2021 Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker

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

2021 Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker

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

Contact your state legislators in support of the following bills that are good for Kentucky kids with our Legislator Lookup tool.

Contact your state legislators in support of the following bills that are good for Kentucky kids with our Legislator Lookup tool.

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Allow paid family leave to state employees

House Bill 42 would allow state employees to access 12 weeks of paid family leave after the birth or adoption of a child.

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

Status

HB 42 is sponsored by Representative Josie Raymond.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Allow paid family leave to state employees

House Bill 54 would allow state employees to access 12 weeks of paid family leave after the birth or adoption of a child.

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

Status

HB 54 is sponsored by Representative Jason Nemes.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Expand local control to curb tobacco use among youth and improve health

House Bill 147 would allow city and county governments the option to regulate the use, display, sale, and distribution of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

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

Status

HB 147 is sponsored by Representative Kim Moser and Representative Tina Bojanowski.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Enact a Continued State Budget

House Bill 192 would enact a continuation state budget that, among other things, will impact child health coverage and care, education, and safety.

Review the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children budget priority checklist here. Read more about the 2021 budget process and priorities that kids and families are counting on for a strong state budget.

Status

HB 192 is sponsored by Representative Jason Petrie, Chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. The Kentucky House and Senate has passed the continuation budget by overriding the Governor’s veto of certain items and it now awaits the Secretary of State’s signature.

Read the latest statement from Kentucky Youth Advocates on the state budget.

Delivered to the Secretary of State

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Strengthen the statute of limitations timeframes for cases of child sexual abuse

House Bill 472 would strengthen the current statute of limitations timeframes for misdemeanor sexual abuse offenses from five to ten years to accommodate for delayed abuse disclosure.

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

Status

HB 472 is sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler and Representative Ed Massey. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed by the Governor.

Read the latest statement from Kentucky Youth Advocates on HB 472.

Signed by the Governor

HB 472 is a Kosair Charities Face It Movement policy priority.

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Expand court discretion when determining the transfer of youth to adult court

Senate Bill 36 (via Senate Bill 32) would allow juvenile court judges to use their discretion in the decision to transfer youth ages 14 and
older to adult court for situations involving a firearm.

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

Status

SB 36 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House (via SB 32) and has been signed by the Governor.

Read the latest statement from Kentucky Youth Advocates on SB 36.

Signed by the Governor

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Expand local control to curb tobacco use among youth and improve health

Senate Bill 81 would allow city and county governments the option to regulate the use, display, sale, and distribution of
tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

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

Status

SB 81 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Support the Health and Well-being of Pregnant Women who are Incarcerated

Senate Bill 84 would establish housing and medical observation of inmates who are pregnant and up to six weeks postpartum, establish a process for accessing community-based programs, and eliminate the use of solitary confinement for people who are pregnant.

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

Status

SB 84 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. It has unanimously passed the Kentucky Senate and House and has been signed by the Governor.

Read the latest statement from Kentucky Youth Advocates on SB 84.

Signed by the Governor

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Expand Child Care Access to Best Serve Kids, Families, and Local Economies

Senate Bill 148 would amend local planning and zoning laws to allow regulated home-based family child care options to safely serve children in their neighborhoods

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

Status

SB 148 is sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll. The Kentucky House and Senate ensured the bill’s passage by overriding the Governor’s veto and it now awaits the Secretary of State’s signature.

Read the latest statement from Kentucky Youth Advocates on SB 148.

Delivered to the Secretary of State

Blueprint Legislative Priority

Establish a minimum age of jurisdiction

Senate Bill 256 would establish a minimum age of 12 years old that a child can be charged with an offense, and connect the child and family to community-based services instead of sending them through the juvenile justice system.

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

Status

SB 256 is sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr and has been assigned to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 19

Protect Youth Mental Health

Summary

HB 19 would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts with a minor.

Status

HB 19 is sponsored by Representative Lisa Willner.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 33

Support New Parents with Paid Parental Leave

Summary

HB 33 would require employers with 50 or more employees to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave for an employee who has been employed for at least one year.

Status

HB 33 is sponsored by Representative Josie Raymond.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 50

Ensure Support for those with a Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder

Summary

House Bill 50 would support mental health parity — the equal treatment of mental health conditions and substance use disorders in insurance plans.

Status

HB 50 is sponsored by Representative Kim Moser. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 64

Expand Preschool Education Programs

Summary

HB 64 would expand eligibility for preschool education programs to children who reside in households with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Status

HB 64 is sponsored by Representative Josie Raymond.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 65

Teacher Professional Development

Summary

HB 65 would require all certified public school employees to complete high quality behavioral and mood disorder training annually.

Status

HB 65 is sponsored by Representative Josie Raymond.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 78

Protect Workers Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence

Summary

HB 78 would prohibit disqualification from benefits for workers unemployed as a result of domestic violence and abuse, dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, and would require data collection and training to personnel who process claims related to domestic violence.

Status

HB 78 is sponsored by Representative Nima Kulkarni.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 86

Limit Solitary Confinement of Youth

Summary

HB 86 would limit use of solitary confinement for juveniles and require reporting of data on its use.

Status

HB 86 is sponsored by Representative Buddy Wheatley.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 106

Establish Eligibility Requirements for the Child Care Assistance Program

Summary

HB 106 would define “Child Care and Development Fund” and “Child Care Assistance Program” and would establish income eligibility requirements for the Child Care Assistance Program.

Status

HB 106 is sponsored by Representative Josie Raymond.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 126

Take Steps to Minimize Impact of Parental Incarceration

Summary

HB 126 would focus incarceration on those who pose a risk or a threat to public safety by increasing the felony threshold for theft and fraud offenses to $1,000.

Status

HB 126 is sponsored by Representative Ed Massey. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 131

Allow Family Care Leave

Summary

HB 131 would prohibit employers from preventing an employee to take family care leave and would establish parameters to allow employees to take family care leave for the birth of a child or to care for a family member.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 134

Create Safer, More Nurturing Learning Environment

Summary

HB 134 would eliminate the use of corporal punishment in schools.

Status

HB 134 is sponsored by Representative Steve Riley.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 140

Establish Telehealth Standards

Summary

HB 140 would require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish minimum standards to telehealth, reestablish the requirement for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and managed care organizations to study the impact of telehealth on the state’s health care delivery system, require reimbursement rates for telehealth to be equivalent to reimbursement rates for the same service provided in person and more.

Status

HB 140 is sponsored by Representative Deanna Frazier and Representative Kim Moser. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and has been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 181

Support Postsecondary Students who are Lactating

Summary

HB 181 would require public postsecondary institutions to provide accommodations for lactating students and require reasonable time to accommodate the lactating student’s needs without academic penalty.

Status

HB 181 is sponsored by Representative Josie Raymond and Representative Kelly Flood.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 212

Track Child and Maternal Fatalities

Summary

HB 212 would require the child and maternal fatality annual report to do a demographic analysis by race, income, and geography and require the annual report be sent to the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare, and Family Services.

Status

HB 212 is sponsored by Representative Samara Heavrin. It has passed the Kentucky House and Senate and has been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 253

High School Graduation Requirements

Summary

HB 253 would require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form as a high school graduation requirement, and support students in meeting the requirement.

Status

HB 253 is sponsored by Representative Regina Huff and has passed the House Education Committee.

Passed House Committee

Other Legislative Item

House BIll 283

Support Women’s Mental Health Postpartum

Summary

HB 283 would require Medicaid to cover behavioral health services for eligible pregnant women for 12 months postpartum.

Status

HB 283 is sponsored Representative Joni Jenkins.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 287

Health Coverage for Maternal Depression Screenings

Summary

HB 287 would allow maternal depression screenings to be claimed as a service for the child as part of the Early and Periodic, Diagnostic and Treatment benefit.

Status

HB 287 is sponsored by Representative Lisa Willner.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 290

Ensure Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

Summary

HB 290 would extend Medicaid eligibility for certain new mothers for up to 12 months postpartum.

Status

HB 290 is sponsored by Representative McKenzie Cantrell.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 294

Support Maternal Mental Health

Summary

HB 294 would require all hospitals or alternative birthing centers offering obstetric services or licensed health care providers, including nurse midwives or certified professional midwives, to provide each maternity patient with information on maternal depression and available resources. It would also require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to post on its website information about providers who assist with maternal depression.

Status

HB 294 is sponsored by Representative Rachel Roberts. It has passed the Kentucky House and awaits a hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Passed KY House

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 295

Ensure Mental Health Coverage in Connection with Pregnancy

Summary

HB 295 would require certain health benefit plans to provide coverage for counseling interventions for pregnant and postpartum persons at increased risk of perinatal depression, including persons who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Status

HB 295 is sponsored by Representative Rachel Roberts.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 297

Support Maternal Mental Health

Summary

HB 297 would require the Health Access Nurturing Development Services program to provide educational information about maternal and postpartum depression.

Status

HB 297 is sponsored by Representative Kelly Flood.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 299

Ensure Special Enrollment Periods for Pregnancy

Summary

HB 299 would require insurers offering health benefit plans to provide a special enrollment period for pregnant individuals.

Status

HB 299 is sponsored by Representative Patti Minter.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 348

Establish Broadband Deployment Fund

Summary

HB 348 would establish the broadband deployment fund in the Office of Innovation within the Department of Agriculture to work towards efforts around the last-mile of broadband for homes and businesses.

Status

HB 348 is sponsored by Representative Phillip Pratt and has passed the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

Passed House Committee

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 350

Provide Breastfeeding Supports

Summary

HB 350 would require the Department for Medicaid Services and Medicaid managed care organizations to provide coverage for lactation counseling, lactation consultation, and breastfeeding equipment.

Status

HB 350 is sponsored by Representative Attica Scott.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 369

Support Student Education During the Pandemic

Summary

HB 369 would allow public high school students currently enrolled to request to use the 2021-2022 school year as a supplemental school year to retake and supplement coursework already completed. It would also allow nonpublic schools to also implement supplemental school years and require local boards of education to either approve or deny all requests.

Status

HB 369 is sponsored by Representative John Blanton.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House BIll 384

Allow Time for School Breakfast

Summary

HB 384 would permit the administrator of a school that participates in the Federal School Breakfast Program to authorize up to 15 minutes of the student attendance day to provide the opportunity for children to eat breakfast during instructional time.

Status

HB 384 is sponsored by Representative Steve Riley. It has passed the Kentucky House and the Senate Education Committee.

Passed Senate Committee

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 505

Establish Opportunity Accounts for Kids

Summary

HB 505 would establish within the State Treasury a fund to be used to make contributions to Kentucky opportunity accounts for children.

Status

HB 505 is sponsored by Representative Josie Raymond.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 511

Defining Broadband

Summary

HB 511 would clarify the definition of broadband as a service that transmits information at a rate that is generally not less than two hundred (200) kilobits per second.

Status

HB 511 is sponsored by Representative Jason Petrie.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 546

Establish a State Crisis Hotline Center

Summary

HB 546 would establish a “Crisis Hotline Center” that is a state-identified and funded as a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network to respond to statewide or regional calls.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

House Bill 579

Allow State Testing Opt-Out

Summary

HB 579 would allow parents or guardians to choose that their student not participate in statewide student assessments.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 10

Establish a Commission on Race and Access to Opportunity

Summary

SB 10 would establish a Commission on Race and Access to Opportunity that is tasked with providing research driven policy proposals and required to publish an annual report.

Status

SB 10 is co-sponsored by Senator David Givens, Senator Whitney Westerfield, and Senate President Robert Stivers. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and has become law without the Governor’s signature.

Passed KY House & Senate

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 21

Support Youth Mental Health

Summary

SB 21 would permit voluntary transport to a hospital or psychiatric facility with authorization from the facility and signed consent from patient, or parent if under 16 years old, parent and patient consent if minor is over age 16. It would also establish that any qualified mental health professional may provide outpatient mental health counseling to a child who is age 16 or older and is an unaccompanied youth.

Status

SB 21 is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and has been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 23

Require Health Disparity Impact Reviews

Summary

SB 23 would require the Legislative Research Commission to identify any bill, amendment, or committee sub that may result in a health disparity impact and require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to carry out a health disparity review, if necessary, within 30 days.

Status

SB 23 is sponsored by Senator Gerald Neal.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 30

Protect Youth Mental Health

Summary

SB 30 would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts with a minor.

Status

SB 30 is sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr.

Awaiting Committee Assignment

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 42

Require Suicide Prevention Training for Certain Professionals

Summary

SB 42 would require that training programs in suicide assessment, treatment, and management include cultural diversity for certain professionals.

Status

SB 42 is sponsored by Senator Reginald Thomas and has been assigned to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 55

Support Children’s Access to Healthcare

Summary

SB 55 would prohibit copayments or cost sharing to be paid by any medical assistance recipients, prohibit copayments be charged in the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP), and prohibit deductible, copayments, and coinsurance requirements for Medicaid telehealth services.

Status

SB 55 is sponsored by Senator Stephen Meredith and Senator Ralph Alvarado. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and has been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 66

Strengthen Background Checks for Youth Camps

Summary

SB 66 would define staff members and create employment and background checks for staff members working or volunteering at youth camps.

Status

SB 66 is sponsored by Senator John Schickel. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and has been signed by the Governor.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 77

Promote Equity in Superintendent Screening Committees

Summary

SB 77 would require greater minority representation on a superintendent screening committee in a school district with a minority student population of 50 percent or greater.

Status

SB 77 is sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams and Senator Gerald Neal. It has unanimously passed the Kentucky Senate and House and awaits the Governor’s signature.

Passed KY Senate & House

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 128

Support Student Education During the Pandemic

Summary

SB 128 would allow public high school students currently enrolled to request to use the 2021-2022 school year as a supplemental school year to retake and supplement coursework already completed. It would also allow nonpublic schools to also implement supplemental school years and require local boards of education to either approve or deny all requests.

Status

SB 128 is sponsored by Senator Max Wise. It has passed the Kentucky Senate and House and has been signed by the Governor.

Read a statement from Kentucky Youth Advocates on SB 128.

Signed by the Governor

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 171

Establish Regulations for Splash Pads

Summary

SB 171 would require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate regs around the operation of splash pads to ensure health and safety.

Status

SB 171 is sponsored by Senator Wil Schroder. The Kentucky House and Senate ensured the bill’s passage by overriding the Governor’s veto and it now awaits the Secretary of State’s signature.

Delivered to the Secretary of State

Other Legislative Item

Senate Bill 285

Allow Paid Family Leave to State Employees

Summary

SB 285 would allow state employees to access 12 weeks of paid family leave after the birth or adoption of a child.

Status

SB 285 is sponsored by Senator Morgan McGarvey and has been assigned to the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

Awaiting Committee Hearing