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Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker2018-04-24T14:32:42+00:00

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 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 133

Improve Outcomes of Pregnant Inmates and Minimize the Impact of Parental Incarceration

Summary

SB 133 would improve conditions for pregnant inmates, including prohibiting shackling of women during labor and delivery and allowing pregnant women to be released to substance abuse treatment. SB 133 would also take steps to minimize the impact of parental incarceration by making criminal justice reforms to focus incarceration on serious offenses.

Has Been Signed by the Governor

Learn More

Thank your state Senator and Representative for supporting SB 133 to improve the outcomes of pregnant inmates and their babies HERE.

View the fact sheet about holding parents accountable in ways that allow them to care for their children HERE.

Read a statement from Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 133 passing the Kentucky House HERE.

Check out the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children issue brief, Minimizing the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children 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.

Has Been Signed by the Governor

Learn More

Thank your state Senator and Representative for supporting SB 137 to keep Kentucky kids safer from abuse HERE.

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

Read a statement from Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 137 passing the Kentucky House 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 would make 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.

Has Been Signed by the Governor

Learn More

Thank your state Senator and Representative supporting HB 1 to keep Kentucky kids safe and improve how the commonwealth responds to child abuse and supports families HERE.

View the fact sheet on keeping kids safe from abuse with improvement in how we respond to and support families HERE and on increasing the independence of the Ombudsman’s office HERE.

For a deeper dive into HB 1, view a summary of bill components and why they’re good for kids HERE.

Read a statement from Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 1 passing the Kentucky Senate HERE.

HB 1 is a Face It policy priority.

Blueprint Item

House Bill 200 (Executive Branch Budget)

Invest in Kentucky Kids and Families

Summary

HB 200, the proposed executive branch budget, includes funding for the state Cabinets that provide child protection, education, and health services for the next two years. The proposed budget would allocate funds to help restore the Kinship Care Program, to recruit additional social workers and reduce social worker caseloads, and to fulfill relative foster care payments based on the decision by the Sixth Circuit Court. It also includes funding for SEEK and Family Resources and Youth Services Centers.

Status

HB 200 is sponsored by Representative Steven Rudy.

Passed the KY House and Senate

Learn More

Read a statement from Dr. Terry Brooks on the Kentucky House and Senate passing the executive branch budget HERE.

Blueprint Item

House Bill 396

Reform the Criminal Justice System and Minimize the Impact of Parental Incarceration

Summary

HB 396 would reform many aspects of the criminal justice system, which would address Kentucky’s ranking as second in the nation in the rate of children who’ve had a parent incarcerated and second in the rate of female incarceration. The bill focuses on alternatives to incarceration to address the underlying issues like substance abuse and mental health issues. HB 396 holds offenders accountable in a way that also keeps families together.

Status

HB 396 is sponsored by Representative Kimberly Poore Moser and Representative Jason Nemes and has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Learn More

View the fact sheet about holding parents accountable in ways that allow them to care for their children HERE.

Check out the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children issue brief, Minimizing the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children HERE.

Blueprint Item

House Bill 527

Support the Education of Children Who Have Experienced Abuse or Neglect

Summary

HB 527 would support the educational stability of children who have experienced abuse or neglect by allowing them to remain in the school where they were most recently enrolled or, when that is not in their best interest, ensuring a seamless transition to their new school.

Status

HB 527 is sponsored by Representative Steve Riley.

Has Been Signed by the Governor

Learn More

Thank your state Senator and Representative for supporting HB 527 to promote the educational stability of children who’ve experienced abuse or neglect HERE.

View the fact sheet on supporting the education of children who have experienced abuse or neglect HERE.

Read a statement from Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 527  passing the Kentucky Senate HERE.

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.

Has Been Delivered to the Secretary of State

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.

Has Been Signed by the Governor

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.

Has Been Signed by the Governor

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.

Has Been Signed by the Governor

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.

Has Been Signed by the Governor

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

Legislative Item

House Bill 423

Expand Substance Abuse Treatment for Mothers

Summary

HB 423 would promote recovery for mothers and babies by creating funding streams for substance abuse treatment for mothers through a program called Family In Recovery Empowerment (FIRE).

Status

HB 423 is sponsored by Representative Addia Wuchner and is awaiting action by the Kentucky House.

Passed House Committee

Legislative Item

House Bill 604

Utilize a Trauma-informed Approach in Schools

Summary

HB 604 would help keep kids safe by ensuring schools have access to mental health professionals, as well as by creating a toolkit to help schools develop a trauma-informed approach to recognize when students may be in need of help.

Status

HB 604 is sponsored by Representative Will Coursey and Representative Steven Rudy, and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Education Committee..

Passed KY House