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

Increase Student Safety

House Bill 1 would increase student safety in Kentucky schools by increasing students’ access to behavioral health services, fostering supportive learning environments, and utilizing proven strategies to address physical safety.

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

Status

HB 1 is sponsored by Representative John Bam Carney. It has been assigned to the House Education Committee.

Its companion bill, Senate Bill 1, has advanced through the bill process with some amendments. Track SB 1’s status below.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Establish Supports for Kinship and Fictive Caregivers

House Bill 2 would establish the development of supportive services for kinship and fictive kin caregivers, including, but not limited to, monetary and respite supports. It would also establish a reporting mechanism to track and analyze data on relative and fictive kin caregiver placements.

Status

HB 2 is sponsored by Representative Chris Fugate. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed by the Governor.

TAKE ACTION: Thank your state Senator and Representative for supporting House Bill 2.

Read the latest statement on HB 2 from Dr. Terry Brooks here.

Signed by the Governor

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Make School Campuses Tobacco-Free

House Bill 11 would help kids grow into healthy adults by enacting a statewide, comprehensive tobacco-free school campus policy.

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

Status

HB 11 is sponsored by Representative Kim Moser. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed by the Governor.

TAKE ACTION: Thank your state Senator and Representative for supporting House Bill 11.

Read the latest statement on HB 11 from Dr. Terry Brooks here.

Signed by the Governor

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Begin Aligning State Law with Federal Family First Prevention Services Act

House Bill 158 would take steps to align state law with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, including modifying background checks for child serving agencies. It would also establish a bill of rights for children in foster care.

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

Status

HB 158 is sponsored by Representative David Meade. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and been signed by the Governor.

TAKE ACTION: Thank your state Senator and Representative for supporting House Bill 158.

Read the latest statement on HB 158 from Dr. Terry Brooks here.

Signed by the Governor

HB 158 is a Face It policy priority.

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Increase Student Safety

Senate Bill 1 would increase student safety in Kentucky schools by increasing students’ access to behavioral health services, fostering supportive learning environments, and utilizing proven strategies to address physical safety.

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

Status

SB 1 is sponsored by Senator Max Wise. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and been signed by the Governor.

TAKE ACTION: Thank your state Senator and Representative for supporting Senate Bill 1 to increase student safety in the commonwealth.

Read the latest statement on SB 1 from Dr. Terry Brooks here.

Signed by the Governor

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Respond Effectively to Children Who Get in Trouble

Senate Bill 20 would improve the effectiveness of the youth justice system by holding youth accountable in ways that gets them back on track and builds safer communities.

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

Status

SB 20 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield. It has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is awaiting a vote in the Kentucky Senate.

Read the latest statement on SB 20 from Dr. Terry Brooks here.

Passed Senate Committee

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Make School Campuses Tobacco-Free

Senate Bill 27 would help kids grow into healthy adults by enacting a statewide, comprehensive tobacco-free school campus policy.

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

Status

SB 27 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado. It has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 48

Support New Mothers with Paid Maternity Leave

Summary

House Bill 48 would establish six weeks of paid maternity leave for new mothers who have worked at larger companies for at least a year. Paid maternity 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.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 88

Increase Physical Activity of Students Elementary School

Summary

House Bill 88 would establish a goal of increasing physical activity of students in kindergarten through grade five to 20 minutes per day.

Status

HB 88 is sponsored by Representative Kim Moser. It has been assigned to the House Education Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 89

Strengthen the External Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel

Summary

House Bill 89 would add four new members to the External Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel and require the panel to report to the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee.

Status

HB 89 is sponsored by Representative Kim Moser. It has been assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 101

Strengthen Statutes to Better Protect Children from Abuse

Summary

House Bill 101 would strengthen statutes regarding the investigation and prosecution of child abuse.

Status

HB 101 is sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. It has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 102

Allow for Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse

Summary

House Bill 102 would remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse incidences.

Status

HB 102 is sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. It has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 103

Require Clergy to Report Child Abuse

Summary

House Bill 103 would remove the clergy-penitent exemption to require clergy to report suspected child abuse.

Status

HB 103 is sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. It has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 104

Strengthen Statute to Prosecute Cases of Child Sexual Abuse

Summary

House Bill 104 would strengthen statutes regarding the prosecution of child sexual abuse.

Status

HB 104 is sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. It has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 105

Strengthen Statute to Prosecute Cases of Child Sexual Abuse that Span Across Jurisdictions

Summary

House Bill 105 would strengthen statutes regarding the prosecution of child sexual abuse cases that cross multiple jurisdictions.

Status

HB 105 is sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. It has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 142

Prioritize Children’s Vision Health

Summary

House Bill 142 would require vision examinations upon a student’s enrollment to kindergarten and grade six.

Status

HB 142 is sponsored by Representative John Sims. It has been assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 149

Establish Child Maltreatment Reporting System Within Local Law Enforcement Entities

Summary

House Bill 149 would require a person who suspects an employee of a child maltreatment reporting entity, including the local or state police departments, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, or the County or Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, of child abuse or neglect to report to the employee’s superior, as well as to another reporting entity.

Status

HB 149 is sponsored by Representative Tom Burch. It has been assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 202

Prohibit Use of Corporal Punishment in Public Schools

Summary

House Bill 202 would protect children by ending the use of physical punishment, such as paddling, shaking, or spanking, in public schools.

Status

HB 202 is sponsored by Representative Steve Riley. It has been assigned to the House Education Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 209

Promote Healthy Drinking Habits in Schools

Summary

House Bill 209 would establish minimum requirements of placing drinking fountains and water bottle filling stations in newly constructed school buildings.

Status

HB 209 is sponsored by Representative John Bam Carney. It has passed the Kentucky House and has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee.

Passed KY House

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 378

Establish Supports for Children Who Have Experienced Homelessness

Summary

House Bill 378 would support both the education and health of children who have experienced homelessness by allowing flexibility towards earning high school credits and a high school diploma and granting the ability to access to their birth certificate.

Status

HB 378 is sponsored by Representative David Meade and Representative Joni Jenkins. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 8

Improve Process for Reviewing Cases when Teachers are Fired from Public Schools

Summary

Senate Bill 8 would ensure students have educators who work effectively and safely with children by implementing a balanced process for reviewing cases when teachers are fired, suspended, or reprimanded, and would also protect teacher confidentiality when a teacher needs to take a leave of absence.

Status

SB 8 is sponsored by Senator Stephen West and Senator David Givens. It passed the Kentucky Senate and House and been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 15

Clarify Background Check Requirements of Adults Working in Schools

Summary

Senate Bill 15 would clarify background check requirements of adults working in schools to keep kids safe and relieve administrative burden.

Status

SB 15 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 18

Ensure Accommodations for Pregnant Women and New Moms at Work

Summary

Senate Bill 18 would ensure expectant mothers have reasonable accommodations made at work that allow them to support their families, have a safe pregnancy, and support breastfeeding.

Status

SB 18 is sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 31

Keep Children in Out-of-Home Care Connected to Siblings

Summary

Senate Bill 31 would ensure children in out-of-home care, like foster care, have frequent and ongoing interaction with their siblings in other out-of-home care placements, which better aligns state law with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act.

Status

SB 31 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 53

Establish the KinCare Support Program

Summary

Senate Bill 53 would establish a program to support relative and fictive kin caregivers who have temporary or permanent custody of a child. Funding within the state budget would still be necessary.

Status

SB 53 is sponsored by Senator Reginald Thomas. It has been assigned to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 218

Help Prevent the Use of Tobacco Products, Including E-cigarettes, Among Youth

Summary

Senate Bill 218 would promote awareness around harms of e-cigarette use and establish an anonymous reporting mechanism for students to report concerns about tobacco use, including vaping, in schools.

Status

SB 218 is sponsored by Senator Brandon Smith. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and the House Health and Family Services Committee and is awaiting a vote in the Kentucky House.

Read the latest statement on SB 218 from Dr. Terry Brooks here.

Passed House Committee