KEA 2024 Bill Tracker Report
Prepared by: KEA Lobby Team
Report created on May 18, 2024
 
HB1APPROPRIATIONS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES (PETRIE J) AN ACT relating to government agencies, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate General Fund moneys from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund Account in fiscal years 2023-2024, 2024-2025, and 2025-2026 to the following: Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure grants; Department for Local Government to provide matching funds under the Government Resources Accelerating Needed Transformation Program; Kentucky Public Pensions Authority to be applied to the unfunded liability of the State Police Retirement Systems and the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Nonhazardous pension funds; Teachers' Retirement System to be applied to the unfunded actuarially accrued liability; Cabinet for Economic Development to support the KEDFA loan pool and development projects; Department of Kentucky State Police for lab equipment; Transportation Cabinet to improve public riverports, to implement the Short Line Infrastructure Preservation and Industrial Access and Safety Improvement pilot projects, and support grants to each General Aviation airport; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; appropriate General Fund moneys from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund Account in fiscal years 2023-2024, 2024-2025, and 2025-2026 to the following: Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure grants; Department for Local Government to provide matching funds under the Government Resources Accelerating Needed Transformation Program; Kentucky Public Pensions Authority to be applied to the unfunded liability of the State Police Retirement Systems and the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Nonhazardous pension funds; Teachers' Retirement System to be applied to the unfunded actuarially accrued liability; Cabinet for Economic Development to support mega-development projects, the KEDFA loan pool, and other development projects; Department of Kentucky State Police for lab equipment; Transportation Cabinet to improve public riverports, to implement the Short Line Infrastructure Preservation and Industrial Access and Safety Improvement pilot projects, and support grants to each General Aviation airport; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions and add General Fund appropriations from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund Account to the following: Department for Local Government for various projects/programs, Kentucky Public Pension Authority for various payments, Economic Development for various projects/programs, Community Based Services for various projects/programs, Criminal Justice Training for a program in the City of Madisonville, Council on Postsecondary Education and various universities for projects/programs, Horse Park Commission for facility upgrades, and Transportation Cabinet for various projects/programs; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   4/12/2024 - Delivered to Secretary of State
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB1.html
 
HB2PROPOSING NEW SECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING EDUCATION FUNDING (MILES S) AN ACT proposing to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to education funding.

Propose a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to authorize the General Assembly to provide for a financial support for the education of students outside of the public school system; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection. House Committee Substitute (1)
 Current Status:   3/21/2024 - Delivered to Secretary of State
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB2.html
 
HB4AMEND CONSTITUTUION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY (OSBORNE D) AN ACT proposing to amend the Constitution of Kentucky relating to sessions of the General Assembly.

Propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to establish that the General Assembly shall determine the date a regular session shall end unless another date is agreed upon by three-fifths of the membership of each House; establish that the General Assembly may be convened upon a Joint Proclamation of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House for no more than 12 legislative days annually; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   3/12/2024 - (H) Returned to Committee House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB4.html
 
HB6EXECUTIVE BRANCH BUDGET (PETRIE J) AN ACT relating to appropriations measures providing funding and establishing conditions for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its various officers, cabinets, departments, boards, commissions, institutions, subdivisions, agencies, and other state-supported activities.

The State/Executive Branch Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION. House Committee Substitute (1) The State/Executive Branch Budget: Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION. Senate Committee Substitute (1) The State/Executive Branch Budget: Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION. Free Conference Committee Report (1) The State/Executive Branch Budget: Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   4/12/2024 - Delivered to Secretary of State
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB6.html
 
HB20COLA FOR RETIRED STATE EMPLOYEES (PALUMBO R) AN ACT relating to a cost-of-living increase to the retirement benefits for retired state employees, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate $227 million, $17 million, and $17 million in fiscal year 2024-2025 to the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority to fund a one-time two percent cost-of-living adjustment effective July 1, 2024, for Kentucky Employees Retirement System nonhazardous and hazardous duty recipients, and for State Police Retirement System recipients, respectively; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/2/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB20.html
 
HB36STUDENT RESILIENCY AND WELL-BEING (WILLNER L) AN ACT relating to student resiliency and well-being.

Create a new section of Chapter 158 to establish the Center for Student Resiliency and Well-Being within the Kentucky Department of Education to gather and compile data, coordinate training, and monitor the numbers and types of mental health professionals in schools; amend KRS 158.4416 to include the definition of "student resiliency and well-being approach"; remove the definition of "trauma-informed approach"; make conforming changes; require the resiliency and well-being team to compile their activities to be used in the creation of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and Comprehensive District Improvement Plan and submit the information to the Center for Student Resiliency and Well-Being; amend KRS 158.191 to require a school district to allow a parent to decline their student's participation in well-being questionnaires rather than requiring parental consent for the student to participate; amend KRS 156.095 to require schools to provide an opportunity for any student who missed the suicide prevention awareness lesson to receive the lesson at a later time; make conforming changes; amend KRS 158.443 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/2/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB36.html
 
HB41IMMUNIZATION (CALLAWAY E) AN ACT relating to immunization.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 18A to prohibit monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization by a fully insured health benefit plan or self-insured plan issued or renewed to public employees; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school from accepting any monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization of any person; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit a public or nonpublic postsecondary educational institution from accepting any monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization of any person; amend KRS 214.036 to prohibit the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or any related entity from providing any public funds for monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization of any person to any entity; prohibit any public funds from being used to provide any monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any person; create a new section of KRS Chapter 216A to prohibit any health facility or health care provider from accepting any funds for providing monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any person; create a new section of Subtitle 12 of KRS Chapter 304 to prohibit a health care insurer from accepting any funds for providing monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any person; create a new section of KRS Chapter 338 to prohibit an employer from accepting any funds for providing monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any employee.
 Current Status:   1/2/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB41.html
 
HB46KEES SCHOLARSHIPS (RAWLINGS S) AN ACT relating to KEES scholarships for students attending noncertified schools.

Amend KRS 164.7874 to include an equivalent score on the Classic Learning Test as a KEES supplemental amount; define "eligible noncertified school graduate"; amend definitions of "KEES award," "KEES award maximum," and " KEES base amount" for an eligible noncertified school graduate; amend KRS 164.7879 to establish an equivalent grade point average for eligible noncertified school graduates based on the graduate's ACT score; amend KRS 164.7884 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/2/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB46.html
 
HB51STUDENTS (RAWLINGS S) AN ACT relating to students.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to establish definitions for the section; state legislative findings and declarations; require a public school to obtain parent approval for their child's participation in any questionnaire or similar activities; establish parental rights relating to student data and privacy; require parental consent prior to using radio frequency identification technology to track students or collect student data; require school districts and public to adopt policies and procedures to comply with the restrictions on use of radio frequency identification technology; establish a cause of action for violation of the section; amend KRS 158.191 to require a local board of education to adopt policies to prohibit the administration of certain examinations or surveys without written parental consent; establish requirements for schools to obtain parental permission, create limitations of the section's applicability; provide that Section 1 may be cited as The Child and Family Privacy Act.
 Current Status:   1/2/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB51.html
 
HB59AMEND SECTION 170 OF KENTUCKY CONSTITUTION RELATING TO TAXATION (MASSARONI C) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to taxation.

Propose to amend Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky to provide the General Assembly the authority to exempt all or a portion of any class of property from taxation or eliminate all or a portion of any tax and the related provisions of that tax; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   1/2/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB59.html
 
HB94AMEND SECTION 42 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY (LOCKETT M) AN ACT proposing to amend Section 42 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to sessions of the General Assembly.

Propose to amend Section 42 of the Constitution of Kentucky to eliminate the existing dates by which the General Assembly must adjourn in any regular session; provide that no session shall extend beyond December 31.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB94.html
 
HB96MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND REFLECTIONS (FISTER D) AN ACT relating to moments of silence and reflection.

Amend KRS 158.175 to require moments of silence or reflection at the start of each school day and establish guidelines.
 Current Status:   2/23/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB96.html
 
HB99KENTUCKY PUBLIC PENSIONS AUTHORITY (JOHNSON D) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority.

Amend various sections of KRS Chapters 16, 61, and 78 to make technical and housekeeping changes relating to the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority's (KPPA) administration of the systems governed by the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) and the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) boards of trustees, including: amend KRS 61.505 to rename the position of internal auditor to chief auditor and conform with prior legislation; amend KRS 16.505, 61.510, and 78.510 to make various changes and additions to definitions; repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 16.652, 61.546, and 61.692 in response to a Kentucky Supreme Court decision and make technical changes; amend KRS 61.525 and 78.540 to remove outdated language and comply with federal law regarding membership in the retirement plan; amend KRS 61.552 to require Tier 3 members to remit employee contributions before receiving military service credit; amend KRS 61.569 to provide process for repayment of employee contributions after a member's employment is reinstated by order of a court or tribunal; amend KRS 61.615 to permit KPPA to employ vocational experts to review and evaluate employment information in disability review cases and remove review of physical exertion requirement when disability is due solely to a mental illness; amend KRS 61.625 regarding procedures for members who receive a refund in error or who have taken a refund and subsequently have their reemployment reinstated; amend KRS 61.637 and 78.5540 to conform to the process for repayment of employee contributions after a member's employment is reinstated by order of a court or tribunal; amend KRS 61.645 and 78.782 to permit voting by telephone in trustee elections and extend deadline for posting board minutes from 72 hours to 3 business days; amend KRS 61.665 to change the process for the review of disability applications to permit one medical examiner to review initial applications and approve a member for disability with no additional reviews required, but if disability is denied, implement up to two more examiners to achieve majority consensus for approval or disapproval of disability; amend KRS 61.705 and 78.5538 to provide that the death benefit of $5,000 is payable to a beneficiary of the member, not the member, and is not subject to garnishment, unless the beneficiary is the member's estate or there is an overpayment of benefits or outstanding balance owed to the system; amend KRS 61.685, 61.702, 78.530, 78.5528, 78.5536, 78.640, and 78.852 to make conforming and technical changes. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 61.546 to make a technical change.
 Current Status:   4/4/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB99.html
 
HB108ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (JACKSON K) AN ACT relating to English language learners.

Amends KRS 158.6455 to create a tiered implementation of English language learners into the accountability system.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB108.html
 
HB114EXECUTIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to appropriations measures providing funding and establishing conditions for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its various officers, cabinets, departments, boards, commissions, institutions, subdivisions, agencies, and other state-supported activities.

The Governor's recommended State/Executive Branch Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB114.html
 
HB119INTERSCHOLASTIC EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (DOTSON R) AN ACT relating to interscholastic extracurricular activities.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to authorize participation in a public school interscholastic extracurricular activity by an at-home private school student; establish criteria for participation; require a parent, guardian, or teacher of an at-home private school student participating in a public school interscholastic activity to verify the student's academic progress; declare a public school student who does not make academic progress at a public school and withdraws and enters an at-home private school program ineligible for participation in an interscholastic activity for the remainder of the school year; provide that the Act may be cited as the Play Fair Kentucky Act.
 Current Status:   1/25/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB119.html
 
HB125SCHOOL PERSONNEL (CHESTER-BURTON B) AN ACT relating to school personnel.

Amend KRS 161.155 to require school districts to provide a teacher or other employee leave with no loss of income or benefits for 60 school days following an assault against the teacher or employee that results in a physical injury; specify the terms of the leave; require the school district to pay for mental health services of the teacher or employee's choosing during the leave period; amend KRS 158.150 to require a local board of education to adopt a policy requiring expulsion when a student physically assaults or batters school personnel; provide that the policy may permit case-by-case modifications with the consent of the victim; permit the safety of school personnel to be a factor in issuing suspensions and expulsions of primary school students; amend KRS 158.154 to remove the requirement that a physical injury be serious to require a principal to report an assault to law enforcement; amend KRS 158.155 to require mandatory reporters to report assault, battery, or abuse of school personnel or students on school property.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB125.html
 
HB134TAXATION RETIREMENT DISTRIBUTIONS (TACKETT LAFERTY A) AN ACT relating to the taxation of retirement distributions.

Amend KRS 141.019 to increase the retirement distribution exclusion from $31,110 to $41,110 for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2025.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB134.html
 
HB138SERVICE CREDIT TEACHER'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM (GROSSBERG D) AN ACT relating to service credit for the Teachers' Retirement System and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 161.500 to allow members of the Teachers' Retirement System to recover up to 10 unpaid days that were missed to observe religious holidays; include the recovered days in count of days worked for service credit; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/27/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB138.html
 
HB142NICOTINE PRODUCTS (HART M) AN ACT relating to products that contain nicotine.

Create a new section of KRS 438.305 to 438.340 to require the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to establish a vapor retail license and require retailers to have a retail license to sell vapor products; amend KRS 438.310 to increase penalties for violations related to the sale of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products; amend KRS 438.311 to establish penalties for individuals under the age of 18 and individuals over the age of 18 but under 21 who purchase or attempt to purchase alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, or vapor products; amend KRS 438.313 to increase penalties for violations related to the distribution and retail of cigarettes, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products; amend KRS 438.345 to require local boards of education to include policies that penalize students for possessing alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, or vapor products on school grounds and list those penalties; amend KRS 438.350 to establish penalties for individuals under the age of 18 and individuals over the age of 18 but under 21 who are caught in possession of alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, or vapor products; amend KRS 600.020, 610.010, and 630.020 to include tobacco, alternative nicotine product, or vapor product violations as status offenses; amend KRS 138.195 to conform. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions, except repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 438.345 as a new section of KRS Chapter 158, to require local boards of education to adopt policies that penalize students for possessing alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, or vapor products and list penalties; require school districts to report annually to the Kentucky Department of Education, and require the department to report to the Legislative Research Commission, the number of nicotine-related behavior incidents in schools and the number requiring medical intervention. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions; require schools to provide evidence-based age-appropriate nicotine prevention and cessation information to all students at the beginning of the school year and access to materials throughout the school year; require a school to provide nicotine cessation information upon the first incident, disciplinary action in accordance with the district's code of acceptable behavior upon the second incident, and in-school or out-of-school suspension and the opportunity to complete a nicotine education program for the third and subsequent incidents; require the Kentucky Department of Education, regional educational cooperatives, and local boards of education to identify and apply for grant opportunities relating to nicotine; require by August 1, 2024 that the Kentucky Department of Education, after consultation with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, post nicotine awareness information on the department's webpage. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; authorize the department, regional educational cooperatives, and local boards of education to identify and apply for grant opportunities; make technical correction. Senate Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions; specify that possession of a nicotine product for a third or subsequent may rather than shall result in a suspension.
 Current Status:   4/9/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB142.html
 
HB150AD VALOREM TAXES (FLANNERY P) AN ACT relating to ad valorem taxes.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 132 to exempt motor vehicles, recreational vehicles, trailers, and semitrailers from state and local ad valorem taxes; amend various sections of KRS Chapters 92, 132, 133, 134, 136, 141, 186, 186A, and 235 to conform; repeal KRS 132.227. 132,485, 132.4851, 132.487, 136.188, 186.193, and 186A.030; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.
 Current Status:   1/18/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB150.html
 
HB158DYSLEXIA (BOJANOWSKI T) AN ACT relating to dyslexia.

Amend KRS 158.307 to require rather than allow local boards of education to develop policy on dyslexia; require rather than allow the policy to include listed items; amend KRS 164.304 to require postsecondary institutions offering teacher preparation programs to include instruction on dyslexia by the 2025-2026 school year, rather than the instruction being contingent on funding availability.
 Current Status:   1/4/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB158.html
 
HB162MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to mathematics education and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 158.791 to specify the role of Department of Education in assisting local school districts with mathematics instruction, supports, and interventions; require the department to collaborate with designated agencies on mathematics programming, materials, and activities; amend KRS 158.840 to require students in grades four through eight needing to make accelerated progress in mathematics to receive intervention; require Council on Post Secondary to submit an annual report on the compliance of teacher preparation programs; require regular reports to an external evaluator on elementary and middle school mathematics instruction; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define terms; require the Department of Education to promulgate regulations defining multitiered supports for students in grades four through eight; require the department to provide technical support to school districts; require school districts to select a universal screener for mathematics by January 1, 2025; require schools to give the mathematics universal screener to all students in grades four through eight within the first 30 days of school beginning with the 2025-2026 school year; require the department to provide resources to teachers on specific screeners and instructional resources; require the department to establish reading teacher academies or coaching models by September 1, 2025, if funds are available; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require postsecondary institutions offering teacher preparation programs in elementary education and middle school mathematics education to include kindergarten through grade 12 instructional strategies and Department of Education identified mathematics resources; require the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) to develop and maintain a list of approved teacher preparation assessments; require the EPSB to develop an evaluation rubric for teacher candidates; require the EPSB to report elementary and middle school mathematics teacher preparation program data to an external evaluator; amend KRS 158.842 to change the composition of the Committee for Mathematics Achievement; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to establish the Kentucky numeracy counts fund; provide that moneys in the fund shall not lapse; provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Numeracy Counts Act. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except further amend KRS 158.791 to specify the Department of Education's role in assisting local school districts with regard to mathematics instruction, supports, and interventions; require the department to collaborate with relevant groups in literacy and mathematics programming, materials, and activities; amend KRS 158.840 to require the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to submit an annual report to LRC on the compliance of teacher preparation programs to this Act; create KRS 158.8401 to define new terms for KRS 158.840 to 158.844; create a new section of KRS 158.840 to 158.844 to require the Department of Education to promulgate administrative regulations defining and establishing a multitiered system of supports to include mathematics instruction, intervention, and instructional strategies; require the department to report the status of implementation to LRC by November 1, 2027; require school district superintendents to select a universal screener by January 1, 2026; beginning with the 2026-2027 school year, require a universal screener to be given to every student in kindergarten through grade three within 30 days of the start of the school year; require the development of a mathematics improvement plan in the first 60 days for any student in kindergarten through grade three who is identified as needing interventions; amend KRS 158.842 to remove definitions that were defined in the new section; reconstitute the membership of the Committee for Mathematics Achievement; require the committee to report activities and progress to LRC by May 1, 2025; create a new section of KRS 158.840 to 158.844 to establish the Kentucky numeracy counts fund; provide that moneys and interest in the fund shall not lapse; create KRS 164.3061 to require postsecondary institutions offering teacher preparation programs for elementary regular education to include evidence-based instructional strategies for kindergarten through grade three beginning with the 2025-2026 school year; require the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) to develop and maintain a list of approved teacher preparation assessments; require the EPSB to report data to an external evaluator for analysis and to report the results and all data to LRC; designate the Act as the Kentucky Numeracy Counts Act. House Floor Amendment (1) Specify that the Kentucky Department of Education shall establish teacher academies for teachers of students in grades kindergarten through eight rather than through grade three; specify that the numeracy counts fund is to support grades kindergarten through eight rather than through grade three. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Amend to appropriate General Fund moneys in the amount of $5 million in fiscal year 2024-2025 and $5 million in fiscal year 2025-2026 to the Kentucky numeracy counts fund; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   4/19/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB162.html
 
HB169EMERGENCY MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS FOR SCHOOLS (PALUMBO R) AN ACT relating to emergency medical preparedness of schools.

Amend KRS 158.162 to require local boards of education to maintain a portable automated external defibrillator in a public, readily accessible, well-marked location in all school buildings, including elementary school buildings, and at school-sanctioned athletic practices and competitions; require annual report on compliance with portable automated external defibrillator requirements to be submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain all original provisions; amend KRS 158.1622 to expand the School AED Fund to expand the medical devices the fund can be used to purchase to include medical devices to diagnose, prevent, or treat a medical condition that is harmful to student athletes.
 Current Status:   4/18/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB169.html
 
HB189SCHOOL MEALS AT LOW INCOME SCHOOLS (AULL C) AN ACT relating to school meals at low-income schools and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define terms; establish the Kentucky Proud School Match Program; direct the Department of Education to reimburse an eligible school district $0.33 for every meal reimbursed by the community eligibility provision at the paid rate; require a school district that receives a reimbursement to develop and implement a Kentucky Proud school plan to identify and purchase available Kentucky-grown agricultural products and to optimize food usage; direct the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to carry out this section; provide that the section shall be null and void if the community eligibility provision is terminated by the United States Department of Agriculture; provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Proud School Match Act; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   1/8/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB189.html
 
HB190PHARMACY BENEFITS (SHARP S) AN ACT relating to pharmacy benefits.

Amend KRS 304.17A-164 to prohibit insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, and other pharmacy benefit administrators from requiring or incentivizing the use of a mail-order pharmaceutical distributor; amend KRS 304.17C-125, KRS 304.38A-115, 18A.225, and 164.2871 to apply provisions of amended KRS 304.17A-164 to limited health service benefit plans, including limited health service contracts, limited health service organizations, the state employee health plan, and postsecondary educational institution self-insured group health plans; repeal 304.38A-120, relating to assignment of certain benefits under limited health service organization plans, to consolidate like provisions; make technical corrections; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend definition of "insurer" to make technical amendment; add definition of "mail-order pharmaceutical distributor"; delete prohibition on requiring or incentivizing use of a mail-order pharmaceutical distributor; prohibit imposing greater or more restrictive requirements for use of a retail pharmacy to access a drug in certain circumstances.
 Current Status:   4/18/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB190.html
 
HB191MATERIAL HARMFUL TO MINORS (CALLOWAY J) AN ACT relating to materials, programs, or events alleged to be harmful to minors.

Amend KRS 158.192 to require the local board of education to allow parents and guardians an opportunity to orally recite passages from materials, programs, or events subject to appeal; require immediate removal of the material, program, or event if the board denies a parent or guardian the opportunity to orally recite passages.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB191.html
 
HB195FAMILY CARE LEAVE (STEVENSON C) AN ACT relating to family care leave.

Amend KRS 337.010 to define "family care leave," "family member," "health care provider," "same employer," and "serious health condition"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to prohibit employers from refusing to grant a qualified employee family care leave; entitle an employee to family care leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a family member and establish parameters.
 Current Status:   1/9/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB195.html
 
HB208AMEND SECTION 183 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO EDUCATION FUNDING (CALLOWAY J) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 183 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to education funding.

Propose to amend Section 183 of the Constitution of Kentucky to authorize the General Assembly to provide for a portion of the educational costs of students outside of the public school system with parents of limited financial means; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   1/12/2024 - floor amendment (1) filed
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB208.html
 
HB216SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT TO RECIPIENTS OF A MONTH RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to a supplemental payment for recipients of a monthly retirement allowance from the systems administered by the Kentucky Retirement Systems, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate $95 million from the budget reserve trust fund in fiscal year 2023-2024 to fund one-time supplemental payments on July 1, 2024, to recipients of a retirement allowance from the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) and the State Police Retirement System (SPRS); specify that the one-time supplemental payment shall be equal to the monthly payment received by the recipient in the month of June 2024; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/9/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB216.html
 
HB223CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ASSAULT OR ABUSE (WILLNER L) AN ACT relating to childhood sexual assault or abuse.

Amend KRS 413.249 to remove the statute of limitations for civil actions arising from childhood sexual assault or abuse; require every civil action arising from childhood sexual assault or abuse to be accompanied by a motion to seal the record.
 Current Status:   1/10/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB223.html
 
HB225EDUCATION (RAWLINGS S) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 158.645 to change the required learning capacities of Kentucky public school students; amend KRS 158.6451 to provide that schools shall expect a high level of academic achievement and shall develop students' ability to think critically and independently; amend KRS 156.010 to include career and technical education; amend KRS 160.345 to remove the reporting requirement relating to physical activity of students; amend KRS 157.065 to remove the reporting requirement relating to participation in breakfast programs; amend KRS 424.250 to reflect that school boards are tax levying authorities and do not file budgets with the county clerk; require district budgets to be published in the same manner as school financial reports; repeal KRS 157.061 and 158.856.
 Current Status:   3/27/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB225.html
 
HB227SCHOOL DISTRICTS (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to school districts.

Amend KRS 160.041 to provide a merger process for contiguous school districts; require the Kentucky Board of Education to determine the terms of merger for an insolvent district if no agreement between the school districts can be reached; require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate regulations regarding mergers due to insolvency. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; specify that a majority of voters in each school district is required.
 Current Status:   3/8/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB227.html
 
HB230TEACHERS (BOJANOWSKI T) AN ACT relating to teachers.

Amend KRS 158.060 to require teachers to be compensated for noninstructional planning time within their school day during which they are required to supervise or instruct students; amend KRS 164.787 to expand the program eligibility of the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program to include a program that leads to a bachelor's degree in education in a critical shortage area.
 Current Status:   1/10/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB230.html
 
HB232DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES (BROWN JR. G) AN ACT relating to discriminatory practices against a person.

Amend KRS 344.010 to provide definitions of "protective hairstyle" and "race" that include traits historically associated with race; amend KRS 158.148 to provide that school disciplinary codes shall prohibit discrimination on the basis of race; provide that the Act may be cited as the C.R.O.W.N. Act.
 Current Status:   1/10/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB232.html
 
HB233HISTORICAL INSTRUCTION (BROWN JR. G) AN ACT relating to historical instruction.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require African history instruction in certain middle and high school world history and civilization courses; require Native American history instruction in certain middle and high school United States history courses; require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations establishing academic standards for the required historical instructions; require superintendents to adopt curricula for required instruction; require the Department of Education to collaborate with the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission to develop recommended curricula and instruction guidelines for the required historical instruction, elective high school course offerings in African history and Native American history, and relevant professional development materials.
 Current Status:   1/10/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB233.html
 
HB245TEACHER SCHOLARSHIPS (MASSARONI C) AN ACT relating to teacher scholarships.

Amend KRS 164.769 to remove expected family income from the selection criteria for the teacher scholarship; amend KRS 164.7889 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/17/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB245.html
 
HB255EMPLOYMENT OF MINORS (PRATT P) AN ACT relating to employment of minors.

Amend KRS 339.230 to prohibit the department of workplace standards from promulgating regulations on child labor that are more restrictive than those promulgated by the United States Secretary of Labor. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; create new sections of KRS 339.200 to 339.450 to specify occupations that are prohibited for children under 18 years of age; specify restrictions on the employment of children under 16 years of age; repeal KRS 339.230, relating to restrictions on employment of children between ages 14 and 18; direct the commissioner of the Department of Workplace Standards to repeal 803 KAR 1:100, an administrative regulation related to child labor.
 Current Status:   3/27/2024 - floor amendment (5-title) filed
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB255.html
 
HB275EDUCATION (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to education.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to prohibit a public school district or public charter school from entering a nondisclosure agreement relating to misconduct involving a minor or student; amend KRS 160.380 to define "abusive conduct"; require school district applicants to disclose being the subject of any allegations or investigations in the previous 12 months and consent to a reference check; require school districts to conduct reference checks; require nonpublic and public school districts to disclose any allegations or investigations related to abusive conduct of applicants; revise indemnification language to grant immunity for disclosures made about school employee conduct; require school districts to request all related information from public and nonpublic schools and the Education Professional Standards Board and require the schools and EPSB to provide the records; require requests for information to be satisfied in 10 working days instead of 10 days; require all public school personnel to submit to a state criminal background check every five years; require all school district applicants to list all schools of previous and current employment on the application; require a school district to internally report and investigate to completion all allegations of abusive conduct; require all records relating to an allegation of abusive conduct to be retained in an employee's personnel file unless the allegation is proven false; amend KRS 156.160 to direct the Kentucky Board of Education to include employment standards in the voluntary certification standards for private schools; make technical corrections; amend KRS 160.151 to define "certified nonpublic school"; require employees of certified nonpublic schools to submit to a national and state criminal background check and a CA/N check; require certified nonpublic school personnel to have a state criminal background check every five years; prohibit a certified nonpublic school from hiring a violent or felony sex crime offender; require a certified nonpublic school to conduct reference checks on all applicants; prohibit a certified nonpublic school from entering into a nondisclosure agreement related to misconduct involving a minor or student; amend KRS 156.095 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to develop a training related to sexual misconduct for employees to undergo every five years; make technical corrections; amend KRS 161.151 to conform. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; require allegation of abusive conduct be reported pursuant to KRS 620.030. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 158.1415 to conform to KRS 160.345(2)(g), which provides the superintendent authority to determine curriculum; require that a local board of education adopt a policy to ensure that children in grade five and below do not receive instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases and that no child regardless of grade level receives instruction or presentation studying or exploring gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, if the superintendent adopts curriculum on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases.
 Current Status:   4/15/2024 - (H) PLACED IN THE ORDERS OF THE DAY; for Concurrence or Nonconcurrence in Senate Committee Substitute (1) and Senate Committee Amendment (1-title)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB275.html
 
HB279FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN (TRUETT T) AN ACT relating to full-day kindergarten.

Amend KRS 158.060 to remove language that allows for half-day kindergarten programs; amend KRS 157.320 and 157.360 to remove references to kindergarten full-time equivalent pupils in average daily attendance for program base funding purposes; amend KRS 158.030 to conform; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2025.
 Current Status:   1/16/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB279.html
 
HB288CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPONS (MADDOX S) AN ACT relating to concealed deadly weapons.

Repeal KRS 237.115, which interprets the application of the license to carry concealed deadly weapon statute as permitting postsecondary facilities, local governments, and units of state government to limit concealed carry in governmental buildings; amend KRS 150.172, 237.110, 527.020 to conform; amend KRS 237.110 to no longer prohibit the carrying of concealed deadly weapons in schools and specify that the prohibition of carrying concealed deadly weapons in airports is limited to areas controlled by TSA and make technical corrections; amend KRS 527.070 to add persons with valid licenses to carry concealed deadly weapons to the list of those permitted to possess weapons in schools.
 Current Status:   1/17/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB288.html
 
HB297ESTABLISHMENT OF MINIMUM WAGES (AULL C) AN ACT relating to the establishment of minimum wages by local governments.

Amend KRS 65.016 and 337.275 to allow local governments to pass an ordinance setting employees' minimum wages at a rate higher than that found in KRS 337.275 for employers located within that government's jurisdiction.
 Current Status:   1/18/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB297.html
 
HB300PROFESSION OF EDUCATION (CLINES M) AN ACT relating to the profession of education.

Amend KRS 161.120 to require the Education Professional Standards Board to promulgate administrative regulations that establish the process and procedures for receiving and processing a complaint against a certificate holder; establish a specific timeline; establish specific action the board may take; require confirmation of receipt of responses or correspondences to the board from a certificate holder; require the board to provide confirmation of receipt to superintendents who submit a report to the board and provide specific notices; establish a specific timeline for a hearing for admonishment, remove the option for a hearing to be conducted by the board or a panel of three members of the board; require that the hearing provide all the due process rights afforded under KRS Chapter 13B; allow an appeal of a final order of the board to be filed in the Circuit Court of the county in which the certificate holder resides; RETROACTIVE to pending complaints filed with the board; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except remove references to administrative regulations; revise complaint review timeline; provide for deferral for certain investigations by state agencies and teacher tribunals; require hearing officers to be provided by the Attorney General's office; allow appeals to be filed in Circuit Court of the county in which the certificate holder was employed when the incident occurred; remove noncodified language and emergency clause. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend to change the number of days required for various provisions, require a timeline to start upon a completed complaint, and provide the Education Professional Standards Board with the options for hearing officers established under KRS 13B.030.
 Current Status:   4/18/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB300.html
 
HB301SCHOOL LUNCHES (TACKETT LAFERTY A) AN ACT relating to school lunches.

Amend 160.345 to require a school council to adopt a policy requiring students to be assigned a lunch period of at least 30 minutes in length; amend KRS 158.153 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/18/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB301.html
 
HB304EDUCATION (BAKER S) AN ACT relating to education and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 158.191 to ensure parental rights and involvement by requiring notification within two business days of specific events; require a district to adopt procedures that both encourage students to speak with parents and require facilitation of the discussion with parents; forbid a district or school from adopting policies that keep any student information confidential from parents or refuse information requested by a parent with specific exceptions; forbid a district from requiring school personnel or students to use nonconforming pronouns for any individual instead of just students, establish the type of mental health services that the section does not prohibit a district from seeking for students; amend KRS 158.1415 to prohibit a child in any grade level from receiving instruction on a specific topic a parent has provided written notice to the school asserting an objection due to religious or moral beliefs; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to establish a cause of action for violations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit a disciplinary action or adverse employment action for an employee informing a parent of specific information about a student or declining to use a pronoun or title inconsistent with the individual's biological sex; amend KRS 158.193 to establish that a school employee may participate in voluntary, student-initiated, student-led prayer when invited to do so; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/25/2024 - floor amendment (2) filed
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB304.html
 
HB343KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH LEAGUE (IMES M) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky High School Speech League and making an appropriation therefor.

Appropriate General Fund moneys in fiscal years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 to the Kentucky High School Speech League; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   1/23/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB343.html
 
HB346HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTION (TATE N) AN ACT relating to human growth and development instruction.

Amend KRS 158.1415 to require a school district to adopt health curricula that includes human growth and development instruction that meets specific criteria; set restrictions for the instruction that grants parents an opportunity to review materials and opt their child out of instruction; authorize the Attorney General to bring an action for a writ of mandamus to compel a school district to comply; create a cause of action to permit parents and students over the age of 18 to file a civil action a school district for injunctive relief for a violation of this section; waive sovereign and governmental immunity; provide that the Act may be cited as the Baby Olivia Act.
 Current Status:   3/27/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB346.html
 
HB347PREVENTION-ORIENTED CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS (TATE N) AN ACT relating to prevention-oriented child abuse awareness.

Amend KRS 158.4416 to require a trauma-informed team to incorporate age-appropriate and evidence-based child abuse and neglect awareness and prevention into the training, guidance, and assistance provided by the team; require the trauma-informed toolkit to include recommendations regarding child abuse and neglect awareness and prevention; require a school's trauma-informed plan to include strategies for child abuse and neglect awareness and prevention; require the Kentucky Department of Education to send annual notification of where the standards for child abuse and neglect awareness and prevention can be found within the academic standards for health; provide that the Act may be cited as Erin's Law.
 Current Status:   3/12/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Families & Children (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB347.html
 
HB366MATERNITY LEAVE FOR TEACHERS (BOJANOWSKI T) AN ACT relating to maternity leave for teachers.

Amend KRS 161.155 to require school districts to provide up to 40 days of maternity leave to teachers without a deduction of salary; require accrued sick leave to be taken first and concurrently; allow a teacher to reserve up to 30 days of sick leave; amend various sections of KRS to conform.
 Current Status:   1/24/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB366.html
 
HB368CURRICULUM (AULL C) AN ACT relating to curriculum.

Amend KRS 156.160 to require public middle and high school curriculum to include instruction on the history of racism.
 Current Status:   1/24/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB368.html
 
HB376CHILDREN (STALKER S) AN ACT relating to children and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 158.1415 to remove provisions related to parental rights and courses, curriculums, or programs on human sexuality, provide for a process for parents to opt out of their child receiving instruction on the subject of human sexuality; amend KRS 158.191 to remove provisions requiring a school obtain parental consent prior to providing health services or mental health services to students; remove language concerning policies to encourage or facilitate conversations between parents and students; remove language limiting Kentucky Board of Education or Department of Education policies regarding student confidential information and the use of pronouns; require a local school district to use pronouns for students that the student requests; amend KRS 158.189 to remove findings and requirements that a local board of education adopt a policy on privacy and the use of student facilities; require a school to provide an accommodation to a students who asserts to school officials that their gender is different from their biological sex that includes the use of facilities designated for the gender of which the students identify; permit alternate accommodations upon the student's request; repeal KRS 311.372, which prohibits treatments to a minor for purposes of attempting to alter the appearance or perception of the minor's sex; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/25/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB376.html
 
HB377TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION (BANTA K) AN ACT relating to teacher recruitment and retention, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 164 to establish the Teacher Recruitment Student Loan Forgiveness Pilot Program; define eligibility for the program; direct the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to administer the program; provide monetary awards for student loan repayment for eligible students who complete qualified teaching service; establish the Teacher Recruitment Student Loan Forgiveness Pilot Program fund; establish the Student Teacher Stipend Program; define eligibility for the program; direct the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to administer the program; provide an award of up to $5,000 to an eligible student teacher; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; define "eligible student" and "summer term"; specify that a summer term is eligible for the program.
 Current Status:   4/9/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB377.html
 
HB381LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES (WILLNER L) AN ACT relating to local school board student representatives.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to require each local school board to include at least one student representative; require each local school board to adopt a school board student representative policy, set minimum requirements for the school board student representative policy.
 Current Status:   1/25/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB381.html
 
HB383TECHNOLOGY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS (BRAY J) AN ACT relating to technology in public schools.

Amend KRS 158.165 to require local boards of education to adopt a policy to, at a minimum, prohibit student use of a personal telecommunications device during instructional time with specific exceptions.
 Current Status:   3/27/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB383.html
 
HB387EDUCATION (TRUETT T) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 161.102 to require the Education Professional Standards Board to issue substitute teacher certificates based on education attained; specify the type of employment each certificate allows. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except provide a one year certificate to an applicant with a High School Equivalency Diploma; provide a five year substitute teaching certificate rather than a three year for an applicant with a bachelor's degree; provide a 10 year substitute teaching certificate rather than a five year for an applicant who holds a Kentucky statement of eligibility, previously held a Kentucky teaching certificate, or holds or previously held a valid out-of-state teaching certificate that required completion of a four-year teacher preparation program. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to allow the Kentucky Department of Education to enter into an agreement with any building and construction trade organization to develop a training program for school counselors on building and construction trades; provide professional development credit to school counselors, and teachers if resources allow, who participate in the program; require the department to include the training program on the electronic consumer bulletin board.
 Current Status:   4/19/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB387.html
 
HB399DUAL CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to dual credit scholarships.

Amend KRS 164.786 to add eligibility for high school freshmen and sophomores, require an "approved dual credit course" to be in the statewide general education core; provide that scholarships shall be awarded in order of application date; revise scholarship to allow two career and technical dual credit courses in each academic year of high school and two general education dual credit courses in the 11th and 12th grades; amend KRS 164.787 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/21/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB399.html
 
HB414KEES SCHOLARSHIPS (STEVENSON P) AN ACT relating to Kentucky educational excellence scholarships.

Amend KRS 164.7881 to extend the expiration of KEES eligibility from five to eight years from high school graduation; amend KRS 164.7884 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/30/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB414.html
 
HB417WAGES (GROSSBERG D) AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.275 to raise minimum wage for employers to $9.50 an hour on the effective date of this Act and incrementally thereafter to $15.00 an hour on July 1, 2028; raise the state minimum wage for tipped employees to $5.00 an hour on the effective date of this Act.
 Current Status:   1/30/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB417.html
 
HB419EDUCATION (RABOURN F) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 161.030 to specify authority of Education Professional Standards Board over educators hired by public schools only; amend KRS 199.894 to define "learning pods" and exclude them from the definition of "child-care center" and "family child-care home"; amend KRS 194A.381 to exclude learning pods from certain youth camp requirements.
 Current Status:   1/30/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB419.html
 
HB424PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION (RAYMOND J) AN ACT relating to preschool and kindergarten education.

Amend KRS 157.3175 to require school districts provide a full-day preschool education program for eligible three and four-year-olds; establish eligibility for the program; require that preschool for three year old children continue to be funded through a grant process and preschool programs for four-year-old children be funded under KRS 157.310 to 157.440; require preschool programs to operate on the school district calendar; require transportation be provided; amend KRS 158.031 to include preschool education programs for four-year-old children in the primary school program; amend KRS 157.320 to remove the definition of "kindergarten full-time equivalent pupil in average daily attendance"; amend KRS 157.360 to remove a reference to the kindergarten full-time equivalent; amend KRS 158.030 to include a preschool education program for four-year-old children in the definition of "common school"; remove language allowing kindergarten to operate for less than six hours on a school day; amend KRS 158.060 and 160.1596 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/30/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB424.html
 
HB425CHILDREN'S EARLY LEARNING SERVICES TAXING DISTRICTS (RAYMOND J) AN ACT relating to children's early learning services taxing districts.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 65 to authorize the establishment of children's early learning services taxing districts; define terms; provide a method and alternative method for the creation of each district and the funding of the district to be set at a maximum of 10 cents per 100 dollars of assessed property valuation; specify the board membership; require compliance with special purpose governmental entity reporting requirements; establish oath and expenses for directors; allow the employment of an attorney for the board; establish the authorities of the district; specify dissolution of the district and withdrawal of membership of cities and counties that are a part of the district.
 Current Status:   1/30/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB425.html
 
HB432KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS (DOSSETT M) AN ACT relating to Kentucky educational excellence scholarships.

Create a new section of KRS 164.7871 to 164.7885 to allow the use of K educational excellence scholarship funds for dual credit courses; require Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the section; amend KRS 164.7885 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/31/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB432.html
 
HB438UNDESIGNATED GLUCAGON (STEVENSON C) AN ACT relating to undesignated glucagon.

Amend KRS 158.832 to include a definition for "undesignated glucagon"; amend KRS 158.838 to allow health care practitioners to prescribe undesignated glucagon in the name of a school to be maintained for use by a school nurse or trained school employee when necessary.
 Current Status:   3/27/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB438.html
 
HB446PUBLIC SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION (CALLAWAY E) AN ACT relating to public school transportation.

Amend KRS 158.110 to require local school boards to adopt a transportation services policy; amend KRS 158.148, relating to school district discipline guidelines, to require the Kentucky Department of Education to create a model transportation services policy; detail required provision of local board transportation services policies; create process for operators of transportation to report, be heard during proceedings, and receive a response regarding misconduct by students aboard transportation and also by parents or guardians; permit revocation of transportation privileges based on failure to acknowledge transportation services policy; amend KRS 158.445 to require inclusion of the transportation services policy in district safety plans. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except remove ability of transportation provider to temporarily remove pupil from transportation based on parent or guardian misconduct; require additional language within transportation services policy regarding potential criminal violations for misconduct related to transportation. House Floor Amendment (1) State that any action under this section related to students with disabilities shall be in compliance with applicable federal law.
 Current Status:   3/22/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB446.html
 
HB447TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS (CALLAWAY E) AN ACT relating to the transportation of students and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 156.153 to permit school districts to use district-owned, leased, or contracted passenger transportation vehicles to transport students to and from school and approved school activities under an alternative transportation plan approved by the Kentucky Department of Education; provide that vehicles shall be operated by an employee or contractor of local school district that is licensed to operate a motor vehicle within the Commonwealth; provide that the Kentucky Department of Education shall promulgate administrative regulations to establish minimum standards and specifications for an alternative transportation plan; amend KRS 160.380 to require the driver of any non-school bus passenger vehicle authorized to transport students to and from school pursuant to the alternative transportation plan submit to an annual national and state criminal background check and clear CA/N check; require certain traffic offenses or arrests to be reported to the superintendent; amend KRS 156.990 to provide that an individual who operates a school bus or non-school bus passenger vehicle to transport a student or students without a current valid license to operate that motor vehicle within the Commonwealth shall be guilty of a Class D felony; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, require drivers of non-school bus passenger vehicles to submit to drug testing that aligns with the requirements of 49 C.F.R. pt. 40; reduce state and federal background check requirements for non-school bus passenger vehicle drivers. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except require the notification from drivers of non-school bus vehicles to the superintendent of designated charges and convictions to be immediate. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Maintain original provisions, except remove any restrictions or requirements for individual to use a non-school bus passenger vehicle to transport students to approved school activities.
 Current Status:   4/4/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB447.html
 
HB449LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION (RILEY S) AN ACT relating to local boards of education.

Amend KRS 160.180 to provide additional types of evidence permitted to document a board of education candidate's completion of twelfth grade; remove specifications for the topics of required trainings for board of education members. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to require local boards of education to adopt a code of ethics policy for board members; provide that the Office of Education Accountability (OEA) is responsible for investigating current board members for substantial code of ethics violations; direct the OEA to refer substantial violations of a board of education code of ethics policy to the Attorney General; require school board members with less than three years of consecutive service to receive three hours of finance training and one hour of superintendent evaluation training within the first three years of service; provide that board of education members may be removed from office for a violation of the board's code of ethics policy; make technical corrections. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except delete the requirement that local boards of education adopt a code of ethics policy for board members and all procedures related to the enforcement of those policies. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Retain original provisions and create new causes for board of education members to be subject to removal by the Attorney General; provide that the Office of Education Accountability (OEA) is responsible for investigating board members for allegations of designated conduct; require local board members to take one hour of open meetings and open records training within their first twelve months of service and once every four years thereafter; amend KRS 160.170 to amend the oath of office for local board of education members to be consistent with the requirements set forth in KRS 160.180.
 Current Status:   4/18/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB449.html
 
HB461SCHOOL BUS SAFETY (HALE D) AN ACT relating to school bus safety.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 67 to define terms; require the use of camera monitoring systems on all school buses by all school districts, and require the enforcement of a civil penalty for stop arm camera violations recorded by a camera monitoring system; set the amount of the civil penalty; provide that the revenue generated from a civil penalty shall be retained by the county; require specific notice for a stop arm camera violation; require a form for a stop arm camera violation notice; establish defenses to a violation; establish procedures for a contest to a violation; require a recipient of a violation to pay or contest the violation within 60 days; allow for suspension of registration for failure to pay a fine; require a county to notify the Transportation Cabinet of the need to release a suspension within one business day of payment; amend KRS 189.990 to increase the maximum fines for failing to stop for a school bus or church bus that is receiving or discharging passengers; amend KRS 189.370 to require traffic in the opposite direction of a school bus to stop for a school bus on highways that are not divided by a raised barrier or unpaved median; amend KRS 64.090 to provide that a sheriff may retain charge and collect a fee pf $50 from every collected civil penalty for a stop arm camera violation enforced by the sheriff's office; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2025. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except make installing and maintaining a camera monitoring system on each school bus permissive instead of mandatory. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except remove all references to a code enforcement board. House Floor Amendment (2) Retain all original provisions, except remove references to an ordinance. House Floor Amendment (3) Retain original provisions, except allow recorded images produced by a camera monitoring system to be admitted if the incident involves an accident or criminal proceeding.
 Current Status:   3/12/2024 - received in Senate
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB461.html
 
HB464SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY (TIMONEY K) AN ACT relating to school district property and declaring an emergency.

Repeal and reenact KRS 162.060 to establish that local boards of education submit all plans for new public school buildings or additions or alterations of old buildings to the chief state school officer; prohibit the Kentucky Department of Education from requiring prior approval of the district's plans; prohibit a project for new school buildings from spending more than 10 percent of the project on the acquisition and improvement of land; provide a waiver process; amend KRS 156.160 to require the administrative regulation promulgated by the Kentucky Board of Education on the construction of school buildings be subject to a review and update process; provide for the approval and appeal process for a district's purchase or disposal of real property; provide a waiver and appeal process from standards for plans and specifications of buildings; amend KRS 156.095 to update language and require the department to establish a professional development program and a list of similar professional development offerings for district personnel on facilities management, construction, and management; require districts to use the professional development program; amend KRS 157.420 conform and authorize a district to use capital outlay funds to employ facility related personnel as defined by the department; establish the requirements for a district facilities plan; establish dangerous levels of radon within a school facility as an emergency that may be addressed outside the district facilities plan process and the funds that may be used to mitigate radon; amend KRS 157.440, 157.615, 157.620, 157.621, 157.622, 158.814, and 160.105 to conform; amend KRS 160.160 to remove the requirement for a district to obtain prior approval from the department for a mortgage or lien on a school building or for leasing a building; EFFECTIVE June 30, 2024; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/21/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB464.html
 
HB469PURPLE STAR SCHOOLS (FUGATE C) AN ACT relating to Purple Star Schools.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to define "military-connected student" and "purple star school"; establish the Purple Star School Program and set requirements for eligibility; designate the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs as the governing body of the program.
 Current Status:   4/16/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB469.html
 
HB471SCHOOL PRE-ENROLLMENT FOR MILITARY-CONNECTED STUDENTS (FREELAND C) AN ACT relating to school pre-enrollment for military-connected students.

Amend KRS 159.075 to allow the use of military orders as proof of residency for enrollment or course registration in a school and prohibit in-person enrollment or course registration when prevented due to official military duties.
 Current Status:   4/9/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB471.html
 
HB497PRIVATE AND AT-HOME PRIVATE SCHOOLS (TRUETT T) AN ACT relating to private and at-home private schools.

Amend KRS 158.080 to require any individuals teaching elementary or secondary grades at a private or at-home private school to possess a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma.
 Current Status:   2/8/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB497.html
 
HB499CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FUNDING (MCCOOL B) AN ACT relating to career and technical education funding, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Repeal and reenact KRS 157.069 to define terms; require the Office of Career and Technical Education within the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to identify career and technical education programs or pathways as high cost or general cost; provide for a funding calculation from general fund appropriations for career and technical education based 60% upon weighted full-time equivalents enrollment and 40% upon specified incentives; provide for state-operated area technology center operating costs to be funded by the general fund appropriation to KDE; allow funds to be used for career and technical education programming for students in grades 5-8; disburse 75% of administrative operating funds previously designated to state-operated facility administrative costs that were converted to locally operated facilities to the locally operated facility and 25% to the career and technical education innovation and support fund for innovation and support of career and technical programs; create the career and technical education support fund; require the Office of Career and Technical Education to provide oversight of fund usage by recipients; require promulgation of necessary administrative regulations by Kentucky Board of Education; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2024; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (2) Retain original provisions; specify that concentrator means two credits; specify that area technology centers means state-operated centers; define "supplemental funding"; remove language that General Assembly may not appropriate or transfer funds for other purposes; require program qualification and funding distribution to be posted on the department's website. House Floor Amendment (2) Amend to add requirement for local boards of education to provide a one-time award payment to employees of converted area technology centers (ATCs) in the amount of the raise they would have received if the ATC had remained under state operation; appropriate to the fund to support education excellence in Kentucky $170,000 in 2023-2024 to support the payments; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   4/18/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB499.html
 
HB507EMPLOYMENT (CAMUEL A) AN ACT relating to employment.

Amend KRS 336.130 to delete references restricting rights of public employees to organize, associate collectively, or strike; amend KRS 336.180 to redefine "labor organization" and delete all other definitions; amend KRS 336.990 to conform; amend KRS 67A.6904 to allow urban-county governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 67C.406 to allow consolidated local governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 70.262, 78.470, and 78.480 to remove exceptions; amend KRS 345.050 to allow public employers to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; repeal KRS 65.016 and 336.132.
 Current Status:   2/9/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB507.html
 
HB508PREVAILING WAGE (CAMUEL A) AN ACT relating to prevailing wage.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 to establish a prevailing wage law for all public works projects; amend KRS 12.020, 99.480, 227.487, 151B.015, 337.010, and 337.990 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/9/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB508.html
 
HB509RECORDS AND MEETINGS OF PUBLIC AGENCIES (HODGSON J) AN ACT relating to access to the records and meetings of public agencies.

Create a new section of KRS 61.870 to 61.884, the Open Records Act, to require a public agency to furnish an officer, employee, board member, or commission member an agency email account; define terms; allow the governing body of a public agency or its appointing authority to identify, in writing, the names of specific personnel that do not require the use of an agency-furnished email account; allow a public agency to issue an email address through a third-party provider if a public is incapable of issuing an agency-furnished email account; prohibit an employee or a member of a board, commission, or public agency from using an email account other than an agency-furnished or agency-designated email account; provide that an employee or member of a board, commission, or public agency who uses an email account other than an agency-furnished or agency-designated email account is subject to discipline or removal, as appropriate; amend KRS 61.870 to amend the definition of "public record"; amend KRS 61.848 to specify that any formal action taken by a public agency that does not comply with KRS 61.840, relating to conditions placed on public attendance at meetings, are voidable by a court of competent jurisdiction; make technical corrections; amend various other sections to conform. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except maintain the current definition of "public record"; maintain the current exemptions to the Open Records Act; provide that a public agency that complies with this act shall only be required to provide or search for electronic information or documents that are stored or contained in a device that is the property of the public agency or from an agency-furnished or agency-designated email account. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except require a board, commission, or public agency to publish on its website information pertaining to a board member that was appointed by a public agency; only require a public agency to search for an electronic device or system that is the property of, or under the control of, a public agency if it complies with the provisions of this Act.
 Current Status:   4/12/2024 - floor amendments (4) and (5) filed
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB509.html
 
HB514EDUCATION (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   3/7/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB514.html
 
HB515EDUCATION (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB515.html
 
HB516EDUCATION (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/12/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB516.html
 
HB523UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (BLANTON J) AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Amend KRS 341.350 to change the number of verifiable work search activities from five to two and the number of applications for employment or interviewing for employment from three to one.
 Current Status:   2/13/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB523.html
 
HB529TEACHERS (BANTA K) AN ACT relating to teachers.

Amend KRS 160.160 to authorize local boards of education to establish score requirements on appropriate assessments for applicants to certified position vacancies and adopt necessary policies; amend KRS 161.030 to remove the authority of the Education Professional Standards Board to require successful completion of assessments prior to certification; amend KRS 156.101, 161.048, and 161.053, and 161.1222 to conform; repeal KRS 161.1222, relating to a pilot teacher program.
 Current Status:   2/14/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB529.html
 
HB535CIVIC EDUCATION (DUVALL R) AN ACT relating to civic education.

Amend KRS 158.141 to require, beginning with the freshman class of 2025-2026, a one-half credit course in civic literacy for graduation, including early graduation; provide a list of required topics to be taught in a civic literacy course; require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations establishing the academic standards for civic literacy. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend to allow two civics literacy options for high school graduation beginning with the 2025-2026 school year; a one-half credit in Civics Literacy or a score of 70 percent on a 100 question civics test; local school district to select the option.
 Current Status:   4/9/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB535.html
 
HB537BEREAVEMENT LEAVE (STALKER S) AN ACT relating to bereavement leave.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to define terms; require all employers to grant an employee at least 10 days bereavement leave, with a minimum of 3 days paid, following the death, miscarriage, or stillbirth of a child, or death of a dependent or other immediate family member; amend KRS 337.990 to establish a penalty for violations; create a new section of KRS 18A to define terms; provide state employees at least 10 days bereavement leave, with a minimum of 3 days paid, following the death, miscarriage, or stillbirth of a child, or death of a dependent or other immediate family member; amend KRS 18A.110 to require Personnel Cabinet secretary to promulgate related administrative regulations; allow the Act to be cited as the Bereavement Leave Act.
 Current Status:   2/14/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB537.html
 
HB540LEAVE FROM EMPLOYMENT (ROARX R) AN ACT relating to leave from employment.

Amend KRS 337.415, relating to court-ordered appearances by employees, to define terms; prohibit employers from discharging or retaliating against an employee who is a crime victim when the employee takes leave to attend proceedings associated with a crime; require an employee to give an employer reasonable notice to take leave when practicable; provide guidelines for use of paid leave; require the employer to maintain confidentiality of records and communication with employee crime victim; create a private right of action for improper discharge, discrimination, retaliation, and failing to maintain confidentiality; amend KRS 337.990 to establish penalties for employer violations.
 Current Status:   2/14/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB540.html
 
HB549SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM (CAMUEL A) AN ACT relating to social studies curriculum.

Amend KRS 158.196 to require social studies instruction, materials, and academic standards to include the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the history of the United States and the Commonwealth.
 Current Status:   2/14/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB549.html
 
HB550EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS (RAYMOND J) AN ACT relating to early childhood programs.

Amend KRS 199.894 to define "Child Care and Development Fund", and "Child Care Assistance Program"; create a new section of KRS 199.892 to 199.896 to define additional eligibility requirements in the Child Care Assistance Program; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate regulations for implementation; amend KRS 157.3175 to define "at risk of educational failure" to include three and four-year old children experiencing any of the listed circumstances; require that children will be identified for preschool based on their risk of educational failure rather than free lunch eligibility; specify that eligible school districts shall receive funding for three and four-year olds identified as at risk of educational failure.
 Current Status:   2/14/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB550.html
 
HB556COVERAGE FOR INJECTABLE EPINEPHRINE DEVICES (STEVENSON C) AN ACT relating to coverage for injectable epinephrine devices.

Create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to require health benefit plans to cover injectable epinephrine devices for persons 18 years of age or younger; provide that the coverage shall not be subject to cost-sharing requirements; amend KRS 205.522, 205.6485,164.2871, and 18A.225 to require Medicaid, KCHIP, self-insured employer group health plans offered by the governing board of a state postsecondary education institution, and the state employee health plan to comply with the 18-and-under injectable epinephrine device coverage requirement; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.
 Current Status:   2/15/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB556.html
 
HB564TAX CREDIT (LAWRENCE W) AN ACT relating to a tax credit for qualified education expenses.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a refundable tax credit for a dependent's qualified education expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year, not to exceed $150 per dependent; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the tax credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Department of Revenue to report on the tax credit.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB564.html
 
HB566AMEND SECTION 145 OF CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO VOTING RIGHTS (HERRON K) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to voting rights.

Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to automatically restore the voting rights of persons convicted of certain felonies upon completion of their imprisonment, probation, or parole and automatically restore their civil rights five years after completion of their imprisonment, probation, or parole; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB566.html
 
HB567TEACHERS (CHESTER-BURTON B) AN ACT relating to teachers.

Amend KRS 161.030 to remove the authority of the Education Professional Standards Board to require successful completion of assessments prior to certification; amend KRS 156.101, 161.048, and 161.053 to conform; repeal KRS 161.1222, relating to a pilot teacher program.
 Current Status:   2/15/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB567.html
 
HB568WORKERS' COMPENSATION (CHESTER-BURTON B) AN ACT relating to workers' compensation for educators.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 342 to define "educator" and set out when psychological injuries are valid workers' compensation claims for educators when no physical injury exists; amend KRS 342.0011 to clarify definition of "injury" to include certain psychological injuries experienced by educators.
 Current Status:   2/15/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB568.html
 
HB576WAGES (RAYMOND J) AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.010 to change the definition of "employee" and to add the definition of "worker with a disability"; amend KRS 337.275 to require all employers to pay all employees, including workers with a disability, a minimum wage and increase the state minimum wage over the next three years to no less than 100 percent of the municipality, county, or state minimum wage or the prevailing wage as defined in 29 C.F.R. sec. 1.2; amend KRS 337.295 to remove learners, apprentices, workers with a disability, sheltered workshop employees, and students from regulations issued by the commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards; amend KRS 205.5605 to exclude referrals to sheltered workshop employment from the definition of "covered services and supports" as of July 1, 2027; amend KRS 154.22-040 to conform; establish that the Act may be cited as the Employees with Disabilities Equal Pay Act.
 Current Status:   2/15/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB576.html
 
HB580ELECTIONS (DECKER J) AN ACT relating to elections and declaring an emergency.

House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 116.112 to provide that the State Board of Elections is authorized to enter into agreements to further voter list maintenance practices; remove language allowing a voter to confirm a change in residence through a letter; amend KRS 117.065 to allow county boards of election to designate certain buildings as voting places on election day and all days of excused and no-excuse in-person absentee voting; amend KRS 117.066 to specify that approved petitions shall not begin applying for the entire year until January 1, 2025; amend KRS 117.085 to update language regarding the Secretary of State's Safe At Home program; add and amend KRS 117.086 to require that lists kept by the county clerks of persons who return absentee ballots also be sent to the Secretary of State; make technical corrections; add and amend KRS 117.900 to allow county boards of election to implement annual prize contests for students and teachers and prescribe guidelines for these contests; amend KRS 118.415 to establish the date for certification of constitutional amendment questions that are to be placed on the ballots; amend KRS 118.445 to require any location designated by the Secretary of State to be publicly displayed on his or her official website; add and amend KRS 119.005 to define "election administration information system"; add and amend KRS 119.115 to make it a Class D felony to tamper or attempt to tamper with, disarrange, deface, impair, injure, or destroy an e-poll book or election administration information system; add and amend KRS 511.100 to change the definition of "key infrastructure assets" to make trespassing upon voting equipment, e-poll books, and all other assets vital to the Commonwealth's election administration a Class B misdemeanor for the first offense, and a Class A misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense. House Floor Amendment (4) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 117.066 to allow county boards of election to petition the State Board of Elections to amend previously approved precinct consolidation plans; amend KRS 117.076 to remove language requiring a sworn statement to vote by excused in-person absentee voting for voters in the last trimester of pregnancy; require that tallies or counts of in-person absentee ballots, or any partial results, be transmitted or publicized only to the county board of elections until a certain time; amend KRS 117.085 to remove new language and restore language referencing the Secretary of State's crime victim address confidentiality protection program; require jail staff to allow incarcerated voters to receive assistance from the county clerk to request an absentee ballot; allow voters who are receiving in-patient or residential medical treatment to receive a mail-in absentee ballot at the facility where they are receiving treatment; allow certain voters who have left an address to request a second ballot, and require the county clerk to cancel the first absentee ballot; remove language from KRS 117.086 requiring the county clerk to send a copy of the lists of absentee voters to the Secretary of State; add and amend KRS 117.0861 to allow a caregiver or employee of a caregiving facility, or an employee of a jail to handle mail-in absentee ballots if he or she is ordinarily engaged in delivery of mail-matter, and as long as the ballot remains private to the voter; amend KRS 117.295 to clarify that the required video recording may be disposed of by county clerks upon compliance with the Kentucky Open Records Act; delete Section 30, relating to key infrastructure assets in its entirety; delete Section 31, relating to an appropriation in its entirety. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except remove Sections 2, 13, and 14, which were amending KRS 116.145, 117.343, and 117.345 relating to the fees and reimbursement rates for county clerks and treasurers; amend KRS 118.215 to move the candidate certification date to the third Monday after the filing deadline for the primary; amend KRS 118.225 to require that the ballot position for all statewide office candidates or slates of candidates be determined by lot for each congressional district; remove Section 29, which was amending KRS 160.180 relating to filings by candidates for local boards of education. Senate Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 116.112 to establish that any intergovernmental data that is exchanged to remove ineligible voters shall not be subject to commercial use or third-party access to the voter registration system; allow a voter to confirm his or her residence has changed through writing or through the online form on the State Board of Elections' website.
 Current Status:   4/19/2024 - filed without Governor's signature with the Secretary of State
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB580.html
 
HB584EDUCATION (STEVENSON C) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/16/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB584.html
 
HB587PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS (STEVENSON C) AN ACT relating to public charter schools.

Amend KRS 18A.225, 78.510, 156.095, 158.038, 158.189, 158.196, 158.305, 158.4416, 160.152, 161.164, 161.220, and 218B.045 to remove references to public charter schools; repeal KRS 160.1590, 160.1591, 160.15911, 160.1592, 160.1593, 160.1594, 160.1595, 160.1596, 160.1597, 160.1598, 160.1599, and 161.141 relating to public charter schools.
 Current Status:   2/20/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB587.html
 
HB588TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (STEVENSON C) AN ACT relating to the Teachers' Retirement System and declaring an emergency.

Amend various sections of KRS Chapter 161 to remove provisions of HB 258 enacted during the 2021 Regular Session that created and adjusted benefits for individuals who become members of the Teachers' Retirement System on or after January 1, 2022; repeal KRS 161.633, 161.634, 161.635, and 161.636, relating to university and nonuniversity members; provide that these members shall be eligible for the benefits applicable to members who entered the system immediately prior to January 1, 2022; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/20/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB588.html
 
HB605PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (TRUETT T) AN ACT relating to professional development.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to allow the Kentucky Department of Education to enter into an agreement with a building and construction trade organization to develop a training program for school counselors on building and construction trades; provide professional development credit to school counselors and teachers, if resources allow, who participate in the program; require the department to include the training program on the electronic consumer bulletin board. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; specify that the program shall also include information on pre-apprenticeships and pathways within the building and construction trade industry.
 Current Status:   3/22/2024 - received in Senate
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB605.html
 
HB611TRUANCY (BAUMAN J) AN ACT relating to truancy.

Amend KRS 159.140 to require a director of pupil personnel to file with the county attorney a complaint against a parent or guardian who has allowed a child in kindergarten to grade five to be absent without excuse for 15 or more days; allow the director of pupil personnel, after consultation with the court designated worker, to refer the case to the family, accountability, intervention, and response team; amend KRS 610.030 to require that a diversion agreement for a child against whom a complaint alleging truancy has been filed shall require that if the child is absent without excuse two or more times during the diversion, the child will be considered to have failed diversion and the matter shall be immediately referred to the county attorney. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions; specify that if a child is absent from school without excuse 4 or more days while on diversion, the child will immediately be considered to have failed; require that a diversion agreement not exceed twelve months.
 Current Status:   4/10/2024 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB611.html
 
HB612READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS INSTRUCTION (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to reading and language arts instruction.

Create a section of KRS Chapter 158 to define terms to be used in the section; require the Kentucky Department of Education to establish an approved list of reading curriculum that does not use a three-cueing system; require that school districts not use any curriculum that employs a three-cueing system; prohibit the use of a three-cueing system in teacher professional development; require the Educational Professional Standards Baord (EPSB) to promulgate regulations establishing curriculum for each approved educator preparation program; amend KRS 164.306 to specify that educator preparation programs shall use evidence-based reading instruction and intervention programs and shall not provide instruction on a three-cueing system; amend KRS 161.028 to require the EPSB to include in the standards set for teacher preparation programs that the programs shall use evidence-based reading instruction and intervention programs and shall not provide instruction on a three-cueing system.
 Current Status:   3/12/2024 - received in Senate
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB612.html
 
HB631RETIREMENT (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to retirement.

Amend KRS 61.530 to make language gender-neutral.
 Current Status:   2/21/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB631.html
 
HB632STATE GOVERNMENT (GRAHAM D) AN ACT relating to state government.

Amend KRS 18A.035 to add gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/21/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB632.html
 
HB641STATE GOVERNMENT (OSBORNE D) AN ACT relating to state government.

Amend KRS 18A.035 to add gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB641.html
 
HB644EDUCATION (MCCOOL B) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB644.html
 
HB648LOCAL GOVERNMENT (MEADE D) AN ACT relating to local government.

Amend KRS 67.160 to include gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB648.html
 
HB649SEXUAL EXTORTION (BAKER S) AN ACT relating to sexual extortion.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 531 to establish the crime of sexual extortion as a felony; provide for enhancements to penalties; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to establish a civil cause of action for sexual extortion; amend KRS 17.500 to include sexual extortion in the definition of "sex crime"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require superintendents of local school districts to notify students in grades six and above and parents and guardians of all students of the crime of sexual extortion; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require local school boards to display posters with the definition of sexual extortion and contact information for entities offering assistance to victims in secondary schools; amend KRS 164.2518 to require postsecondary institutions to display posters with the definition of sexual extortion and contact information for entities offering assistance to victims in residence halls, classroom buildings, and student centers.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB649.html
 
HB650BIBLE LITERACY COURSES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS (HALE D) AN ACT relating to Bible literacy courses in the public schools and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 158.197 to permit school-based decision making councils to offer Bible literacy courses to students in grade seven and above, permit such courses to count as language arts courses; amend KRS 156.162 to require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations permitting Bible literacy courses as language arts courses, require the Kentucky Department of Education to create guidelines for schools in developing and implementing Bible literacy courses; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB650.html
 
HB652FEDERAL LAW (CALLOWAY J) AN ACT relating to federal law.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to prohibit the Kentucky Department of Education from complying with a provision of any administrative regulation or guidance issued by the United States Department of Education concerning Title IX that equates gender identity to biological sex, require school districts, public schools, and public charter schools to also comply, specify that the withholding of any federal funds shall not negate the requirements of this section; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to apply the same restrictions to the Council on Postsecondary Education and any public postsecondary educational institution.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB652.html
 
HB661PENSION SPIKING (BLANTON J) AN ACT relating to pension spiking in the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority.

Amend KRS 61.598 to exempt from the pension spiking provisions any increases in rates of pay authorized or funded by the legislative or administrative body of an employer or mandated in a collective bargaining agreement approved by the legislative body of the employer that are provided to members of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, or the State Police Retirement System.
 Current Status:   3/13/2024 - received in Senate
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB661.html
 
HB662EDUCATION (MILES S) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   3/15/2024 - (H) Returned to Committee House Committee on Committees (H)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB662.html
 
HB681TAX CREDIT FOR EDUCATOR EXPENSES (MASSARONI C) AN ACT relating to a tax credit for educator expenses.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a nonrefundable tax credit for eligible educator expenses of up to $2,000 for single returns or $4,000 for married educators filing a joint return; amend KRS 141.019, relating to the individual income tax, to include in adjusted gross income the amount deducted for expenses of an eligible educator, if the educator expense tax credit is allowed; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the tax credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Department of Revenue to report to the General Assembly on the credit.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB681.html
 
HB683PROHIBITION OF SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN COMMON SCHOOLS (MASSARONI C) AN ACT relating to the prohibition of social and emotional learning in common schools.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit instruction on social and emotional learning in common schools; prohibit the use of state funding to promote or provide social and emotional learning instruction of training.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB683.html
 
HB685EDUCATION (LEWIS S) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/23/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB685.html
 
HB694ONE TIME PAYMENTS TO SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES (FUGATE C) AN ACT relating to one-time payments to school district employees and making an appropriation therefor.

Direct local school districts to provide a one-time payment of $2,000 to certified employees, excluding superintendents, in each year of the 2024-2026 biennium, and a one-time payment of $1,000 to classified employees in each year of the 2024-2026 biennium; appropriate $153 million from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund in each year of the 2024-2026 biennium to the Department of Education to provide the payments; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   2/23/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB694.html
 
HB695ADAPTIVE KINDERGARTEN READINESS PILOT PROJECT (JACKSON K) AN ACT establishing the Adaptive Kindergarten Readiness pilot project.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 157 to make legislative findings and declarations; establish definitions for the section; establish the Adaptive Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Project; establish the duration and terms of the pilot project; require the Kentucky Department of Education to implement the pilot project through selection of a service provider; establish the qualifications and duties of the service provider; require the department to submit a report by December 1, 2025, to the Legislative Research Commission that evaluates the pilot project; provide the required components of the report; authorize the department to implement the section to the extent that funds are available; authorize the Kentucky Board of Education to select an entity that has already entered into a contract to provide substantially similar services to be selected as the provider for the pilot project. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except require the department to implement the section to the extent that federal funds are available.
 Current Status:   4/4/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB695.html
 
HB704EDUCATION (JOHNSON D) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB704.html
 
HB710RETIREMENT SYSTEMS COVERED UNDER KENTUCKY PUBLIC PENSIONS AUTHORITY (FLEMING K) AN ACT relating to the retirement systems covered under the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority.

Amend KRS 61.542 to make a technical change.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB710.html
 
HB719HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (BRATCHER S) AN ACT relating to high school graduation requirements.

Amend KRS 156.160 to allow participation in physically demanding interscholastic athletics, or similar activities, as determined by a local board of education to satisfy physical education course graduation requirements; make technical corrections.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB719.html
 
HB722SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN SCHOOLS (RILEY S) AN ACT relating to support systems for English language learners in common schools.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define terms; establish the English learner enhanced support program under the Department of Education (KDE) to help bring English learners with little or no formal education to grade-level proficiency within three years; require KDE to set standards for program; require KDE to contract provider meeting certain standards and with record of success with qualified English learners; require KDE to identify eligible districts or schools; require KDE to offer program to as many students as funds permit; require KDE to report to the Legislative Research Commission regarding progress of program; permit KDE to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the program.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB722.html
 
HB729STATE GOVERNMENT (MADDOX S) AN ACT relating to state government.

Amend KRS 18A.037 to make a technical correction.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB729.html
 
HB731INDIVIDUAL TAX RATE (WILLNER L) AN ACT relating to the individual tax rate.

Amend KRS 141.020 to change the individual income tax rates for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2028.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB731.html
 
HB747EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT (PETRIE J) AN ACT relating to educational neglect.

Amend KRS 600.020 to amend the definition of "abused and neglected child" to describe educational neglect; amend KRS 620.090 to require that a parent or guardian shall surrender public financial benefits received on behalf of the child when the child is placed outside the home due to educational neglect.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB747.html
 
HB748EDUCATION FUNDING (PETRIE J) AN ACT relating to education funding.

Amend KRS 157.350 to delete outdated language for the calculation of average daily attendance for the distribution of funds for the support education excellence in Kentucky. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions and amend KRS 157.440 to raise the amount of tax revenues raised by school districts to be equalized by state funding from 15% to 17.5%.
 Current Status:   3/11/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   LT SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB748.html
 
HB751BRANCH BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS (PETRIE J) AN ACT relating to branch budget recommendations.

Amend KRS 48.165, relating to branch budget recommendations, to make technical corrections.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB751.html
 
HB752DISASTER RECOVERY (PETRIE J) AN ACT relating to disaster recovery, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 48.720, relating to branch budget bills, to make a technical correction. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; appropriate moneys from the EKSAFE and WKSAFE funds for continuing recovery in eastern and western Kentucky; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; appropriate moneys from the WKSAFE fund for continuing recovery in western Kentucky; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   4/9/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB752.html
 
HB753BRANCH BUDGET BILLS (PETRIE J) AN ACT relating to branch budget bills.

Amend KRS 48.160, relating to branch budget bills, to make a technical correction.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB753.html
 
HB756MATERNITY LEAVE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES (GROSSBERG D) AN ACT providing maternity leave for public school employees.

Amend KRS 161.155 to provide 20 maternity days to district employees who give birth; establish the terms and conditions for use of maternity days.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB756.html
 
HB769ALTERNATIVE TEACHER CERTIFCATION PROGRAMS (DOSSETT M) AN ACT relating to alternative teacher certification programs.

Amend KRS 161.048 to allow for alternative teacher certification through a state-approved local training program provided by a local district, group of districts, or educational cooperative; permit participation in the training program for those possessing a bachelor's or graduate degree, or working towards a degree in a program of study preparatory to teacher certification; require a bachelor's degree and a passing score in the content-area assessment prior to seeking certification; remove requirement of an offer of employment to participate in training program; define terms of eligibility for issuance of one year provisional certificate; amend KRS 161.049 and KRS 156.101 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB769.html
 
HB783GOVERNANCE OF THE KENTUCKY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (ELLIOTT D) AN ACT relating to governance of the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

Amend KRS 167.017 to set timelines for appointment of a search committee for the superintendent of the Kentucky School for the Deaf and appointment of the superintendent; require prioritization of candidates that will be locally available and commit to full-time duties as superintendent; preclude Department of Education employees or Board of Education members from being appointed as superintendent within one year of employment or membership.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB783.html
 
HB784INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to independent school districts.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 160 to establish definitions; establish a petition process for citizens of a qualifying city to place the question of creating a new independent district and local board of education within the boundaries of the city; establish the requirements for the question and the board of education provisional election; establish the initial terms of office for the interim board of education and subsequent terms; establish the transition of authorities from the originating school district board of education to the boards of both the altered originating school district and the new independent school district; require the Kentucky Department of Education to calculate assets and liabilities of the originating school district for division to the altered originating school district and the new independent school district; authorize the altered originating district to maintain control and use of assets until the scheduled transfer to the new independent district and authorize the continued payments of debts; establish a negotiation process between the altered originating district and the new independent district to resolve the division of the originating district's assets and liabilities; establish a deadline for the negotiation to conclude with an agreement; provide a process for resolution of disagreements; establish a penalty to the districts for unresolved disputes that continue past the deadline; establish a deadline for the transfer of all assets and debts; authorize the altered originating district to continue to assess and collect taxes for both districts until the close of the tax year in which the new independent district is fully operational; provide for the distribution of collected taxes during the transition period; require the mayor of the city to call the newly elected interim board of new independent district to meet; establish the agenda for the first meeting of the new interim board; allow the interim board to request assistance from the Kentucky Department of Education and require the commissioner of education to provide assistance; establish the transition process for the new independent district to become fully functional, including budgets and financial transfers during the transition; allow for the new independent district to request a waiver of the transition timeline from the commissioner of education; allow the interim board to submit a waiver request for a statute or administrative regulation to the Kentucky Board of Education, and establish the limits of any waiver; authorize the interim board to enter into service contracts with another school district during the transition; establish a process for the interim board to vote to terminate the establishment of the new independent district due to financial unviability during the transition; establish the transition from an interim board to a fully functional board of the new independent district; require the continued collection of taxes tied to the payment of debt or interest until the debt or interest is retired; waive the requirement for school based decision making for the first year of operations of the new independent district; require the interim board of the new independent district to develop, adopt, and maintain a transition plan and establish the requirements of the plan; create a new section of KRS Chapter 157 to establish a projection model for the first year of full operations of the new independent district and the altered originating district.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB784.html
 
HB797WAGES (CHESTER-BURTON B) AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.010 to increase the applicable threshold of employees of retail stores and service industries from $95,000 to $500,000 average annual gross volume of sales for the employer; amend KRS 337.275 to raise minimum wage of hourly and tipped employees and require adherence to any future federal increase in excess of the new state wage rates; include anti-preemption language permitting local governments to establish minimum wage ordinances in excess of the state minimum wage.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB797.html
 
HB798WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY (WILSON N) AN ACT relating to weapons on school property.

Amend KRS 527.010 to include knives longer than three inches in weapons prohibited on school grounds.
 Current Status:   3/12/2024 - House Education (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB798.html
 
HB800SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES (RAWLINGS S) AN ACT relating to school district employees.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to require the Department of Education to post school district employee salary information on the department's website annually.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB800.html
 
HB804VENUE (FLANNERY P) AN ACT relating to venue and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 452.010, 452.030, 452.050, and 452.090 to establish application for a transfer for a change in venue in specified actions; amend KRS 452.005 to conform; EMERGENCY. House Floor Amendment (1) Remove provision that the change of venue shall be made to a court of an adjacent county not in the same judicial circuit and insert a provision that the change of venue shall be to a court of a county in an adjacent judicial circuit.
 Current Status:   4/12/2024 - Delivered to Secretary of State
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB804.html
 
HB817ELEMENTARY LITERACY (STEVENSON P) AN ACT relating to elementary literacy and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 171 establishing the Kids Love to Read Program; specify the program is for kindergarten through grade five children; require books be sent to children's homes; require the Department for Libraries and Archives to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to administer the program; appropriate $500,000 for fiscal years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB817.html
 
HB828TEACHERS (TIMONEY K) AN ACT relating to teachers.

Amend KRS 161.030 to specify that an individual who completes a preparation program and passes the required assessments shall receive a five year professional certificate; specify that an out-of-state teacher who passes the required assessments shall receive a five year professional certificate; remove the provisions for a teacher internship requirement; specify that teacher certification shall be awarded upon successful completion of an educator preparation program or alternative certification pathway and passing of the required assessment and shall not be dependent on employment; create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 creating a new teacher induction and mentor program; require the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) to develop standards and guidance for the program; require the EPSB to develop evaluations for new teachers; require the EPSB to submit and annual report to the Legislative Research Commission; amend various sections of KRS Chapter 161 to make conforming changes; repeal KRS 161.1222, relating to the pilot teacher internship program. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except remove language requiring an offer of employment prior to receiving teacher certification.
 Current Status:   3/22/2024 - received in Senate
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB828.html
 
HB831POLITICAL SPENDING BY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS (BAKER S) AN ACT relating to political spending by public school districts and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to prohibit a public school district, public school, or public charter school or educational cooperative from expending any money from whatever source to advocate for against any public question that appears on the ballot; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB831.html
 
HB837SCHOOL BUILDINGS (BANTA K) AN ACT relating to school buildings.

Amend KRS 162.055 to allow school property to be utilized for teacher and employee housing; create a new section of KRS Chapter 162 to permit school boards or school district finance corporations to use land currently owned or newly leased to provide affordable housing options for teachers and school employees.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HB837.html
 
HCR32FEDERAL EDUCATION ACCCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS (BOJANOWSKI T) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the United States Department of Education to amend the federal accountability requirements.

Urge the United States Department of Education to amend the federal accountability requirements to truly afford states the flexibility to implement innovative approaches to student assessment and school accountability.
 Current Status:   1/4/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HCR32.html
 
HCR43EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TASK FORCE (HEAVRIN S) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION reestablishing the Early Childhood Education Task Force.

Reestablish the Early Childhood Education Task Force to study the complex issues relating to child care and early childhood education opportunities in the Commonwealth and the impacts of child care on children and families, workforce participation, and economic development; outline task force membership; require the task force to meet monthly during the 2024 Interim; require the task force to submit findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2024.
 Current Status:   4/15/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HCR43.html
 
HCR51AUTISM IN EDUCATION TASK FORCE (CLINES M) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the Autism in Education Task Force.

Establish the Autism in Eduation Task Force; establish duties and membership; direct the task force to study autism supports and services provided to K-12 students by Kentucky public schools.
 Current Status:   3/26/2024 - received in Senate
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HCR51.html
 
HCR60ESTABLISH SEEK TASK FORCE (TRUETT T) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) Task Force.

Direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) Task Force to study the various components of the SEEK formula, evaluate whether changes are necessary to the base, tiers, or add-ons to maintain the original goal of SEEK; outline task force membership; require the task force to submit any findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2024
 Current Status:   4/15/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HCR60.html
 
HCR79WORKFORCE INNOVATION TASK FORCE (KULKARNI N) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION relating to the establishment of a Workforce Innovation Task Force to complete a study of current education and workforce development programs and provide recommendations on how to provide effective workforce development programs to facilitate the training and employment of historically untapped workforce populations in the Commonwealth.

Direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Workforce Innovation Task Force to conduct a review of current education and workforce development programs and provide recommendations on how to provide effective workforce development to facilitate the training and employment of historically untapped workforce populations in the Commonwealth; require the task force to meet at least three times before the submission of its findings and recommendations; require the task force to submit its findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2024; provide that the Legislative Research Commission has authority to alternatively assign the issues identified by the recommendations to the appropriate committee or subcommittee.
 Current Status:   4/15/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HCR79.html
 
HCR81EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNANCE TASK FORCE (FLEMING K) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Efficient and Effective School District Governance Task Force.

Direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Efficient and Effective School District Governance Task Force; outline task force duties; require the task force to submit any recommendations and changes the task force may adopt by December 1, 2024; establish membership; require the task force to meet at least twice per month; require the Legislative Research Commission to provide needed staff and authorize the commission to enter into contracts for consultants to assist the task force in its duties. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except modify the content of introductory clauses; specify the scope of the task force; change the membership of the task force. House Floor Amendment (5) Amend to require the task force review how other states have expanded representation of the school board and improving the selection process of the members of a school board.
 Current Status:   4/12/2024 - Delivered to Secretary of State
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HCR81.html
 
HCR83TEACHER RED TAPE REDUCTION TASK FORCE (BAKER S) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the Teacher Red Tape Reduction Task Force.

Establish the Teacher Red Tape Reduction Task Force; establish membership; direct the task force to study and make recommendations to identify outdated, redundant, or unnecessary mandates imposed upon teachers.
 Current Status:   4/15/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HCR83.html
 
HCR111SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSOLIDATION TASK FORCE (TIMONEY K) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the School District Consolidation Task Force.

Direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish School District Consolidation Task Force; outline task force duties; require the task force to submit any recommendations and changes the task force may adopt by December 1, 2024; establish membership.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HCR111.html
 
HCR120HOMESCHOOL TASK FORCE (GOOCH JR. J) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the Homeschool Task Force.

Establish the Homeschool Task Force; establish membership; direct the task force to study and make recommendations on guardrails that can be implemented in Kentucky to preserve the integrity of homeschooling and on the impact of homeschooling on Kentucky school districts.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HCR120.html
 
HR37REPEAL THE GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET AND THE WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION (LAWRENCE W) A RESOLUTION urging the United States Congress to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the government pension offset and the windfall elimination provision.

Urge the United States Congress to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the government pension offset and the windfall elimination provision.
 Current Status:   2/15/2024 - to House Floor
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HR37.html
 
HR39CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH (BROWN JR. G) A RESOLUTION honoring the celebration of Black History Month and recognizing that Black history is American history.

Honor the celebration of Black History Month and recognize that Black history is American history.
 Current Status:   1/10/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HR39.html
 
HR55HONORING CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS (LEWIS S) A RESOLUTION honoring classified employees in public schools.

Honor classified employees in public schools.
 Current Status:   1/25/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HR55.html
 
HR67HORNING KENTUCKY TEACHERS (LEWIS S) A RESOLUTION honoring the hard work of Kentucky teachers.

Honor the hard work of Kentucky teachers.
 Current Status:   2/1/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/HR67.html
 
SB2STUDENT SAFETY (WISE M) AN ACT relating to student safety.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define terms; establish a framework for employment of Kentucky guardians in schools; specify qualifications of a guardian; specify that a local board of education may not be held liable for a guardian acting within his or her scope of duty; specify that guardians shall have the immunities of police officers; amend KRS 158.442 to require the Center for School Safety to implement a system to certify guardians to school districts and administer and oversee the school mapping program; amend KRS 158.441 to specify required certifications in the definition of "school resource officer"; amend 158.4414 to allow school districts to hire a guardian until a certified school resource officer is available as required; allow a district with a school resource officer to hire guardians to provide additional school safety and security measures; amend KRS 158.4416 to define terms; make conforming changes; require the trauma-informed team to compile their activities to be used in the creation of the comprehensive school improvement plan and submit the information to the Department of Education (KDE); require KDE to annually summarize and submit the information to the state board and the Legislative Research Commission; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the department to gather and compile data, coordinate training, and monitor the numbers and types of mental health professionals in schools; amend KRS 158.443 to conform; amend KRS 158.4451 to require the Office of Homeland Security to maintain and update the anonymous reporting tool; specify that each school district shall make available an anonymous reporting tool; provide for an alternative anonymous reporting tool; amend KRS 156.095 to require schools to provide suicide prevention awareness twice a year and an opportunity for any student who missed the suicide prevention awareness lesson to receive the lesson at a later time; make conforming changes; amend KRS 158.162 to allow secondary locking mechanisms in schools; require school councils or principals to include school mapping data, if available, in their emergency plans; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to create the School Mapping Data Program administered by the Center for School Safety; outline requirements of school mapping data; amend KRS 158.4412 to require the local school district's safety coordinator to maintain a current copy of school mapping data; amend KRS 61.637 to 78.5540 to conform. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; require additional training courses for a guardian; define "direct services" and indirect services; specify that at least 60% of a school couselor's time should be spent providing direct services. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Specify that no offense under KRS 510.148 is allowable for employment as a guardian. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; require a veteran to provide a form DD 214; require local boards of education to adopt specified policies relating to guardians; amend KRS 158.442 to authorize the Center for School Safety to employ an individual to provide oversight of the guardian program; amend KRS 156.501 to remove existing cost-sharing provisions for the registered nurse required to be employed by the Kentucky Department of Education.
 Current Status:   4/10/2024 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB2.html
 
SB4SICK LEAVE FOR TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (HIGDON J) AN ACT relating to sick leave for members of the Teachers’ Retirement System and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 161.155 to specify that sick leave payments made to certified school employees who began participating in the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) prior to January 1, 2022, and who retire from TRS on or after July 1, 2024, shall be limited to the sick leave accrued by the employee as of June 30, 2024, plus no more than 10 additional sick leave days accrued each fiscal year thereafter; provide that the 10 additional days eligible for payment shall not include personal leave, emergency leave, or other forms of non-sick leave balances; require each school district to annually report sick leave balances to TRS beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024 and specify contents of the report; amend KRS 161.152 and 161.154 to further clarify that emergency leave and personal leave shall not be converted to sick leave under KRS 161.155; amend KRS 161.400 to require TRS to annually report in the annual actuarial valuation the total liabilities and costs of the sick leave program created by KRS 161.155; amend KRS 161.623 to allow school districts to convert excess sick leave accrued annually in excess of 10 days specified by the bill to service credit in TRS the school district pays the cost of conversion; amend KRS 161.643 to include new sick leave reporting requirements in the annual statutory reporting requirements for TRS employers; provide that the Auditor of Public Accounts shall perform a special audit of the sick leave program to ensure sick leave balances are being reported correctly to TRS and specify that TRS shall pay the costs of the audit; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 161.155 remove changes that would have limited the amount of sick leave payments provided to teachers upon retirement and instead limit the amount of sick leave payments that are included in the retirement allowance of a Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) member who entered the system prior to January 1, 2022, and who retires from TRS on or after July 1, 2024, to the payment attributable to sick leave accrued by the employee as of June 30, 2024, plus no more than 10 additional sick leave days accrued each fiscal year thereafter; amend KRS 161.220 to conform to changes in KRS 161.155; amend KRS 161.370 to require the state auditor to include a review of the sick leave program to ensure the program is operating within statutory limitations and to ensure reporting requirements are being met; remove amendments to KRS 161.152 and 161.154 governing personal and emergency leave at local school districts; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/27/2024 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB4.html
 
SB7KEES SCHOLARSHIPS (WILSON M) AN ACT relating to the KEES scholarships for students attending noncertified schools.

Amend KRS 164.7874 to include an equivalent score on the Classic Learning Test as a KEES supplemental amount; define "eligible noncertified school graduate"; amend definitions of "KEES award," "KEES award maximum," and " KEES base amount" for an eligible noncertified school graduate; amend KRS 164.7879 to establish an equivalent grade point average for eligible noncertified school graduates based on the graduate's ACT score; amend KRS 164.7884 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB7.html
 
SB8KENTUCKY BOARD OF EDUCATION (WILSON M) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Board of Education.

Amend KRS 156.029 to provide that all 14 voting members of the Kentucky Board of Education are to be elected; create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to establish the process by which members of the Kentucky Board of Education are elected, including a partisan primary and partisan regular election; amend KRS 156.040 to add a requirement that members of the Kentucky Board of Education shall not have served on a local school board for at least four years preceding the year of their election; create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to establish the process for removal of a member of the Kentucky Board of Education; amend various KRS sections to conform; repeal KRS 156.031; establish a schedule for transitioning from appointed to elected members; allow appointees to continue to serve in accordance with their appointments until December 31, 2026; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2026. Senate Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 156.040 to change the requirements to run for the Kentucky Board of Education to allow candidates to qualify if they have an associate degree, technical degree, or an equivalent credential; require that candidates not be serving as a member of a local school board at the time they file nomination papers to run for the Kentucky Board of Education.
 Current Status:   3/8/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB8.html
 
SB38FREE FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS FOR STUDENTS (HARPER ANGEL D) AN ACT relating to providing free feminine hygiene products for elementary and secondary students.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define "feminine hygiene product"; require each public school that includes any of grades four through 12 to provide free feminine hygiene products to female students; require each local board of education to adopt policies for the distribution of free feminine hygiene products.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB38.html
 
SB40SCHOOL MEALS (ARMSTRONG C) AN ACT relating to school meals at low-income schools and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define terms; establish the Kentucky Proud School Match Program; direct the Department of Education to reimburse an eligible school district $0.33 for every meal reimbursed by the community eligibility provision at the paid rate; require a school district that receives a reimbursement to develop and implement a Kentucky Proud school plan to identify and purchase available Kentucky-grown agricultural products and to optimize food usage; direct the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to carry out this section; provide that the section shall be null and void if the community eligibility provision is terminated by the United States Department of Agriculture; provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Proud School Match Act; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB40.html
 
SB42WAGES (THOMAS R) AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.010 to increase the applicable threshold of employees of retail stores and service industries from $95,000 to $500,000 average annual gross volume of sales for the employer; amend KRS 337.275 to incrementally raise minimum wage for employers to $15.00 an hour; include anti-preemption language permitting local governments to establish minimum wage ordinances in excess of the state minimum wage.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB42.html
 
SB52TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION (THOMAS R) AN ACT relating to technology in education and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to make legislative findings and declarations and establish the Artificial Intelligence in Kentucky's Schools project, establish requirements for the Kentucky Department of Education to implement the project, require the department to design professional development trainings related to artificial intelligence, establish professional development requirement for teachers, administrators, school council members, and school board members, require the trainings be made available to nonpublic schools, require school districts to adopt policies and procedures related to artificial intelligence, require school districts to submit annual report to the department, allow nonpublic schools to voluntarily submit a report, require the department to compile the individual reports and submit a statewide report to the Interim Joint Committee on Education and the Legislative Oversight and Investigations Committee; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to make legislative findings and declarations and establish the Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education project, require the Council on Postsecondary Education to establish an Artificial Intelligence Working Group to provide advice and information to the state's postsecondary institutions, establish membership of working group, require the council to develop guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in postsecondary education, require each public postsecondary institution and each institution licensed by the council to establish institution-level working groups to develop recommendations for the institution's governing board related to artificial intelligence, require institutions to adopt artificial intelligence policies, require each public postsecondary institution and each institution licensed by the council to submit an annual report to the council on artificial intelligence, require the council to compile the individual reports and submit a statewide report to the Interim Joint Committee on Education and the Legislative Oversight and Investigations Committee; amend KRS 156.660 to include computer programming and artificial intelligence in the definition of "technology"; amend KRS 156.670 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to establish a Council for Education Technology to assist in development of the education technology master plan, establish membership requirements of the council, require the council to assist the department in development of the plan and the approved plan be submitted to the Legislative Research Commission, require the five year plan to include guidelines for the implementation and use of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence at both the state and district levels, require the council to develop recommendations related to emerging technology like artificial intelligence, including recommendations related to academic standards and teacher preparation program standards, and submit those to the Kentucky Board of Education or the Education Professional Standards Board; create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to require the Kentucky Board of Education to establish academic standards related to instruction of computer science that address emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, require the Kentucky Department of Education to develop guidelines to assist school districts and schools in developing curriculum to implement the academic standards; amend KRS 161.028 to require the Education Professional Standards Board to set standards for education preparation programs that address the use of emerging technology, including artificial intelligence; amend KRS 157.615 to conform; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB52.html
 
SB58PROPERTY TAX RATES (BOSWELL G) AN ACT relating to property tax rates.

Amend KRS 132.017 to allow any registered voter who resides in the district to file a petition; remove the requirement that a petition committee be formed and an affidavit to be filed with the county clerk; remove the requirement that the county clerk publish a notice about the tax rate challenge in the newspaper; allow each sheet of the petition to contain the names of voters from more than one voting precinct; remove the requirement that the petition signees put their Social Security number or the name and number of their designated voting precinct on the petition; amend KRS 132.018 to conform. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 132.017 to allow any three registered voters to form a petition committee; reinstate the requirements for a petition committee to be formed and an affidavit to be filed with the county clerk; reinstate the requirement that the county clerk publish a notice about the tax rate challenge in the newspaper; include a requirement that the petition signees put their birth year on the petition; delete conforming changes.
 Current Status:   4/8/2024 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB58.html
 
SB61ELECTIONS (SCHICKEL J) AN ACT relating to elections.

Amend KRS 117.076 to eliminate no-excuse in-person absentee voting; provide that excused in-person absentee voting shall be conducted during normal business hours for at least 13 working days before an election; amend KRS 117.085 and 117.086 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/8/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB61.html
 
SB90BUS SAFETY (YATES D) AN ACT relating to bus safety.

Amend KRS 156.153 to define "danger zone"; direct the Department of Education to consider requiring the installation of school bus sensors and interior cameras on new school buses purchased on or after July 1, 2025; direct the Department of Education to promulgate administrative regulations; require the Department of Education to submit a report on the availability and effectiveness of school bus sensors to the Legislative Research Commission by June 30, 2025; amend KRS 189.540 to conform; amend KRS 281.635 to encourage cities to install safety sensors in city buses; provide that the Act may be cited as Ally's Law.
 Current Status:   1/10/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Transportation (S)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB90.html
 
SB92TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS (YATES D) AN ACT relating to the transportation of students and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 156.153 to permit school districts to use district-owned and district-leased passenger transportation vehicles to transport students to and from school under an alternative transportation plan approved by the Kentucky Department of Education; provide that vehicles shall be operated by an employee of local school district that is licensed to operate a motor vehicle within the Commonwealth; provide that the Kentucky Department of Education shall promulgate administrative regulations to establish minimum standards and specifications for an alternative transportation plan; amend KRS 160.380 to require the driver of any non-school bus passenger vehicle authorized to transport students to and from school pursuant to the alternative transportation plan submit to an annual national and state criminal background check and clear CA/N check; amend KRS 156.990 to provide that an individual who operates a school bus or other district-owned or district-leased vehicle to transport a student or students without a valid, active license to operate that motor vehicle within the Commonwealth shall be guilty of a Class D felony; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/11/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Transportation (S)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB92.html
 
SB93EDUCATION (MEREDITH S) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 161.164 to prohibit that a local school district or public charter school from requiring a statement, pledge, or oath, other than to uphold general and federal law, the United States Constitution, and the Constitution of Kentucky, as a part of any recruitment, hiring, employment, promotion, disciplinary, or evaluation process; create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to define terms; prohibit public school districts and schools from expending any resources or funds to purchase membership in, or goods and services from, any organization that discriminates on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion; to prohibit public school districts and schools from expending any resources or funds on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging or political or social activism; prohibit public school districts from engaging in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; provide a limited exception for compliance with state or federal law; amend KRS 158.4416 to strike all references to trauma-informed approach; amend KRS 158.4414 to conform.
 Current Status:   1/11/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB93.html
 
SB95LACTATING STUDENTS (ARMSTRONG C) AN ACT relating to lactating students.

Create new sections of KRS Chapters 158 and 164 to require public schools, public charter schools, and public postsecondary institutions to provide reasonable accommodations to a lactating student; set forth the minimum requirements for those reasonable accommodations; require public schools, public charter schools, and public postsecondary institutions to provide lactating students a reasonable amount of time to express breast milk or breastfeed without incurring an academic penalty.
 Current Status:   1/10/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB95.html
 
SB98KENTUCKY BOARD OF EDUCATION (THOMAS R) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Board of Education.

Amend KRS 156.029 to change the public high school nonvoting student member to a voting member of the Kentucky Board of Education; add an at-large member to the board; require at least two of the members to have a child enrolled in public school; amend KRS 156.040 to exclude the student member from the age and college degree requirements.
 Current Status:   1/11/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB98.html
 
SB109KEES SCHOLARSHIPS (ARMSTRONG C) AN ACT relating to Kentucky educational excellence scholarships and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 164.7879 to increase the Kentucky educational excellence scholarship base amount for each eligible grade point average; increase the supplemental award amounts; require a supplemental award for eligible Cambridge Advanced International scores; increase the award amount for an eligible student enrolled in a comprehensive transition and postsecondary program; amend KRS 164.7874, 164.7881, 164.7884, and 164.7885 to conform; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/18/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB109.html
 
SB114CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPONS (SOUTHWORTH A) AN ACT relating to concealed deadly weapons.

Amend KRS 527.070 to modify the types of school facilities where weapons are prohibited; state that the prohibition of weapons on school grounds only applies when entrances to the school buildings display a sign indicating that unlawfully possessing a weapon in a school is a felony; remove the requirement that signs be prominently displayed indicating possessing a weapon in a school is prohibited; remove the provision that failure to post the signs indicating weapons are prohibited in schools shall not relieve a person of liability.
 Current Status:   2/7/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB114.html
 
SB142PAID PARENTAL LEAVE (MAYS BLEDSOE A) AN ACT relating to paid parental leave.

Create a new section of KRS 18A.005 to 18A.200 to provide an employee of the Commonwealth a paid leave of absence of up to four weeks for the birth, surrogacy, or adoption of a child, or up to two weeks for the placement of a child in foster care or kinship care; establish requirements; amend KRS 18A.025 and 18A.110 to conform. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except remove paid parental leave coverage for "surrogacy"; amend the requirements for eligibility and use of paid parental leave.
 Current Status:   3/14/2024 - House Families & Children (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB142.html
 
SB150KEES SCHOLARSHIPS (THAYER D) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky educational excellence scholarship.

Amend KRS 164.7879 to establish new award grade point average qualifications and amounts for the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship beginning with the 2024-2025 school year.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB150.html
 
SB167STUDENTS’ COMMUNICATION SKILLS (TICHENOR L) AN ACT relating to public school students' communication skills.

Amend KRS 156.160 to require cursive writing to be included as a course of study in all elementary schools beginning in the 2025-2026 school year; create a new sections of KRS Chapter 158 to establish a public high school graduation requirement that a student demonstrate the ability to sign his or her own name in cursive; direct the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the section and create a waiver process for students physically unable to demonstrate a cursive signature; require all public high schools to offer a course in typing and cursive writing; direct Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations to establish academic standards for the course; require successful completion of the course to be a graduation requirement from the 2025-2026 school year through the 2028-2029 school year. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain the requirement for cursive writing to be included as a course of study in all elementary schools beginning in the 2025-2026 school year; amend KRS 158.6453 to distinguish basic handwriting or penmanship from the definition of "writing"; delete all other provisions.
 Current Status:   4/17/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB167.html
 
SB168SCHOOL COUNCILS (TICHENOR L) AN ACT relating to school councils.

Amend KRS 160.345 to remove reference minority members of school councils, change the parent membership of the council from two to three, specify that council members are subject to KRS Chapter 45 A as officers of an agency, establish an election committee for conducting parent member school council elections, establish the procedures for the parent member election, establish how to fill a vacancy of a parent member of the council, provide that curriculum, textbooks, and instructional material piloted shall be subject to the reasonable review and response period for stakeholders.
 Current Status:   2/6/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB168.html
 
SB169LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION (TICHENOR L) AN ACT relating to local boards of education.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 160 to establish a process to recall a member of a local board of education; amend KRS 160.190, to conform.
 Current Status:   2/6/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB169.html
 
SB170LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION (TICHENOR L) AN ACT relating to local boards of education.

Amend 160.210 to establish new numbers for membership of a local board of education based on district enrollment; require the Kentucky Board of Education to determine the required number of members every 10 years; provide for the election of additional members and for the reduction of membership; require local boards of education to report new electoral divisions to the Kentucky Board of Education and the Legislative Research Commission; amend KRS 160.160 to establish a one year term for chair and vice chair of the local board of education; require superintendents to submit reports on closed personnel investigations to the local board of education for the purposes of policy oversight and evaluation of the superintendent's performance; amend KRS 160.180 to require open records and open meetings training for local board members and make conforming changes, permit the hiring of relatives of a local board member; amend KRS amend KRS 160.190, 160.200, 160.380, and 116.200, and 160.042 to conform; require the Kentucky Board of Education to implement Section 1 of this Act by December 31, 2024; require superintendents to submit reports on previous personnel investigations closed during the superintendent's contract to the local board of education within 30 days of the effective date of this Act.
 Current Status:   2/6/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB170.html
 
SB171SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS (TICHENOR L) AN ACT relating to school superintendents.

Amend KRS 160.350 to require a majority plus one vote instead of a four-fifths vote of board members to remove the superintendent, delete requirements for approval from the commissioner of education to remove a superintendent; provide an appeal process for the superintendent; amend KRS 160.380 to forbid a superintendent from employing persons convicted of certain sex crimes classified as a misdemeanor.
 Current Status:   2/6/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB171.html
 
SB184EMPLOYMENT (ARMSTRONG C) AN ACT relating to employment.

Amend KRS 336.130 to delete references restricting rights of public employees to organize, associate collectively, or strike; amend KRS 336.180 to redefine "labor organization" and delete definitions of "candidate," "committee," "contributing organization," "contribution," "election," "electioneering communications," "employer," "fundraiser," "independent expenditure," "political activities," "public employee," "slate of candidates," and "testimonial affair"; amend KRS 336.990 to conform; amend KRS 67A.6904 to allow urban-county governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 67C.406 to allow consolidated local governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 70.262, 78.470, and 78.480 to remove exceptions; amend KRS 345.050 to allow public employers to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 336.1341 and 336.135 to conform; repeal KRS 65.016, 336.132, and 336.134.
 Current Status:   2/9/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB184.html
 
SB185PREVAILING WAGE (ARMSTRONG C) AN ACT relating to prevailing wage.

Establish new sections of KRS Chapter 337 to create a prevailing wage law for all public works projects; amend KRS 12.020, 99.480, 227.487, 151B.015, 337.010, and 337.990 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/9/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB185.html
 
SB192CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FUNDING (GIVENS D) AN ACT relating to career and technical education funding, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Repeal and reenact KRS 157.069 to define terms; require the Office of Career and Technical Education within the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to identify career and technical education programs or pathways as high cost or general cost; provide for a funding calculation from general fund appropriations for career and technical education based 60% upon weighted full-time equivalents enrollment and 40% upon specified incentives; provide for state-operated area technology center operating costs to be funded by the general fund appropriation to KDE; allow funds to be used for career and technical education programming for students in grades 5-8; disburse 75% of administrative operating funds previously designated to state-operated facility administrative costs that were converted to locally operated facilities to the locally operated facility and 25% to the career and technical education innovation and support fund for innovation and support of career and technical programs; create the career and technical education support fund; require the Office of Career and Technical Education to provide oversight of fund usage by recipients; require promulgation of necessary administrative regulations by Kentucky Board of Education; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2024; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/12/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB192.html
 
SB195AMEND SECTION 145 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO RESTORATION OF RIGHTS (STORM B) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to restoration of rights.

Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to restore the voting rights of persons convicted of certain felonies three years after completion of imprisonment, probation, or parole; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   2/14/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB195.html
 
SB200SCHOOL CALENDARS (THAYER D) AN ACT relating to school calendars.

Amend KRS 158.070 to remove the variable student instructional year and require the student instructional year not begin prior to September 1, allow districts to extend the length of a student attendance day beyond seven hours with approval from the Commissioner of Education, establish proportional equivalence of district calendars with less than 170 student attendance days for the purposes of employment contracts, service credit, and funding.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB200.html
 
SB203EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (CARROLL D) AN ACT relating to early childhood education.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to offer an associate degree program in interdisciplinary early childhood education entrepreneurship; create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to establish the Division of Regulated Early Childhood Education within the Office of Inspector General within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; establish the Division of Early Childhood Education within the Department for Community Based Services within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; amend KRS 164.787 to change the definition of "eligible program of study"; create new sections of KRS Chapter 199 to create definitions, establish the innovations in early childhood education delivery fund, the foundations for early learning fund, the family early childhood educator provider fund, and the early childhood education provider start up fund; establish the requirements and operations of the funds for the purpose of offering grants to applicants for the purpose of increasing the availability of early childhood education services in the Commonwealth; amend KRS 199.894 to define "Child Care and Development Fund" and "Child Care Assistance Program"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to establish eligibility requirements of the Child Care Assistance Program; amend KRS 199.8983 and 12.020 to conform; provide that the Act may be cited as the Horizons Act.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB203.html
 
SB205MATERNITY LEAVE (TICHENOR L) AN ACT providing maternity leave for public school employees.

Amend KRS 161.155 to provide 20 maternity days to district employees who give birth; establish the terms and conditions for use of maternity days.
 Current Status:   2/15/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB205.html
 
SB210STUDENTS (WEST S) AN ACT relating to students.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 159 to allow the enrollment of a child on a part-time basis in a school district; establish conditions for the part-time enrollment; amend KRS 158.120 to prohibit a district's nonresident pupil policy from discriminating against any pupil on the basis of residential address, abilities, disability, race, ethnicity, sex, or socioeconomic status; require the policy be posted on the district website; prohibit charging tuition to any child; require a board of education to establish policies for a calculation to determine enrollment capacity; establish requirements for a district's nonresident pupil policy; require districts to report to the Kentucky Department of Education numbers related to nonresident pupils and require the department to publish the reports on the department's website, authorize the department to promulgate administrative regulations for nonresident enrollment appeals processes and forms; amend KRS 157.350 and 156.070 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/15/2024 - floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
 Position:   LT OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB210.html
 
SB212EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY (SOUTHWORTH A) AN ACT relating to education technology.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to prohibit a school district from entering into an agreement with providers of digital instruction services that allows the provider to collect, share, or use data not directly related to the function of the service; amend KRS 158.060 to establish limits to student screen time during the instructional day, regardless of instructional model.
 Current Status:   2/20/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB212.html
 
SB213CIVICS TEST (SOUTHWORTH A) AN ACT relating to the civics test required for high school graduation.

Amend KRS 158.141 to require school districts to report civics test data to the Kentucky Department of Education annually; require KDE to publicly post a report on the data.
 Current Status:   2/20/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB213.html
 
SB230DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES (WESTERFIELD W) AN ACT relating to discriminatory practices against a person.

Amend KRS 344.010 to provide definitions of "protective hairstyle" and "race" that include traits historically associated with race; amend KRS 344.020 to provide that nothing in the chapter shall be construed to prohibit reasonable workplace policies; amend KRS 158.148 to provide that school disciplinary codes shall prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, but shall not be interpreted to restrict the adoption of reasonable school safety policies; make technical corrections; provide that the Act may be cited as the C.R.O.W.N. Act.
 Current Status:   3/22/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Licensing & Occupations (S)
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB230.html
 
SB232EDUCATION (WESTERFIELD W) AN ACT relating to education and declaring an emergency.

Repeal and reenact KRS 162.060 to establish that local boards of education shall submit all plans for new public school buildings or additions or alterations of old buildings to the chief state school officer, but prohibit the Kentucky Department of Education from requiring prior approval of the district's plans; amend KRS 156.160 to provide for the approval and appeal process for a district's purchase or disposal of real property; amend KRS 157.420 conform; establish the requirements for a district facilities plan; amend KRS 157.440, 157.615, 157.620, 157.621, 157.622, 158.814, and 160.105 to conform; amend KRS 160.160 to allow use of estimates of the cost of a project by licensed architects or engineers for establishing the financing; remove the requirement for a district to obtain prior approval from the department for a mortgage or lien on a school building or for leasing a building; amend KRS 158.102 to remove minimum requirements for a school librarian; amend KRS 199.882 to include an employer directly paying for the child-care facilities and facility maintenance on behalf of a child-care provider in the definition of "contribution"; allow for the renewal of an emergency teaching certificate for the 2024-2025 school year; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2024; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retrain original provisions; delete KRS 158.102 regarding minimum requirements for a school librarian.
 Current Status:   3/27/2024 - floor amendment (1) filed
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB232.html
 
SB238CHILDREN (BERG K) AN ACT relating to children.

Amend KRS 158.1415 to remove provisions related to parental rights and courses, curriculums, or programs on human sexuality; provide for a process for parents to opt out of their child receiving instruction on the subject of human sexuality; amend KRS 158.191 to remove language limiting Kentucky Board of Education or Department of Education policies regarding student confidential information and the use of pronouns; require a local school district to use pronouns for students upon a request from a parent along with a note from a medical provider diagnosing the child with gender dysphoria; remove language concerning parental consent for well-being questionnaires or assessments or a health screening; amend KRS 158.189 to make findings about children and young adults desiring individual privacy; require a school to provide an accommodation to any student who requests an area of individual privacy in restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms, regardless of biological sex or gender identity; require school officials to provide an accommodation for individual privacy for children whose gender is different from his or her biological sex and who have a note from a medical provider diagnosing the child with gender dysphoria; permit alternate accommodations upon the parent's request; amend KRS 311.372 to prohibit surgical or medical treatment of a child under the age of 18 years for gender dysphoria, and any nonsurgical medical treatment without the consent of the child's parent or legal guardian; require that the provision of nonsurgical medical treatment to a child under the age of 18 years apply only to a child with a medical diagnosis from a mental health care provider and by a trained and experienced health care provider in collaboration with a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist using only appropriate nonsurgical medical treatments approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for adolescents and that meet evidence-based medical standards.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB238.html
 
SB250EDUCATION (WEST S) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB250.html
 
SB251EDUCATION (WEST S) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   3/28/2024 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB251.html
 
SB252EDUCATION (WEST S) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   3/28/2024 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB252.html
 
SB253EDUCATION (WEST S) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB253.html
 
SB254EDUCATION (WEST S) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB254.html
 
SB256SCHOOL MEALS (ARMSTRONG C) AN ACT relating to school meals at low-income schools.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define terms; establish the Kentucky Proud School Match Program fund; establish the Kentucky Proud School Match Program; direct the Department of Education to reimburse an eligible school district $0.33 for every meal reimbursed by the community eligibility provision at the paid rate; require a school district that receives a reimbursement to develop and implement a Kentucky Proud school plan to identify and purchase available Kentucky-grown agricultural products and to optimize food usage; direct the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to carry out this section; provide that the section shall be null and void if the community eligibility provision is terminated by the United States Department of Agriculture; provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Proud School Match Act.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB256.html
 
SB257AMEND SECTION 145 OF CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO RESTORATION OF RIGHTS (NEAL G) AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to restoration of rights.

Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to automatically restore the voting rights of persons convicted of certain felonies upon completion of their imprisonment, probation, or parole and automatically restore their civil rights three years after completion of their imprisonment, probation, or parole; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB257.html
 
SB260STATE GOVERNMENT (MILLS R) AN ACT relating to state government.

Amend KRS 18A.035 to add gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB260.html
 
SB261STATE EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE (NEMES M) AN ACT relating to state employee health insurance.

Amend KRS 18A.225 to exclude from the definition of "employee" any employer that ceases participation in the state employee health insurance plan from participating in the plan in the future; require minimal participation duration for all benefits administered by the Personnel Cabinet pursuant to KRS 18A.205 to 18A.2287; require health insurance coverage for state employees to provide minimum value that pays over 60 percent of the total cost of in-network medical services, provide minimal essential coverage as defined in 26 U.S.C. sec. 5000A(f), and not discriminate in favor of highly compensated individuals as prohibited by 26 U.S.C. sec. 105(h); require any carrier bidding to offer health care coverage to employees to rate all employees as a single entity; require any premium due for vision coverage, if in excess of a premium amount contributed by an employer to be paid by the employee; delete references to regional contracts for state employee health insurance; specify that no provision of KRS Chapter 304, the insurance code, shall apply to the public employee health insurance program for public employees unless otherwise authorized; amend KRS 18A.2254 to add health savings accounts as a waiver funding option and provide that the type of account available for waiver funding each year shall be at the discretion of the Personnel Cabinet; permit the Personnel Cabinet to make available the quarterly report of the status of the health insurance trust fund to either the Governor, the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue, or the Kentucky Group Health Insurance Board, upon request; amend KRS 18A.226 to expand the membership of the Kentucky Group Health Insurance Board; require the board, upon request, to submit an annual report to the Governor, the General Assembly, or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; repeal 18A.2255, relating to the Advisory Committee of State Health Insurance Subscribers.
 Current Status:   4/15/2024 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day
 Position:   BD Neutral
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB261.html
 
SB263EDUCATION (NEAL G) AN ACT relating to education.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit censorship of history curriculum; permit a school or school district to adopt, implement, and offer equity, diversity, and inclusion curricula, programing, initiatives, and instruction without penalty; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to provide that public postsecondary education institutions may adopt, implement, and offer diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, initiatives, and instruction without penalty.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB263.html
 
SB265TEACHER CERTIFICATION (DENEEN M) AN ACT relating to teacher certification and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 161.048 to modify the Option 7 alternative teacher certification pathway; remove some initial candidate requirements; allow provisional certification upon qualifying and enrolling in an approved institute; establish the conditions for receiving a professional certificate. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions and declare an EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 161.030 to direct that an individual who completes a preparation program and passes the required assessments shall receive a five year professional certificate; specify that an out-of-state teacher who passes the required assessments shall receive a five year professional certificate; remove the provisions for a teacher internship requirement; direct that teacher certification shall be awarded upon successful completion of an educator preparation program or alternative certification pathway and passing of the required assessment and shall not be dependent on employment; create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 establishing a new teacher induction and mentor program; require the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) to develop standards and guidance for the program; require the EPSB to develop evaluations for new teachers; require the EPSB to submit an annual report to the Legislative Research Commission; amend various sections of KRS Chapter 161 to conform; repeal KRS 161.1222, relating to the pilot teacher internship program. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend to exclude emergency certificates from prohibition on job offer requirements; delete language creating a conflict on required assessments.
 Current Status:   4/9/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB265.html
 
SB274SERVICE CREDIT FOR TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (TICHENOR L) AN ACT relating to service credit for the Teachers' Retirement System and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 161.500 to allow members of the Teachers' Retirement System to recover up to 10 unpaid days that were missed to observe religious holidays; include the recovered days in count of days worked for service credit; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB274.html
 
SB278ELECTIONS (MILLS R) AN ACT relating to elections.

Amend KRS 116.155 to add gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB278.html
 
SB279SERVICE CREDIT FOR THE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (WEST S) AN ACT relating to service credit for the Teachers' Retirement System and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 161.500 to allow members of the Teachers' Retirement System to recover up to 10 unpaid days that were missed to observe religious holidays; include the recovered days in count of days worked for service credit; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB279.html
 
SB287BRANCH BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS (MCDANIEL C) AN ACT relating to branch budget recommendations.

Amend KRS 48.100, relating to branch budget recommendations, to specify that the Governor shall submit a separate recommendation for the Transportation Cabinet.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB287.html
 
SB288BRANCH BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS (MCDANIEL C) AN ACT relating to branch budget recommendations.

Amend KRS 48.030, relating to branch budget recommendations, to make a technical correction.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB288.html
 
SB289BRANCH BUDGET BILLS (MCDANIEL C) AN ACT relating to branch budget bills.

Amend KRS 48.311, relating to branch budget bills, to make a technical correction.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB289.html
 
SB291DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES AGAINST A PERSON (NEAL G) AN ACT relating to discriminatory practices against a person.

Amend KRS 344.010 to provide definitions of "protective hairstyle" and "race" that include traits historically associated with race; amend KRS 344.020 to provide that nothing in the chapter shall be construed to prohibit reasonable workplace policies; amend KRS 158.148 to provide that school disciplinary codes shall prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, but shall not be interpreted to restrict the adoption of reasonable school safety policies; make technical corrections; provide that the Act may be cited as the C.R.O.W.N. Act.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - Introduced
 Position:   DA SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB291.html
 
SB325STATE GOVERNMENT (THAYER D) AN ACT relating to state government.

Amend KRS 18A.035 to add gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   3/1/2024 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB325.html
 
SB336SEX-BASED CLASSIFICATIONS (TICHENOR L) AN ACT relating to sex-based classifications.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 61 to define "boy," "equal," "female," "girl," "male," "man," "sex," and "woman"; prohibit any state or local law, regulation, ordinance, or policy from treating males or females unfairly from similiarly situated members of the opposite sex, but permit separation of the sexes if in the interest of maintaining safety, privacy, and fairness; provide a non-exhaustive list of examples of areas in which public entities may distinguish between the sexes; require any public school, public school district, state agency, department, local government, special district or any political subdivision of those entities that collects vital statistics to identify each person as either male or female; provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Women's Bill of Rights.
 Current Status:   3/1/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB336.html
 
SB338ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS (TICHENOR L) AN ACT relating to electronic communication with students.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to direct each local board of education to designate a traceable communication system that shall be the exclusive means for school district personnel to communicate electronically with students; provide that a parent may submit written consent for a designated school district employee to communicate electronically with a student outside of the traceable communication system; exclude communications between a parent that is a school district employee and his or her own children.
 Current Status:   3/1/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB338.html
 
SB339EDUCATION (THAYER D) AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.
 Current Status:   3/1/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   Shell Bill
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB339.html
 
SB358CREATE NEW SECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO EDUCATION FUNDINGS (WILLIAMS G) AN ACT proposing to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to education funding.

Propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to authorize the General Assembly to provide for the educational costs of elementary and secondary school students outside of the public school system; provide ballot language for submission to voters for ratification or rejection.
 Current Status:   3/1/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB358.html
 
SB360ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES (WEST S) AN ACT relating to advanced educational opportunities.

Amend KRS 160.348 to direct secondary school-based decision making councils to adopt designated policies relating to advanced courses; provide that students who meet certain criteria shall be granted automatic enrollment in an AP course; direct the Kentucky Department of Education to establish a pilot monetary incentive program for AP students and AP teachers; amend KRS 158.6453 to require development of an accelerated learning plan for students with identified strengths; direct local board of education to adopt policies for advanced courses; establish a reporting requirement for KDE related to the number of accelerated learning courses offered, the demographics of eligible students, the number of students placed in those courses, and the number of students not placed in those courses.
 Current Status:   3/1/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SB360.html
 
SCR142EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNANCE TASK FORCE (TICHENOR L) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Efficient and Effective School District Governance Task Force.

Direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Efficient and Effective School District Governance Task Force; outline task force duties; require the task force to submit any recommendations and changes the task force may adopt by December 1, 2024; establish membership; require the task force to meet at least twice per month; require the Legislative Research Commission to provide needed staff and to determine meeting locations; authorize the commission to enter into contracts for consultants to assist the task force in its duties.
 Current Status:   2/14/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)
 Position:   BD OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SCR142.html
 
SJR138HOMESTEADING EXEMPTION TASK FORCE (HARPER ANGEL D) A JOINT RESOLUTION directing the establishment of the Homestead Exemption Task Force.

Direct the creation of the Homestead Exemption Task Force to study the expansion of the homestead exemption; outline task force duties and members; require the task force to meet monthly during the 2024 Interim and to submit findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2024; require the executive branch to assist the task force.
 Current Status:   2/12/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)
 Position:   DA OPPOSE
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SJR138.html
 
SR9TEACHER OF YEAR KEVIN DAILEY (SCHICKEL J) A RESOLUTION honoring the 2024 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Kevin Dailey

Honor 2024 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Kevin Dailey.
 Current Status:   1/3/2024 - adopted by voice vote
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SR9.html
 
SR109PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK (DENEEN M) A RESOLUTION recognizing February 26 to March 1, 2024, as Public Schools Week in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Recognize February 26 to March 1, 2024, as Public Schools Week.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - adopted by voice vote
 Position:   BD SUPPORT
 State Bill Page:   https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/24RS/SR109.html
 
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