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Legislative Report June 29, 2022
Prepared by: Alayna Lofgren
Bill Information
EXECUTIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS
(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; appropriate to General Government: 2021-2022: $925,391,000, 2022-2023: $2,450,394,100, 2023-2024: $1,945,550,500; appropriate to the Economic Development Cabinet: 2021-2022: $631,100, 2022-2023: $42,311,100, 2023-2024: $43,841,800; appropriate to the Department of Education: 2021-2022: $4,038,300, 2022-2023: $6,272,487,700, 2023-2024: $6,338,219,700; appropriate to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,302,200, 2022-2023: $226,803,000, 2023-2024: $228,602,800; appropriate to the Energy and Environment Cabinet: 2021-2022: $7,288,800, 2022-2023: $286,829,000, 2023-2024: $293,691,700; appropriate to the Finance and Administration Cabinet: 2021-2022: $144,212,800, 2022-2023: $973,840,400, 2023-2024: $983,730,600; appropriate to the Health and Family Services Cabinet: 2021-2022: $829,642,400, 2022-2023: $19,075,453,600, 2023-2024: $19,366,023,400; appropriate to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet: 2021-2022: $29,301,600, 2022-2023: $1,404,716,500, 2023-2024: $1,426,598,900; appropriate to the Labor Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,206,200, 2022-2023: $566,497,600, 2023-2024: $546,164,200; appropriate to the Personnel Cabinet: 2021-2022: $857,800, 2022-2023: $160,656,600, 2023-2024: $156,161,800; appropriate to Postsecondary Education: 2021-2022: $1,067,800, 2022-2023: $11,925,169,400, 2023-2024: $16,130,308,100; appropriate to the Public Protection Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,857,700, 2022-2023: $134,773,200, 2023-2024: $136,708,300; appropriate to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet: 2021-2022: $25,708,200, 2022-2023: $306,414,300, 2023-2024: $322,190,100; not included in the appropriation amounts are capital project amounts as follows: 2021-2022: $4,739,000, 2022-2023: $12,585,526,731, 2023-2024: $905,877,600; 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: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to General Government: 2021-2022: $925,391,000, 2022-2023: $2,349,809,300, 2023-2024: $1,863,025,000; appropriate to the Economic Development Cabinet: 2021-2022: $631,100, 2022-2023: $132,311,100, 2023-2024: $33,841,800; appropriate to the Department of Education: 2021-2022: $4,038,300, 2022-2023: $6,313,758,800, 2023-2024: $6,379,490,800; appropriate to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,302,200, 2022-2023: $229,303,000, 2023-2024: $231,102,800; appropriate to the Energy and Environment Cabinet: 2021-2022: $7,288,800, 2022-2023: $286,829,000, 2023-2024: $293,691,700; appropriate to the Finance and Administration Cabinet: 2021-2022: $144,212,800, 2022-2023: $973,840,400, 2023-2024: $983,730,600; appropriate to the Health and Family Services Cabinet: 2021-2022: $836,882,400, 2022-2023: $19,089,934,000, 2023-2024: $19,380,503,800; appropriate to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet: 2021-2022: $29,301,600, 2022-2023: $1,404,762,600, 2023-2024: $1,426,649,300; appropriate to the Labor Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,206,200, 2022-2023: $878,497,600, 2023-2024: $546,164,200; appropriate to the Personnel Cabinet: 2021-2022: $857,800, 2022-2023: $160,656,600, 2023-2024: $156,161,800; appropriate to Postsecondary Education: 2021-2022: $1,067,800, 2022-2023: $11,067,225,800, 2023-2024: $13,538,315,700; appropriate to the Public Protection Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,857,700, 2022-2023: $134,773,200, 2023-2024: $136,708,300; appropriate to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet: 2021-2022: $25,708,200, 2022-2023: $306,414,300, 2023-2024: $322,190,100; not included in the appropriation amounts are capital project amounts as follows: 2021-2022: $4,739,000, 2022-2023: $12,777,860,000, 2023-2024: $1,685,034,000; 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: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to General Government: 2021-2022: $239,977,500, 2022-2023: $2,445,494,600, 2023-2024: $2,274,819,000; appropriate to the Economic Development Cabinet: 2021-2022: $631,100, 2022-2023: $93,681,600, 2023-2024: $33,890,100; appropriate to the Department of Education: 2021-2022: $878,000, 2022-2023: $43,360,800, 2023-2024: $43,583,100; appropriate to the Education and Labor Cabinet: 2021-2022: $8,508,400, 2022-2023: $825,152,400, 2023-2024: $778,864,600; appropriate to the Energy and Environment Cabinet: 2021-2022: $7,288,800, 2022-2023: $393,499,400, 2023-2024: $420,896,200; appropriate to the Finance and Administration Cabinet: 2021-2022: $147,931,200, 2022-2023: $986,801,300, 2023-2024: $1,007,003,200; appropriate to the Health and Family Services Cabinet: 2021-2022: $763,745,400, 2022-2023: $19,087,141,300, 2023-2024: $19,324,720,000; appropriate to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet: 2021-2022: $31,801,600, 2022-2023: $1,458,856,800, 2023-2024: $1,474,716,100; appropriate to the Personnel Cabinet: 2021-2022: $857,800, 2022-2023: $150,240,400, 2023-2024: $145,906,200; appropriate to Postsecondary Education: 2021-2022: $1,067,800, 2022-2023: $11,079,364,100, 2023-2024: $13,585,333,500; appropriate to the Public Protection Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,857,700, 2022-2023: $317,164,500, 2023-2024: $141,803,700; appropriate to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet: 2021-2022: $125,708,200, 2022-2023: $320,285,800, 2023-2024: $576,918,000; appropriate to the Budget Reserve Trust Fund: 2022-2023: $250,000,000; not included in the appropriation amounts are capital project amounts as follows: 2021-2022: $16,739,000, 2022-2023: $12,262,048,000, 2023-2024: $2,752,444,000; 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.

  RECENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 199)

4/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

4/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

Position

Assess and Monitor

DISASTER RECOVERY AND RELIEF
(HEATH, RICHARD)

AN ACT relating to fiscal matters providing funding for disaster recovery and relief, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate moneys to the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergenies (SAFE) fund; create a new section of KRS Chapter 39A to create the West Kentucky SAFE fund; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
House Committee Substitute 1: Retain original provisions; make a technical correction.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 2)

1/12/2022 - delivered to Governor

1/12/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

REVENUE MEASURES
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT relating to revenue measures and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 141.020 to reduce the individual income tax rate to 4% for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, and provide a further rate reduction in future years if certain thresholds of total general fund receipts are exceeded, provide that the tax rate shall not exceed a reduction of more than one percentage point in a calendar year, and eliminate the tax credit for a fiduciary and an estate; amend KRS 139.010 to define terms; amend KRS 139.200 to impose sales tax on certain services; amend KRS 139.482 to remove the exemption of sales and use tax on charges for admission to historical sites; amend KRS 139.310 to impose the use tax on certain services; amend KRS 139.340 to conform; amend KRS 139.470 to only allow an exemption of residential utilities for the resident's place of domicile, lower the de minimis threshold to $3,000 for the selling of certain services; amend KRS 281.010 to define terms; amend KRS 281.630 to require a peer-to-peer car sharing certificate; create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to impose an excise on the privilege of providing a motor vehicle for sharing or for rent within the Commonwealth; amend KRS 138.462 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 139 to exclude the gross receipts from the additional taxable services imposed if derived from a contract executed on or before the date of introduction; create a new section of KRS Chapter 91A to define terms; amend various section of KRS Chapter 91A to conform; amend KRS 155.440 to define terms; amend KRS 153.450 to conform; amend KRS 142.400 to define terms; amend KRS 65.060 to conform; amend KRS 45A.077 to extend the time that a public-private partnership may be established without approval by the General Assembly; amend KRS 131.130 to prohibit the Department of Revenue from collecting any consumer debt owed for health care goods and services; create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to impose a tax on electric vehicle power distributed in this state by an electric vehicle power dealer; amend KRS 186.050 to require the county clerk to collect the battery reclamation and mitigation fees; create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to impose the battery reclamation and mitigation fees on an electric vehicle or a hybrid vehicle; provide various revenue measures for the operation of certain state agencies, the exemption of state and local tax on water withdrawal fees, and the deposit of certain taxes; provide if any provision is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect the other provisions. House Committee Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except modify the thresholds for a further rate reduction for income tax purposes and make various technical corrections; amend KRS 131.400 to require the Department of Revenue and the Finance and Administration Cabinet to procure services for a tax amnesty program or to conduct the tax amnesty program; amend KRS 131.410, 131.420, 131.425, 131.435, 131.440, and 131.445 to conform; amend KRS 68.200 to make conforming changes related to the license fee imposed by certain local jurisdictions related to peer-to-peer car sharing; amend KRS 143.022 to extend the refund process for coal subject to tax, but exported outside of North America; amend KRS 141.010 to update the Internal Revenue Code reference date to December 31, 2021, with certain exceptions; amend KRS 139.730 to require coordinators of festivals or similar events to provide the Department of Revenue a list of vendors selling at the event; create a new section of KRS Chapter 136 to reinstate the requirement for declaration of estimated taxes related to insurance premiums tax; effective January 1, 2023; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1)

  RECENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 212)

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
(MCCOY, CHAD)

AN ACT relating to educational opportunities and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 160.1590 to include definitions for "district of location", "private postsecondary institution", "proportionate per pupil basis", "proportionate per pupil transported basis"; change the definition of "authorizer" to include public and private postsecondary institution, the Kentucky Public Charter School Commission, the Kentucky Board of Education, and certain nonprofit entities; remove definitions for "achievement academy", "regional achievement academy", "regional achievement zone", and "start-up public charter school; amend KRS 160.1591 to allow nonresident enrollment, allow enrollment lottery to consider siblings, and remove regional achievement zones; amend KRS 160.1592 to require public charter schools to record student enrollment and attendance data in a manner necessary to participate in the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) fund; amend KRS 160.1593 to require public charter school applications to outline resident and nonresident enrollment policies, explain how the school’s proposed education program will serve students with individualized education programs or provide career readiness education opportunities, and require a memorandum of understanding with the district of location if the district has a total student enrollment of 5,000 or less; amend KRS 160.1594 to require any authorizer to establish an annual timeline for the application process, allow authorizers to give preference to applications that provide career readiness education opportunities, change the application process to allow for seeking an extension for curing deficiencies identified by the authorizer, and make changes to the review process; amend KRS 160.1595 to allow appeals to the Kentucky Public Charter School Commission in addition to the Kentucky Board of Education, require either to provide technical assistance to a charter applicant upon request, and modify appellate procedures; amend KRS 160.1596 to establish public charter schools as schools within an authorizing district for state and local funding purposes, establish public charter schools as local education agencies for federal funding purposes, establish terms for students enrolled in a public charter school to be included in the average daily attendance and transportation calculations of the district of location, establish a calculation to identify the amount of funding for a district of location to transfer to public charter schools, require public charter schools to provide services if funding received is tied to providing a service, establish how funding a collaborative's public charter school shall be determined, establish how data will be developed to provide funding during the public charter school's first year of operation, provide a transfer mechanism with authorizer fees and penalty provisions, determine how the Kentucky Board of Education shall develop a schedule for the transfer of funds, make public charter schools eligible for federal and state grants, require the commissioner of education to apply for all federal funding that supports charter school initiatives, determine the distribution of public charter school assets upon closure, and authorize the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate regulations for the calculation and distribution of funds to public charter schools; amend KRS 160.1597 to permit a charter contract to range from 5 to 7 years; amend KRS 160.1598 and 160.1599 to conform; amend KRS 161.141 to require a public charter school participate in the state-sponsored health insurance program, require any on behalf payment made by the state for local public employees or school district employees also be made for public charter school employees, require public charter schools to make employer contributions to retirement systems in the same manner as school districts, limit the accrual to sick leave credit for public charter school employees to the same limits as the authorizing district, and require employees of education service providers to have the same certifications and background checks as public charter school employees; create a new section of KRS 160.1590 to 160.1599 to establish the Kentucky Public Charter School Commission and its composition, authority, and operations; amend KRS 18.225, 161.220, and 78.510 to conform; provide that any provision of this Act is severable; establish the General Assembly’s intent that if KRS 141.500 to 141.901 is held unconstitutional due to the provisions of KRS 141.504, then the remedy should be to make those provisions applicable to all counties; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original language, except remove postsecondary education institutions, Kentucky Public Charter School Commission, the Kentucky Board of Education, and qualifying nonprofit organizations as authorizers; define "urban academy"; establish food program requirements at public charter schools; delete the Kentucky Public Charter School Commission; exempt urban academies from the memorandum of understanding requirement if all independent school districts in a county enroll greater than 7,500; provide that districts are not obligated to provide transportation to public charter school students if the school does not provide services; delete changes to charter contract terms; establish the Kentucky Public Charter School Pilot Project; identify pilot project authorizers; require at least one charter authorization; require pilot authorizers to submit reports; require the Office of Education Accountability to review the performance of pilot public charter schools; remove language concerning education opportunity accounts; remove emergency clause.

  RECENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 213)

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

PRE-SESSION FILING OF BILLS
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

AN ACT relating to the pre-session filing of bills.

Amend KRS 7.090 to remove the ability of interim joint committees to pre-file bills; repeal KRS 6.245, relating to pre-session filing of bills.

  RECENT STATUS

4/1/2022 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE; (Acts Ch. 74)

3/21/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/21/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

PROHIBITING CERTAIN CONCEPTS FROM CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION
(FISCHER, JOSEPH M.)

AN ACT relating to public education and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 158.183 to require a local board of education or board of a public charter school to ensure that no public school or public charter school offers any classroom instruction or discussion that incorporates designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion; provide that a school district employee that violates the prohibition is subject to disciplinary action; authorize the Attorney General to enforce the prohibition; authorize a penalty of $5,000 for each day a violation persists after the Attorney General issues notification that a violation has occurred; require the commissioner of education to deduct the penalty from funds distributed to a school district; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to provide that no student enrolled at a public postsecondary education institution shall be required to engage in any form of mandatory gender or sexual diversity training or counseling; title the Act the "Education Non-Discrimination Act"; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

6/1/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Oppose

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT RELATING TO TERMS FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(BANTA, KIM)

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 32 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to terms of members of the General Assembly.

Propose to amend Section 32 of the Constitution of Kentucky to prevent Senators from serving more than four terms of office, not including partial terms of two years or less, and to prevent members of the House of Representatives from serving more than six terms of office, not including partial terms of two years or less, beginning with those elected in November 2024; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

6/2/2021 - Pre-Filed

PROHIBITED PUBLIC SCHOOL INSTRUCTION
(LOCKETT, MATT)

AN ACT relating to prohibited instruction and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 158.183 to require a local board of education or board of a public charter school to ensure that no public school or public charter school offers any classroom instruction or discussion that promotes designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion; provide that a school district employee that violates the prohibition is subject to disciplinary action; amend KRS 164.348 to prohibit classroom instruction or discussion that incorporates designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion at public postsecondary education institutions; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

6/4/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Oppose

PROHIBITING GOVERNMENTAL VACCINE PASSPORTS
(REED, BRANDON)

AN ACT relating to SARS-CoV-2 documentation.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 61 to prohibit a governmental body from requiring persons to provide vaccine passports to enter or obtain service from the governmental body; create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to prohibit a school from requiring persons to provide vaccine passports to enter or obtain service from the school; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit a university board from requiring persons to provide vaccine passports to enter or obtain service from the university; create a new section of KRS Chapter 214 to prohibit a business entity from requiring persons to provide vaccine passports to enter or obtain service from the business entity; create a new section of KRS Chapter 214 to allow the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to impose of fine not to exceed $5,000 per violation of this Act.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

6/10/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Assess and Monitor

PROHIBITING BIOLOGICAL MALES FROM PARTICIPATING IN GIRLS ATHLETICS
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT relating to athletics.

Amend KRS 156.070 to require KHSAA to promulgate administrative regulations or bylaws requiring schools to designate all interscholastic athletics based upon the biological sex of the students eligible to participate; prohibit male students from participating in girls' athletics; establish how to designate biological sex; prohibit designated agencies from entertaining complaints or investigations of policies; create a cause of action against a school that violates these provisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require a public postsecondary education institution or private postsecondary education institution that is a member of a national intercollegiate athletic association to designate all intercollegiate and intramural athletics authorized by the institution based on biological sex of students eligible to participate; require that institutions prohibit male students from participating in womens' athletics; prohibit designated agencies from entertaining complaints or investigations of policies; create a cause of action against a postsecondary institution that violates these provisions; title the Act "Fairness in Womens' Sports Act."

  RECENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

3/10/2022 - Returned to Rules

3/10/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HCS 1, HFA 1 and HFA 2

Position

Assess and Monitor

STATE BENEFITS FOR LGBTQ VETERANS
(MINTER, PATTI)

AN ACT relating to state benefits for veterans.

Amend KRS 12.245, 12.354, 14A.1-070, 16.040, 40.010, 40.310, 40.650, 42.0146, 148.0211, 158.105, 158.140, 161.048, 164.512, 164.515, 186.041, and 186.416 to make certain LGBTQ and qualifying veterans eligible for state veterans' benefits.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

6/17/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Assess and Monitor

PROHIBITING PUBLIC ENTITIES FROM REQUIRING IMMUNIZATION DISCLOSURE
(MADDOX, SAVANNAH)

AN ACT relating to immunization disclosure.

Create a new section in KRS Chapter 336 to prohibit public entity employers from requiring employees and applicants from disclosing his or her immunization status; create a new section in KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit postsecondary schools from requiring a student, staff, or faculty member to disclose his or her immunization status; amend KRS 344.120 to include the discrimination on the basis of "immunization status" as an unlawful practice; create a new section in KRS Chapter 365 to prohibit a business from requiring customers to disclose his or her immunization status as a condition for service or entry upon the premises; create a new KRS Chapter 214 to prohibit a public entity from creating standardized documentation with the purpose of certifying vaccination status; amend KRS 214.036 to allow objection to immunization on the basis of "conscientiously held beliefs". House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except define "immunization status" to specify vaccination against COVID-19; clarify the definition of "public entity" to include consolidated local government and unified local government; remove all provisions relating to a private employer in Sections 1, 3, and 4; create a new provision in KRS Chapter 214 to allow a public entity to share an individual's immunization status with his or her consent; clarify that Section 2 applies exclusively to public schools in the postsecondary education system; and amend KRS 214.036 to allow the objection to immunization against COVID-19 on the basis of conscientiously held beliefs. House Floor Amendment (1) Redefine "public entity" to exclude nonprofit corporations.

  RECENT STATUS

3/28/2022 - Bill fails in committee with 4 yea votes

3/28/2022 - Senate Health & Welfare (S), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

3/25/2022 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES AGAINST A PERSON
(SCOTT, ATTICA)

AN ACT relating to discriminatory practices against a person.

Amend KRS 344.010 to provide definitions of "protective hairstyle" and "race" that include traits historically associated with race; amend KRS 158.148 to provide that school disciplinary codes shall prohibit discrimination on the basis of race; establish the short title of "C.R.O.W.N. Act".

  RECENT STATUS

3/14/2022 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

3/11/2022 - (H) FIRST READING

3/11/2022 - (H) Reported Favorably

REQUIRMENTS FOR SCHOOL FACILITIES
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

AN ACT relating to school facilities.

Amend KRS 157.455 deleting the Kentucky efficient school design trust fund; delete reporting requirement for efficient design; amend KRS 198B.060 to allow local plan review, inspection and enforcement of educational facilities; repeal KRS 162.062, which requires new public school buildings to provide sufficient water bottle fillings station and drinking fountains. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend to notwithstand the provisions of KRS 162.060 in regards to plan review of school buildings.

  RECENT STATUS

3/31/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 66)

3/29/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/29/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

Position

Support

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
(BAKER, SHANE)

AN ACT relating to religious freedom during a declared emergency.

Amend KRS 39A.100 to exclude houses of worship from emergency condemnation authority; prohibit a governmental entity from prohibiting religious services during an emergency to a greater extent than imposed on other organizations or businesses that provide essential services; require a compelling governmental interest to place a burden on a religious organization; prohibit a governmental entity from taking any discriminatory action against a religious organization on the basis that the organization is religious; define "discriminatory action," "governmental entity," "religious organization," and "religious services"; allow a religious organization to assert a violation of this section as a claim against a governmental entity or as a defense and waive sovereign, governmental, and qualified immunity to the extent of liability under the section; set out remedies available to a religious organization; require construciton in favor of protecting free exercise of religion; require a religious organization to bring an action no later than two years from the date the person should have known of the discriminatory action. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 39A.100 to authorize the Governor, in the case of an emergency to seize, take, or condemn houses of worship that have become unsafe to a degree that would justify condemnation in the absence of a state of emergency; prohibit a governmental entity from restricting a religious organization to the same or any greater extent than businesses or organizations that provide essential services; waive sovereign, governmental, and qualified immunity to the extent of liability created under this section; amend "discriminatory action" to include certain actions that would adversely affect the ability of a religious organization to receive any benefits to which they are entitled. House Floor Amendment (1) Include any action taken by a governmental entity wholly or partially on the basis that an organization is religious, operates or seeks to operate during a state of emergency, or engages in the exercise of religion as protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution to the definition of "discriminatory action."

  RECENT STATUS

4/5/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 82)

3/24/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/24/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to student mental health.

Amend KRS 159.035 to require a local school district's attendance policy to include provisions for a student's mental or behavioral health status. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except provide that a local school board may include mental health absences in its student attendance policy instead of requiring it.

  RECENT STATUS

4/20/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 228)

4/14/2022 - delivered to Governor

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

Position

Support with Modification

PENSION PAYMENTS DURING A LOCAL EMERGENCY
(MILLER, JERRY T.)

AN ACT relating to changes in pension payments due to overtime worked during a local emergency and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 61.598 to exempt from the anti-pension spiking provisions any overtime directly attributable to a local government emergency in which the Governor calls in the Kentucky National Guard; make amendments retroactive to May 30, 2020; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; exempt first 100 hours of mandatory overtime worked each fiscal year from pension spiking provisions; make technical changes; specify retroactive impact; RETROACTIVE; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 100)

3/29/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/29/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

PRECAUTIONS IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS RELATING TO COVID-19
(BECHLER, LYNN)

AN ACT relating to COVID-19 precautions in educational settings and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 199.896 to provide that the license or certification of a child-care center shall not be refused or revoked for refusing to require facial coverings; amend KRS 199.898 to provide that parents and guardians of children enrolled in licensed, certified, or publicly funded child care facilities have a right to refuse facial coverings on behalf of their children without any retribution; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit requiring facial coverings on any public school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit requiring facial coverings on property owned, leased, or operated by public postsecondary education institutions; provide exceptions for healthcare licensing board requirements imposed prior to January 1, 2020, and clinical research settings. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain all original provisions except limit application to the COVID-19 pandemic; provide that a school may impose a mask mandate but permit parents to opt out. House Floor Amendment (11) Retain all original provisions except delete the right of a parent to refuse facial coverings for children enrolled in a childcare facility; require that individuals be permitted to opt-out of any public school requirement for medical devices and medical procedures and treatments; provide that an individual shall not be required to submit any documentation or certification to opt-out; provide that nothing in the section shall be interpreted to contradict KRS 158.035; provide that postsecondary education institutions may not require individuals to use medical devices and submit to medical procedures and treatments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on property not used for the delivery of medical services; provide that a postsecondary education institution may implement a requirement for facial coverings that is not responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

3/10/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

3/9/2022 - received in Senate

3/8/2022 - (H) THIRD READING, passed 56-35 with Committee Substitute (1) and Floor Amendments (11) and (8-title)

Position

Oppose

PROHIBITING IMMUNIZATION AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT
(BECHLER, LYNN)

AN ACT relating to immunizations.

Amend KRS 344.010 to define "immunization"; amend KRS 344.040 to prohibit employers from discriminating against an individual who declines immunization or requiring immunization as a condition of employment or inquiring as to the employee's immunization status; create a new section of KRS Chapter 338 to prohibit an employer from requiring an employee or applicant for employment to be immunized or inquiring regarding immunization status.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

8/18/2021 - Pre-Filed

WORKERS' COMPENSATION LIABILITY RELATING TO MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION
(RABOURN, FELICIA)

AN ACT relating to workers' compensation and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 342.0011 to define "COVID-19"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 342 to establish workers' compensation liability in instances where employers require vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment and the employee develops an adverse reaction to the vaccine; create a rebuttable presumption that an adverse reaction was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine if it was not present prior to and arises within 14 days of receipt of the vaccine; retroactive to December 14, 2020; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

8/23/2021 - Pre-Filed

WORKERS' COMPENSATION LIABILITY RELATING TO MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION
(WHITE, RICHARD)

AN ACT relating to workers' compensation and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 342.0011 to define "COVID-19"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 342 to establish workers' compensation liability in instances where employers require vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment and the employee develops an adverse reaction to the vaccine; create a rebuttable presumption that an adverse reaction was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine if it was not present prior to and arises within 14 days of receipt of the vaccine; retroactive to December 14, 2020; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

9/2/2021 - Pre-Filed

SCHOOL SECURITY
(BRATCHER, KEVIN D.)

AN ACT relating to school security.

Amend KRS 158.4414 to require the assignment of school resource officers to schools by August 1, 2022. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; require local school boards to ensure at least one school resource officer works full-time on-site at each school campus; provide that if sufficient funds and personnel are not available, school districts shall fulfill the requirement on a per campus basis as approved by the state school security marshal; affirm that local government agencies are not required to fund school resource officer positions. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; create new sections of KRS Chapter 158 to allow local boards of education to establish a police department for local school districts; provide the general police powers each officer shall have in performing their duties if permitted by local board of education policy; provide the qualifications each officer shall have at the time of their employment; provide for the appointment or promotion to the ranks and grades of the department; amend KRS 158.441 to include an officer appointed under this Act within the term "school resource officer"; allow the board of education to regulate the traffic and parking on property owned, used, or occupied by the local school district; prohibit a person from impersonating a police officer hired by the board of education.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 189)

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/30/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

Position

Assess and Monitor

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING COMPACT
(KIRK-MCCORMICK, NORMA)

AN ACT relating to the Licensed Professional Counseling Compact.

Create a new section within KRS Chapter 335.500 to 335.599 to declare the purpose of the Licensed Professional Counseling Compact; establish definitions; establish requirements for states that want to enter the compact; recognize a multistate licensure privilege to practice for licensed professional counselors; establish provisions for active duty military personnel or their spouses; recognize a multistate licensure privilege to practice for licensed professional counselors in any member state via telehealth; establish procedures for adverse actions a home and member state can take against a licensed professional counselor; create the Counseling Compact Commission; establish and elect an executive committee; provide immunity for party states, officers, employees, or representatives of the commission who act in accordance with the compact; require the commission to create, maintain, operate and use a coordinated database and reporting system containing, licensure, adverse actions, and investigative information on all licensed individuals in member states; establish procedures for rulemaking; authorize the commission to attempt to resolve disputes related to the compact that arise among member states and between member and non-member states; allow the compact to go into effect on the date the compact is enacted into law in the tenth member state; establish withdrawal procedures for a member state that withdraws from the compact; provide severability for any provision in the compact that is contrary to the constitution of any party state or of the United States or the applicability to any government, agency, person, or circumstance.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 127)

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/30/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

FULL-DAY KIDERGARTEN
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to full-day kindergarten.

Amend KRS 158.060 to remove language that allows for half-day kindergarten programs; amend KRS 157.320, 157.360, and 158.030 to conform.

  RECENT STATUS

3/24/2022 - House Appropriations & Revenue (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

3/23/2022 - (H) Returned to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

3/23/2022 - (H) SECOND READING

Position

Support

EXTENDING PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 3 OF 2020 EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-277
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to occupational exposure to COVID-19 and declaring an emergency.

Extend the provisions of paragraph 3 of 2020 Executive Order 2020-277, related to temporary disability from occupational exposure to COVID-19 from September 7, 2021, to January 31, 2023; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

2/14/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

2/3/2022 - received in Senate

2/3/2022 - (H) THIRD READING, passed 60-3

RETIREMENT
(MILLER, JERRY T.)

AN ACT relating to retirement.

Amend KRS 21.440, 61.670, 78.784, and 161.400 to require the Legislators' Retirement Plan, the Judicial Retirement Plan, the Kentucky Retirement Systems, the County Employees Retirement System, and the Teachers' Retirement System to perform an actuarial investigation of economic assumptions once every two years rather than once every five years while retaining a review of demographic assumptions once every five years; amend KRS 78.784 to require the County Employees Retirement System to provide a projection/analysis over a 30-year period rather than a 20-year period regarding projections in the annual actuarial valuation and as it relates to experience studies, assumption changes, and other changes made by the boards of each system; require the first actuarial investigation of economic assumptions to occur prior to 2023 actuarial valuations. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 61.552 to provide that restrictions on the use of purchased service towards retirement eligibility and benefit determination that became effective August 1, 2004, shall not apply to those members who were bound by an educational contract as conditional employees of the state of Kentucky prior to December 31, 2003; amend KRS 61.510 to amend "membership date" to specify that members who were bound by an educational contract as conditional employees of the state of Kentucky prior to December 31, 2003, shall have a membership date based upon the earliest date in the contract.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 165)

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/30/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAMS
(SCOTT, ATTICA)

AN ACT relating to school food programs.

Establish a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to pay for any costs not reimbursed by federal funds for the operation of the federal school breakfast and lunch programs.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

10/26/2021 - Pre-Filed

DUAL CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to dual credit scholarships.

Amend KRS 164.786 to increase the dual credit tuition rate ceiling amount; add eligibility for high school freshmen and sophomores; add career and technical education courses to the Dual Credit Scholarship; amend KRS 164.787 to delete the dual credit provisions from the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program.

  RECENT STATUS

2/7/2022 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

2/4/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

2/3/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

Position

Support

HISTORICAL INSTRUCTION
(SCOTT, ATTICA)

AN ACT relating to historical instruction.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require African history instruction in certain middle and high school world history and civilization courses; require Native American history instruction in certain middle and high school United States history courses; require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations establishing academic standards for the required historical instructions; require local school boards to adopt curricula for required instruction; require the Department of Education to collaborate with the Kentucky African American Heritage and the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission to develop recommended curricula and instruction guidelines for the required historical instruction, elective high school course offerings in African history and Native American history, and relevant professional development materials.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

11/22/2021 - Pre-Filed

READING DIAGNOSTIC AND INTERVENTION GRANTS
(LEWIS, DEREK)

AN ACT relating to reading diagnostic and intervention grants and declaring and emergency.

Amend KRS 158.792 to include the employment of reading interventionists as a purpose of the reading diagnostic and intervention fund; prevent the state board of education from limiting grant recipients from expending grant funds for authorized purposes; direct that grant applications currently under consideration shall be subject to this Act; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

2/15/2022 - (H) WITHDRAWN

1/24/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

Position

Support

EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION IN SCHOOLS
(LEWIS, DEREK)

AN ACT relating to the emergency administration of medication in schools.

Amend KRS 158.838 to include naloxone among the medications each school shall have an employee trained to administer or to assist with self-administration; require training for naloxone; make conforming changes.

  RECENT STATUS

3/14/2022 - (H) Returned to Committee House Health & Family Services (H)

3/14/2022 - (H) FIRST READING

3/14/2022 - (H) Taken From Committee Health & Family Services

Position

Oppose

REQUIRE MOMENTS OF SILENCE OR REFLECTION AT THE START OF EACH SCHOOL DAY
(FISTER, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to moments of silence and reflection.

Amend KRS 158.175 to require moments of silence or reflection at the start of each school day and establish guidelines.

  RECENT STATUS

3/28/2022 - Senate Education (S), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

3/24/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

3/24/2022 - received in Senate

Position

Assess and Monitor

CONTRIBUTIONS MADE TO A KENTUCKY QUALIFIED EDUCATIONAL EXPENSE PROGRAM
(MILLER, JERRY T.)

AN ACT relating to contributions made to a Kentucky qualified educational expense program.

Amend KRS 141.019 to allow a tax exclusion of amounts contributed to a qualified educational expense program as defined in 26 U.S.C. sec. 529, effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022; amend KRS 131.190 to allow reporting of credits; add a new section to KRS Chapter 141 to provide employers a tax credit for contributions to an employee's Kentucky Educational Savings Plan Trust; amend KRS 141.0205 to specify ordering of credits; create a new section of KRS 164A.300 to 164A.380 relating to the Kentucky Educational Savings Plan Trust, to require reporting to the Department of Revenue of refunds and amounts paid for purposes other than higher education costs.

  RECENT STATUS

3/14/2022 - (H) Returned to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

3/14/2022 - (H) FIRST READING

3/14/2022 - (H) Taken From Committee Appropriations & Revenue

Position

Support

BUS OPERATION SAFETY
(DONOHUE, JEFFERY)

AN ACT relating to bus operation safety.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the Department of Education to develop, in cooperation with the Transportation Cabinet, a risk reduction program for school bus operators; outline requirements of the program; outline school district implementation requirements; require reporting of assaults; specify that the provisions also apply to public charter schools; require the Department of Education to promulgate administrative regulations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 281 to require the Transportation Cabinet to develop a risk reduction program for commercial bus operators; outline requirements; outline implementation requirements; require reporting of assaults; amend KRS 281.990 to establish an initial penalty of $5,000 for failure to implement the program required; if program is not implemented 14 days after the initial penalty is assessed, an additional fee of $250 per day shall be assessed until implementation.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/6/2021 - Pre-Filed

CIVIL LIBERTIES OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN RELATING TO COVID-19 VACCINATION
(BAKER, SHANE)

AN ACT relating to the civil liberties of parents and children and declaring an emergency.

Create new section of KRS Chapter 214 to define "child"; prohibit required or coerced COVID-19 vaccination of a child without the consent of all parents, custodians, and guardians; prohibit retaliation, additional requirements, limitation of activity, or reduction in health care benefit for a child not vaccinated for COVID-19; authorize legal action and civil penalties for violations; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/7/2021 - Pre-Filed

ESTABLISHING THE OFFICIAL KENTUCKY MENTAL HEALTH FLAG
(BOJANOWSKI, TINA)

AN ACT establishing the official Kentucky Mental Health Flag.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 2 establishing the official Kentucky Mental Health Flag and directing it to be displayed in the State Capitol in May.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/8/2021 - Pre-Filed

TAX CREDIT FOR EDUCATOR EXPENSE
(BOJANOWSKI, TINA)

AN ACT related to a tax credit for educator expense.

Amend KRS 141.019 to allow taxpayers to include the federal deduction for educator expenses in adjusted gross income; create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a nonrefundable educator expense credit for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022; allow for a dollar-for-dollar credit with a maximum of $250 per eligible educator for unreimbursed eligible educator expenses that are incurred during the taxable year; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the income tax credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow for the reporting of the credit.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/8/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Support

PROHIBIT CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS
(RILEY, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to corporal punishment in schools.

Create a new section of KRS 158.440 to 158.449 to define "corporal punishment"; prohibit a person employed by a school district from using corporal physical discipline; amend KRS 158.444 to remove corporal punishment as a form of discipline in a school; amend KRS 503.110 to remove the exception that permitted the use of physical force by a teacher against a minor.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/9/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Support

EXPAND ELIGIBILITY FOR PRESCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
(RILEY, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to preschool education programs.

Amend KRS 157.320 to define "at risk"; amend KRS 157.3175 to expand eligibility for preschool education programs to children who reside in households with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/9/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Support

PUBLIC COMMENT AT LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
(HUFF, REGINA)

AN ACT relating to local school board meetings.

Amend KRS 160.270 to require a public comment period at local board of education meetings. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; provide the comment period may be passed over if there are no participants. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Provide that any board rules and policies regarding conduct during board meetings shall apply during the public comment period. Senate Floor Amendment (3) Delete exception language to the 15-minute comment period.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE; (Acts Ch. 92)

4/8/2022 - filed without Governor's signature with the Secretary of State

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

Position

Assess and Monitor

LOWER AGE REQUIREMENT FOR CARRYING A CONCEALED AND DEADLY WEAPON FROM 21 TO 18
(MADDOX, SAVANNAH)

AN ACT relating to firearms.

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.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/9/2021 - Pre-Filed

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
(HUFF, REGINA)

AN ACT relating to high school graduation requirements.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form as a high school graduation requirement; provide waiver options for meeting the requirement; require local boards of education to develop policies and procedures to assist students in completing the requirement; require the Kentucky Department of Education to develop a process for local districts to report student data.

  RECENT STATUS

3/10/2022 - Returned to Rules

3/10/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HFA 1 and HFA 2t

3/9/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HFA 1 and HFA 2t

Position

Support with Modification

STUDENT ASSESSMENT
(BOJANOWSKI, TINA)

AN ACT relating to student assessment and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 158.6453 to define a "series of interim assessments"; provide that the statewide assessment program may be composed of a series of interim assessments if approved by the United States Department of Education; require the results of an assement that is part of a series of summative assessments to be reported to the school within one month of the assessment date; make conforming amendments; require the commissioner of education to apply to the United States Department of Education for a waiver to the requirement of a single, summative assessment required by the Every Student Succeeds Act; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/9/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Assess and Monitor

COLLABORATIVE CENTER FOR LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
(BOJANOWSKI, TINA)

AN ACT relating to the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development.

Amend KRS 164.0207 to provide that the funding for the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development shall be contingent the center fulfilling the statutory duties set forth in this Act; provide that the center's annual report shall summarize the action taken by the center to fulfill each of its statutory duties; provide that the KDE shall review the annual report to determine whether the center has fulfilled each of its statutory duties; provide that the center shall be subject to a probationary period of 1 year if the department determines the center is not fulfilling each of its statutory duties; require the State Treasurer to withhold all funding allocations to the center for the remainder of the biennium budget if the center has not fulfilled its statutory duties by the end of the probationary period.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/9/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Assess and Monitor

ADD JUNETEENTH NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY AS STATE HOLIDAY
(BROWN JR., GEORGE A.)

AN ACT relating to state holidays.

Amend KRS 2.110 to add the nineteenth of June as a state holiday commemorating Juneteenth National Freedom Day.

  RECENT STATUS

3/8/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

3/1/2022 - received in Senate

2/28/2022 - (H) THIRD READING, passed 97-0

REQUIRE BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP POLICY ON DYSLEXIA
(BOJANOWSKI, TINA)

AN ACT relating to dyslexia.

Amend KRS 158.307 to require rather than allow local boards of education to develop policy on dyslexia; require rather than allow the policy to include listed items; change the study project period from three to six years and allow up to six districts to participate instead of three; amend KRS 164.304 to require postsecondary institutions offering teacher preparation programs to include instruction on dyslexia by the 2023-2024 school year, rather than the instruction being contingent on funding availability.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/9/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Undetermined

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
(DONOHUE, JEFFERY)

AN ACT relating to public procurement.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 45A defining "manufactured in Kentucky", "manufactured in the United States", require a preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods made in Kentucky in construction and maintenance contracts and subcontracts, provide for a waiver of the Kentucky preference requirement, require preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods made in the United States if the Kentucky waiver is granted, provide for a waiver of the United States preference requirement; establish a short title of "Kentucky Buy American Act"; amend KRS 45A.343, 45A.352, 65.027, 162.070, 164A.575, 176.080, and 424.260 to conform.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/9/2021 - Pre-Filed

REQUIRE TWO-PERSON CREWS ON TRAINS OR LIGHT ENGINES USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MOVEMENT OF FREIGHT
(DONOHUE, JEFFERY)

AN ACT relating to railroads.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 277 to require two-person crews on trains or light engines used in connection with the movement of freight; establish civil penalties for failure to have a two-person crew.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/9/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Support

ECONOMIC FISCAL MATTERS
(FLEMING, KEN)

AN ACT relating to economic fiscal matters.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 7A to establish the Tax Expenditure and Economic Development Incentive Review Board and specify the board's membership, authority, powers and duties; establish requirements for board meetings; establish requirements for when the General Assembly enacts new tax expenditures or economic development incentives; require agencies to assign taxpayers a unique number for purposes of reporting tax expenditures and economic development incentives; amend KRS 11.068 to require the annual production of a detailed estimate of the revenue loss resulting from each tax expenditure and economic development incentive from the general fund and road fund; amend KRS 131.020 to require the Department of Revenue to collect, report, and provide data to the Tax Expenditure and Economic Development Incentive Review Board; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Department of Revenue to provide confidential data to the Tax Expenditure and Economic Development Incentive Review Board.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/9/2021 - Pre-Filed

LIMIT TEST-TO-STAY PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS TO NO MORE THAN FIVE CONSECUTIVE CALENDAR DAYS OF TESTING
(DOSSETT, MYRON)

AN ACT relating to the delivery of education and declaring an emergency.

Specify that school districts that implemented a test-to-stay program for students and staff under 2021 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky Acts ch. 4, sec. 4, can require no more than five consecutive calendar days of testing; provide that if the fifth day occurs on a nonschool or nonwork day, the student or staff member shall test upon his or her return to school or work; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/10/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Assess and Monitor

REQUIRE NO LESS THAN TWO TESTING SITES WITHIN A COUNTY FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT IMPLEMENTED A TEST-TO-STAY PROGRAM
(DOSSETT, MYRON)

AN ACT relating to the delivery of education and declaring an emergency.

Specify that school districts that implemented a test-to-stay program for students and staff under 2021 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky Acts ch. 4, sec. 4, shall ensure that no less than two testing sites be available within the county to test students and school staff; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/10/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Assess and Monitor

ESTABLISH THE KENTUCKY EARLY ENTRY INITIATIVE PILOT PROGRAM
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to the establishment of the Kentucky Early Entry Initiative pilot program and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 to define "early career teachers"; establish the Kentucky Early Entry Initiative pilot program; define the purposes and objectives of the pilot program; outline the three-year structure of the program; require an evaluation report be submitted to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2025; establish the short title of "Kentucky Early Career Teachers Act"; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

12/10/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Support

GRANDPARENT VISITATION RIGHTS
(WESLEY, BILL)

AN ACT relating to children.

Amend KRS 405.021 to establish that grandparent visitation rights are not adversely affected by any investigation related to abuse, neglect, dependency of a child, or termination of parental rights of the grandparent's son or daughter who is the father or mother of the child visited by the grandparent, unless the Circuit Court determines that it is in the best interest of the child to do so. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; provide that grandparent visitation rights established by a Circuit Court do not continue after a child is adopted; create a new section of KRS Chapter 620 to allow the Department for Community Based Services to request a criminal justice agency to perform a federal name-based criminal history record check of each adult residing in a home in which a child is placed during an emergency placement; allow the Department for Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to charge a reasonable fee for processing a fingerprint-based criminal history record check.

  RECENT STATUS

3/25/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

3/24/2022 - received in Senate

3/23/2022 - (H) THIRD READING, passed 86-1 with Committee Substitute (1) and Committee Amendment (1-title)

2022 PRIMARY ELECTION FILING DEADLINE
(RUDY, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to elections and declaring an emergency.

Effective for the 2022 primary and for no other election, extend the filing deadline for all candidates to January 25, 2022; permit the Secretary of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, to determine when the drawing for ballot positions and certifications will be held; permit the Secretary of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, to establish any other necessary elections deadlines for the 2022 primary, excluding the date of the primary; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/6/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 1)

1/6/2022 - delivered to Governor

1/6/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

DISTRICTS OF THE SUPREME COURT
(NEMES, JASON)

AN ACT relating to districts of the Supreme Court and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 21A.010 to divide the Commonwealth into the following Supreme Court Districts: DISTRICT 1 - Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Todd, Trigg, Union, and Webster Counties; DISTRICT 2 - Allen, Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Edmonson, Grayson, Hardin, Hart, Larue, Logan, Meade, Monroe, Simpson, Spencer, and Warren Counties; DISTRICT 3 - Adair, Anderson, Bell, Boyle, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Knox, Laurel, Lincoln, Marion, McCreary, Mercer, Metcalfe, Nelson, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Washington, Wayne, and Whitley Counties; DISTRICT 4 - Jefferson County; DISTRICT 5 - Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford Counties; DISTRICT 6 - Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Henry, Kenton, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Shelby, and Trimble Counties; DISTRICT 7 - Bath, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rowan, and Wolfe Counties; EMERGENCY.
House Floor Amendment 1: Remove Hancock County and Ohio County from the First Supreme Court District and into the Second Supreme Court District; and remove Logan County from the Second Supreme Court District and into the First Supreme Court District.
House Floor Amendment 2: Effective for the 2022 primary and for no other election, extend the filing deadline for candidates filing for the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Kentucky Court of Appeals to January 25, 2022; permit the Secretary of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, to determine when the drawing for ballot positions and certificates will be held; and permit the Secretary of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, to establish any other necessary election deadlines for the 2022 primary, excluding the date of the primary.
Senate Committee Substitute 1: Retain original provisions and extend applicability of filing of nomination papers to candidates in the Fourth Supreme Court District; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 5)

1/8/2022 - delivered to Governor

1/8/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

HEALTH PLAN WAITING PERIODS
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to health plan waiting periods.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to prohibit employer-sponsored health plans from imposing a waiting period; amend KRS 337.990 to establish penalties; amend KRS 304.17A-220 and 304.17A-750 to conform; provide that Section 1 of the Act shall apply to health plans issued or renewed on or after the effective date of the Act.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
(JOHNSON, DJ)

AN ACT relating to alternative education.

Amend KRS 158.143 to provide that a student enrolled in a district-operated alternative education program shall be eligible to seek attainment of a High School Equivalency Diploma under certain conditions. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions; provide that a local board of education determines the method for evaluating whether a student is on track to graduate; provide that a student who has attained a High School Equivalency Diploma in accordance with the Act is exempt from compulsory attendance; require a local school board to adopt a policy to define when a student is not on track to graduate, provide that the KBE cannot impose restrictions or requirements on the content of the local policy. House Floor Amendment (2) Retain all original provisions; amend KRS 158.135 to provide that the Department of Juvenile Justice shall contract with a public university or a nonprofit education entity to provide educational services through the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children.

  RECENT STATUS

4/1/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 78)

3/25/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/25/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

Position

Support

VACCINATION EXEMPTION
(CALLOWAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to vaccination exemption and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 to define "COVID-19," "medical practitioner," and "retaliate against"; require employers to permit employees to opt out of a COVID-19 vaccination policy based on categories of individual exemptions; create exemption eligibility requirements; create a civil cause of action; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

PROHIBITING SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES AND PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT
(WESTROM, SUSAN)

AN ACT prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 438 to define terms; prohibit indoor smoking in businesses, places of employment, and other listed public places; exempt private residences, unless used for child care or adult day care; permit smoking in designated nonenclosed areas; require posting of "no smoking" signs at specified locations; permit local governments to adopt stricter regulations by ordinance; provide for enforcement by all peace officers and designated health department and local government employees; provide for the issuance of uniform citations for violations; prohibit employers and others from discriminating against persons who report violations; provide for fines for violations that go to the agency whose employee issued the citation; provide that no court costs or other fees be charged for violations; exempt certain research and manufacturing laboratories and agricultural buildings; amend KRS 344.040, relating to unlawful practices by an employer, to add references to state law, local ordinance, or local board of health regulation relating to smoking; amend KRS 431.450, relating to uniform citations, to provide for issuing citation forms to health departments; authorize the Department of Kentucky State Police to create and issue uniform smoking violation citations; repeal various statutes permitting smoking in public buildings; provide short title of the Smokefree Kentucky Act.

  RECENT STATUS

1/19/2022 - floor amendment (1) filed

1/4/2022 - Introduced

Position

Assess and Monitor

EDUCATION
(SHELDON, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 160.345 to specify that the superintendent instead of the council determines curriculum after consulting with the principal and school council; alter principal hiring process to require the principal to be selected by the superintendent after consultation with the school council; require the council to adopt policy consistent with board policy on the procedures for posting proposed new curriculum and providing results to the superintendent; allow the council to review no more than three principal candidates preferred by the superintendent; require the local board to adopt a policy on public notice of approved curriculum and a process for filing an educational grievance.

  RECENT STATUS

1/5/2022 - Introduced

Position

Support with Modification

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
(HALE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to school bus safety.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 67 to define "owner," "code enforcement board," "county," "camera monitoring system," "recorded images," and "stop arm camera violation"; permit the legislative body of a county to enact an ordinance to authorize the use of camera monitoring systems by a local school district and permit the enforcement of a civil penalty for a stop arm camera violation recorded by a camera monitoring system; permit the legislative body of a county to enter into an interlocal agreement to implement and enforce such ordinances; provide that a legislative body shall set the amount of the civil penalty; provide that the revenue generated from a civil penalty shall be retained by the county; require specific notice for a stop arm camera violation; require the legislative body of a county to designate a form for a stop arm camera violation; establish defenses to a stop arm camera violation; define the procedures for a contest to a stop arm camera violation; require a recipient of a stop arm camera violation to pay or contest the violation within 60 days; allow for suspension of registration for failure to pay a fine; require a county to notify the Transportation Cabinet of the need to release a suspension within one business day of payment; amend KRS 189.990 to increase the maximum fine from $200 to $300 for the first offense of failing to stop for a school bus or church bus that is receiving or discharging passengers; amend KRS 189.370 to require traffic in the opposite direction of a school bus to stop for a school bus on highways that are not divided by a raised barrier or unpaved median. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain all original provisions; amend KRS 64.090 to provide that a sheriff may retain $25 of a collected civil penalty for a stop arm camera violation enforced by the sheriff's office. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain all original provisions; provide that the legislative body shall not enter into an interlocal agreement for enforcing stop arm cameras for 30 days from the date the terms of the agreement are made public; provide that the interlocal agreement shall establish clear requirements for record keeping, retention, and deletion so as to adequately secure the data; provide that a school bus equipped with a camera monitoring system shall display a public warning; provide deadlines for when recorded images must be destroyed; provide that a recorded image shall be sufficient evidence of a stop arm camera violation; provide that a recorded image shall not be admissible in any other civil or criminal proceeding; provide that it shall be a defense to a stop arm camera violation that the violation was necessary to allow for passage of an emergency vehicle, necessary to avoid injuring another person or property, while participating in a funeral procession, or necessary to comply with any other general statute or regulation.

  RECENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Transportation (S)

4/13/2022 - (S) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ SCS 1, SFA 1, SFA 2, and SFA 3t

3/30/2022 - (S) Passed Over and retained in the Orders of the Day

Position

Assess and Monitor

EARLY LITERACY EDUCATION
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to early literacy education, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 158.791 to specify the Department of Education's role in assisting local school districts with regard to reading instruction, supports, and interventions; require the department to collaborate with designated agencies on reading programming, materials, and activities; amend KRS 158.305 to define new terms; replace references to "response to intervention" systems with "multi-tiered system of supports"; require a local board of education to adopt and implement a reading universal screener and reading diagnostic assessment by January 1, 2023; permit a local school district to adopt a common comprehensive reading program for K-3; require all K-3 teachers to be trained in any reading diagnostic assessment and universal screener adopted by a local board; establish requirements for the administration of reading universal screeners by grade-level; define and establish the requirements for a reading improvement plan; establish service requirements for a student that needs accelerated intervention as demonstrated by the results of the approved reading diagnostic assessment or state annually required grade 3 assessment; require the department to establish reading teacher academies or coaching models by September 1, 2023, if funds are appropriated; remove the requirement for KDE to provide an annual report to IJCE on academic interventions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require postsecondary institutions offering early childhood or elementary teacher preparation programs to include designated instruction; require the EPSB to maintain a list of approved reading teacher preparation tests; require all new teachers seeking certification in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education or Elementary School to take an approved reading teacher preparation test; amend KRS 158.840 to require CPE to submit an annual report to IJCE on the compliance of teacher preparation programs to this Act; require regular reports to an external evaluator; amend KRS 164.0207 to redefine existing terms; require the Board of Education to pass administrative regulations that prioritize schools with the most need and schools that have not received a grant in the previous cycle when awarding reading diagnostic and intervention grants; amend KRS 158.794 to reorganize the composition of the reading diagnostic and intervention grant steering committee; amend KRS 164.0207 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to establish and define the read to succeed fund; provide that moneys and interest in the fund shall not lapse; designate the Act as the Read to Succeed Act. t House Committee Substitute (1) Retain all original provisions; amend KRS 158.305 to provide that a superintendent shall select at least one universal screener and one reading diagnostic assessment for the district; provide that a superintendent may elect to adopt a common comprehensive reading program; amend KRS 158.792 to include the employment of reading interventionists as a purpose of the reading diagnostic and intervention fund; prevent the state board of education from limiting grant recipients from expending grant funds for authorized purposes; direct that grant applications currently under consideration shall be subject to Section 5 this Act; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

3/3/2022 - (S) reassigned to committee Senate Education (S)

2/8/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

2/7/2022 - received in Senate

Position

Support

TAXATION OF VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS
(MEADE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to the taxation of veteran's organizations.

Amend KRS 139.495 to include certain veterans' organizations; amend KRS 139.010 and KRS 139.200 to conform; EFFECTIVE August 1, 2022.

  RECENT STATUS

1/6/2022 - Introduced

ACTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(MEADE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to actions of the General Assembly and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 to authorize intervention by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in actions challenging any legislative act, executive or state agency order, or administrative regulation; reaffirm legislative or other privilege and immunity for the members or staff of the General Assembly or Legislative Research Commission.

  RECENT STATUS

2/3/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

2/1/2022 - received in Senate

1/31/2022 - (H) THIRD READING, passed 71-20 with Committee Substitute (1)

KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship program.

Amend KRS 164.7874 to add proprietary schools to KEES eligible institutions; define "proprietary school."

  RECENT STATUS

2/9/2022 - floor amendment (3) filed

2/9/2022 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

2/9/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HFA 1 and HFA 2

Position

Undetermined

BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PSYCHOLOGY
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to education required by the Board of Examiners of Psychology.

Amend KRS 319.032 to require three contact hours of continuing education per three-year renewal period on the topic of social and cultural factors that affect health, functioning, and quality of life; amend KRS 319.064 to allow individuals with education equivalent to a master’s degree who have been accepted into a psychology predoctoral program to qualify for a psychological associate license.

  RECENT STATUS

3/25/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 34)

3/22/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/22/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

ASSESSMENT OF PROPERTY FOR AD VALOREM TAXATION
(MEADE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to the assessment of property for ad valorem taxation.

Amend KRS 132.450 to prohibit a property valuation administrator from using the asking price of a property actively listed for sale in the determination of the fair cash value of property unless other evidence demonstrates that the asking price is the price the property would bring at a fair voluntary sale.

  RECENT STATUS

1/7/2022 - Introduced

ATHLETICS
(BECHLER, LYNN)

AN ACT relating to athletics.

Amend KRS 156.070 to designate the NAIA and NJCAA as organizations the Kentucky Board of Education must consider in establishing athletic programs, require the Board of Education or agency designated by the Board of Education to manage interscholastic athletics to promulgate administrative regulations or bylaws requiring schools that participate in interscholastic athletics to designate all athletic teams, activities, and sports based upon the biological sex of the students eligible to participate; prohibit male students from participating in athletic teams, activities, and sports designated as girls'; prohibit designated agencies from entertaining complaints or investigations of policies; a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to create a cause of action against a school that violates these provisions; require that the action be brought within two years; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require a postsecondary education institution to designate all intercollegiate and intramural athletic teams, activities, sports, and events that are sponsored or authorized by the institution based on biological sex of students eligible to participate; require that a postsecondary education institution prohibit male students from participating in athletic teams, activities, and sports designated as women's; prohibit designated agencies from entertaining complaints or investigations of policies; create a cause of action against a postsecondary institution that violates these provisions; require that the action be brought within two years; provide short title of Save Women’s Sports Act.

  RECENT STATUS

1/8/2022 - Introduced

Position

Undetermined

EXPENDITURE OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS
(ELLIOTT, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to the expenditure of appropriated funds and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 48 to prohibit the expenditure of any appropriation in support of a challenge to the constitutionality of any legislative act or resolution of the General Assembly, except in the case of the Attorney General; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; provide an exception for the Department of Public Advocacy in a criminal matter or any officer, official, employee, or agency in the defense of any action brought against him or her by a party with proper standing; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 195)

4/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

4/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

EMPLOYER STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT TAX CREDIT
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to the employer student loan repayment tax credit.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 establishing the employer student loan repayment tax credit, equal to fifty percent of the amount paid by an employer on an eligible student loan of a qualified employee; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the tax credit; amend KRS 131.190 to conform.

  RECENT STATUS

1/8/2022 - Introduced

INTERSCHOLASTIC EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT relating to interscholastic extracurricular activities.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to authorize participation in a public school interscholastic extracurricular activity by an at-home private school student; establish criteria for participation; require a parent, guardian, or teacher of an at-home private school student participating in a public school interscholastic activity to verify the student's academic progress; declare a public school student who does not make academic progress at a public school and withdraws and enters an at-home private school program ineligible for participation in an interscholastic activity for the remainder of the school year; direct statute be cited as the Play Fair Kentucky Act.

  RECENT STATUS

1/10/2022 - Introduced

Position

Oppose

PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS
(BRIDGES, RANDY)

AN ACT relating to property assessments.

Amend KRS 132.191 to expand the requirements for using the income approach and sales comparison approach in the valuation of property; establish additional requirements for the appraisal of real property; amend KRS 133.120 to change the qualifications of taxpayer representatives who receive compensation for appealing property assessments. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 132.191 to remove the provisions requiring the valuation under the income approach to specifically include the terms of the lease and rental income; define "vacant property"; remove the provision that the appraisal of real property reflect the reasonable, probable, and most profitable use of the property that is legally permissible, physically possible, and financially feasible; remove the provision that the appraisal of real property take into consideration any value that is added to a property from a lease that encumbers; amend KRS 132.450 to prohibit a property valuation administrator from using the asking price of a property actively listed for sale in the determination of the fair cash value of property unless other evidence demonstrates that the asking price is the price the property would bring at a fair voluntary sale; require the property valuation administrator to use the purchase price of real property in an arm's length real estate transaction; amend KRS 133.120 to remove the requirement that taxpayer representatives who receive compensation for appealing property assessments possess knowledge of valuing property specific to the geographical area of the property in dispute. House Floor Amendment (1) Remove the term "appraisal" and require that the valuation of real property meet the minimum applicable assessment standards of the International Association of Assessing Officers or Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

  RECENT STATUS

3/22/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Transportation (S)

3/21/2022 - received in Senate

3/21/2022 - (H) THIRD READING passed 66-24 with Committee Substitute (1) and floor amendment (1)

PREVENTION ORIENTED CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS INSTRUCTION
(TATE, NANCY)

AN ACT relating to prevention-oriented child abuse awareness instruction.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require school councils or principals to adopt child abuse awareness and prevention instruction that is taught by a trained, certified teacher; establish short title of "Erin's Law." House Floor Amendment (2) Retain all original provisions except provide that the superintendent shall adopt the required curriculum, permit the required instruction to be integrated into relevant existing required curricula; allow the instruction to be provided by a school counselor, school safety specialist, or other individual with special knowledge or expertise on the topic; remove the requirement for teacher professional development; require that the curriculum be approved by the Department of Education; require a description of the curriculum to be posted at least two weeks prior to instruction; require the Department of Education to develop and maintain a list of approved curricula, provide technical assistance to school districts and review curriculum proposed for approval by a district. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions, except short title; amend KRS 158.4416 to require a trauma-informed team to incorporate age-appropriate and evidence-based child abuse and neglect awareness and prevention into the training, guidance, and assistance provided by the team; require the trauma-informed toolkit to include recommendations regarding child abuse and neglect awareness and prevention; require a school's trauma-informed plan to include strategies for child abuse and neglect awareness and prevention; require the Kentucky Department of Education to send annual notification of where the standards for child abuse and neglect awareness and prevention can be found within the academic standards for health.

  RECENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Education (S)

3/29/2022 - (S) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ SFA 1, SFA 2, SCS 1, and SCA 1t

3/25/2022 - floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute

Position

Undetermined

NATIONAL ANTHEM AT ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS
(SHELDON, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to athletic competitions.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 45A to require any professional sports team that enters into a contract with a public agency to play the national anthem before any sporting event at the team's home venue; define "professional sports team," "public agency," and "sporting event"; require a provision in the contract that places the professional sports team in default if the team fails to play the national anthem before the sporting event; permit the Attorney General to intervene and enforce any penalties; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require all public postsecondary institutions to play the national anthem before any intercollegiate athletic event hosted or sponsored by the institution; define "athletic event"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require all public schools to play the national anthem before any school sponsored interscholastic athletic event beginning in the 2022-2023 school year; define "athletic event".

  RECENT STATUS

1/12/2022 - Introduced

Position

Support with Modification

TEACHERS
(THOMAS, WALKER)

AN ACT relating to teachers.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to define terms; establish a student loan forgiveness program for teachers obtaining certification through an expedited certification process with a residency component; authorize the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the program; create the Option 9 scholarship fund; amend KRS 161.048 to create an Option 9 expedited alternative certification pathway through the use of a residency program; establish requirements for residency program; establish eligibility for district participation; APPROPRIATION. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete section regarding loan forgiveness and retain provisions on an expedited alternate teaching certification pathway. House Floor Amendment (1) Add a section authorizing any person receiving emergency teaching certification during the 2021-22 school year be eligible to renew that certification during the 2022-23 school year. House Floor Amendment (2) Make all school districts eligible to participate in expedited alternate certification option.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 161)

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/30/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

Position

Support

DELIVERY OF EDUCATION
(DOSSETT, MYRON)

AN ACT relating to the delivery of education and declaring an emergency.

Specify that school districts that implemented a test-to-stay program for students and staff under 2021 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky Acts ch. 4, sec. 4, can require no more than five consecutive calendar days of testing; provide that if the fifth day occurs on a nonschool or nonwork day, the student or staff member shall test upon his or her return to school or work; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/12/2022 - Introduced

Position

Assess and Monitor

DISASTER RECOVERY AND RELIEF
(WILLNER, LISA)

AN ACT relating to fiscal matters providing funding for disaster recovery and relief, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate moneys to the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies (SAFE) fund for certain mental health services and supports; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

STUDENT TEACHER BACKROUND CHECKS
(RILEY, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to student teacher background checks.

Amend KRS 160.380 to permit a school district to accept a background check completed by an accredited teacher education institution for a student teacher.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 160)

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/30/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

Position

Support

EXECUTIVE BRANCH BUDGET
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

AN ACT relating to appropriations and revenue 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; appropriate to General Government: 2021-2022: $125,187,900, 2022-2023: $2,727,314,100, 2023-2024: $2,018,630,000; appropriate to the Economic Development Cabinet: 2021-2022: $291,800, 2022-2023: $377,258,800, 2023-2024: $32,308,300; appropriate to the Department of Education: 2021-2022: $134,400, 2022-2023: $6,791,287,300, 2023-2024: $6,938,460,600; appropriate to the Education and Labor Cabinet: 2021-2022: $5,749,500, 2022-2023: $861,376,300, 2023-2024: $818,991,800; appropriate to the Energy and Environment Cabinet: 2021-2022: $730,800, 2022-2023: $383,950,000, 2023-2024: $415,900,200; appropriate to the Finance and Administration Cabinet: 2021-2022: $140,082,300, 2022-2023: $971,590,800, 2023-2024: $970,255,600; appropriate to the Health and Family Services Cabinet: 2021-2022: $744,786,900, 2022-2023: $19,274,164,200, 2023-2024: $19,298,686,100; appropriate to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet: 2021-2022: $12,964,300, 2022-2023: $1,469,293,300, 2023-2024: $1,464,740,800; appropriate to the Personnel Cabinet: 2021-2022: $75,000, 2022-2023: $64,491,800, 2023-2024: $64,591,400; appropriate to Postsecondary Education: 2021-2022: $57,440,900, 2022-2023: $12,002,229,200, 2023-2024: $16,285,701,700; appropriate to the Public Protection Cabinet: 2021-2022: $242,200, 2022-2023: $613,390,000, 2023-2024: $135,338,300; appropriate to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,274,400, 2022-2023: $315,119,300, 2023-2024: $306,239,000; not included in the appropriation amounts are capital project amounts as follows: 2021-2022: $12,675,000, 2022-2023: $11,545,834,400, 2023-2024: $249,809,500; 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.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

BIENNIAL HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PLAN
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

AN ACT relating to road projects and declaring an emergency.

Set out the 2022-2024 Biennial Highway Construction Plan; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - Introduced

RETIREMENT
(MILLER, JERRY T.)

AN ACT relating to retirement and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 16.582 to clarify that standards for "total and permanent disability" relate to hazardous disability only and make technical changes; amend KRS 61.505 to expand the administrative actions that the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority (KPPA) may take on behalf of the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) and the County Employees Retirement System (CERS), authorize the KPPA to employ no more than 8 unclassified employees to the Office of Investments whose positions are exempt from the personnel system's classified service and related salary limitations, and make technical changes; amend KRS 61.510 to define "instructional staff" for state colleges and universities and define "objective medical evidence" to exclude the testimonial evidence of a person applying for disability benefits; amend KRS 61.520 to reference definition of "instructional staff"; amend KRS 61.565 to add an effective date of July 1, 2022, for shifting to the executive branch the employer's share of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System nonhazardous plan's unfunded liability for contract employees at mental health facilities; amend KRS 61.590, 61.610, 61.615, and 61.665 to allow KPPA the option to send notices and other forms to members on disability retirement using electronic mail or other electronic means; amend KRS 61.610 to allow KPPA to hire or contract for the services of more than one disability fraud investigator; amend KRS 61.615 to allow members in hybrid cash balance plan who are discontinued from disability to apply for reinstatement; amend KRS 61.635 to make technical change; amend KRS 61.637 to specify the circumstances under which an elected official who is reelected but takes office after retirement is deemed as having a prearranged agreement that would void his or her retirement; amend KRS 61.645 to exempt invalid addresses from ballot distribution for trustee elections, specify single certified public accountant to audit KRS and CERS financial reports, and make technical changes; amend KRS 61.661 to make technical changes; amend KRS 61.665 to permit the KPPA to contract for the services of medical examiners, eliminate the requirement that a person applying for disability retirement produce evidence of a request for reasonable accommodation, delete language permitting KRS to order a disabled employee to enroll in vocational rehabilitation, and conform to legislative changes made in 2021; amend KRS 61.702 and 78.5536 to require KRS and CERS to provide health insurance coverage for reemployed retirees over the age of 65 who are not Medicare-eligible due to the federal Medicare Secondary Payer Act and who are employed by either a participating agency that offers the Kentucky Employees Health Plan (KEHP) or a participating agency that is statutorily prevented from offering the KEHP; amend KRS 61.703 to make technical change; amend KRS 78.510 to define "objective medical evidence" to exclude the testimonial evidence of a person applying for disability benefits and make the definitions of "act in line of duty" and "dependent child" conform with other provisions as the result of legislative changes made in 2021; amend KRS 78.5524 to clarify that standards for "total and permanent disability" relate to hazardous disability only and to conform to other provisions as the result of legislative changes made in 2021; amend KRS 78.5526 and 78.5530 to conform with other provisions as the result of legislative changes made in 2021; amend KRS 78.5540 to specify the circumstances under which an elected official who is reelected but takes office after retirement is deemed as having a prearranged agreement that would void his or her retirement; and amend KRS 78.782 to exempt invalid addresses from ballot distribution for trustee elections, specify single certified public accountant to audit KRS and CERS financial reports, and make technical changes; and make technical changes and conforming amendments as a result of legislative changes made in 2021. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, and amend KRS 61.505 to require the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority (KPPA) to conduct an annual performance evaluation of the executive director, pre-approve future unclassified positions, and approve an annual personnel report before submission to the Public Pension Oversight Board; authorize the KPPA to appoint no more than six unclassified employees of the Office of Investments whose positions shall be exempt from the personnel system's classified service and related salary limitations, but subject to a written salary and classification plan fixing a range of compensation and written terms of employment adopted by the KPPA; and require the KPPA to approve the biennial budget unit request before submission by the Authority; amend KRS 61.510, 61.520, 61.702, and 78.510 to make technical changes; EMERGENCY. House Floor Amendment (3) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 61.505 to provide that payment of the initial setup costs and annual costs attributable to establishing a separate CERS board and the KPPA shall sunset on June 30, 2024, and beginning on and after July 1, 2024, any annual administrative and investment costs shall be allocated to each retirement system as determined by the KPPA without attribution to the establishment of a separate CERS board and the KPPA. House Floor Amendment (4) Amend KRS 61.510 and 78.510 to refine the definition of "objective medical evidence" to exclude the testimonial statements of the person applying for disability retirement; amend KRS 61.510 to make technical correction; amend KRS 61.702 and 78.5536 to permit the Personnel Cabinet to rate those retirees over 65 impacted by the Medicare Secondary Payer Act who are added to the Kentucky Employees Health Plan (KEHP) separately from other employees and retirees in the KEHP for the purpose of determining medical insurance premiums; and amend KRS 18A.225 to make conforming changes. House Floor Amendment (5) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 61.510 and 78.510 to amend the definition of a "regular full-time position" to add that exempted emergency positions shall also include a position utilized by the employer during a federal or state emergency declared by the President or Governor to address needs during and as a result of the emergency; make amended definition RETROACTIVE to March 1, 2020 and provide that individuals employed by health departments in emergency positions due to the COVID-19 pandemic shall be exempt through December 31, 2022; RETROACTIVE. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 61.505 to require the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority (KPPA) to report by November 15, 2022, and by November 15 of each fiscal year, the annual administrative and investment expenses of the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) and County Employees Retirement System (CERS) as prorated between the systems, including the process used to divide the costs, the amount assigned to each system itemized by category, and any efforts by the systems or the Authority to reduce administrative costs and staffing needs; amend KRS 61.515 and 78.520 to direct that pension trust fund assets attributable to hazardous/nonhazardous members are not expended to pay the benefits of members of the other position type/plan (hazardous/nonhazardous); amend KRS 61.701 to direct that health insurance trust fund assets attributable to members of one system (KERS, CERS, or SPRS) or position type/plan (hazardous/nonhazardous) are not expended to pay the benefits of members of another system or position type; amend KRS 61.702 and 78.5536 to make technical and conforming changes relating to prior legislation. Senate Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions; except remove new language in KRS 61.510 and 78.510 changing the definition of "objective medical evidence." Senate Floor Amendment (2). Senate Floor Amendment (4)

  RECENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 216)

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

FULL-DAY PRESCHOOL
(HUFF, REGINA)

AN ACT relating to early childhood education.

Amend KRS 157.3175 to require school districts to provide full-day preschool; require that all four-year-olds residing in the school district and qualified three-year-olds be eligible; amend KRS 158.060 to remove half-day allowance for kindergarten; amend KRS 157.320 to remove "kindergarten full-time equivalent" definition; amend KRS 157.360 and 158.030 to conform.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

Position

Support with Modification

SCHOOL PERSONNEL
(SHELDON, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to school personnel.

Amend KRS 161.155 to make sick leave affidavits for school employees at the superintendent's discretion instead of mandatory; amend KRS 160.380 to permit a school district to accept a background check completed by an accredited teacher education institution within the last 6 months for a student teacher.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

Position

Support

EDUCATION OPPROTUNITY ACCOUNTS
(CALLOWAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to educational opportunity accounts.

Amend KRS 141.502 to update definition of "eligible student" to increase the limit of not more than 250% of the amount of household income necessary to establish eligibility for reduced-price meals; amend KRS 141.504 to allow funds in an education opportunity account to also be used for tuition or fees to attend a prekindergarten to grade twelve nonpublic school and remove the requirements for individuals to be residents of counties of 90,000 or more to utilize the funds for nonpublic schools; amend KRS 141.510 to require a copy of the account granting organization's determination letter granting them 501(c)(3) status to be submitted with their application; amend KRS 141.512 to allow an AGO, in the first year, to allocate less than 90 percent of the total annual contributions to EOAs; amend KRS 141.522 to delete the sunset provision from the tax credit for contributions made to AGOs; increase credit cap from $25,000,000 to $100,000,000 with certain stipulations.

  RECENT STATUS

1/31/2022 - floor amendment (1) filed

1/13/2022 - Introduced

Position

Oppose

BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT
(REED, BRANDON)

AN ACT relating to broadband deployment, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate Federal Funds from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in the amount of $300,000,000 in fiscal year 2022-2023 to the Broadband Deployment Fund; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete the original provisions; create a new of KRS Chapter 224A to establish the Office of Broadband Development, administratively attached to the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority; allow the authority to contract with a nonprofit corporation having specific experience to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office; amend KRS 224A.011 to define terms; amend KRS 224A.112 to make conforming changes; amend KRS 224A.1121 to require the office to issue grant applications, establish a challenge process, require a scoring process for applications, and establish eligible project expenses; create a new section of KRS Chapter 224A to define terms, create the rural infrastructure improvement fund, and establish a process for accepting applications and awarding moneys for eligible pole replacement costs; amend KRS 278.5461 and 278.5464 to conform; appropriate $20 million to the rural infrastructure improvement fund; amend 2021 Ky. Acts ch. 171, sec. 3 to specify the specific federal funds appropriated for broadband deployment projects and make conforming changes; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 202)

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

JUVENILE JUSTICE
(BRATCHER, KEVIN D.)

AN ACT relating to juvenile justice.

Amend KRS 610.030 to require a court referral for truancy cases when there is no improvement within 30 days; require a court-designated worker to make a finding if diversion is failed due to lack of parental cooperation; allow a court to refer cases back to the court-designated worker and order parental cooperation; amend KRS 610.265 to require children charged with serious felony offenses to be detained pending a detention hearing; amend KRS 610.340 to provide that confidentiality does not apply to cases in which a child has admitted to or been adjudicated for a violent felony offense; amend KRS 635.060 to require a juvenile's probationary period to remain open until any violations are resolved, if a violation is pending at the time of completion.

  RECENT STATUS

3/30/2022 - floor amendments (2), (3), (4), (5), (6) and (7) filed

3/29/2022 - (S) Reported Favorably to Rules

3/28/2022 - Senate Health & Welfare (S), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

Position

Undetermined

KENTUCKY EDUCATION SAVINGS PLAN
(LOCKETT, MATT)

AN ACT relating to a tax credit for Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust account contributions.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a nonrefundable tax credit against the tax imposed under KRS 141.020 for qualifying contributions made to a Kentucky Education Savings Plan trust account in accordance with the guidelines in 26 U.S.C. sec. 529, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022 but prior to January 1, 2026; amend KRS 131.190 to establish reporting requirements; amend KRS 141.0205 to provide the ordering of the tax credit.

  RECENT STATUS

1/19/2022 - Introduced

Position

Undetermined

ELECTION FILING DEADLINE FOR 2022 PRIMARY
(MILLER, JERRY T.)

AN ACT relating to elections and declaring an emergency.

Effective for the 2022 primary and for no other election, extend the filing deadline for all candidates to May 31, 2022; extend the date of the primary to the first Tuesday in August; permit the Secretary of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, to determine when the drawing for ballot positions and certifications will be held; permit the Secretary of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, to establish any other necessary elections deadlines for the 2022 primary; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

2/8/2022 - (H) WITHDRAWN

1/19/2022 - Introduced

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES
(HALE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to legislative committees and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 13A.330, relating to administrative regulation deficiency findings, to grant an administrative body 10 days to appeal a legislative committee's deficiency finding to the Attorney General; allow the Attorney General 20 days after receipt of the appeal to uphold or overrule the deficiency finding; withdraw or nullify a regulation automatically if the appeal is not filed or the deficiency finding is upheld; authorize the Governor to act on the regulation if the deficiency finding is overruled; prohibit an administrative body from promulgating an identical or substantially similar regulation for at least one year after a deficiency finding was upheld; repeal and reenact KRS 45A.705, relating to government contract review; amend KRS 13A.190, 13A.315, 13A.335, 13A.336, and 15.020 to conform; EMERGENCY. House Floor Amendment (2) Delete all references to the Government Contract Review Committee and its procedures; remove prohibitions and processes relating to constitutional challenges.

  RECENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

3/29/2022 - (S) SECOND READING

3/29/2022 - (S) Taken From Committee State & Local Government

FAMILY RESOURCE AND YOUTH SERVICES CENTER DAY
(KOCH, MATTHEW)

AN ACT designating the second Wednesday in February as Family Resource and Youth Services Center Day.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 2 to designate the second Wednesday in February as "Family Resource and Youth Services Center Day."

  RECENT STATUS

2/22/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

2/18/2022 - received in Senate

2/17/2022 - (H) THIRD READING, passed 92-0

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
(NEMES, JASON)

AN ACT relating to professional development.

Amend KRS 156.095 to require the Kentucky Department of Education create a professional development training schedule for certified personnel; require each local district to implement the schedule; require an additional day be added to the school calendar if required training cannot be completed in a single calendar day; require the General Assembly to appropriate funds for an additional calendar day if determined to be necessary.

  RECENT STATUS

1/25/2022 - Introduced

INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
(HART, MARK)

AN ACT relating to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 210 to establish the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; cite as the Frank Huffman Act.

  RECENT STATUS

1/25/2022 - Introduced

MENTAL HEALTH
(BANTA, KIM)

AN ACT relating to mental health and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 210 to define terms; establish a 9-8-8 mental health crisis hotline; create a 9-8-8 board and establish membership; create a crisis restricted fund; create new sections of KRS Chapter 147 to define terms; establish a 9-8-8 service charge; describe the responsibilities of the Department of Revenue in effecting the 9-8-8 service charge; describe the responsibilities of retailers in effecting the 9-8-8 service charge; amend KRS 65.7627, 139.105, and 139.470 to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023; APPROPRIATION.

  RECENT STATUS

3/14/2022 - (H) Returned to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

3/14/2022 - (H) FIRST READING

3/14/2022 - (H) Taken From Committee Appropriations & Revenue

SCHOOL FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENTS
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to school fiscal impact statements.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 to establish a school fiscal impact statement to evaluate the potential costs that would be incurred by school districts and other parts of the common school system by passing certain legislation; establish the requirements and components of the statement; authorize the director of the Legislative Research Commission to implement policies and procedures necessary to produce the statements; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2024.

  RECENT STATUS

1/26/2022 - Introduced

PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS
(SCOTT, ATTICA)

AN ACT relating to public charter schools.

Amend KRS 156.095, 158.038 and 158.4416 to remove references to public charter schools; repeal KRS 160.1590, 160.1591, 160.1592, 160.1593, 160.1594, 160.1595, 160.1596, 160.1597, 160.1598, 160.1599, and 161.141.

  RECENT STATUS

1/27/2022 - Introduced

PUBLIC SCHOOLS
(BANTA, KIM)

AN ACT relating to public schools.

Amend KRS 162.060 to remove the requirement that school building plans and specifications be approved by the chief state school officer; amend KRS 160.290 and 162.065 to conform.

  RECENT STATUS

3/16/2022 - House Education (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

3/14/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)

3/14/2022 - (H) Returned to Committee House Committee on Committees (H)

TEACHER’S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to the Teachers' Retirement System and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 161.155, 161.220, 161.540, 161.550, 161.600, 161.620, 161.655, 161.400, 161.420, 161.470, 161.507, 161.520, 161.548, 161.549, 161.605, 161.612, 161.630, and 161.661 and repeal KRS 161.633, 161.634, 161.635, and 161.636 to repeal and remove provisions of HB 258 enacted during the 2021 Regular Session that created adjusted benefits for individuals who become members of the Teachers' Retirement System on or after January 1, 2022; provide that these members shall be eligible for the benefits applicable to members who entered the system immediately prior to January 1, 2022; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/27/2022 - Introduced

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER CERTIFICATION
(DOSSETT, MYRON)

AN ACT relating to substitute teacher certification.

Amend KRS 161.100 to create three substitute teaching certificates based on the education completed; require that the three-year substitute teaching certificate not be valid for full-time employment as a substitute or replacement of the teacher of record for more than 20 school days; remove existing language; repeal KRS 161.102.

  RECENT STATUS

1/27/2022 - Introduced

DISASTER DAYS FOR SCHOOLS
(DOSSETT, MYRON)

AN ACT relating to disaster days for schools impacted by the western Kentucky tornadoes and declaring an emergency.

Waive up to 15 student attendance days for days school districts were closed due to the western Kentucky tornado disaster; consider days waived under this Act as completed employment contract days for school personnel; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

3/31/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 65)

3/29/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/29/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
(FREELAND, CHRIS)

AN ACT relating to Kentucky educational excellence scholarships.

Amend KRS 164.7879 to allow a student who attends an out-of-state high school or Department of Defense school due to a parent's military transfer to earn a KEES award if the student earned a base amount in a previous year at a Kentucky high school.

  RECENT STATUS

3/14/2022 - (H) Returned to Committee House Education (H)

3/14/2022 - (H) FIRST READING

3/14/2022 - (H) Taken From Committee Education

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SMOKING
(KOENIG, ADAM)

AN ACT relating to employment discrimination based on smoking.

Amend KRS 344.040 to remove protections against employment discrimination based on an individual's status as a smoker or nonsmoker.

  RECENT STATUS

1/31/2022 - Introduced

EDUCATION MANDATES
(BANTA, KIM)

AN ACT relating to education mandates.

Amend KRS 156.095 to provide that the Kentucky Department of Education shall not impose any professional development or training requirements that are not expressly required by state or federal law; reallocate the KBE's authority over professional development coordinators to local boards; delete the requirement that the professional development coordinator participate in KDE's annual training; provide that KDE shall only assist school districts with the development of long-term school and district improvement plans upon the request of the school district or school council; provide that schools may use up to 4 days of the school calendar for professional development; delete the state mandate for professional development trainings on suicide prevention, active shooter, and child abuse neglect and prevention; amend KRS 158.070 to delete the requirement that 4 full days to the school calendar be designated for professional development; delete the requirement for professional development trainings on seizure disorders; amend KRS 158.649 to remove the requirement that a school improvement plan include professional development; amend KRS 158.148 to remove required training on the code of acceptable behavior and discipline; amend KRS 158.6453 to provide that the statewide trainings provided to teachers and administrators shall be voluntary; amend KRS 161.044 to remove the state mandate for instructional teacher's aide training; amend KRS 160.445 to remove the state mandate for interscholastic coach training and testing; amend KRS 161.185 to remove the state mandate for nonfaculty coach training and testing; amend KRS 156.101 to remove the state mandate for instructional leader training and testing; amend KRS 158.818 to remove the state mandate for CTE teacher training on embedding core content; amend KRS 156.557 to remove the state mandate for teacher evaluator training and testing; amend KRS 160.350 to remove the state mandate for superintendent training; amend KRS 160.345 to remove the state mandate for school council member training; amend KRS 160.180 to remove the state mandate for school board member training; amend KRS 150.060 to establish a minimum time requirement for teacher's noninstructional time; provide that a teacher shall be paid an hourly rate for any instruction provided during the teacher's noninstructional time.

  RECENT STATUS

2/1/2022 - Introduced

JUVENILE JUSTICE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL
(MASSEY, C. ED)

AN ACT relating to the Juvenile Justice Oversight Council and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 15A.063 to extend the term of the Juvenile Justice Oversight Council to July 1, 2030; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 136)

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/30/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

ARPA APPROPRIATIONS
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT relating to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Amend 2021 Kentucky Acts Chapter 171, Section 3, to appropriate Federal Funds from the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in the amount of $127,000,000 and Federal Funds from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in the amount of $123,000,000 in fiscal year 2021-2022 to the broadband deployment fund; repeal 2021 Kentucky Acts Chapter 194, Section 17; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend the date to May 1, 2022, for additional broadband deployment funds to be awarded. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except appropriate Federal Funds from the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in the amount of $182,769,000 and Federal Funds from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in the amount of $67,231,000 in fiscal year 2021-2022 to the broadband deployment fund; repeal 2021 Kentucky Acts Chapter 194, Sections 16 and 17; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - (H) PLACED IN THE ORDERS OF THE DAY; for Concurrence or Nonconcurrence in Senate Committee Substitute (1)

4/13/2022 - (H) PLACED IN THE ORDERS OF THE DAY; for Concurrence or Nonconcurrence in Senate Committee Substitute (1)

3/30/2022 - (H) posted for passage for concurrence for Wednesday, March 30, 2022

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
(DONOHUE, JEFFERY)

AN ACT relating to school resource officers and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 158.4414 to require local school boards to ensure at least one school resource officer works full-time on-site at each school in the district by July 1, 2025; require the state school security marshal to determine placement of school resource officers on a per school basis in the district through June 30, 2025, using the incidents listed in KRS 158.444 if funds and personnel are not available; allow school resource officers to carry a taser or a firearm; APPROPRIATION.

  RECENT STATUS

2/7/2022 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(LOCKETT, MATT)

AN ACT relating to education and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to direct that no school shall offer any classroom instruction, discussion, or instructional materials that promote bigotry, revisionist history, or critical social justice; provide that nothing in the section shall be interpreted to prohibit academic instruction on the historical existence of bigotry or revisionist views of history or to regulate the conduct or speech of students; provide that a teacher who chooses to discuss a current topic shall strive to explore the topic from diverse and contending perspectives; prohibit schools from awarding credit for designated political activities; prohibit schools from accepting private funds for curriculum development or choice of curricula or trainings; set forth the administrative procedures for specific violations; create a cause of action for students and parents that have exhausted the administrative remedies; waive civil immunity; provide for rewarding of costs and fees when a plaintiff is successful; establish a fine between $5,000 and $10,000 for frivolous lawsuits and permit the school district to recover costs and fees; provide that the Attorney General may bring an action to enforce this Act; require specific written notice of administrative and legal rights to students and parents; amend KRS 160.345 to require superintendents to determine curricula, textbooks, instructional materials, and student support services; require the determination of the superintendent to be consistent with this Act; require curriculum adopted to be accessible to parents and guardians of students through the Kentucky Department of Education's student information system; amend KRS 7.410 to require the Office of Education Accountability to conduct an annual digital survey of transparency and compliance and report designated findings to the specified legislative and executive entities; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to designate mandatory historical topics; create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 to provide that the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) shall discontinue approval of any teacher preparation program that promotes bigotry or revisionist history; require EPSB to promulgate administrative regulations defining procedures to report teacher preparation programs that violate the new requirements; establish minimum requirements for the procedures; require EPSB to regularly audit programs and investigate all credible reports of violations; waive civil immunity for claims against EPSB for failing to discontinue a program in accordance with the law or a college or university that violates the new requirements; provide that the Act shall be severable; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

2/11/2022 - Introduced

ANNEXATION
(MASSEY, C. ED)

AN ACT relating to annexation.

Amend KRS 81A.410 to prohibit city annexation of school property without the approval of the governing body of the public school system.

  RECENT STATUS

2/16/2022 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(REED, BRANDON)

AN ACT relating to education and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 159.035 to require that beginning with the 2021-2022 school year a student shall be considered present at school while participating in any of the page programs of the General Assembly; allow one day as an excused absence for attendance at the State Fair; amend KRS 158.070 and 158.649 to conform; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; add short title; add emergency clause. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; remove language requiring a student to be considered present; require that a student's perfect attendance record shall not be negatively affected for participating in the General Assembly's page program; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 168)

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/30/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

EDUCATORS
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to educators.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to define terms; establish a student loan forgiveness program for teachers and administrators employed at a public school district within a federally designated promise zone; authorize the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the program; create the promise zone educator scholarship fund.

  RECENT STATUS

2/17/2022 - Introduced

MEDICAID SERVICES
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to Medicaid services.

Amend KRS 205.203 to add gender-neutral language.

  RECENT STATUS

2/17/2022 - Introduced

HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to health and family services.

Amend KRS 211.160 to make language gender-neutral.

  RECENT STATUS

2/17/2022 - Introduced

SCHOOL POPULATION CHANGES
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to school population changes, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Require growth in enrollment to be included in the 2022-23 school year SEEK calculation utilizing end of year membership numbers, require a loss adjustment to assist districts with greater than 3% loss in student enrollment, establish how those calculations are to be made; appropriate to the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky fund $12,500,000 for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and $22,400,000 for the 2023-2024 fiscal year; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

3/16/2022 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

3/15/2022 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

3/15/2022 - (H) Reported Favorably

SCHOOL PERSONNEL
(TATE, NANCY)

AN ACT relating to school personnel.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to require a school district or public charter school to adopt a written policy on information that the district provides about former school personnel when responding to a request for information from a potential employer that is a school or school district; establish the minimum contents of the policy; provide that allegations of sexual misconduct involving a minor or a student shall not be deemed to be known or supported by probable cause if certain conditions set forth in federal law are met; create civil immunity for good-faith reports of information to potential employers that comply with the school or school district; waive civil immunity and create liability for a school district or public charter school that fails to disclose the sexual misconduct of a former employee when certain conditions are met; provide that nothing in the section shall be interpreted to impair or eliminate mandatory reporting under KRS 620.030; amend KRS 160.380 to require a superintendent to terminate an employee convicted of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor; require schools to request information on a potential employee from a previous employer that is a Kentucky public school; require a school employee to disclose any conviction of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor.

  RECENT STATUS

2/28/2022 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  RECENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

SCHOOL FUNDING
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to school funding.

Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 157.320, 157.069, 157.200, 157.350, 157.360, 157.370, 157.390, 157.420, 157.621, 157.660, 158.030, 158.070, 159.035, 159.075, 159.090, 160.107, 160.345, 160.486, 160.593, 160.6152, 160.644. and 164.380 to transition the school funding model from using average daily attendance to average daily membership; make conforming changes; EFFECTIVE July 1, 2024.

  RECENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR TEACHERS
(LEWIS, SCOTT )

AN ACT relating to student loan forgiveness for teachers and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS 164.780 to 164.7891 to establish the Teacher Recruitment Student Loan Forgiveness Program; direct the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to administer the program; define program eligibility requirements and forgiveness amounts; create the Teacher Recruitment Student Loan Forgiveness Program fund; APPROPRIATION.

  RECENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(LEWIS, SCOTT )

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  RECENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(RABOURN, FELICIA)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 161.030 to specify authority of Education Professional Standards Board over educators hired by public schools only; amend KRS 199.894 to define "learning pods" and exclude from the defintion of "child-care center" and "family child-care home"; amend KRS 194A.381 to exclude learning pods from certain hiring requirements.

  RECENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

FARM TO SCHOOL MEALS
(FRAZIER GORDON, DEANNA)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION commending Madison County Schools for using the farm-to-school concept for school meals and encouraging other school districts to do so.

Encourage school districts to buy foods locally for school meals. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; recognize Madison County schools for using the farm-to-school concept.

  RECENT STATUS

3/24/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 27)

3/21/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/21/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

EXTENDING EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ACTIONS
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

A JOINT RESOLUTION extending emergency executive actions related to severe weather and declaring an emergency.

Extend certain executive orders, including emergency executive orders and administrative regulations, relating to the December 10, 2021, and December 31, 2021, storms and declare that the extended orders expire on April 15, 2022; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 3)

1/13/2022 - delivered to Governor

1/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

DAY TO HONOR BLACK WOMEN
(STEVENSON , PAMELA)

A RESOLUTION recognizing the last day of February, the day connecting Black and Women's History Months, as a day to honor Black women.

Recognize the last day of February, the day connecting Black and Women's History Months, as a day to honor Black women.

  RECENT STATUS

2/28/2022 - adopted by voice vote

2/28/2022 - ADOPTED BY HOUSE

2/25/2022 - to House Floor

INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
(BRATCHER, KEVIN D.)

A RESOLUTION recognizing January 27, 2022, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Recognize January 27, 2022, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

  RECENT STATUS

1/27/2022 - adopted by voice vote

1/27/2022 - ADOPTED BY HOUSE

1/27/2022 - to House Floor

EDUCATION
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to education and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 160.345 to require that the superintendent instead of the council determines curriculum after consulting with the principal and school council and after a stakeholder response period; require allocations to schools by local boards be determined by the principal after consultation with the council instead of being determined by the council; alter principal hiring process requiring principal to be selected by the superintendent after consultation with school council; require council members to sign a nondisclosure agreement prior to consultation; allow for a complaint process and removal of a council member for violation of the nondisclosure agreement; amend KRS 158.6453 to require the Kentucky Department of Education to provide guidelines for effective writing programs to all districts instead of all schools; remove the requirement for schools to submit policies determining the writing program to KDE. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 158.6453 to require academic standards be consistent with Section 4 of the Act; amend KRS 160.370 to designate the authority and duties of a local board of education and a superintendent in a county school district in a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C; provide that any duties not expressly vested with the local board of education are vested with the superintendent in a county school district in a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C; provide that the local board of education of a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C shall delegate the authority to manage the day-to-day operations of the district to the superintendent; increase the contracting authority of a superintendent of a county school district in a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C that adopts the provisions of the Kentucky Model Procurement Code from $20,000 to $250,000; authorize the superintendent of a county school district in a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C to make line-item budget transfers of up to $250,000 without board approval; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require a public school to provide instruction that is consistent with designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion; provide that nothing in the section shall be construed to restrict historical instruction; require designated core American documents be incorporated in middle and high school social studies academic standards by July 1, 2023; provide that this revision of the social studies academic standards shall not delay or otherwise impact the existing schedule for reviewing and amending academic standards as set forth in KRS 158.6453(2); amend KRS 161.164 to provide that classroom instruction on current, controversial topics shall be age-appropriate, relevant, objective, and nondiscriminatory; provide that a public school employee cannot require or incentivize a student to participate in designated political or policy advocacy; provide that a public school employee shall not be required to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that coerces the employee to engage in stereotyping; credit up to 15 days of sick leave to school employees who used sick leave during 2021-2022 due to a COVID-19 infection; provide up to 5 days of paid leave from March 1 through June 30, 2022, to school employees who have a COVID-19 infection; make sick leave provisions RETROACTIVE to March 1, 2022; provide that Sections 4 and 5 of the Act be cited as the Teaching American Principles Act; EMERGENCY. House Floor Amendment (6) Retain original provisions; require the superintendent to consult with the local board regarding curriculum; provide for SBDM elections to encompass multiple days; provide for the use of electronic voting. House Floor Amendment (7) Reinsert language providing for principal selection in a school district in a county with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C; provide for the superintendent to select the principal; change the maximum frequency of local board of education meetings in a county school district with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C for once every 8 weeks to once every 4 weeks; and provide that the local board of education in a county school district with a consolidated local government adopted under KRS Chapter 67C may withhold approval of rule, regulation, bylaw, or statement for policy submitted by the superintendent by a 2/3 vote instead of requiring an unanimous vote.

  RECENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 196)

4/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

4/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

Position

Support

KENTUCKY SENATE REDISTRICTING
(MILLS, ROBBY)

AN ACT relating to redistricting and declaring an emergency.

(S1301B01) Amend various sections of KRS Chapter 5 to divide the Commonwealth into the following senatorial districts: DISTRICT 1 - Calloway KY, Crittenden KY, Fulton KY, Graves KY, Hickman KY, Lyon KY, Trigg KY; DISTRICT 2 - Ballard KY, Carlisle KY, Livingston KY, Marshall KY, McCracken KY; DISTRICT 3 - Caldwell KY, Christian KY, Muhlenberg KY; DISTRICT 4 - Henderson KY, Hopkins KY, Union KY, Webster KY; DISTRICT 5 - Breckinridge KY, Butler KY, Grayson KY, Meade KY, Ohio KY; DISTRICT 6 - Jefferson KY (part), Oldham KY, Trimble KY; DISTRICT 7 - Anderson KY, Henry KY, Jefferson KY (part), Shelby KY; DISTRICT 8 - Daviess KY, Hancock KY, McLean KY; DISTRICT 9 - Barren KY, Edmonson KY, Green KY, Hart KY, Warren KY (part); DISTRICT 10 - Hardin KY, Jefferson KY (part); DISTRICT 11 - Boone KY (part); DISTRICT 12 - Boyle KY, Fayette KY (part), Mercer KY, Woodford KY; DISTRICT 13 - Fayette KY (part); DISTRICT 14 - Larue KY, Marion KY, Nelson KY, Spencer KY, Washington KY; DISTRICT 15 - Clinton KY, Cumberland KY, Pulaski KY, Russell KY, Wayne KY; DISTRICT 16 - Adair KY, Allen KY, Metcalfe KY, Monroe KY, Taylor KY, Warren KY (part); DISTRICT 17 - Fayette KY (part), Grant KY, Kenton KY (part), Scott KY; DISTRICT 18 - Boyd KY, Carter KY, Greenup KY, Lewis KY; DISTRICT 19 - Jefferson KY (part); DISTRICT 20 - Boone KY (part), Carroll KY, Franklin KY, Gallatin KY, Kenton KY (part), Owen KY; DISTRICT 21 - Casey KY, Laurel KY, Lincoln KY, Rockcastle KY; DISTRICT 22 - Fayette KY (part), Garrard KY, Jessamine KY; DISTRICT 23 - Kenton KY (part); DISTRICT 24 - Bracken KY, Campbell KY, Kenton KY (part), Pendleton KY; DISTRICT 25 - Clay KY, Jackson KY, Knox KY, McCreary KY, Owsley KY, Whitley KY; DISTRICT 26 - Jefferson KY (part); DISTRICT 27 - Bourbon KY, Fayette KY (part), Fleming KY, Harrison KY, Mason KY, Nicholas KY, Robertson KY, Rowan KY; DISTRICT 28 - Bath KY, Clark KY, Fayette KY (part), Menifee KY, Montgomery KY; DISTRICT 29 - Bell KY, Floyd KY, Harlan KY, Knott KY, Letcher KY; DISTRICT 30 - Breathitt KY, Estill KY, Lee KY, Leslie KY, Magoffin KY, Morgan KY, Perry KY, Powell KY, Wolfe KY; DISTRICT 31 - Elliott KY, Johnson KY, Lawrence KY, Martin KY, Pike KY; DISTRICT 32 - Logan KY, Simpson KY, Todd KY, Warren KY (part); DISTRICT 33 - Jefferson KY (part); DISTRICT 34 - Fayette KY (part), Madison KY; DISTRICT 35 - Jefferson KY (part); DISTRICT 36 - Jefferson KY (part); DISTRICT 37 - Jefferson KY (part); DISTRICT 38 - Bullitt KY, Jefferson KY (part); PLAN INTEGRITY VERIFIED; amend KRS 5.010 to change dates to conform; specify how county and precinct names are to be displayed depending on whether the territory of the county or precinct is included in a particular legislative district in its entirety or in part; direct county boards of elections to change precinct boundaries to conform to legislative district boundaries; EMERGENCY

  RECENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE; (Acts Ch. 9)

1/21/2022 - Filed without Governor's signature with the Secretary of State

1/8/2022 - delivered to Governor

DISASTER RECOVERY AND RELIEF
(HOWELL, JASON)

AN ACT relating to fiscal matters providing funding for disaster recovery and relief, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate moneys to the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergenies (SAFE) fund; create a new section of KRS Chapter 39A to create the West Kentucky SAFE fund; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/12/2022 - replaced by identical House Bill 5

1/12/2022 - Motion to replace SB 5 with HB 5 pursuant to rule 58 - adopted 32-0

1/12/2022 - Senate Committee Substitute (2) adopted

PAYROLL SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION
(STIVERS, ROBERT)

AN ACT relating to the administration of payroll systems.

Amend KRS 336.180 to define "political activities," "candidate," "committee," "contributing organization," "contribution," "election," "electioneering communications," "fundraiser," "independent expenditure," "labor organization," "public employee," "slate of candidates," and "testimonial affair"; amend KRS 336.134 to prohibit any deduction from the wages of any public employee for any dues, fees, or charges associated with a labor organization or for political activities without a written authorization from the public employee; create new sections of KRS Chapter 336 to prohibit employers from collecting financial information from public employees for the purpose of providing the financial information to a labor organization without written authorization from the public employee; amend KRS 336.135, 65.158, 161.158, and 164.365 to ensure that the notice required for the withholding of public employee earnings for payments associated with a labor organization shall comply; amend KRS 336.990 to create a penalty.

  RECENT STATUS

3/10/2022 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

3/10/2022 - (S) SECOND READING

3/10/2022 - (S) Taken From Committee Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor

EARLY LITERACY EDUCATION
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to early literacy education, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 158.791 to specify the Department of Education's role in assisting local school districts with regard to reading instruction, supports, and interventions; require the department to collaborate with designated agencies on reading programming, materials, and activities; amend KRS 158.305 to define new terms; replace references to "response to intervention" systems with "multi-tiered system of supports"; require a local board of education to adopt and implement a reading universal screener and reading diagnostic assessment by January 1, 2023; permit a local school district to adopt a common comprehensive reading program for K-3; require all K-3 teachers to be trained in any reading diagnostic assessment and universal screener adopted by a local board; establish requirements for the administration of reading universal screeners by grade-level; define and establish the requirements for a reading improvement plan; establish service requirements for a student that needs accelerated intervention as demonstrated by the results of the approved reading diagnostic assessment or state annually required grade 3 assessment; require the department to establish reading teacher academies or coaching models by September 1, 2023, if funds are appropriated; remove the requirement for KDE to provide an annual report to IJCE on academic interventions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require postsecondary institutions offering early childhood or elementary teacher preparation programs to include designated instruction; require the EPSB to maintain a list of approved reading teacher preparation tests; require all new teachers seeking certification in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education or Elementary School to take an approved reading teacher preparation test; amend KRS 158.840 to require CPE to submit an annual report to IJCE on the compliance of teacher preparation programs to this Act; require regular reports to an external evaluator; amend KRS 164.0207 to redefine existing terms; require the Board of Education to pass administrative regulations that prioritize schools with the most need and schools that have not received a grant in the previous cycle when awarding reading diagnostic and intervention grants; amend KRS 158.794 to reorganize the composition of the reading diagnostic and intervention grant steering committee; amend KRS 164.0207 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to establish and define the read to succeed fund; provide that moneys and interest in the fund shall not lapse; designate the Act as the Read to Succeed Act. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain all original provisions; amend KRS 158.305 to provide that a superintendent shall select at least one universal screener and one reading diagnostic assessment for the district; provide that a superintendent may elect to adopt a common comprehensive reading program; amend KRS 158.792 to include the employment of reading interventionists as a purpose of the reading diagnostic and intervention fund; prevent the state board of education from limiting grant recipients from expending grant funds for authorized purposes; direct that grant applications currently under consideration shall be subject to Section 5 this Act; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 40)

3/22/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/22/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

Position

Support

NURSING
(MILLS, ROBBY)

AN ACT relating to nursing and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 314 to define "good standing"; amend KRS 314.041 and 314.051 to establish rules for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses from another state who want to practice in Kentucky; exempt nurses licensed in a nursing compact member state; issue a license by endorsement to international applicants who graduated nursing school and meet the requirements of the NCLEX examination or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools International, Inc.; amend KRS 314.101 to allow nurses in good standing in another state to practice in Kentucky; amend KRS 314.111 to prohibit the Board of Nursing from restricting nursing school or nursing program student enrollment if the school or program has at least an 80 percent average pass rate for the NCLEX; describe nursing education levels needed to teach at various types of nursing programs; amend KRS 314.121 to limit nursing board members to three consecutive terms; make board appointments subject to confirmation by the Senate; require board appointments to include two members from each of the six congressional districts; limit board membership to include no more than six nurse educators; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 314.121 to replace a licensed practical nurse member of the Board of Nursing with a registered nurse member; make one registered nurse member also a certified registered nurse anesthetist; establish appointment procedures. House Floor Amendment (2) Retain original provisions; increase members of the board to17 by restoring one licensed practical nurse member.

  RECENT STATUS

4/7/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 84)

3/29/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/29/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship.

Amend the definition of "KEES Award" in KRS 164.7874 to include a dual credit course award amount; amend KRS 164.7879 to provide a dual credit course award amount to high school students who graduate from a nonpublic secondary school not certified by the Kentucky Board of Education.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

9/1/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Assess and Monitor

SCHOOL BUS AUXILIARY LIGHTING
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to school bus lighting.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 156 to allow the installation of auxiliary lighting on school buses; establish auxiliary lighting use restriction; require the Kentucky Department of Education to establish standards and specifications.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Transportation (S)

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

10/28/2021 - Pre-Filed

Position

Support

LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING CHALLENGES
(STIVERS, ROBERT)

AN ACT relating to legislative redistricting challenges and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 5.005 to establish that an action challenging the constitutionality of any created legislative district shall be filed in the Circuit Court of the plaintiff's residence; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 6)

1/8/2022 - delivered to Governor

1/8/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

ESTABLISH JUNETEENTH NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY AS A STATE HOLIDAY
(NEAL, GERALD A.)

AN ACT relating to state holidays.

Amend KRS 2.147 and 18A.190 to make June 19, also known as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day," a state holiday for state employees.

  RECENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

1/4/2022 - Introduced (Pre-Filed)

6/18/2021 - Pre-Filed

REMOTE INSTRUCTION
(WISE, MAX)

AN ACT relating to actions in response to the SARS-COV-2 virus and declaring an emergency

Provide up to 10 days of remote instruction per school for school districts to use at the school, classroom, grade, or group level for the 2021-2022 school year; temporarily revise retirement reemployment provisions until June 30, 2022; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; make Section 1 retroactive to January 1, 2022. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; expire or extend certain executive orders, including emergency executive orders, administrative orders, administrative regulations, or other administrative actions, relating to the SARS-COV-2 virus; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/14/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 4)

1/13/2022 - delivered to Governor

1/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

Position

Support

INTERSCHOLASTIC EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITES
(WESTERFIELD, WHITNEY)

AN ACT relating to interscholastic extracurricular activities.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to authorize participation in a public school interscholastic extracurricular activity by an at-home private school student; establish criteria for participation; require a parent, guardian, or teacher of an at-home private school student participating in a public school interscholastic activity to verify the student's academic progress; declare a public school student who does not make academic progress at a public school and withdraws and enters an at-home private school program ineligible for participation in an interscholastic activity for the remainder of the school year.

  RECENT STATUS

1/8/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

1/5/2022 - Introduced

Position

Oppose

HEALTH DISPARITY IMPACTS
(NEAL, GERALD A.)

AN ACT relating to health disparity impacts.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 to define "health disparity impact" and "health disparity impact review"; require Legislative Research Commission staff to identify a bill, amendment, or committee substitute that may result in a health disparity impact and notify the sponsor and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; require the cabinet to determine if a health disparity impact review is necessary, notify the Legislative Research Commission, and complete the review if appropriate; require other state agencies to provide requested information for the review; permit a new review to be requested if there is an amendment or committee substitute; require any bill, amendment, or committee substitute that requires a review to have a completed review before a vote is taken; permit a majority of members of the Senate or House of Representatives to request a review; permit a majority of members of any standing committee to request a review; require reviews to include information on any health disparity impact and be completed within thirty days; require the cabinet to create a form to be used to complete the review.

  RECENT STATUS

1/10/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

1/5/2022 - Introduced

RIGHTS OF PARENTS
(WEST, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to the rights of parents.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 405 to establish findings of the General Assembly related to rights and interests of parents; create a new section of KRS Chapter 405 to establish a definition of "parent" and specific rights of parents; establish a short title of "Parents' Rights Protection Act." Senate Floor Amendment (2) Create an exception related to KRS Chapter 508 and KRS 600.020 child dependency, abuse, or neglect investigations.

  RECENT STATUS

3/24/2022 - received in House

3/23/2022 - (S) THIRD READING passed 23-14 with floor amendment (2)

3/23/2022 - floor amendment (1) withdrawn

Position

Assess and Monitor

LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT OF HEALTH, WELFARE, AND FAMILY SERVICES ISSUES
(MEREDITH, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to legislative oversight of health, welfare, and family services issues.

Amend KRS 21A.190, 157.065, 194A.030, 194A.365, 199.665, 199.8943, 199.8983, 211.684, 605.120, 620.055, 620.320, and 620.345 to remove reference to the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee; amend KRS 200.575 to remove reference to the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee and replace it with Legislative Research Commission; repeal KRS 6.940, relating to the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee and KRS 6.943, relating to the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023.

  RECENT STATUS

3/25/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government (H)

3/25/2022 - (H) Returned to Committee House Committee on Committees (H)

3/25/2022 - (H) FIRST READING

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY ACCOUNT
(ALVARADO, RALPH)

AN ACT relating to educational opportunity account.

Amend KRS 141.502 to update definition of "eligible student" to increase the limit of not more than 200% of the amount of household income necessary to establish eligibility for reduced-price meals; amend KRS 141.504 to allow funds in an education opportunity account to also be used for tuition or fees to attend a prekindergarten to grade twelve nonpublic school and remove the requirements for individuals to be residents of counties of 90,000 or more to utilize the funds for nonpublic schools; amend KRS 141.510 to require a copy of the account granting organization's determination letter granting them 501(c)(3) status to be submitted with their application; amend KRS 141.512 to allow an AGO, in the first year, to allocate less than 90 percent of the total annual contributions to EOAs; amend KRS 141.522 to delete the sunset provision from the tax credit for contributions made to AGOs; increase credit cap from $25,000,000 to $50,000,000 with certain stipulations.

  RECENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

1/13/2022 - Introduced

Position

Oppose

SCHOOL FACILITIES
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to school facilities.

Amend KRS 157.455 to delete the Kentucky efficient school design trust fund; delete the reporting requirement for efficient design; repeal KRS 162.062, relating to requirements for water bottle filling stations and drinking fountains in new schools to be built.

  RECENT STATUS

1/10/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

1/6/2022 - Introduced

Position

Support

STATEWIDE EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM
(WILSON, MIKE)

AN ACT relating to the statewide education accountability system.

Amend KRS 158.6453 to delete the tenth grade college admissions examination; amend KRS 158.6455 to add postsecondary readiness indicators to the statewide accountability system.

  RECENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 137)

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/30/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

Position

Support

PRESCHOOL EDUCATION
(WISE, MAX)

AN ACT relating to preschool education.

Amend KRS 157.3175 to remove the requirement that a preschool program proposal include a certification from a Head Start director that the Head Start program is fully utilized. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Delete all original provisions; amend KRS 157.3175 to create an alternative procedure for certification of Head Start full utilization when an agreement cannot be reached between the superintendent and Head Start director. Senate Floor Amendment (1) Retain all original provisions, clarify that the certification and negotiation is conducted by the local head start director.

  RECENT STATUS

4/11/2022 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE; (Acts Ch. 190)

4/11/2022 - delivered to Secretary of State

3/30/2022 - delivered to Governor

Position

Support

EARLY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
(WISE, MAX)

AN ACT relating to early high school graduation.

Amend KRS 158.142 to delete end-of-course examination and ACT benchmark requirements from the early high school graduation program.

  RECENT STATUS

3/30/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 54)

3/25/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/25/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

Position

Support

REAPPORTIONMENT
(TURNER, JOHNNIE)

AN ACT relating to reapportionment and declaring an emergency.

Require fiscal courts and county school districts to initiate, complete, and publish reapportionment plans on or before January 20, 2022; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

1/11/2022 - Introduced

Position

Undetermined

DYSLEXIA
(ADAMS, JULIE RAQUE)

AN ACT relating to dyslexia.

Amend KRS 158.307 to require rather than allow local boards of education to develop policy on dyslexia; require rather than allow the policy to include listed items; change the study project period from three to six years and allow up to six districts to participate instead of three; amend KRS 164.304 to require postsecondary institutions offering teacher preparation programs to include instruction on dyslexia by the 2023-2024 school year, rather than the instruction being contingent on funding availability.

  RECENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

1/11/2022 - Introduced

Position

Undetermined

PROHIBITING BIOLOGICAL MALES FROM PARTICIPATING IN GIRLS ATHLETICS
(MILLS, ROBBY)

AN ACT relating to athletics.

Amend KRS 156.070 to require the Board of Education or agency designated by the Board of Education to manage interscholastic athletics to promulgate administrative regulations or bylaws requiring schools that participate in interscholastic athletics to designate all athletic teams, activities, and sports based upon the biological sex of the students eligible to participate; prohibit male students from participating in athletic teams, activities, and sports designated as "girls"; prohibit designated agencies from entertaining complaints or investigations of policies; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to create a cause of action against a school that violates these provisions; require that an action be brought within two years; provide that the Act may be cited as the Save Women’s Sports Act. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Delete all original provisions; amend KRS 156.070 to provide that an athletic activity or sport designated as "girls" shall not be open to members of the male sex, provide that the sex of a student for the purpose of determining athletic eligibility shall be determined by the student's certified birth certificate as originally issued at the time of birth or adoption; Save Women’s Sports Act. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Restrict applicability to grades 6 through 12. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete all original provisions; amend KRS 156.070 to require KHSAA to promulgate administrative regulations or bylaws requiring schools to designate all interscholastic athletics for students in grades 6 through 12 based upon the biological sex of the students eligible to participate; prohibit male students in grades 6 through 12 from participating in girls' athletics; establish how to designate biological sex; prohibit designated agencies from entertaining complaints or investigations of policies; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require a public postsecondary education institution or private postsecondary education institution that is a member of a national intercollegiate athletic association to designate all intercollegiate and intramural athletics authorized by the institution based on biological sex of students eligible to participate; require that institutions prohibit male students from participating in womens' athletics; prohibit designated agencies from entertaining complaints or investigations of policies; title the Act "Fairness in Womens' Sports Act."

  RECENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 198)

4/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

4/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

Position

Undetermined

MEDICAID REIMBURSMENTS FOR DENTAL SERVICES
(ALVARADO, RALPH)

AN ACT relating to Medicaid reimbursements for dental services.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the Department for Medicaid Services to adopt a minimum fee schedule for covered dental services and require that managed care organizations reimburse eligible dental service providers in an amount at least equal to the fee-for-service rate for the same covered service; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or the Department for Medicaid Services to request federal authorization for a waiver if necessary.

  RECENT STATUS

2/10/2022 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

2/10/2022 - (S) SECOND READING, to Rules

2/9/2022 - (S) FIRST READING

GRANT PROGRAM TO PROMOTE INVESTMENTS IN KENTUCKY BUSINESSES
(GIVENS, DAVID P.)

AN ACT relating to the establishment of a grant program to promote investments in Kentucky businesses, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 to establish parameters for the General Assembly when called into session by Joint Proclamation; amend KRS 6.190 and 6.211 to adjust the compensation of members of the General Assembly during a veto recess period; EFFECTIVE only upon ratification of a proposed constitutional amendment. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except delete restrictions on the types of legislation that may be acted upon during a regular 60-day session in an even-numbered year. Senate Floor Amendment (1) Remove the requirement that no less than four legislative days be used in any calendar week; require that the 12 legislative days occur during no more than three calendar weeks in the aggregate. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; create new sections of KRS Chapter 154, Subchapter 20, to establish the Kentucky Rural Jobs Act of 2022; allow the Cabinet for Economic Development to begin accepting applications from entities seeking approval as a growth fund; allow no more that $50 million of grants to be awarded as state matching capital for investments in growth businesses; establish the Rural Jobs Development Fund; appropriate $25 million in fiscal year 2021-2022 and $25 million in fiscal year 2022-2023 to the Rural Jobs Development Fund; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - received in Senate w/ Letter

4/14/2022 - (H) THIRD READING, passed 92-3 with Committee Substitute (1) and Committee Amendment (1-title)

4/14/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, April 14, 2022

SUPERINTENDENT SCREENING COMMITTEES
(ADAMS, JULIE RAQUE)

AN ACT relating to superintendent screening committees.

Amend KRS 160.352 to provide that a parent member on a screening committee shall not be employed by the school district; require greater minority representation on a screening committee in a school district with a minority student population of 50 percent or greater.

  RECENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

1/13/2022 - Introduced

Position

Undetermined

EMPLOYER IMMUNIZATION EXCEPTIONS
(GIRDLER, RICK)

AN ACT relating to employers.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 344 to require employers that mandate employee immunization to allow exceptions based on religious belief or conscientious objection to immunizations; provide sample form for employee affirmation; amend KRS 344.040 to make it an unlawful practice for employers to require immunizations as a condition of employment from employees who hold sincere religious beliefs against or conscientiously object to immunization. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions except remove KRS 344.040; create a new section of KRS Chapter 446 to require written notice of vaccination exemptions for sincerely held religious belief or medical contraindication; establish which health care providers can support a medical exemption; require notice of federal mandates and exemptions; establish civil cause of action for violations.

  RECENT STATUS

3/25/2022 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Judiciary (S)

3/25/2022 - (S) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ SFA 1, SFA 2, and SCS 1

3/24/2022 - floor amendment (3) withdrawn

WORK READY KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
(CARROLL, DANNY)

AN ACT relating to the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program.

Amend KRS 164.787 to add eligibility for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program to students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; delete limitation on receiving the scholarship for four academic terms.

  RECENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 42)

3/22/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/22/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

KENTUCKY HOMESCHOOL SCHOLAR PROGRAM
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Homeschool Scholar Program and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to establish the Kentucky Homeschool Scholar Program; direct the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to administer the program; establish eligibility requirements; create the Kentucky Homeschool Scholar trust fund; appropriate $500,000 in fiscal year 2022-2023 and in fiscal year 2023-2024 for the program; APPROPRIATION.

  RECENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

1/20/2022 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(WISE, MAX)

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 158.4416 to require local superintendents to report information on school-based mental health services providers in the district to the Kentucky Department of Education; require the department to compile and maintain the information and report annually to the Interim Joint Committee on Education. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend KRS 158.648 to add a voting member appointed by the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education and allow the member to serve unlimited three year terms; permit gubernatorial appointments to serve six terms; require the council to meet at least four times annually. House Floor Amendment (3) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 159.030 to allow a qualified mental health professional to provide evidence that a child's diagnosis prevents the child's attendance at school; require evidence be provided by a qualified mental health professional if the condition is mental health related.

  RECENT STATUS

4/20/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 234)

4/13/2022 - delivered to Governor

4/13/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

INTERLOCAL AGREEMENTS
(SCHRODER, WIL)

AN ACT relating to interlocal agreements.

Amend KRS 65.242 to conform to KRS 65.290 by specifying that interlocal agreements amended solely to add or remove parties to the agreement are not required to be submitted to the Secretary of State in order to become effective.

  RECENT STATUS

4/1/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 76)

3/24/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/24/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

POLICE DEPARTMENTS FOR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS
(CARROLL, DANNY)

AN ACT relating to police departments for local school districts.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 158 to allow local boards of education to establish a police department for local school districts; provide the general police powers each officer shall have in performing their duties; provide the qualifications each officer shall have at the time of their employment; provide for the appointment or promotion to the ranks and grades of the department; amend KRS 158.441 to include an officer appointed under this Act to the term "school resource officer."

  RECENT STATUS

3/23/2022 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Education (S)

2/18/2022 - (S) SECOND READING, to Rules

2/17/2022 - (S) FIRST READING

STUDENT INSTRUCTION
(WISE, MAX)

AN ACT relating to student instruction.

Amend KRS 158.183 to require a public school shall provide instruction that is consistent with designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion; provide that nothing in the bill shall be construed to restrict impartial historical instruction; amend KRS 158.195 to require designated core American documents to be embedded across middle and high school curricula; require the Kentucky Board of Education to incorporate the designated core American documents and speech into the grade-level appropriate social studies academic standards by July 1, 2023; provide that this revision of the social studies academic standards shall not delay or otherwise impact the existing schedule for reviewing and amending academic standards as set forth in KRS 158.6453(2); amend KRS 161.164 to prohibit an employee of a local school district or public charter school from being compelled to discuss current events or controversial topics; provide that an employee that chooses to discuss current events or controversial topics shall explore such topics from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to a specific perspective; provide that a public school employee cannot require a student to participate in designated political or policy advocacy; provide that a public school employee shall not be required to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of race or sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of race or sex; provide that the Act be cited as Teaching American Principles Act. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Delete all original provisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require a public school to provide instruction that is consistent with designated concepts related to race, sex, and religion; provide that nothing in the bill shall be construed to restrict historical instruction; require designated core American documents be incorporated in middle and high school social studies academic standards by July 1, 2023; provide that this revision of the social studies academic standards shall not delay or otherwise impact the existing schedule for reviewing and amending academic standards as set forth in KRS 158.6453(2); amend KRS 161.164 to provide that classroom instruction on current, controversial topics shall be age-appropriate, relevant, objective, and nondiscriminatory; provide that a public school employee cannot require or incentivize a student to participate in designated political or policy advocacy; provide that a public school employee shall not be required to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that coerces the employee to engage in stereotyping; amend KRS 158.6453 to provide that academic standards shall be consistent with Section 1 of the Act; provide that the Act be cited as the "Teaching American Principles Act."

  RECENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HFA 1, HFA 2,t, HFA 3p, HFA 4, HFA 5, and HFA 6t

4/13/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HCS 1, HFA 1, HFA 2t, HFA 3p, HFA 4, HFA 5, and HFA 6t

3/30/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HFA 1, HFA 2t, HFA 3p, HFA 4, HFA 5, and HFA 6t

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS
(MCGARVEY, MORGAN)

AN ACT relating to corporal punishment in schools.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define "corporal punishment"; prohibit a person employed by a school district from using corporal punishment; amend KRS 158.444 to remove corporal punishment as a form of discipline in a school; amend KRS 503.110 to remove the exception that permitted the use of physical force by a teacher against a minor.

  RECENT STATUS

2/7/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

2/3/2022 - Introduced

SCHOOL BREAKFASTS
(HOWELL, JASON)

AN ACT relating to school breakfasts.

Amend KRS 158.070 to permit the administrator of a school that participates in the Federal School Breakfast Program to authorize up to 15 minutes of the student attendance day to provide the opportunity for children to eat breakfast during instructional time. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Retain all original provisions, except provide that the superintendent of the school district can grant permission for school breakfasts during instructional time instead of the school council; remove the requirement that the breakfast be in a classroom.

  RECENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 41)

3/25/2022 - delivered to Governor

3/25/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
(STORM, BRANDON J.)

AN ACT relating to student financial aid.

Amend KRS 164.740 to delete the definition of "penal institution"; amend KRS 164.7874 to delete the requirement that an eligible high school student and eligible postsecondary student not be a convicted felon for KEES eligibility purposes; repeal KRS 164.767 relating to restrictions on financial aid to incarcerated persons. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 164.767 to provide that a person convicted of certain felonies shall not be eligible for financial aid programs until 5 years after sentence completion; delete restriction that incarcerated individuals receive financial aid funds after all other eligible individuals; amend KRS 164.740 to delete definition of "penal institution." House Floor Amendment (2) Provide that a person convicted of certain felonies shall not be eligible for financial aid programs while incarcerated instead of five years after sentence completion.

  RECENT STATUS

4/25/2022 - VETOED BY GOVERNOR

4/14/2022 - delivered to Governor

4/14/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND VAPOR PRODUCTS
(SCHRODER, WIL)

AN ACT relating to the regulation of tobacco products and vapor products.

Create a new section of KRS 438.305 to 438.340 to permit a city, county, urban-county government, charter county government, consolidated local government, or unified local government to impose restrictions or requirements on the use, display, sale, or distribution of tobacco products or vapor products that are stricter than those imposed under state law; repeal KRS 438.300 which establishes the legislative intent for KRS 438.305 to 438.340.

  RECENT STATUS

2/23/2022 - Senate Health & Welfare (S), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

2/15/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

2/14/2022 - Introduced

BROADBAND SERVICES
(GIVENS, DAVID P.)

AN ACT relating to broadband services.

Amend KRS 278.5464 to provide certain restrictions on a provider who challenges the service within a broadband area by another provider, but does not document full coverage of the unserved or underserved area within one year.

  RECENT STATUS

2/15/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources & Energy (S)

2/14/2022 - Introduced

EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN AND YOUTH
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to exceptional children and youth.

Amend KRS 158.100 to require high school service be provided to exceptional children and youth through the end of the school year during which they reach the age of 21; amend KRS 157.200, KRS 159.150, and KRS 159.990 to conform; provide a second supplemental school year to an exceptional child or youth who participates in a supplemental school year and reaches the age of 21 during the 2021-2022 school year.

  RECENT STATUS

2/22/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

2/18/2022 - Introduced

KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL SAVINGS PLAN TRUST
(SCHRODER, WIL)

AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Educational Savings Plan Trust.

Repeal and reenact KRS 164A.300 to 164A.380 as new sections of KRS Chapter 41 and amend to provide that the Kentucky Educational Savings Plan Trust is to be administered by the Department of the Treasury; amend various sections of the Kentucky Revised Statutes to conform.

  RECENT STATUS

3/23/2022 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

3/17/2022 - (S) SECOND READING, to Rules

3/16/2022 - (S) FIRST READING

DIAGNOSTIC AND INTERVENTION GRANTS
(MEREDITH, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to reading diagnostic and intervention grants and declaring and emergency.

Amend KRS 158.792 to include the employment of reading interventionists as a purpose of the reading diagnostic and intervention fund; prevent the state board of education from limiting grant recipients from expending grant funds for authorized purposes; direct that grant applications currently under consideration shall be subject to this Act; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

2/28/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

2/24/2022 - Introduced

FINANCING OF SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS
(WESTERFIELD, WHITNEY)

AN ACT relating to financing of school building projects.

Amend KRS 160.160 to require a board of education in the process of acquiring, constructing, or renovating buildings, improvements, appurtenances, or furnishing and equipment to estimate the cost of the project based on the estimates provided by architects or engineers; require estimated financing and debt service costs for financial commitments to be issued for the project; require bonds, leases, participations, or other financial arrangements to be sold in accordance with the advertising requirements under KRS Chapter 424; amend KRS 162.160 to require the advertisement of bids and allow the contract for construction to begin once the plans and specifications are approved by the board of education and chief state school officer; amend KRS 162.170 to allow bonds to be issued if the plans and specifications have been prepared, filed, and submitted to the appropriate officials as required by KRS 162.160(1) and if authorized by an ordinance.

  RECENT STATUS

3/3/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

3/2/2022 - Introduced

COMMUNITY PARENTING ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING PLANS
(ADAMS, JULIE RAQUE)

AN ACT relating to community parenting alternative sentencing plans.

Amend KRS 533.010 to create a parenting-based alternative sentence; detail requirements for parenting-based alternative sentencing plan.

  RECENT STATUS

3/3/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

3/2/2022 - Introduced

DEPENDENCY NEGLECT AND ABUSE REPORTING
(ADAMS, JULIE RAQUE)

AN ACT relating to dependency, neglect, and abuse reporting.

Amend KRS 620.030 to remove the requirement that a supervisor also make a report to the proper authorities regarding a report made to them of suspected abuse; require an oral report of child abuse and notification of a supervisor; add the requirement that a supervisor cooperate with the investigation of a report; amend KRS 620.040, relating to notification of suspected abuse reports.

  RECENT STATUS

3/3/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

3/2/2022 - Introduced

CIVILITY AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
(CARROLL, DANNY)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION encouraging an atmosphere of civility and respect on the part of all participants engaged in carrying out the critical functions of Kentucky's system of elementary and secondary education.

Encourage civility at local school board meetings.

  RECENT STATUS

3/10/2022 - received in House

3/9/2022 - adopted by voice vote

3/9/2022 - ADOPTED BY SENATE

TERMINATING COVID EMERGENCY
(DOUGLAS, DONALD)

A JOINT RESOLUTION terminating the declaration of emergency regarding the SARS-COV-2 virus and declaring an emergency.

Terminate the declaration of emergency regarding the SARS-COV-2 virus in 2020 Executive Order 2020-215 and all subsequent actions directives based upon the declaration of emergency in 2020 Executive Order 2020-215; EMERGENCY.

  RECENT STATUS

3/22/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 22)

3/22/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by Speaker of the House

3/22/2022 - Enrolled, Signed by President of the Senate

DAY OF TEARS
(ALVARADO, RALPH)

A RESOLUTION designating January 22, 2022, as the Day of Tears.

Designate January 22, 2022, as the Day of Tears.

  RECENT STATUS

1/6/2022 - (S) WITHDRAWN

1/4/2022 - Introduced

EXPRESSING SYMPATHY TO CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
(WISE, MAX)

A RESOLUTION expressing sympathy to the citizens of the Commonwealth affected by the historic December 2021 tornado outbreak and honoring the many acts of kindness provided to the impacted communities and school districts by school personnel.

Recognize the assistance provided by school personnel to western Kentucky tornado victims.

  RECENT STATUS

1/27/2022 - adopted by voice vote

1/27/2022 - ADOPTED BY SENATE

1/26/2022 - Introduced

CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY
(STIVERS, ROBERT)

A RESOLUTION recognizing February 8, 2022, as Children's Oral Health Awareness Day.

Recognize February 8, 2022, as Children's Oral Health Awareness Day.

  RECENT STATUS

2/8/2022 - adopted by voice vote

2/8/2022 - ADOPTED BY SENATE

2/8/2022 - to Senate Floor

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY
(MCGARVEY, MORGAN)

A RESOLUTION recognizing March 2, 2022, as Read Across America Day.

Recognize March 2, 2022, as Read Across America Day.

  RECENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - adopted by voice vote

4/14/2022 - ADOPTED BY SENATE

3/3/2022 - to Senate Floor