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Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2018 Legislative Priorities

Learn more about the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children here.

Blueprint Item

Senate Bill 31 and House Bill 230

Permanently Establish the Kentucky Kinship Care Program

Summary

SB 31 and HB 230 would permanently establish a program for kinship care and provide additional supports for kinship caregivers. Funding within the state budget would still be necessary to lift the moratorium and help caregivers best meet the needs of children in their care.

Status

SB 31 is sponsored by Senator Dennis Parrett and has been assigned to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. HB 230 is sponsored by Representative Russell Webber and has been assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Learn More

View the fact sheet about supporting kinship caregivers HERE.

Read more about how kids rely on the state budget to support kinship caregivers HERE.

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

Blueprint Item

Senate Bill 69

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

Summary

SB 69 would ensure students have educators who work effectively and safely with children by implementing a balanced process for reviewing cases when teachers are fired from public schools, and bill would also protect teacher confidentiality when a teacher needs to take a leave of absence.

Status

SB 69 is sponsored by Senator Stephen West and is awaiting action by the Kentucky Senate.

Passed Senate Committee

Learn More

View the fact sheet about ensuring students have safe and effective educators HERE.

Read a statement from Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 69 passing the Senate Education Committee HERE.

Blueprint Item

Senate Bill 137

Allow Adults to Whom a Child Has Disclosed Abuse to Testify in Court

Summary

SB 137 would keep kids safer from abuse by allowing a trustworthy adult to whom a child age 12 years or younger has disclosed abuse to testify in court about that disclosure.

Status

SB 137 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield and has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Learn More

View the fact sheet on allowing adults to whom a child has disclosed abuse to testify in court HERE.

SB 137 is a Face It policy priority.

Blueprint Item

House Bill 1

Keep Kids Safe and Improve How Kentucky Responds to and Supports Families

Summary

HB 1 makes changes to the foster care and adoption system, including strengthening front end support to help keep families together and, when that’s not possible, addressing timelines for adoption cases so children do not linger in care without a permanent family. The bill also includes a number of changes to improve the performance of programs and to help ensure decisions made prioritize the best interest of the child.

Status

HB 1 is sponsored by Representative David Meade and Representative Joni Jenkins and has been assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Learn More

View the fact sheet on keeping kids safe from abuse with improvement in how we respond to and support families HERE.

View the fact sheet on increasing the independence of the Ombudsman’s office HERE.

HB 1 is a Face It policy priority.

Other Legislative Items

Supported by Kentucky Youth Advocates

Legislative Item

Senate Bill 3

Create Protections for Victims of Crimes

Summary

SB 3 would initiate the process to create constitutional protections for victims of crimes, including children, by making sure they have certain rights during and after the court process.

Status

SB 3 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield. SB 3 is a proposed amendment to Kentucky’s constitution and must be approved by Kentucky voters in November.

Passed the KY Senate and House

Legislative Item

Senate Bill 38

Ensure Accommodations for Pregnant Women and New Moms at Work

Summary

SB 38 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 38 is sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr and is awaiting action by the Kentucky Senate.

Passed Senate Committee

Legislative Item

Senate Bill 48

Establish Minimum Age of Marriage

Summary

SB 48 would ensure both parties in a marriage are legal adults with rights and protections of adulthood.

Status

SB 48 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams and has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Legislative Item

Senate Bill 51 and House Bill 318

Make School Campuses Tobacco-Free

Summary

SB 51 and HB 318 would make public school property free from all forms of tobacco to protect students from secondhand smoke and from being exposed to tobacco use.

Status

SB 51 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado and has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. HB 318 is sponsored by Representative Kimberly Poore Moser and has been assigned to the House Education Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Legislative Item

House Bill 52

Protect the Safety of Young Kids When Riding Bicycles

Summary

HB 52 would require all children under the age of twelve to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle to protect against head injuries.

Status

HB 52 is sponsored by Representative Regina Huff and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee.

Passed KY House

Legislative Item

House Bill 70

Protect Children from Unsafe Contact Electronically

Summary

HB 70 would protect children from unsafe contact electronically by specifying that people convicted of criminal sexual offenses against children, cannot communicate electronically with anyone under the age of 18.

Status

HB 70 is sponsored by Representative Joseph Fischer and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Passed KY House

Legislative Item

House Bill 101

Protect 16 and 17-year-olds from Relationships with Significantly Older Adults

Summary

HB 101 would protect children ages 16 and 17 from sexual relationships with much older adults by specifying that a child of that age cannot give consent.

Status

HB 101 is sponsored by Representative Jason Petrie and is awaiting action by the Kentucky Senate.

Passed Senate Committee

Legislative Item

House Bill 124

Help Parents Create a Safer Environment for Kids

Summary

HB 124 would ensure parents have access to treatment that will help them recover from addiction in the most effective way available, creating a safer and more stable environment for their children..

Status

HB 124 is sponsored by Representative Addia Wuchner and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Passed KY House

Legislative Item

House Bill 143

Establish a School Safety and Crisis Line for Students

Summary

HB 143 would establish a School Safety and Crisis Line to allow students to report safety concerns and self-crises.

Status

HB 143 is sponsored by Representative Danny Bentley and is awaiting a hearing in the House Education Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Legislative Item

House Bill 197

Support New Mothers with Paid Maternity Leave

Summary

HB 197 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.

Status

HB 197 is sponsored by Representative James Kay and is awaiting a hearing in the House Health and Family Services Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing