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Legislative Report June 18, 2024
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APPROPRIATIONS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
(PETRIE, JASON)

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

HUMAN TRAFFICKING
(MILES, SUZANNE)

AN ACT relating to human trafficking.

Amend KRS 529.110 to expand the definition of promoting human trafficking; create a new section of KRS Chapter 15 to permit the Attorney General to establish a working group to study and discuss human trafficking in the Commonwealth; amend KRS 15.706 to include forced labor in reporting data on human trafficking from the Prosecutors Advisory Council; amend KRS 620.029 to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to include additional information regarding human trafficking in its the annual report to the Legislative Research Commission; create a new section of KRS Chapter 219 to require hotels to post signs or window clings containing contact information for assistance for victims of human trafficking, establish penalties for noncompliance, require penalties to be paid to the human trafficking victims fund; amend KRS 176.415 to require the Department of Highways to post signs or window clings containing contact information for assistance for victims of human trafficking; amend KRS 183.075 to require airports to post signs or window clings containing contact information for assistance for victims of human trafficking, establish penalties for noncompliance, require penalties to be paid to the human trafficking victims fund; amend KRS 277.410 to require passenger train stations to post signs or window clings containing contact information for assistance for victims of human trafficking, establish penalties for noncompliance, require penalties to be paid to the human trafficking victims fund; amend KRS 281.767 to require truck stops and bus stations to post signs or window clings containing contact information for assistance for victims of human trafficking, establish penalties for noncompliance, require penalties to be paid to the human trafficking victims fund; amend KRS 529.140 to conform. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except to change membership of Attorney General Working Group, make additions to focus of working group, change reporting.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/4/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

AMEND CONSTITUTUION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

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)

CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
(BAUMAN, JARED)

AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.

Create sec. of KRS Ch.532 to define "violent felony" & enhance sentence for person convicted of 3rd violent felony; prohibit probation, parole, or other form of release for person who commits a crime using a weapon that is stolen, defaced, loaded with restricted ammo, or otherwise violates state law; amend KRS610.070 to require a parent, legal guardian, or custodian to be present at court proceeding involving a child in the juvenile justice system; create sec. of KRS Ch.610 to establish penalty; amend KRS507.020 to expand offense of murder; amend KRS507.030 to expand offense of manslaughter in the 1st degree; amend KRS507.040 to expand offense of manslaughter in the 2nd degree; amend KRS218A.1412 to provide increased penalties for certain trafficking offenses; create sec. of KRS Ch.515 to create new offense of carjacking; amend KRS512.020 & 512.030 to lower the threshold for criminal mischief in the 1st degree to $500; amend KRS149.410, 506.160, & 525.220 to conform; amend KRS520.050 to enhance promoting contraband to a Class B felony if the dangerous contraband is fentanyl, carfentanil, or a fentanyl derivative; amend KRS16.220 to allow purchase of a confiscated firearm by a person who bids under the condition they not take possession of the firearm, but instead leave it with the Dept. of KY State Police for destruction; prohibit gov. agencies from purchasing the firearm; make technical corrections; create sec. of KRS Chs.511, 198A, & 65 to establish offense of criminal street camping & provide exceptions; amend KRS503.080 to conform; amend KRS202C.050 to reduce requirements to find a person subject to involuntary commitment pursuant to KRS Ch.202C; amend KRS186.417 to include felony offenders released from county jails & local correctional facilities among those who may be issued personal ID cards or operator's licenses under certain conditions; amend KRS431.510 to define terms; prohibit any charitable bail org. from posting bail in excess of $5,000; prohibit any charitable bail org. from posting bail for any offense of domestic violence & abuse or dating violence & abuse, & for any offense under a civil court order or warrant under KRS222.430 to 222.437; establish that any bond ordered forfeited following a new criminal offense shall be distributed to the victim of the new offense; require publication of records & annual reporting to the General Assembly; create sec. of KRS Ch.507 to create offense of murder of a 1st responder & establish penalties; amend KRS506.010 to conform; amend KRS532.025 to include the murder of 1st responders as an aggravating circumstance for the death penalty; amend KRS532.036 to allow restitution following a conviction for Murder of a 1st responder; amend KRS439.320 to provide that members of the Parole Board shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor, that panels of the board shall consist of not less than 3 & not more than 6 members, & that all members of the panel must agree on a decision or the matter shall be referred to the full board; amend KRS439.330 to require that parole be granted upon a 2/3 vote of the full board; amend KRS433.236 to limit liability for shopkeepers; amend KRS439.3401 to add a person who has been convicted of or entered a plea of guilty to a Class B felony violation of KRS520.050 to the definition of "violent offender" & to include carjacking & attempted murder in the list of violent offenses; amend KRS508.075 & 508.078, relating to terroristic threatening, to include any workplace or any gathering of 3 or more persons; amend KRS524.040 to include harassing communications as conduct constituting intimidation of a participant in the legal process; amend KRS439.340 to allow the Parole Board to order participation in a specific violence reduction program as a condition of parole; amend KRS533.030 to allow a court to require participation in a specific violence reduction program as a condition of probation or conditional discharge; amend KRS403.763 & 456.180 to enhance a second or subsequent violation of an order of protection within a 5-year period to a Class D felony; amend KRS500.080 to include family members, members of an unmarried couple, & persons in a dating relationship, in application of a particular definition of serious physical injury; amend KRS514.020 to reduce the time required to establish prima facie evidence of theft by deception of rented or leased property that is not returned to the owner from 10 days to 4 days; amend KRS196.031 to require the annual report to also include the % of offenders who commit new offenses within two years; amend KRS520.095 to enhance fleeing or evading police in the 1st degree to a Class C felony; provide that the defendant shall not be released on probation, shock probation, conditional discharge, or parole until he or she has served at least 50% of the sentence imposed; amend KRS520.100 to enhance fleeing or evading police in the 2nd degree to a Class D felony; amend KRS532.100 to provide sentences for 2 or more felony sec. crimes shall run consecutives; provide that the defendant shall not be released on probation, shock probation, conditional discharge, or parole until he or she has served at least 50% of the sentence imposed; amend KRS158.155 to require school employees to report certain enumerated crimes to law enforcement; repeal KRS512.040, which establishes the crime of criminal mischief in the 3rd degree & KRS158.154, which deals with discipline in schools; EFFECTIVE, in part, Aug. 1, 2025. HCS (1) Retain original provisions, except Sec. 29 & 30, KRS439.320 & 439.330 related to the Parole Board; change definition of "first responder" in Sec. 25; create new sec. of KRS Ch.520 to create offense of fleeing or evading police in the 3rd degree; amend KRS514.030 to lengthen time period for aggregating theft offenses & establish venue; add severability clause. HFA (27) Delete sec. 2 & replace with a new sec. of KRS Ch.532 to establish that defendants who meet certain criteria are not eligible for probation or parole; amend sec. relating to carjacking to require that the defendant act without lawful authority; amend sec. relating to unlawful camping to exempt temporarily sleeping in an automobile; exempt statutorily created housing programs from limitations on funding; amend sec. relating to involuntary commitment; amend KRS439.3401 to amend the definition of "violent offender" to include the attempted commission of any offense listed, a felony involving the death of the victim or serious physical injury to a victim, burglary in the 1st degree as described in KRS511.020 if a person other than a participant in the crime was present in the building during the commission of the offense, robbery in the 2nd degree as described in KRS515.030, arson in the 1st degree, & strangulation in the 1st degree; provide that a violent offender shall serve at least 85% of the sentence imposed before probation, shock probation, parole, conditional discharge, or other form of early release is permitted; provide that a violent offender shall only receive credit on their sentence for time spent in custody prior to the commencement of the sentence; amend KRS525.045 to conform; amend sec. relating to violation of an order of protection to require that subsequent violations, in order to be punishable as Class D felony, be intentional, in-person violations; amend sec. relating to notification required by school personnel to make uniform; delete sec. relating to murder; amend KRS218.133 to conform with provisions of the bill; limit application of new requirements for issuance of identifying documents, based on availability of funds; clarify civil liability in shopkeeper statute. SCS (1) Retain original provisions, except remove secs. relating to violation of a protective order; amend KRS429.320 and 429.330 relating to the parole board; create a new sec. of KRS CH.15A to require a local juvenile restorative justice advisory committee in each county or judicial district

  CURRENT STATUS

4/12/2024 - Delivered to Secretary of State

EXECUTIVE BRANCH BUDGET
(PETRIE, JASON)

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

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
(BRAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to autonomous vehicles.

Create various sections of KRS Chapter 186 to establish a regulatory framework for the operation of fully autonomous vehicles on public highways; define terms; establish requirements for autonomous vehicles and automated driving systems; require submission of a law enforcement interaction plan with the Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky State Police and identify required elements of the plan; establish requirements for proof of insurance or self-insurance in the amount of $1 million for death or bodily injury and property damage for personal and commercial fully autonomous vehicles; require titling and registration of fully autonomous vehicles; establish the Transportation Cabinet as the sole agency responsible for administering statutes and regulations regarding fully autonomous vehicles; limit the regulatory authority of local governments in regard to the operation of fully autonomous vehicles; amend KRS 186.410 to establish that when an automated driving system is installed and engaged on a motor vehicle, the owner of a fully autonomous vehicle shall be considered operator of the vehicle for the purpose of assessing compliance with traffic or motor vehicle laws, and that the automated driving system is considered to be the licensed to operate the vehicle; create a new section of KRS Chapter 189 to exempt fully autonomous vehicles designed to be operated exclusively by an automated driving system from any vehicle equipment requirements of KRS 189.020 to KRS 189.205 that relate to vehicle operation by a human driver; amend KRS 189.635 to establish responsibility for the filing of accident reports and notification of law enforcement after accidents involving fully autonomous vehicles; amend KRS 281.010 to define terms relating to the operation of fully autonomous vehicles as motor carriers; amend KRS 281.630 to establish that any administrative regulations promulgated by the department that apply only to a human driver shall not apply to a fully autonomous vehicle; amend KRS 281.764 to require only the lead vehicle in a truck platoon to have a human driver behind the wheel of their vehicle; amend KRS 281.655 to establish minimum insurance requirements fully autonomous vehicles operating under a certificate issued under KRS Chapter 281 in the amount of $1 million for death or bodily injury and property. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend the definition of "SAE J3016" to include amendments to the standards; allow a person to operate a motor vehicle equipped with an automated driving system when the system achieves a minimal risk condition; provide that from the effective date of the Act until July 31, 2026, any fully autonomous vehicle for which the declared gross weight is more than 62,000 pounds shall be required to have an appropriately credentialed human driver in the vehicle to monitor the automated driving system and intervene if necessary; Section 14 of the Act, regarding platooning vehicles, EFFECTIVE August 1, 2026.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/12/2024 - Delivered to Secretary of State

FISCAL MATTERS
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT relating to fiscal matters, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

HCS (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 224.60-130 to extend the date for reimbursements of corrective action projects using moneys in the petroleum storage tank account; amend KRS 224.60-142 to extend the date of registration for owners of petroleum storage tanks containing motor fuels in order to be eligible to participate in the fund; extend the date allowing owners and operators to submit affidavits and applications through July 15, 2031, relevant to current petroleum storage tank accounts; amend KRS 224.60-145 to extend the small operator assistance and small operator tank removal accounts to July 15, 2031; amend KRS 224.50-868 to extend the fee currently imposed for each new motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer tire sold in Kentucky to July 1, 2026; create a new section of KRS Chapter 131 to require the Department of Revenue to submit an annual report to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue pertaining to tax law changes and actions taken by the department; amend KRS 138.510 to redistribute up to $250,000 per fiscal year in historical horse racing pari-mutuel tax revenues to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for the benefit of Thoroughbred, standardbred, and American quarter horse aftercare facilities in Kentucky and up to $250,000 per fiscal year to the Kentucky equine management internship program; eliminate distributions of the excise tax on historical horse races to the Kentucky Thoroughbred and standardbred breeders incentive funds; include the Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions in the distribution of pari-mutuel tax revenues that are required to be used for construction, expansion or renovation of facilities or the purchase of equipment for equine programs; require the host track to grant the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet a race title sponsorship and promotional package at multiple-day international harness racing events with purses and awards over $5,000,000; amend KRS 230.770 to require that $75,000 each fiscal year be transferred from the Kentucky standardbred development fund to the Kentucky problem gambling assistance account; require the racing commission to account for all moneys within the standardbred development fund by separating those moneys as required for distribution: establish an international harness racing event reserve account for a Kentucky track that hosts an international harness racing event spanning several days and distributes at least $5,000,000 in purses and awards; beginning July 31, 2024, provide that $300,000 from the standardbred development fund be transferred annually to the international harness racing reserve account until the reserve account reaches $900,000; amend KRS 230.400 to require that $100,000 each fiscal year be transferred from the Kentucky Thoroughbred development fund to the Kentucky problem gambling assistance account; amend KRS 230.445 to require that $25,000 each fiscal year be transferred from the Kentucky quarter horse, paint horse, Appaloosa, and Arabian development fund to the Kentucky problem gambling assistance account; amend KRS 138.513 to make a technical correction; amend KRS 139.470 to increase the de minimis filing threshold to $12,000; amend KRS 139.480 to exempt the sale, use, storage, or consumption of currency and bullion from sales and use tax; amend KRS 140.040 to define "power of appointment" to mean only a general power of appointment; create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to allow an income tax credit for the sales and use tax paid on a qualified broadband investment in this state; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the tax credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Department of Revenue to submit a report on the tax credit to the Legislative Research Commission; amend KRS 141.010 to update the Internal Revenue Code reference date to the Internal Revenue Code in effect on December 31, 2023, for income tax purposes; amend KRS 141.020 to further define "GF appropriations" to exclude any appropriation from the budget reserve trust fund account that is solelysupported by moneys from the budget reserve trust fund account and specifically identified in the appropriation language as not being a GF appropriation; amend KRS 141.039 to delay the deferred tax deduction until January 1, 2026, amend KRS 143.022 to allow refunds of tax paid on coal transported directly to a market outside of North America until July 1, 2028; amend KRS 186.010 to eliminate the definition of "hybrid vehicle"; amend KRS 186.050 and 138.475 to remove hybrid vehicles from the electric vehicle ownership fee; amend KRS 186.531 to eliminate fees for obtaining a personal identification card; provide various revenue measures for the operation of certain state agencies; apply to fiscal years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY; EFFECTIVE, in part, August 1, 2024, and January 1, 2025. SCS (1) Retain original provisions; except remove all provisions related to the new tire fee extension, remove all provisions related to exempting the sale, use, storage, or consumption of currency and bullion from sales and use taxes; remove all provisions related to defining "power of appointment" for inheritance taxes; remove all provisions related to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions receiving pari-mutuel tax revenue distributions; amend KRS 138.510 to include the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in the distribution of pari-mutuel tax revenues that are required to be used for construction, expansion, or renovation of facilities or the purchase of equipment for equine programs; amend KRS 131.010 to define "administrative writings" and "tax form"; amend KRS 131.020 to establish requirements for the Office of Tax Policy and Regulation within the Department of Revenue to publish administrative writings, tax forms, and instructions to the tax forms on its website; amend KRS 131.030, 131.081, 131.130, 131.131, and 131.190 to conform; amend KRS 132.010 and 136.010 to include mains, pipes, pipelines, and conduits in the definition of "real property"; amend KRS 138.472 to define terms; allow a bad debt deduction for the motor vehicle rental and ride share excise tax; amend KRS 154.30-010 to allow modified new revenues for income tax to be used for calendar years beginning on or after January 1, 2023; amend KRS 15.460, 95A.250, and 95A.262 to increase the annual supplements to firefighters, police officers, and volunteer fire departments; require annual CPI adjustments; amend KRS 186.162 to require the Transportation Cabinet to identify the cost of issuing a child victims' trust fund special license plate; require transfer of revenues received in excess of the cost to the child victims' trust fund; amend KRS 68.200 to define "gross receipts"; apply the license fee to gross receipts derived from transportation network company services; amend 154.61-030 to establish an application fee for eligible companies; increase the administrative fee for approved companies; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to establish a 120 percent Medicaid reimbursement rate for out-of-state children's hospitals; disallow the hospital's eligibility to receive indirect medical education reimbursement, organ acquisition cost settlements, and disproportionate share hospital payments; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or the Department for Medicaid Services to seek federal approval if they determine that such approval is necessary; allow the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to increase their registration fee to provide funding for a new online filing system; make technical corrections; apply to property assessed on or after January 1, 2023; apply specified provisions to 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 fiscal years and provide sunsetting on June 30, 2026; RETROACTIVE; APPROPRIATION; EFFECTIVE, in part, August 1, 2024, and July 1, 2026; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/12/2024 - filed without Governor's signature with the Secretary of State

NICOTINE PRODUCTS
(RAYMER, REBECCA)

AN ACT relating to nicotine products.

Create new sections of KRS 438.305 to 438.340 to define terms; require the Secretary of State to create and publish a list of certain tobacco product retailers; require the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to create and maintain a tobacco noncompliance database and reporting system; require wholesalers to verify a retailer's presence in the database prior to transactions; establish and impose fines for wholesalers that unlawfully sell to a retailer that is in the noncompliance database; make ineligible any retailer with unpaid fines that are more than 60 days overdue from selling Tobacco Control Act covered products until the fines are paid; direct manufacturers of Tobacco Control Act covered products to provide safe harbor certification to wholesalers and retailers of their products; prohibit a retailer from selling Tobacco Control Act products to persons under 21 years of age; establish; amend KRS 241.060 to allow the board to conduct hearings and appeals under this Act and KRS 438.340. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend to redefine "authorized product" and "safe harbor certification"; establish conditions for retailers with overdue, unpaid fines; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except remove definitions section; amend KRS 438.305 to define terms; create new civil penalties and appeals process; establish conditions for retailers with overdue, unpaid fines; amend KRS 438.310 and 438.313 to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

JAILS
(MEADE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to jails and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS 441.420 to 441.450 to prohibit the building, reconstructing, remodeling, or renovation of a jail unless it is a regional jail and the General Assembly provides express approval; provide exceptions to the prohibition including where a court has ordered jail construction, construction is necessary to comply with state or federal law or regulations, or to replace or rebuild a facility following a catastrophic event; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except provide that the provisions shall be repealed effective December 31, 2029; allow all local correctional facilities to undergo construction or renovation with the express approval of the General Assembly; amend KRS 441.137 to provide that money left in an inmate's canteen account will be considered abandoned after 90 days instead of one year; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/13/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

KENTUCKY PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT INITATIVE
(BOWLING, ADAM)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Product Development Initiative and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 154.21-015 to define "county population ranking," "population density," and "ten (10) year percentage change in population" and redefine other terms; amend KRS 154.21-020 to designate reporting requirements and make the Kentucky Product Development Initiative of 2022 apply only to the fiscal year 2022-2023 and fiscal year 2023-2024; create a new section of subchapter 21 of KRS Chapter 154 to establish the Kentucky Product Development Initiative of 2024; amend KRS 154.21-035 to make technical corrections; EMERGENCY; June 1, 2024. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; make technical corrections related to mandated reports; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2024; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except decrease the minimum amount of local matching funds for eligible projects; prioritize the award of grants for those eligible grant recipients that have not received prior grant awards; prohibit the award of more than one grant to a county, including eligible grant recipients that are involved in a regional project.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/16/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

AMEND SECTION 181 OF CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO THE GENREAL ASSEMBLY'S AUTHORITY OVER LOCAL REVENUE OPTIONS
(DIXON, JONATHAN)

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 181 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to the General Assembly's authority over local revenue options.

Propose to amend Section 181 of the Constitution of Kentucky to permit the General Assembly to authorize a county, city, town, or municipal corporation to assess and collect local taxes and fees that are not otherwise in conflict with the Constitution; provide ballot question with proposed amendment; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/12/2024 - (H) Returned to Committee House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)

CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

AN ACT relating to consumer data privacy and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 367 to establish consumer rights relating to personal data; define terms; exempt certain persons or entities from the statutory provisions of this Act; establish certain consumer rights relating to personal data, including the rights to confirm whether data is being processed, to correct any inaccuracies in the consumer's personal data, to delete personal data provided by the consumer, to obtain a copy of the consumer's personal data that was previously provided, and to opt out of targeted advertising, the sale of data, or profiling of the consumer; set forth requirements for persons or entities that control and process consumer data; establish that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce the consumer data privacy rights; create a consumer privacy fund to be administered by the Office of the Attorney General; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2026. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend data and information exemptions to include data processed by an affiliate of a utility or a holding company system organized specifically for the purpose of providing goods or services to a utility and personal data collected and used for purposes of federal policy under the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005; make technical changes to division of sections. Senate Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except amend to specify that the Act shall not apply to the processing of personal data by a person in the course of a purely personal or household activity. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Retain original provisions, except provide that the Act may be cited as the Kentucky Consumer Data Protection Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/4/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

RIGHTS OF PROPERTY OWNERS
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT relating to the rights of property owners and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 65 to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing ordinances that prohibit owners of housing accommodations from refusing to lease or rent the housing accommodation to a person when the person's source of income to pay rent includes funding from a federal housing assistance program; prohibit local governments from requiring an owner of property occupied by an individual other than the owner to pay an emergency response fee that arises out of the actions of another over which the owner has no control; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except create a new section of KRS Chapter 383 to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing any ordinance relating to landlord or tenant laws that is in conflict with state law.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/6/2024 - Delivered to Secretary of State

AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to automated external defibrillators.

Amend KRS 311.667 to remove the requirement for medical oversight of an AED program. House Committee Substitute (1) Make technical corrections to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/4/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to consumer data privacy.

Creates new sections of KRS Chapter 367 to establish consumer rights relating to personal data, including the rights to confirm whether data is being processed, to delete personal data provided by the consumer, to obtain a copy of the consumer's personal data that was previously provided, and to opt out of targeted advertising and the sale of data; define terms; set forth the types of data and the persons or entities to which the statutory provisions do and do not apply; set forth requirements for persons or entities that control and process consumer data; establish that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce the consumer data privacy rights; create a consumer privacy fund in the State Treasury to be administered by the Office of the Attorney General; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2026.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(FISTER, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 341.030 to provide that reimbursements paid to volunteer firefighters for traveling to respond to emergencies or for the use of his or her personal vehicle or other equipment in responding to emergencies, shall not be considered wages for purposes of unemployment insurance; RETROACTIVE to March 6, 2020; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

MOTOR VEHICLES
(LEWIS, DEREK)

AN ACT relating to motor vehicles.

Amend KRS 189.503 to allow a local government to issue permits for racing events on state-maintained highways subject to approval by the Transportation Cabinet; amend KRS 189.505 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

UNIVERSAL RECOGNITION OF OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES
(DOAN, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to universal recognition of occupational licenses.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 335B to allow universal recognition of occupational licenses and government certifications; include work experience as a basis for licensure or certification; explicity include military personnel and their spouses; provide that the Act may be cited as the Universal Recognition of Occupational Licenses Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to water and wastewater systems.

Amend KRS 223.170 to require the board of certification for water treatment and distribution system operators to submit to the Energy and Environment Cabinet on or before December 31, 2024, recommendations for the establishment of a voluntary certification program for supervisors of certified operators in primary responsible charge of water treatment plants or distribution systems as well as recommendations for the establishment of a program or strategy for recruiting applicants to work in the operation of water treatment plants or distribution systems who are not currently participating in apprenticeships or certification programs administered by the cabinet; amend KRS 224.73-110 to require the Kentucky Board of Certification of Wastewater System Operators to submit to the Energy and Environment Cabinet on or before December 31, 2024, recommendations for the establishment of a voluntary certification program for supervisors of certified operators in primary responsible charge of public or private sewage systems as well as recommendations for the establishment of a program or strategy for recruiting applicants to work in the operation of public or private sewage systems who are not currently participating in apprenticeships or certification programs administered by the cabinet. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; create a combined Kentucky Board of Certification of Water and Wastewater System Operators; provide for board duties and membership; require that on or before December 31, 2024, the board, in conjunction with the Drinking Water Advisory Workgroup and the Clean Water Advisory Workgroup, make recommendations for the establishment of a voluntary certification program for supervisors of certified operators of water or sewage treatment plants systems; require that the recommendations also include suggestions for the establishment of a voluntary shared services certification program for supervisors or certified operators of combined water or sewage treatment plants or systems and suggestions for the establishment of a program or strategy for recruiting applicants to work in the operation of water treatment plants or distribution systems who are not currently participating in apprenticeships or certification programs administered by the cabinet; amend KRS 223.160, 223.170, 223.200, 223.210, and 224.73-110 to conform; provide for the staggering of the terms of initial appointments to the Kentucky Board of Certification of Water and Wastewater System Operators; provide for the transfer of documents and the continuity of actions from the Kentucky Board of Certification of Wastewater System Operators and the Kentucky Board of Certification of Water Treatment and Distribution System Operators to the Kentucky Board of Certification of Water and Wastewater System Operators.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/18/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

IMMUNIZATION
(CALLAWAY, EMILY)

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

FIRE PROTECTION
(HODGSON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to fire protection.

Create a new section of KRS 75.100 to 75.260 to require a fire protection district, volunteer fire department district, or subdistrict when making a change to fire protection services involving communications, firefighting resources, or water supply that will likely downgrade fire service ratings to host a public hearing and provide notice of the hearing.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

PRIVACY PROTECTION
(HODGSON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to privacy protection.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 189 to define terms related to automated license plate readers; establish limitations on use and sale of data captured by automated license plate readers; create a new section of KRS Chapter 183 to define terms and establish limitations on the use of an unmanned aircraft system; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to establish a cause of action for the unauthorized use of an unmanned aircraft system; create a new section of KRS Chapter 413 to establish a statute of limitations for an action filed for the unauthorized use of an unmanned aircraft system; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to define terms and establish limitations on "deep fakes"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 413 to establish a statute of limitations for an action filed for the unlawful dissemination of a deep fake; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to define terms and establish limitations on the introduction of identification devices on or within the human body; create a new section of KRS Chapter 413 to establish a statute of limitations for an action filed for introduction of an identification device; create a new section of KRS Chapter 519 to establish a criminal penalty for illegally disseminating a deep fake; amend KRS 508.152, relating to the unlawful use of tracking devices, to include the installation of a tracking device on the person or property of another without their consent and exempt parental tracking of minors from the prohibition. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except provide that captured license plate data may be retained longer than 30 days if it is being used in a criminal or insurance investigation or has become subject to a preservation of evidence notification; provide that any recorded images or data captured by an ALPR may be made available to the National Insurance Crime Bureau or its successor organization; provide that the use of an unmanned aircraft system is not prohibited in the case of recreational or professional use if there is not intent to conduct surveillance on private property and there is no unauthorized use or publication of images of individuals or areas of private property, or in the case of an insurance company for purposes of underwriting a risk or investigating damage; amend the definition of "depicted individual" to remove the language that an individual is identifiable from information displayed in connection with the deep fake; provide that person means a natural person; provide that an unmanned aircraft system may be used by an insurance company or person acting on behalf of an insurance company for purposes of underwriting or investigating damage; change the criteria for being guilty of disseminating a deep fake; exclude from liability a deep fake made for purposes of entertainment; provide that this does not apply to radio or television broadcasting stations paid to broadcast material containing the deep fakes or if they clearly disclose the material is a deep fake; provide that this does not apply to published material that routinely carries news provided it clearly discloses the material is a deep fake.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/7/2024 - (S) reassigned to committee Senate Transportation (S)

RESTORING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
(RAWLINGS, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to restoring religious liberty.

Amend KRS 446.350 to define "government" and "substantially burden"; outline relief that may be sought if statute is violated; apply to laws adopted before or after enaction of this statute; include severability clause; waive sovereign, governmental, and qualified immunity.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/27/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
(FREELAND, CHRIS)

AN ACT relating to emergency medical services and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 311A.030 to remove the classifications of ambulance services, mobile integrated healthcare programs, and medical first response providers; amend KRS 311A.142 to permit an emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, or paramedic in good standing in another state to be eligible for reciprocity at the same level of certification or licensure; amend KRS 142.301, 205.5602, 211.9523, 311A.010, 311A.170, and 405.075 to conform; repeal KRS 311A.185, relating to determination of death by a paramedic; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except make a technical correction relating to paramedic licensure.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

AMEND SECTION 170 OF KENTUCKY CONSTITUTION RELATING TO TAXATION
(MASSARONI, CANDY)

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

PROPERTY TAX HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT relating to the property tax homestead exemption.

Amend KRS 132.810 to remove the requirement that the homestead exemption be construed to mean $6,500 in terms of the purchasing power of the dollar in 1972 and the cost-of-living indexing requirement; require the amount of the homestead exemption to be 50% of the first $250,000 in assessed value for qualifying real property; EFFECTIVE only upon the ratification by voters of an amendment to Section 170 of the Kentucky Constitution.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

AMEND SECTION 170 OF KENTUCKY CONSTITUTION RELATING TO PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to property exempt from taxation.

Propose to amend Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky to remove the $6,500 homestead exemption amount for property taxation and provide the General Assembly the authority to set the amount of the homestead exemption; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

SEX OFFENDERS
(BANTA, KIM)

AN ACT relating to sex offenders.

Amend KRS 17.545 to prohibit a registrant from residing within 3,000 feet of a high school, middle school, elementary school, preschool, publicly owned or leased playground, or licensed daycare facility; provide that the 3,000 feet restriction applies to any person who becomes a registrant after the effective date of this Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

BONDS
(FRAZIER GORDON, DEANNA)

AN ACT relating to bonds.

Amend KRS 431.520 to prohibit individuals who are subject to a protective order under KRS Chapter 403 or 456 from being released on the surety of, or deposit paid by, a person protected by the protective order.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/13/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary (H)

CANNABIS
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to cannabis.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to make possession of a personal use quantity of cannabis exempt from civil or criminal penalty; amend KRS 218A.010 to define "cannabis," "personal use quantity of cannabis," and "cannabis accessory"; amend KRS 218A.1422 regarding cannabis possession to conform; amend KRS 218A.1423 regarding cannabis cultivation to conform; amend KRS 218A.500 regarding drug paraphernalia to exempt personal use cannabis accessories; amend KRS 218A.1421 regarding cannabis trafficking to exempt personal use quantities; amend KRS 138.872 to exclude personal use quantities from the cannabis stamp tax; amend KRS 218A.410 and 533.030 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to allow expungement of certain convictions relating to cannabis and to apply expungement retroactively; EFFECTIVE, in part, January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/2/2024 - Introduced

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Amend KRS 341.370 to prohibit disqualification from benefits for workers unemployed as a result of domestic violence and abuse, dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.530 to charge benefits to pooled account for workers displaced from employment through domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.125 to require the secretary to provide training to personnel who process claims related to domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking and to report to the Legislative Research Commission annually the number of claims paid involving domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.360 to conform; amend KRS 341.550 to prevent benefit payments from pooled account from impacting an employer's experience rating; and create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to direct the secretary of the Education and Labor Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - (H) WITHDRAWN

UNLAWFUL TRADE PRACTICES
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to unlawful trade practices and declaring an emergency.

Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 286.2-685 as a new section of Subtitle 3 of KRS Chapter 286 to make technical amendments; remove prohibition against use of financial institution names in certain marketing and solicitations; establish a civil penalty for violation of section; establish a new section of KRS Chapter 367 to prohibit the use of financial institution names in the marketing and solicitations of persons who are not financial institutions in certain circumstances; make violation of section an unfair, false, misleading, or deceptive trade practice in violation of KRS 367.170; authorize enforcement by the Attorney General and any trade organization representing one or more financial institution industries; establish remedies for violation of section; establish a new section of KRS Chapter 367 to regulate certain real estate service agreements; make recording of certain real estate service agreements a crime and provide penalties for violation of recording prohibition; make violation of section an unfair, false, misleading, or deceptive trade practice in violation of KRS 367.170; authorize enforcement of section by Attorney General; authorize Attorney General to promulgate administrative regulations; amend KRS 324.160 to establish that violation of section regulating real estate service contracts by real estate licensees is improper conduct; provide that the provisions of the Act are severable; RETROACTIVE, in part; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend the definition of "person"; provide attorney's fees and costs and a statutory penalty for a violation of Section 2 of this Act; direct that the Attorney General, any Commonwealth's attorney, or county attorney may enforce Class B misdemeanor penalty under Section 3 of this Act; make technical corrections. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend definition of "financial institution" in Section 2 of this Act; provide that a financial institution may provide consent to marketing material, solicitation, or advertising in written or electronic format; amend definition of "service provider" in Section 3 of this Act. Senate Committee Amendment (1) Amend definition of "financial institution" to make a technical correction.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/4/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

CRIMINAL HISTORIES OF JOB APPLICANTS
(BROWN JR., GEORGE)

AN ACT relating to criminal histories of job applicants.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 344 to prohibit employers from considering or requiring disclosure of prior criminal history as part of the initial job application; provide that the Act may be cited as the Ban the Box - The Criminal Record Employment Discrimination Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

REGULATION OF CANNABIS
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.

Establish KRS Chapter 245, relating to adult use cannabis, to administer its cultivation, processing, transportation, sale, use, taxation, and licensing; define terms; establish the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board and its membership, procedures, powers, and duties; direct the board to promulgate administrative regulations for the administration and enforcement of the chapter; set up advisory committees appointed by the board; create the Department of Cannabis Control within the Public Protection Cabinet for the oversight of cannabis operations and to provide administrative support for the board; establish various one-year business licenses under the chapter; grant administrative hearings under KRS Chapter 13B to appeal a license denial or revocation; forbid an employer from discriminating against applicants or employees who use cannabis outside of working hours as long as the use does not affect job performance; prohibit a person under the age of 21 from purchasing, possessing, consuming, or using cannabis; establish a revolving account called the cannabis fund to collect cannabis licensing fees, fines, excise taxes, and any other funds; form the Social Impact Council as a public agency authorized to distribute moneys from the cannabis fund; set council membership, procedures, powers, and duties; amend KRS 2.015 to require a person to be 21 years of age or older to purchase cannabis and its products and accessories; create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to authorize local governments to levy up to a 5% license fee on the gross receipts of a retailer or microbusiness; allow overlapping local governments to agree to levy a combined license fee, with set fee amounts absent an agreement; create new sections of KRS Chapter 138 to define terms; impose an initial excise tax rate of 9% on the first sale or transfer of harvested cannabis; allow the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board to set the excise tax rate in each subsequent year; establish excise tax reporting, collection, and liability; amend KRS 138.870 and 260.850 to exclude adult use cannabis from the definitions of "controlled substance," "marijuana," "hemp," and "hemp products"; create new sections of KRS 218A and amend KRS 218A.010, 218A.1421, 218A.1422, 218A.1423, and 218A.500 to exempt licensed adult use cannabis activities from criminal marijuana offenses; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to allow a person to petition the court to expunge the person's misdemeanor marijuana convictions; amend KRS 431.079 to exclude the expungement petition from the certification of eligibility requirement; amend KRS 131.1815 to notify the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board if a cannabis licensee is a delinquent taxpayer; amend KRS 600.020 to include cannabis offenses in the list of juvenile status offenses; amend KRS 12.020 to add the governmental entities created in KRS Chapter 245 to the list of executive branch government bodies; set initial terms for members of the Adult Use Cannabis Control Board and Social Impact Council; apply the excise tax beginning on July 1, 2025, and allow cannabis sales beginning on July 1, 2026; Section 35 of Act, relating to expungement, is RETROACTIVE; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2024 - (H) WITHDRAWN

KENTUCKY PUBLIC PENSIONS AUTHORITY
(JOHNSON, DJ)

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

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES
(DOAN, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to housing opportunities.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 100, relating to local planning and zoning, to require local governments to prioritize housing within applicable zones by easing minimum square footage requirements and aesthetic design requirements; facilitating the location of multifamily housing, accessory dwelling units, tiny homes, and manufactured housing; facilitating the permitting and variance process; easing minimum parking requirements, and standards for home occupations; and requiring that zoning laws have a substantial connection to protection of public safety, health, and usage of property; provide legal remedies; set conditions for the construction of the Act; amend KRS 141.435 and 141.437 to conform; provide that the Act may be cited as the Housing Opportunities Made Easier Act or the HOME Act; repeal KRS 100.348, relating to standards for manufactured homes.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

SWIMMING POOLS
(JACKSON, KEVIN)

AN ACT relating to swimming pools and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to define terms; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish a system to designate swimming pools into classifications; establish lifeguard requirements for Class A and Class B pools; require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except redefine "Class A" and "Class B" pools and establish lifeguard requirements for Class A and Class B pools; allow swimming coaches or instructors providing instruction to count as a lifeguard; allow Class A and Class B pools to submit an alternative lifeguard staffing plan; require that all Class A and Class B pools be equipped with an emergency shut-off switch that is accessible to lifeguards and other pool staff. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; create exemption for single-family residences not used in connection with a home occupation or business.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/9/2024 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE

AMEND SECTION 170 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION
(HUFF, THOMAS)

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to property exempt from taxation.

Propose to amend Section 170 of the Constitution of Kentucky to include in the homestead exemption for owners who are 65 years of age or older any increase in the valuation of the real property that is assessed after the later of the year the owner turned 65 or the year the owner purchased the property; apply the exemption to increases in valuation that occur after the date the amendment is ratified by the voters; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

VALUATION OF REAL PROPERTY
(HUFF, THOMAS)

AN ACT relating to the valuation of real property for tax purposes.

Amend KRS 132.810 to require the assessed value of property qualifying for the homestead exemption with an owner who is 65 years of age or older be assessed at a value that is equal to or less than the value of the property in the year the owner turns 65 or the year the owner purchased the property, whichever occurs later; apply to property assessed on or after January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/5/2024 - floor amendment (1) filed

FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE
(BAKER, SHANE)

AN ACT relating to fleeing or evading police.

Amend KRS 520.095 to enhance fleeing or evading police in the first degree to a Class C felony; provide that the defendant shall not be released on probation, shock probation, conditional discharge, or parole until he or she has served at least 50 percent of the sentence imposed; amend KRS 520.100 to enhance fleeing or evading police in the second degree to a Class D felony; provide that the defendant shall not be released on probation, shock probation, conditional discharge, or parole until he or she has served at least 50 percent of the sentence imposed.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

EXECUTIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS
(GRAHAM, DERRICK)

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

PFAS SUBSTANCES
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to establish a PFAS Working Group to research the effect that exposure to PFAS has on health outcomes in the Commonwealth; create new sections of Subchapter 10 of KRS Chapter 224 to define the terms "consumer product," "intentionally added," "PFAS," "product component," and "wastewater treatment facility"'; establish a reporting requirement for manufacturers that intentionally include PFAS in products manufactured for sale or distribution in the Commonwealth; establish a reporting requirement for PFAS releases in the Commonwealth by manufacturers that intentionally include PFAS in manufactured products.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/6/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Health Services (H)

PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to professions and occupations.

Amend KRS 335B.010 to define terms related to licensing and public employment qualifications; amend KRS 335B.020 to narrow the class of offenses to which the chapter applies, to add consideration of the age of the person at the time the crime was committed, the evidence relevant to the circumstances of the crime, and evidence of rehabilitation in making licensure decisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 335B to prohibit disqualifying individuals from pursing a professional license solely due to conviction that has been sealed or expunged, convictions older than five years unless the conviction falls under an exception, or a finding that the applicant lacks good character; amend KRS 335B.030 to require a hiring or licensing authority that denies an individual a professional license due to a prior conviction of a crime to notify the individual in writing of the specific offense that is the basis of the denial, the reasons the offense was determined to directly relate to the duties and responsibilities of the occupation and posed a reasonable threat to public safety, and that the applicant has a right to submit additional information within 30 days which the licensing authority is required to consider; create new sections of KRS 335B to allow a person with a prior conviction of a crime to request an initial determination regarding whether a prior conviction of crime would disqualify the individual from licensure and require that this initial determination is binding on the hiring or licensing authority; require each hiring or licensing authority to publish information on its website pertaining to applicants with a prior conviction of a crime; require each hiring or licensing authority that is authorized to consider the criminal conviction of an applicant to provide an annual report to the Legislative Research Commission; amend various sections of KRS Chapters 309, 317A, and 327 to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Amend KRS 341.370 to prohibit disqualification from benefits for workers unemployed as a result of domestic violence and abuse, dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.530 to charge benefits to pooled account for workers displaced from employment through domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.125 to require the secretary to provide training to personnel who process claims related to domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking and to report to the Legislative Research Commission annually the number of claims paid involving domestic or dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; amend KRS 341.360 to conform; amend KRS 341.550 to prevent benefit payments from pooled account from impacting an employer's experience rating; and create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to direct the secretary of the Education and Labor Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to off-highway vehicles.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 189 to define "off-highway vehicle" or "OHV"; allow the registration of an OHV as a motor vehicle in accordance with KRS 186.050(3)(a); require proof of insurance and the payment of all registration and clerk fees as identified in KRS 186.050(3)(a) and KRS 186.040; allow the Transportation Cabinet or a local government to prohibit OHV operation on roadways under its jurisdiction; provide for nonresident reciprocity; require the Transportation Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations; allow nonresidents to operate an OHV on roadways of the Commonwealth; outline requirements, fees, and length of permit validity; amend KRS 189.515 to specify that that section shall not apply to OHVs that have been registered as a motor vehicle; amend KRS 189.990 to establish penalties; amend KRS 186.010 to specify that OHVs registered under Section 1 or 2 of this Act shall be considered motor vehicles; amend KRS 186A.070 to allow OHVs registered as motor vehicles to operate on roadways of the Commonwealth; repeal KRS 189.281, which allows establishment of a pilot program for off-highway vehicles; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

EMPLOYMENT
(CALLAWAY, EMILY)

AN ACT relating to employment.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 335B.010 to 335B.070 to require hiring and licensing authorities to establish an application process that gives persons convicted of a crime an opportunity to apply for a position of public employment or occupational license before pursuing training; amend KRS 335.020 to add criteria for hiring and licensing authorities to consider when determining if a conviction directly relates to the position of public employment or occupational license sought; amend KRS 335B.030 to require hiring or licensing authorities to request information and allow an applicant a hearing before making a determination of hiring for a position of public employment or granting an occupational license, and provide written findings of fact to the applicant upon determination. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except exclude cities, counties, urban-county governments, charter county governments, consolidated local governments, unified local governments, or any political subdivisions to most requirements of the bill; add a statement of legislative intent. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except include cities, counties, urban-county governments, charter county governments, consolidated local governments, unified local governments, or any political subdivisions of these entities to comply with amended KRS 335.020 which adds criteria for hiring and licensing authorities to consider when determining if a conviction directly relates to the position of public employment sought or the occupation for which the license is sought; restore KRS 335B.030 to original language, except amend to exclude the provision making a conviction for a Class A or B felony, or a felony that would qualify the individual as a registrant pursuant to KRS 17.500, as a rebuttable presumption that a connection exists between a prior conviction and the license being sought; amend the time period for requesting a hearing to ten working days; exclude any branch of state government from the requirements of KRS 335B.030.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/28/2024 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

LIVING WAGE
(HERRON, KETURAH)

AN ACT relating to a living wage.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to require any employer doing business in Kentucky that receives governmental incentives or subsidies to pay its employees a living wage.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

ALCOHOL SALES TO MINORS
(MCPHERSON, SHAWN)

AN ACT relating to the sale of alcohol to minors.

Amend KRS 244.085 to enhance penalties for any person who aids or assists any person under 21 years of age in purchasing or being delivered or served any alcoholic beverage; amend KRS 244.990 to enhance penalties for violations related to retail sales of alcoholic beverages to any person under 21 years of age; establish that the Act may be cited as the Jordan Bratcher and Chance Goostree Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

TAX CREDIT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS
(TACKETT LAFERTY, ASHLEY)

AN ACT relating to a tax credit for volunteer firefighters.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a refundable income tax credit for certain volunteer firefighters; declare the purpose of the credit; require annual reporting to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue to evaluate the impact of the credit; amend KRS 141.0205 to provide the ordering of the credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow confidential tax return information to be shared with the Legislative Research Commission and Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/3/2024 - Introduced

WATER FLUORIDATION PROGRAMS
(HART, MARK)

AN ACT relating to water fluoridation programs.

Amend KRS 211.190 to make water fluoridation programs optional; allow the governing bodies of water systems subject to regulation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to decide whether they participate in water fluoridation programs; provide that a water fluoridation program in place on the effective date of the Act continues until action is taken by its governing body to end its participation; provide that any decision regarding participation in a water fluoridation program made by the governing body of a water system shall be binding on all water systems it supplies.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/27/2024 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

NICOTINE PRODUCTS
(HART, MARK)

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

RETIREMENT BENEFITS
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to retirement benefits for state and county employees in hazardous positions.

Create a new section of KRS 16.505 to 16.652 to change the retirement benefits for members participating in the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) or in a hazardous position in either the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) or County Employees Retirement System (CERS) who are hired after January 1, 2014, but before January 1, 2025, so that, in lieu of continued participation in the hybrid cash balance plan (Tier 3 benefits), these members receive the benefits provided to members in a hazardous position who began participating immediately prior to January 1, 2014 (Tier 2 benefits); for those eligible hazardous employees, create a presumption that service credit in a hazardous position earned after January 1, 2014, is service credit earned immediately prior to January 1, 2014; for eligible hazardous members transitioning to Tier 2, require that accumulated contributions in the hybrid cash balance plan remain in the member’s account, but any employer credit be transferred to the retirement allowance account; allow a member in a hazardous position subject to a change from Tier 3 to Tier 2 benefits to make a one-time election to opt out of the change of benefits within 30 days; establish exclusions; amend KRS 16.576, 16.577, 16.578, 16.582, 61.546, 51.552, 61.597, 61.615, 78.5512, 78.5514, 78.5524, 78.5528, and 78.616 to grant to members in a hazardous position who begin participating after January 1, 2025, or whose participation is presumed under Section 1 to begin immediately prior to January 1, 2014, the same benefits provided to members whose participation began immediately prior to January 1, 2014 (Tier 2 benefits), including death and disability benefits, benefit factors and service credit that includes service credit for unused sick leave, and eligibility for early retirement and service purchases; make technical corrections; amend KRS 16.583 and 78.5516 to limit the hybrid cash balance plan (Tier 3 benefits) only to members participating in SPRS or in hazardous positions in KERS or CERS who make an election to opt out of Tier 2 benefits under Section or who make an election, prior to the effective date of the Act, under KRS 61.5955; amend KRS 61.5955 to provide that only a member in a nonhazardous position who began participating in KERS or CERS as a Tier 2 member may elect to receive Tier 3 benefits in the hybrid cash balance plan in lieu of Tier 2 benefits; amend KRS 16.505, 61.510, and 78.510 to amend definitions of various terms to conform and make technical changes; amend KRS 16.560, 61.575, and 78.640 to allow interest credited on the accounts of members participating in SPRS or in a hazardous position in KERS or CERS to be adjusted to conform; amend KRS 61.592 and 78.5520 to exempt only hazardous members who opt out of receiving Tier 2 benefits from eligibility for an employer payment to convert nonhazardous service to hazardous service; amend KRS 61.680 to require that a member who is eligible under Section 1 and who has nonhazardous service credit as a Tier 3 member of either KERS or CERS to have his or her nonhazardous and hazardous service consolidated to determine eligibility and benefits; amend KRS 78.545 to add Section 1 as one of the provisions that shall be administered for the CERS in the same manner as for the KERS.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2024 - Introduced

PROPERTY TAX RATE LEVIES
(FLEMING, KEN)

AN ACT relating to local property tax rate levies.

Amend KRS 132.017 to define "next regular election" as it pertains to placing on the ballot the question on whether a local property tax rate shall be levied to specify that the election may occur in the same or a subsequent calendar year as the levy; require the question to the voters to be framed to ask whether the voter is for the levy of the property tax rate; make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/19/2024 - filed without Governor's signature with the Secretary of State

AD VALOREM TAXES
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

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)

DEATH IN LINE OF DUTY BENEFITS
(WITTEN, SUSAN)

AN ACT relating to death in the line of duty benefits.

Amend KRS 16.601, 61.621, and 78.5534 to increase minimum line of duty death benefits to a non-spouse beneficiary of a Kentucky Employees Retirement System, County Employees Retirement System, or State Police Retirement System member who was working in an approved hazardous duty position or in a position that could be approved as hazardous duty for retirement purposes; specify the minimum payment to the non-spouse beneficiary shall only be payable if there is no surviving spouse beneficiary and shall be a minimum of a lump-sum payment equal to 36 months of the member's monthly rate of pay; provide that the non-spouse beneficiary may elect the minimum lump-sum payment or any other benefits the non-spouse beneficiary is eligible to receive upon the member's death, but not both.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

SECURITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALCOHOL RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to security requirements at retail establishments licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 244 to define terms; establish preemployment requirements for bouncers; create bouncer training standards; establish agency oversight; amend KRS 244.120 to prohibit consumption of alcohol by a bouncer during work hours; amend KRS 243.500 to allow revocation or suspension of a license for failure to comply with bouncer restrictions; cite this Act as Christopher's Law; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2024 - Introduced

POSTING OF VETERANS' BENEFITS AND SERVICES
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to the posting of veterans' benefits and services.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to require the Kentucky Department of Veterans' Affairs to create and distribute a veterans' benefits and services document to employers and require employers to keep copies of a veterans' benefits and services document in a conspicuous and accessible place.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (H)

HOSPITALS
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to hospitals.

Amend KRS 216B.065 to require the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, or the medical systems thereof, to obtain approval from the General Assembly before acquiring a hospital that requires a license issued under KRS 216B.042.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - Introduced

COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS
(RAYMER, REBECCA)

AN ACT relating to COVID-19 vaccine requirements of minors.

Create a new section of Chapter 214 prohibiting the state, any political subdivision of the state, or any governmental agency from requiring a child to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - Introduced

KENTUCKY BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY
(DOAN, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology.

Abolish the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology by repealing KRS Chapter 317A in its entirety; amend KRS 48.315, 164.945, 165A.310, 309.352, 317.420, and 324B.030 to conform; close the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology trust and agency fund by January 1, 2025; transfer remaining moneys to the general fund; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - Introduced

PARAMEDIC EDUCATION
(TACKETT LAFERTY, ASHLEY)

AN ACT relating to paramedic education and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS 164.740 to 164.7891 to establish a coal-county paramedic scholarship to be administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA); define terms; establish a fund in the State Treasury to be administered by KHEAA for providing coal county paramedic scholarships; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2024 - Introduced

FAMILY CARE LEAVE
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

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

EARNED PAID SICK LEAVE
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to earned paid sick leave.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to require employers to provide earned paid sick leave to employees; provide that employees earn paid sick leave upon the date of hire and can use the leave after being employed for 90 days; set forth allowable uses of accrued earned paid sick leave; designate how notice of need to use earned paid sick leave is provided by employees; amend KRS 337.990 to establish the penalty for employers that fail to follow earned paid sick leave requirements.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - Introduced

RECYCLERS
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to recyclers.

Create a new section of Subchapter 1 of KRS Chapter 224 to define "recycling facility" and require a notice of violation of KRS Chapter 224 by a recycling facility be sent to the local governing body where the facility is located.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2024 - (H) Referred to Committee House Natural Resources & Energy (H)

CERTIFICATE OF NEED
(PROCTOR, MARIANNE)

AN ACT relating to certificate of need.

Amend KRS 216B.015 to amend the definition of "capital expenditure minimum" and define "major medical equipment expenditure minimum"; amend KRS 216B.061 to modify conditions under which a person is prohibited from taking actions without a certificate of need.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - Introduced

CERTIFICATE OF NEED
(PROCTOR, MARIANNE)

AN ACT relating to certificate of need.

Amend KRS 216B.020 to add various health facilities and services to the list of health facilities and services that are exempt from certificate of need requirements; amend KRS 216B.065 to exempt various health facilities and services from acquisition of facilities or major medical equipment notification and certificate of need requirements; amend KRS 216.380 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/21/2024 - floor amendment (1) filed

CERTIFICATE OF NEED
(PROCTOR, MARIANNE)

AN ACT relating to certificate of need.

Amend KRS 216B.040 to require that the Cabinet for Health and Family conduct public hearings on certificate of need applications as requested by applicants for, or holders of, certificates of need and licenses; amend KRS 216B.062 to require that notice be given on the right of only applicants to request a hearing; amend KRS 216B.085 to require that only the applicant may request a public hearing within 15 days of a cabinet decision regarding an application; require that notice of the public hearing be given only to the applicant; require that only the applicant have the right to be represented by counsel at the public hearing; require that the cabinet notify only the applicant of the decision and that the decision is final unless a request for reconsideration is filed by only the applicant; amend KRS 216B.090 to permit only the applicant to request a hearing for purposes of reconsideration of the cabinet; amend KRS 216B.095 to delete notice of a cabinet decision regarding a request for a nonsubstantive review to any affected party; amend KRS 216B.115 to permit an appeal to the Franklin Circuit Court by the applicant of any final decision of the cabinet regarding an application to be made .

  CURRENT STATUS

3/21/2024 - committee vote - failed 3-13-2

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(HERRON, KETURAH)

AN ACT relating to controlled substances.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 211 to establish a program for harm reduction centers; amend possession of controlled substance statutes to reduce penalties; amend KRS 218A.275 to provide for referrals to treatment for persons charged with possession of controlled substances; amend KRS 218A.500 to decriminalize possession of items to test, store, or consume controlled substances; amend KRS 218A.992, 533.274, 431.078, 218A 275, and 218A.010 to conform; repeal KRS 218A.14151, 218A.1450, 218A.1451, 218A.1452, 27.099, and 218A.276; EFFECTIVE, in part, August 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/9/2024 - Introduced

MENTAL HEALTH OF FIRST RESPONDERS
(WESLEY, BILL)

AN ACT relating to the mental health of first responders.

Amend KRS 95A.292 to allow rescue squad members to participate in the Alan "Chip" Terry Professional Development and Wellness Program; and create a new section of KRS Chapter 39F to direct the Division of Emergency Management and the Kentucky Fire Commission to enter into an agreement to ensure that rescue squad members have access to the program. House Floor Amendment (1) Add new Section 3 to provide the Act may be cited as Gavin's rights.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/28/2024 - received in Senate

SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT TO RECIPIENTS OF A MONTH RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE
(GRAHAM, DERRICK)

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

EMPLOYMENT SCHEDULES
(BURKE, LINDSEY)

AN ACT relating to employment schedules.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 requiring employers to give employees a good-faith schedule of hours to be worked, to have a voluntary standby list of employees who wish to work additional hours, to post weekly schedules at least seven days in advance, and to provide certain rest periods for employees from being scheduled; allow employees to identify time limitations for scheduling work hours; require compensation for employer changes to the schedule; set forth unlawful practices; amend KRS 337.990 to establish a penalty for violations.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/11/2024 - Introduced

NAMING OF ROADS AND BRIDGES
(DOAN, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to the naming of roads and bridges.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 177 to establish the procedures for the Transportation Cabinet and local governments to enter into a lease agreement with private entities for the naming rights of roads or bridges and for the installation of signage.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/11/2024 - Introduced

REINSTATEMENT OF POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to reinstatement of police and fire department employees.

Amend KRS 95.440 to remove the requirement that a person shall only be eligible for reinstatement to a police or fire department within one year following separation from employment.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

LOW-SPEED VEHICLES
(RAYMER, REBECCA)

AN ACT relating to low-speed vehicles and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 189.282, regarding low-speed vehicles, to expressly exempt low-speed vehicles which meet the standards of 49 C.F.R. sec. 571.500 from any other federal motor vehicle safety standards or any of the equipment provisions of KRS Chapter 189 that are not applicable; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/25/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Transportation (S)

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS
(WITTEN, SUSAN)

AN ACT relating to animal control officers.

Create a new section of KRS 258.095 to 258.500 to require animal control officers to receive training on recognizing child abuse; amend KRS 620.030 to add animal control officers to the list of people with a duty to report dependency, neglect, or abuse of a child; provide that the Act may be cited as Kyan's Law.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2024 - Introduced

CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPONS
(MADDOX, SAVANNAH)

AN ACT relating to concealed deadly weapons.

Amend KRS 237.109 to lower the age requirement for carrying a concealed and deadly weapon from 21 to 18; amend KRS 237.110 to conform and make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/16/2024 - Introduced

AMENDING 2022-2024 EXECUTIVE BRANCH BUDGET
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT amending the 2022-2024 State/Executive Branch biennial budget, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Amend the 2022-2024 State/Executive Branch biennial budget to implement a cap for disaster or emergency aid funds under the Military Affairs budget unit in fiscal year 2023-2024 and for the necessary government expense under the Adult Correctional Institutions budget unit in fiscal year 2023-2024; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; amend the 2022-2024 State/Executive Branch biennial budget to implement a cap for disaster or emergency aid funds under the Military Affairs budget unit in fiscal year 2023-2024 and for the necessary government expense under the Adult Correctional Institutions budget unit in fiscal year 2023-2024; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/8/2024 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

TRANSPORTATION CABINET APPROPRIATIONS
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT relating to appropriations providing financing and conditions for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the Transportation Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Transportation Cabinet Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, Funds Transfer; detail Part IV, Transportation Cabinet Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION. House Committee Substitute (1) The Transportation Cabinet Budget: Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, Funds Transfer; detail Part IV, Transportation Cabinet Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION. Senate Committee Substitute (1) The Transportation Cabinet Budget: Retain, delete, and add to original provisions; detail Part I, Operating Budget; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, Funds Transfer; detail Part IV, Transportation Cabinet Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/12/2024 - Delivered to Secretary of State

BROADBAND EQUITY ACCESS AND DEPLOYMENT PROGRAM
(BRAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to providing for the authorization of the Office of Broadband Development to implement the federal Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections in KRS Chapter 224A to establish the Broadband Equity Access and Development Program (BEAD) within the Office of Broadband Development; define terms; require the Office of Broadband Development to create and administer the BEAD Program; establish program application requirements; create the BEAD fund, EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except require the Office of Broadband Development to prioritize BEAD Program funds for delivery to the last mile of unserved areas consistent with the federal requirements; make technical changes; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; make technical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/4/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

WORKFORCE HOUSING LOAN POOL FUND
(RUDY, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to create a workforce housing loan pool fund and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 198A to create the workforce housing loan pool fund to be administered by the Kentucky Housing Corporation to provide construction loans to qualifying entities for certain housing projects; specify application process; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/26/2024 - Introduced

ABANDONED INFANTS
(TATE, NANCY)

AN ACT relating to abandoned infants.

Amend KRS 405.075 to change the definition of "newborn safety device" related to the continuous staffing requirement. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 156.095 to require information on the Safe Haven Baby Boxes Crisis Line to be posted in public schools.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/17/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
(WILLIAMS, WADE)

AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 508, 509, 510, 520, and 525 to provide that any person convicted of an offense under those chapters, who was armed with a firearm during the commission of the offense and in furtherance of the offense, shall be subject to an enhanced penalty; amend KRS 519.055 to provide for an enhanced penalty when the person was armed with a firearm at the time of the commission of the offense; amend KRS 520.050 to provide for an enhanced penalty when the dangerous contraband is a deadly weapon; amend KRS 527.110 to provide an enhanced penalty; amend KRS 439.3401 to expand the definition of "violent offender" to include a Class B or Class C felony where the offender was armed with a firearm during the commission of the offense and in furtherance of the offense, impersonating a peace officer where the offender was armed with a firearm, promoting contraband in the first degree where the dangerous contraband is a deadly weapon, and unlawfully providing a handgun to a juvenile; provide that offenders convicted of a Class B or Class C felony where the offender was armed with a firearm during the commission of the offense and in furtherance of the offense, impersonating a peace officer where the offender was armed with a firearm, promoting contraband in the first degree where the dangerous contraband is a deadly weapon, and unlawfully providing a handgun to a juvenile shall not be released on probation or parole until he or she has served at least 85% of the sentence imposed.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

WAGE THEFT
(CAMUEL, ADRIELLE)

AN ACT relating to wage theft.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 514 to prohibit theft of wages; define terms and establish penalties; amend KRS 336.080 to permit the secretary to enter places of employment without unreasonable delay; amend KRS 337.020 to allow the commissioner to charge and collect past due wages; amend KRS 337.070 to require certain employers to include rate of pay, number of hours worked, the total amount of gross pay earned on wage statements provided to employees; amend KRS 337.320 to require employers to keep certain records for three years; create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to require employers to provide to an employee a written notice at the time of hire that sets forth employment terms; amend KRS 337.990 to include a civil penalty for failure to provide the written notice to employee and maintain a copy of the signed notice.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

DNA
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to deoxyribonucleic acid.

Amend KRS 17.169 to include local law enforcement as persons authorized to collect DNA samples; define "rapid DNA instruments"; amend KRS 17.170 to provide for the collection of DNA samples at arrest or initial appearance from all persons charged with a felony offense; allow for collection of a second DNA sample by approved local governments to be processed via Rapid DNA instruments; amend KRS 17.175 to provide that a person may request expungement of the record of his or her DNA in certain enumerated circumstances; amend KRS 64.060 to establish a $5 payment from the State Treasury to the collecting agency for each DNA sample collected; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/13/2024 - House Judiciary (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Annex 149

RISK PROTECTION ORDERS
(CHESTER-BURTON, BEVERLY)

AN ACT relating to risk protection orders.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 237 to define terms; allow enumerated persons to petition a District Court to issue an order prohibiting a person from purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm if the person is or has been diagnosed with or treated for a mental condition that causes or is likely to cause impairment in judgment, perception, or impulse control to an extent that presents an unreasonable risk to public health, safety, or welfare if the person were in possession or control of a firearm; establish that a violation of an order is a Class A misdemeanor; amend KRS 237.104 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPONS
(MADDOX, SAVANNAH)

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

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to employment discrimination.

Amend KRS 344.040, 344.050, 344.060, 344.070, 344.080, 344.100, and 344.110 to add protections against discrimination based on weight.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

KENTUCKY PUBLIC PENSIONS AUTHORITY
(JOHNSON, DJ)

AN ACT relating to reorganization of the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority.

Amend KRS 61.505 to establish the Office of Financial Management and the Office of Benefits within the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority; amend KRS 12.020 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/17/2024 - Introduced

KRATOM
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to kratom.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 217 to define terms related to kratom; direct the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to license and regulate processors and retailers of kratom products; charge kratom processors an annual licensing fee of $1,000 and kratom retailers an annual licensing fee of $500; prohibit the manufacture and sale of certain kratom extracts and kratom products; prohibit the sale of kratom extracts and kratom products to any individuals under 21 years of age; establish penalties; declare the supremacy of any future federal regulations on kratom. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions except delete requirements for the licensure of kratom processors and kratom retailers; requirement for a certificate of analysis; requirement that kratom extracts and kratom products contain a label that includes a QR code; establish the Department for Public Health as the state agency responsible for regulating kratom. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 217 to declare the supremacy of any future federal regulations related to kratom.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/4/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

TEMPORARY STRUCTURES
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to temporary structures.

Amend KRS 198B.050 to exempt temporary structures from building code compliance if erected by or for a state or government agency, city, or municipality. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; require a temporary structure be inspected and brought into compliance or removed after six months.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/25/2024 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

ESTABLISHMENT OF MINIMUM WAGES
(AULL, CHAD)

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

EDUCATION
(BAKER, SHANE)

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

BUILDING CODE VIOLATIONS
(CALLOWAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to building code violations.

Amend KRS 198B.130 to establish criteria for a violation for deviation from the Uniform State Building Code.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2024 - Introduced

LOBBYING
(RABOURN, FELICIA)

AN ACT relating to lobbying.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 48 to prohibit a public agency or any other entity created by an act of the General Assembly from using public funds for lobbying activity or to employ or enter into a contract with a lobbyist; define terms; exempt public agency employees who perform lobbying activities as part of their fiduciary duties; create a new section of KRS Chapter 61 to prohibit a public agency from using public funds for lobbying activity or to employ or contract with a lobbyist; define terms; exempt public agency employees who perform lobbying activities as part of their fiduciary duties; create new sections of KRS 6.601 to 6.849 to permit a person to file a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission if a public agency or entity created by an act of the General Assembly is using public funds to hire a lobbyist or for lobbying activity; require the commission to transfer a complaint to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission if the alleged violator is an employee of the executive branch of state government; require a public agency to report to the Legislative Ethics Commission if the agency procures a contract with a legislative agent to engage in federal lobbying or uses federal funds to employ or procure a contract with a legislative agent or as part of compensation or salary of an employee to engage in lobbying activity on behalf of the agency; require the report to be filed within 30 days of the decision to engage in federal lobbying activity or use federal funds to engage in lobbying activity; require all public agencies to submit to the Auditor of Public Accounts and State Treasurer a list of all contracts they have procured with a legislative agency for all types of lobbying activity, regardless of the source of funds, by June 30 each year; allow the Attorney General, Commonwealth's attorney, county attorney, or their designee to investigate violations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from employing or contracting with a lobbyist or using public funds to employ or contract with a lobbyist; allow a president of the public postsecondary institution to lobby on behalf of the institution in his or her fiduciary capacity; amend KRS 6.611 to include as lobbying any public agency to hire or procure a contract with a public relations, media, or social media company to indirectly promote, advocate, or oppose passage of any legislation or action taken by the General Assembly, the Governor, the secretary of any cabinet or any staff members; amend KRS 6.691 to allow the Legislative Ethics Commission to issue a fine of not less than $2,000 but not more than $10,000 to any public agency that uses public funds for lobbying purposes; amend KRS 6.945 to provide that the lobbying restrictions are not affected by the requirements of Section 1 or 2 of this Act; amend KRS 61.990 to provide that an officer or employee of a public agency who intentionally violates the lobbying restrictions shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense, and a Class D felony for any subsequent offenses; amend KRS 11A.201 to conform; provide that the Act may be cited as the Bye Bye BULL Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2024 - Introduced

NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to nondisclosure agreements.

Create a new section in KRS Chapter 336 to prohibit an employer from conditioning employment or employment benefits on an employee signing types of nondisclosure agreements related to unlawful acts in the workplace; clarify statutory construction; create a new section of KRS Chapter 372 to prohibit nondisclosure clauses related to harassment in settlement agreements in civil and administrative actions with exceptions.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2024 - Introduced

COMMUNITY RESTORATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to the community restoration incentive program.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish the community restoration tax credit for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2025, but before January 1, 2029, for financial institutions making loans to a community development financial institution; establish the annual credit cap at $20 million; require the Department of Revenue to report tax credit data to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Legislative Research Commission to receive confidential data about the community restoration tax credit from the Department of Revenue.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2024 - Introduced

VEGETATION AROUND RAIL ROAD CROSSINGS
(TATE, NANCY)

AN ACT relating to vegetation around railroad crossings and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 277 to require railroad companies to destroy or remove obstructive vegetation upon and within the geographical bounds of its right-of-way at each intersection with a public road or highway; require the Transportation Cabinet to destroy or remove obstructive vegetation when a railroad company fails to do so; require the railroad company to reimburse the Transportation Cabinet for costs of the removal; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2024 - Introduced

MEDICAL OVERSIGHT AND ADVISORY BOARD
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT relating to the establishment of the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Board of the Kentucky General Assembly and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 7A to define terms; establish the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Board of the Kentucky General Assembly to review, analyze, study, evaluate, provide legislative oversight, and make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding any aspect of the Kentucky Medicaid Program; establish board membership, authority, and duties; amend KRS 7A.010, 7A.140, 7A.150, and 7A.180 to conform; EMERGENCY. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend a new section increasing the non-legislative board by two members and allowing the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate to each select a representative of a managed care organization.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2024 - received in Senate

KENTUCKY CYBER PROGRAM
(IMES, MARY BETH)

AN ACT relating to the KentuckyCYBER Program and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 164 to establish the Kentucky Cybersecurity (KentuckyCYBER) Program and governing board within the Council on Postsecondary Education; establish the purpose and duties of KentuckyCYBER Governing Board; create the KentuckyCYBER fund; APPROPRIATION. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend the purpose of the KentuckyCYBER program and the members of the KentuckyCYBER board within the Council on Postsecondary Education; amend the KentuckyCYBER fund to add a contingency on allocated funds.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/12/2024 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

CIVIL PROCEDURE
(ELLIOTT, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to civil procedure.

Amend KRS 337.385 to establish a statute of limitations of two years for wage and hour violations, and three years in the case of willful violations; amend KRS 413.125 to establish a statute of limitations of two years for a violation of KRS Chapter 344, relating to civil rights, and for actions against an employer for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except delete Section 2; create a new section of KRS Chapter 413 to establish a statute of limitations of three years for actions against an employer for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy and for a violation of KRS Chapter 344, relating to civil rights; further amend KRS 337.385 to increase the limitation period from two years to three years; amend KRS 454.210 to expand personal jurisdiction of courts over nonresidents. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except amend Section 1 to provide a three year statute of limitations for violating KRS 344.030 to 344.110 or KRS 344.372.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/10/2024 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE

CANCER DETECTION IN FIREFIGHTERS
(FRAZIER GORDON, DEANNA)

AN ACT relating to cancer detection in firefighters, and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 95A.262 to permit the Kentucky Fire Commission to establish a reimbursement program for cancer screenings for firefighters.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/9/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

PUBLIC CONTRACTS
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to public contracts.

Create new sections of KRS Chapters 45A, 56, and 65 to require that state and local contracts contain a provision that any iron, steel, aluminum, or manufactured goods used in all state and local projects be manufactured in the United States unless a waiver is granted; amend KRS Chapters 45A.343, 45A.352, 65.027, 1