the juvenile justice system.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet.

Status

HB 203 is sponsored by Representative Rob Wiederstein and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Prioritize Investments for Children who have Experienced Abuse and Neglect by Supporting Kinship Caregivers

House Bill 628 would ensure, in part, that kinship caregivers receive information about child-specific foster homes and the supports available, as well as immediate receipt of the one-time Relative Placement Support Benefit.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet.

Status

HB 628 is sponsored by Representative David Meade. It has passed the House Health and Family Services Committee and the full Kentucky House and awaits a vote by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Read the latest statement from Terry Brooks on HB 628.

Passed KY House

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Protect Children in Foster Care

Senate Bill 40 would close the gaps in fingerprint background checks and better protect children in foster care by requiring foster care agencies to screen their employees for criminal charges.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet.

Status

SB 40 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Read the latest statement from Terry Brooks on SB 40.

Signed by the Governor

SB 40 is a Face It policy priority.

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Support Children’s Healthy Growth and Development

Senate Bill 45 would strengthen licensed child care program standards on healthy eating and drinking, active play, and screen time.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet.

Status

SB 45 is sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Read the latest statement from Terry Brooks on SB 45.

Signed by the Governor

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Protect Kentucky Youth from E-cigarettes and Other Harmful Tobacco Products

Senate Bill 56 would ensure Kentucky complies with the federal minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products and eliminate purchase, use, and possession penalties for youth up to age 21 so children and teens can grow into healthier adults.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet.

Status

SB 56 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Read the latest statement from Terry Brooks on SB 56.

Signed by the Governor

Blueprint Legislative Priority

End Mandatory Transfer of Youth to Adult Court for Certain Offenses

Senate Bill 87 would expand court discretion by eliminating the mandatory transfer of youth age 14 and older to adult court for certain offenses.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet.

Status

SB 87 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield . It has passed the Kentucky Senate and now awaits a committee hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Read the latest statement from Terry Brooks on SB 87.

Passed KY Senate

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Ensure a Permanent Home for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

Senate Bill 92 would allowing youth transitioning out of foster care who have not been adopted to safely reunify with their birth parents by creating a path to reinstate parental rights.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priority fact sheet here.

Status

SB 92 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

SB 92 is a Face It policy priority.

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 2

Strengthen Efforts to Address Human Trafficking

Summary

HB 2 would require airports and truck stops to post the hotline number of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in all restrooms and add commercial sexual activity to the definition of “sex crime.”

Status

HB 2 is sponsored by Representative Suzanne Miles. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 131

Collect Data on Domestic Violence

Summary

HB 131 would require data collection on homicides when domestic violence is a circumstance.

Status

HB 131 is sponsored by Representative Regina Huff and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 147

Limit Solitary Confinement of Juveniles

Summary

HB 147 would limit the use of solitary confinement for juveniles and require reporting of data on its use.

Status

HB 147 is sponsored by Representative Rob Wiederstein and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 153

Establish Mental Health First Aid Training

Summary

HB 153 would establish the Kentucky Mental Health First Aid Training Program or similar program to be administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Status

HB 153 is sponsored by Representative Kim Moser. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 158

Ban Flavored Vapor Products

Summary

HB 158 would ban the sale, purchase, and distribution of flavored vapor products, including through online transactions.

Status

HB 158 is sponsored by Representative Buddy Wheatley and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 176

Support New Parents with Paid Parental Leave

Summary

HB 176 would establish twelve weeks of paid parental leave for new parents who have worked at larger companies for at least a year. Paid parental leave after the birth of a child lessens the risk of pediatric abusive head trauma and contributes to the healthy development of infants and toddlers.

Status

HB176 is sponsored by Representative Josie Raymond and is awaiting a hearing in the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 213

Ensure Mental Healthcare for Unaccompanied Youth

Summary

HB 213 would establish that any qualified mental health professional may provide outpatient mental health counseling to any unaccompanied child who is age 16 or older.

Status

HB 213 is co-sponsored by Representatives Joni Jenkins and David Meade. It has passed the Kentucky House and is awaiting a committee hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Passed KY House

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 222

Minimize the Impact of Parental Incarceration

Summary

HB 222 would continue efforts to minimize the impact of parental incarceration by automatically expunging certain offenses.

Status

HB 222 is sponsored by Representative Charles Booker and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 255

Prohibit Cell Phone Use by Teen Drivers

Summary

HB 255 would prohibit youth under age 18 from using a cellphone or other electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.

Status

HB 255 is co-sponsored by Representatives James Tipton and Steve Sheldon and is awaiting a hearing in the House Transportation Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 259

Protect Children from Accessing Firearms

Summary

HB 259 would require safe, secure storage of firearms to protect children.

Status

HB 259 is sponsored by Representative George Brown, Jr and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 295

Require Active Time for Students

Summary

HB 295 would require 25 minutes of exercise each day for students up to grade 8.

Status

HB 295 is sponsored by Representative Maria Sorolis and is awaiting a hearing in the House Education Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 312

Support the Education of Children in Foster Care

Summary

HB 312 would streamline processes with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Department of Education to ensure timely transitions and sharing of information when children in foster care transfer schools.

Status

HB 312 is sponsored by Representative David Meade. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 15

Amend Kentucky Constitution to Establish Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights

Summary

SB 15 would propose a Constitutional Amendment for Kentuckians to vote on to increase protections for children who are victims of crimes by establishing rights during and after the court process.

Status

SB 15 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been delivered to the Secretary of State for signature.

Delivered to the Secretary of State

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 72

End Female Genital Mutilation

Summary

SB 72 would establish efforts to prevent, report, and build awareness about female genital mutilation.

Status

SB 72 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 78

Protect Children on Bicycles

Summary

SB 78 would require children under the age of 12 to wear a helmet when operating or being a passenger on a bicycle.

Status

SB 78 is sponsored by Senator Stephen Meredith and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 80

Establish Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights

Summary

SB 80 would increase protections for children who are victims of crimes by establishing rights during and after the court process.

Status

SB 80 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 115

Promote Education of Youth in Foster Care

Summary

SB 115 would extend the flexibility of higher education tuition waivers for youth in foster care.

Status

SB 115 is sponsored by Senator Mike Wilson. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 127

Promote Education of Youth in Foster Care

Summary

SB 127 would extend the eligibility of youth in foster care for higher education tuition waivers.

Status

SB 127 is sponsored by Senator Morgan McGarvey and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 135

Define Sexual Contact

Summary

SB 135 would strengthen the definition of “sexual contact” to further protect children and other victims in cases against perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Status

SB 135 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams and has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Passed Senate Committee

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 158

Strength Accountability and Assessment Systems

Summary

SB 158 would improve the quality of the assessment and accountability system of schools and strengthen turnaround supports to ensure the best educational outcomes of children.

Status

SB 158 is sponsored by Senator David Givens. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Read the latest statement from Terry Brooks on SB 158.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 183

Prioritize Children’s Safety

Summary

SB 183 would prohibit any type of school enrollment change for a child when a parent or guardian is under investigation of child abuse or neglect.

Status

SB 183 is sponsored by Senator Wil Schroder. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and awaits a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Passed KY Senate