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Legislative Report January 21, 2022
Prepared by: Austin Bates
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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - received in Senate

CIVIL RIGHTS RELATING TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY
(WILLNER, LISA)

AN ACT relating to civil rights.

Amend KRS 344.010 to include definitions for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity"; amend KRS 344.020, relating to the purpose of the Kentucky's civil rights chapter, to include a prohibition against discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.025, 344.040, 344.050, 344.060, 344.070, and 344.080, relating to prohibited discrimination in various labor and employment practices, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.100 and 344.110 to conform; amend KRS 344.120 and 342.140, relating to prohibited discrimination in places of public accommodation and advertisements therefor, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.170, 344.180, 344.190, 344.300, and 344.310, relating to the state and local human rights commissions, to include prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the scope of their powers and duties; amend KRS 344.360, 344.370, 344.380, and 344.680, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain housing, real estate, and other financial transactions, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.367, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain insurance sales, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; amend KRS 344.400, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain credit transactions, to include sexual orientation and gender identity; make various technical amendments; amend KRS 18A.095 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

CIVIL RIGHTS RELATING TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY
(MINTER, PATTI)

AN ACT relating to civil rights.

Amend KRS 344.010 to include definitions for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity"; amend KRS 344.020, relating to the purpose of the Kentucky's civil rights chapter, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.025, 344.040, 344.050, 344.060, 344.070, and 344.080, relating to prohibited discrimination in various labor and employment practices to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.100 and 344.110 to conform; amend KRS 344.120 and 342.140, relating to prohibited discrimination in places of public accommodation and advertisements therefor, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.170, 344.180, 344.190, 344.300, and 344.310, relating to the state and local human rights commissions, to include prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the scope of their powers and duties; amend KRS 344.360, 344.370, 344.380, and 344.680, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain housing, real estate, and other financial transactions, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.367, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain insurance sales, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; amend KRS 344.400, relating to prohibited discrimination in certain credit transactions, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; make various technical amendments; amend KRS 18A.095 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PROHIBITING TRANSGENDER 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."

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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".

  CURRENT STATUS

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

REPEALING CERTIAN 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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

RIGHTS FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
(BAKER, SHANE)

AN ACT relating to religion.

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/20/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

WASTE MANAGEMENT AND ADVANCED RECYCLING
(BOWLING, ADAM)

AN ACT relating to resource recovery.

Amend KRS 224.1-010 to redefine "disposal," "municipal solid waste disposal facility," "waste site or facility," "waste," and "solid waste management facility"; define "advanced recycling," "advanced recycling facility," "depolymerization," "gasification," "post-use polymer," "pyrolysis," "recovered feedstock," and "solvolysis"; amend KRS 109.012 to redefine "solid waste," "solid waste management," and "solid waste management facility."

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Natural Resources & Energy (H)

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PARI-MUTUAL TAX
(KING, KIM)

AN ACT relating to pari-mutuel tax.

Amend KRS 138.510 to impose a 1.5% surtax on historical horse races, on or after October 1, 2022; amend KRS 138.513 to impose a 2.5% surtax on advance deposit account wagers; amend KRS 138.530 and 230.750 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

RIGHT TO REFUSE FACIAL COVERINGS AND PROHIBITION OF MASK MANDATES IN CERTIAN INSTITUTIONS
(BECHLER, LYNN)

AN ACT relating to facial coverings in educational settings.

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PROHIBITING VACCINATION REQUIRMENTS FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENTS
(HART, MARK)

AN ACT prohibiting vaccination requirements for postsecondary education students.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit a public postsecondary educational institution from requiring a student to receive certain vaccinations unless the student is participating in an educational program that involves the delivery of health care services.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

FAMILY CARE LEAVE
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to family care leave.

Amend KRS 337.010 to define "family care leave," "family member," "health care provider", "same employer," and "serious health condition"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to prohibit employers from preventing an employee to take family care leave; to entitle employee to family care leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a family member and establish parameters.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

HEALTH CARE ALL-PAYER CLAIMS DATABASE
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to health care to provide for an all-payer claims database and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 194A to require the executive director of the Office of Health Data and Analytics to establish an advisory committee to make recommendations regarding the creation and implementation of a Kentucky all-payer claims database; establish the Kentucky all-payer claims database fund; require the executive director to establish the database if certain conditions are met; set forth requirements for the database; amend KRS 304.2-100 to require the commissioner of the Department of Insurance to assist; create a new section of Subtitle 99 of KRS Chapter 304 to require the commissioner to promulgate administrative regulations designating the assessment of a fine for persons that do not comply with reporting requirements; establish short title; permit the executive director to make an application for a grant under 42 U.S.C. sec. 247d-11; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

ASSIGNMENT OF SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
(BRATCHER, KEVIN D.)

AN ACT relating to school resource officers.

Amend KRS 158.4414 to require the assignment of school resource officers to schools by August 1, 2022.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

CIRRICULUM ON HISTORY OF RACISM
(SCOTT, ATTICA)

AN ACT relating to curriculum.

Amend KRS 156.160 to require public middle and high school curriculum to include instruction on the history of racism.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/20/2022 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

ACTUARIAL ANALYSIS ON RETIREMENT SYSTEMS
(MILLER, JERRY T.)

AN ACT relating to actuarial investigations.

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State & Local Government (S)

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME
(SCOTT, ATTICA)

AN ACT relating to income assistance and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to define "eligible recipient" "gross income," "taxable year," and "universal basic income"; create the universal basic income fund within the State Treasury and provide that money remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall not lapse but will be carried forward into the next fiscal year; establish a universal basic income of $1,000 per month payable from the fund to any eligible recipient unless his or her reported gross income exceeds 100% of the median per capita income for his or her county of residence; establish a Kentucky workers' transitional income of $500 per month payable from the fund to any person who was receiving the universal basic income but became ineligible because his or her reported gross income exceeds 100% of the median per capita income of his or her county of residence for up to 24 months or until his or her reported gross income exceeds 200% of the median per capita income of his or her county of residence; require; that receipt of the universal basic income shall not be considered taxable income or be considered in calculating state tax credits or offset any liabilities or preclude the recipient from receiving other public assistance; amend KRS 141.019 to exclude the universal basic income in calculating a taxpayer's adjusted gross income; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

CONSUMER PROTECTIONS IN HEALTH INSURANCE
(MINTER, PATTI)

AN ACT relating to consumer protections in health insurance.

Create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to define terms; establish health-status eligibility rules for health benefit plans in any market; prohibit requiring a greater premium or contribution, or different benefits coverage, on the basis of any health status-related factor; prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions; require coverage for essential health benefits; prohibit insurers from establishing lifetime or annual limits on essential health benefits; require coverage for dependent children until age 26; prohibit adjustment of premium or contribution amounts for group health plans on the basis of genetic information; require the commissioner of insurance to define essential health benefits; establish when the section controls; establish opt-in for health plans not otherwise required to comply with requirements of section; establish that the section applies to health benefit plans and health plan opt-ins on or after the date as established under that section; amend various statutes to conform; amend KRS 18A.225 and 164.2871 to require the state employee health plan and state postsecondary education institution self-insured employer group health plans to comply with Section 1 of the Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

ELIMINATING CERTAIN LIABILITY PROTECTION IN EMERGENCIES
(GOOCH JR., JIM)

AN ACT relating to liability protection in emergencies.

Amend KRS 39A.275 to eliminate certain liability protections if an owner requires employees to receive a vaccination against COVID-19 and an employee suffers a severe adverse reaction as a result.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)

WORKFORCE AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
(BRIDGES, RANDY)

AN ACT relating to workforce and housing development.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 198A to establish the nonrefundable Kentucky affordable housing credit for taxable years or periods beginning on or after January 1, 2025, for a period of five years; allow the credit to be applied to the income and insurance taxes, in an amount equal to the amount of federal low-income housing tax credit; provide that the aggregate amount of tax credit for any year shall not exceed $12.5 million; create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to allow the credit to be applied to income and limited liability entity taxes; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the income tax credit; create new sections of KRS Chapter 136 to allow the credit to be applied to insurance tax; order the insurance tax credits; amend KRS 131.190 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

COVERAGE FOR DIABETES TREATMENT
(BENTLEY, DANNY)

AN ACT relating to coverage for diabetes treatment.

Amend KRS 304.17A-148 to require that cost sharing for noninsulin drugs and certain equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of diabetes not exceed certain cost-sharing thresholds; prohibit insurers from conducting or imposing utilization review for diabetes treatment prescribed by a health care provider; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

EXEMPT PLACES OF WORSHIP AND RELIGIOUSLY-AFFILIATED SCHOOLS AND DAY CARE CENTERS FROM VACCINE AND FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS
(WESLEY, BILL)

AN ACT relating to public health.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 214 to exempt places of worship and religiously-affiliated schools and day care centers from vaccine and face covering requirements.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

TERMINATION OF AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OFFERS AND CONTINUOUS SERVICE OFFERS
(WESTROM, SUSAN)

AN ACT relating to the termination of automatic renewal offers and continuous service offers.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 365 to define "affirmative consent," "automatic renewal," "automatic renewal offer terms," "clear and conspicuous," "continuous service," "continuous service offer terms," "gift membership," "gift subscription," "material change," "membership," "purchasing agreement," and "subscription"; require businesses to present automatic renewal or continuous service offer terms clearly and conspicuously to consumers before purchase; require businesses to obtain the consumer's consent before charging the consumer; require businesses to provide consumers with an easy-to-use mechanism for cancellation; require businesses to provide users who purchase in one medium the opportunity to terminate in the same medium, including online termination; require businesses to provide a notice regarding term changes prior to implementation; require businesses to abide by requirements before completion of the order, except that the acknowledment may be fulfilled after order completion and notice of change must be fulfilled prior to implementation; require businesses to provide notification of the expiration of a subscription; prohibit businesses from continuing to charge consumers after the completion of singular orders, orders for a definite period of time, or the expiration of subscriptions or memberships without creating an automatic renewal or continuous service; provide that goods, wares, merchandise, or products sent to the consumer shall be considered an unconditional gift if consent is not obtained by the business; amend KRS 365.990 to create penalty.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE PROJECTS
(DONOHUE, JEFFERY)

AN ACT relating to economic development incentive projects.

Amend KRS 154.22-040, 154.32-020, 154.32-010, 154.34-110, 154. 12-204, 154.60-020, 154.28-080, 154.23-025 and 154.24-090 to update employee wage requirements for employers and businesses receiving economic development tax incentives.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

SOLID WASTE
(DONOHUE, JEFFERY)

AN ACT relating to solid waste and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of Subchapter 43 of KRS chapter 224 to define "biodegradable," "contained in," "disposal," "extended producer responsibility," "EPR working group," "full cost accounting," "Kentucky Packaging Stewardship Program," "Kentucky Pride Fund," "packaging material," "packaging waste," "person," "plastic material," "priority waste control list," "producer," "producer responsibility fees," "minimum recyclable content standard," "sold," and "waste reduction target"; authorize and set a timetable by which the Kentucky Energy and Environment cabinet will promulgate administrative regulations to implement a program that internalizes the cost of packaging wastes to the producer of the waste called the Kentucky Packaging Stewardship Program; establish goals and considerations when implementing the program through its regulatory authority; authorize the cabinet to set waste reduction targets and minimum recyclable content standards under an extended producer responsibility designation made by the cabinet; authorize the cabinet to impose producer responsibility fees to pay for the disposal, recycling, or additional treatment of packaging wastes contributed to the solid waste stream by the producer; emphasize plastic wastes; allow the producer to reduce its exposure under the program by compliance with the waste reduction and recyclable content standards; establish goals for grants made under the Kentucky Pride Program using the producer responsibility fees; require the cabinet to characterize the waste stream, set categories for the types of packaging wastes, and place the top ten packaging wastes as prioritized by the cabinet under an extended producer responsibility designation; authorize the cabinet to set up a working group of producers under the extended producer responsibility designation which shall serve as an advisory group to the cabinet; amend KRS 224.10-620 to include packaging waste in the state environmental education program implemented by the Kentucky Department of Education and define terms; amend KRS 224.43-310 to include waste reduction targets and minimum recyclable content standards in the tools to reduce solid waste disposed of at landfills in the Commonwealth; include information about the Kentucky Packaging Stewardship Program in the triennial update on solid waste submitted by the cabinet to the Governor and the General Assembly; add the goals and priorities under the program to inform definitions made in grants and loans; allow for maximum disposal capacity limitations as a tool for achieving waste reduction targets under an extended producer responsibility designation; include in the cabinet's report to the Governor and the General Assembly information on the number and categories of extended producer responsibility designations, amount of producer fees remitted, waste reduction targets and recyclable content standards along with actuals for the review; progress in meeting the goals of the Kentucky Packaging Stewardship Program; and define terms; amend KRS 224.43-505 to authorize the producer responsibility fees to be deposited into the Pride Fund and allow for grants to be made from the fund in accordance with the goals of the Kentucky Packaging Stewardship Program and the Pride Program; allow for conditioning of grants and revocation and recovering of grants for failure to comply with the program requirements; allow for reimbursement of costs to implement the program above the $750,000 cap; define terms.

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

TAX CREDITS FOR AIRPORT NOISE MITIGATION
(DONOHUE, JEFFERY)

AN ACT relating to tax credits for airport noise mitigation.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish a refundable income tax credit for the costs of mitigating noise from a commercial airport for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, but before January 1, 2026; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the department to report nonidentifying information on the credit to the Commission; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the credit.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

EMPLOYMENT
(DONOHUE, JEFFERY)

AN ACT relating to employment.

Amend KRS 336.130 to delete references restricting rights of public employees to organize, associate collectively, or strike; amend KRS 336.180 to redefine "labor organization" and delete definitions of "employer" and "employee"; amend KRS 336.990 to conform; amend KRS 67A.6904 to allow urban-county governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 67C.406 to allow consolidated local governments to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; amend KRS 70.262, KRS 78.470 and KRS 78.480 to remove exceptions; amend KRS 345.050 to allow public employers to make an agreement with a labor organization to require membership in the organization as a condition of employment; repeal KRS 65.016, 336.132 and 336.134.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

WELDING SAFETY
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to welding safety.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 198B to establish requirements for projects requiring structural steel welding such as certification of welders and certified inspectors; provide definitions; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

REQUIRE A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AT LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION 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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)

PROHIBIT PUBLIC CONTRACTS AT OR ABOVE $100,000 WITH A COMPANY THAT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST FIREARM ENTITIES
(MADDOX, SAVANNAH)

AN ACT relating to public contracts.

Create a new section of KRS 45A.343 to 45A.460 to prohibit a governmental body or political subdivision of this state from entering into contracts valued at or above $100,000 with a company that has ten or more employees and discriminates against firearm entities or firearm trade associations; set forth what does and does not constitute discrimination; exempt sole proprietorships.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

COURT-ORDERED MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT
(FLEMING, KEN)

AN ACT relating to court-ordered mental health treatment.

Amend KRS 202A.0811 to clarify that the respondent be evaluated by a mental health professional and not examined, specify where and by when a qualified mental health professional's findings shall be certified, and specify when a date for a hearing shall be set; amend KRS 202A.0815 to expand the class of individuals who can have access to assisted outpatient treatment by modifying the criteria requirements for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HCS 1

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AT PUBLIC POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
(MADDOX, SAVANNAH)

AN ACT relating to freedom of speech at public postsecondary education institutions.

Amend KRS 164.348 to define "institution," "public," and "staff"; require an institution to adopt a policy to not restrict off-campus speech; extend free speech protections to staff and the public; provide that student religious and political organizations shall be afforded equal access to facilities; provide that authority vested with a student organization to distribute student organization funding shall be contingent on viewpoint-neutral distribution of those funds; provide that there shall be no buffer zones to outdoor areas used as traditional public forums; reduce institution's authority to establish permit requirements; specify how an institution defines student-on-student harassment; waive immunity for claims brought under the Act; permit disciplinary action against a faculty member or administrator that knowingly and intentionally restricts the protected speech of another; suspend the distribution authority of a student organization that does not distribute student organization funding in accordance with the Act; prohibit retaliation against campus community members; require Council on Postsecondary Education to develop free speech instructional materials and model trainings for institutions; require institutions to present free speech instructional materials and trainings to designated individuals; require institutions to publish semiannual student organization funding reports; designate the required contents of the semiannual student organization funding report.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

RENT CONTROL IN DEVELOPMENT AREAS
(SCOTT, ATTICA)

AN ACT relating to rent control in development areas.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 65.500 to 65.506, permitting the governing body of a consolidated local government to enact rent control ordinances in a development area.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

MEDICINAL CANNABIS
(NEMES, JASON)

AN ACT relating to medicinal cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.

Create various new sections of KRS 218A to define terms and establish a medicinal cannabis program; create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to establish an excise tax on certain transfers of medicinal cannabis; amend KRS 139.470 to exempt the sale of medical cannabis from the state sales tax; amend KRS 138.870 to exempt medicinal cannabis from the excise tax on controlled substances; amend KRS 216B.402 to require hospital emergency departments to report cases of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome to the Department for Public Health; amend KRS 218A.010, 218A.1421, 218A.1422, and 218A.1423 to conform; amend KRS 218A.202 to require the Department for Public Health to utilize the electronic system for monitoring controlled substances to monitor medicinal cannabis; amend 218A.500 to conform; amend KRS 342.815 to establish that the Employer’s Mutual Insurance Authority shall not be required to provide coverage to an employer if doing so would subject the authority to a violation of state or federal law; some sections EFFECTIVE July 1, 2023; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - floor amendment (1) filed

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(WEBBER, RUSSELL)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 341.030 to suspend any increase in the taxable wage base for calendar year 2022 and utilize the taxable wage base in effect for the 2020 year; amend KRS 341.270 to indicate that employer contribution rates in 2022 shall be determined using the rates listed in Schedule A of Table A; amend KRS 341.614 to provide there will be no surcharge assessment for 2022; retroactively to January 1, 2022; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced (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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF LANDLORDS AND TENANTS TO A RESIDENTIAL LEASE
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to rights and obligations of landlords and tenants to a residential lease.

Repeal and reenact various sections of KRS Chapter 383 to update the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; create new sections of KRS Chapter 383 to conform; amend KRS 383.715 to conform; repeal KRS 383.300, 303.302, 383.500, 383.505, 383.515, 383.525, 383.540, 383.580, 383.620, and 383.665.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

SPECIFY DUTIES OF LANDLORD WITH RESPECT TO ABANDONED PERSONAL PROPERTY
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to abandoned property.

Amend KRS 383.020 to specify duties of landlord with respect to abandoned personal property.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PROHIBIT ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAX DOLLARS FROM BEING USED FOR LOBBYING PURPOSES
(RABOURN, FELICIA)

AN ACT relating to public funds.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 48 to prohibit all federal, state, and local tax dollars from being used for lobbying purposes; define "lobbying," "public agency," and "public agent"; create a new section of KRS 6.601 to 6.849 to permit a person to file a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission if a person or entity is using federal, state, or local dollars for lobbying purposes; amend KRS 6.611 to include in the definition of "legislative agent" any public agent who lobbies for a public agency; amend KRS 6.691 to allow the Legislative Ethics Commission to issue a fine of no less than $2,000 but no more than $10,000 to any public agency or public agency that uses federal, state, or local dollars for lobbying purposes; amend KRS 6.945 to exempt these lobbying restrictions from the requirements of KRS 6.945.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

WORKERS' COMPENSATION
(TACKETT LAFERTY, ASHLEY)

AN ACT relating to workers' compensation.

Amend KRS 342.020 to require an employer to pay for medical benefits at the time of injury and thereafter during disability instead of 780 weeks; amend KRS 342.990 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE CLAIMS
(TACKETT LAFERTY, ASHLEY)

AN ACT relating to occupational disease claims.

Amend KRS 342.125 to remove the requirement that an affected employee previously diagnosed with occupational pneumoconiosis resulting from exposure to coal dust must have an additional two years of employment in the Commonwealth wherein the employee was continuously exposed to the hazards of the disease in order to reopen a claim.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

WORKERS' COMPENSATION
(TACKETT LAFERTY, ASHLEY)

AN ACT relating to workers' compensation.

Amend KRS 342.315 to eliminate the requirement that physicians contracting with the commissioner of the Department of Workers' Claims to perform evaluations in occupational disease claims be "B" readers who are licensed in Kentucky and are board-certified pulmonary specialists; amend KRS 342.316 to allow the commissioner to select a physician or medical facility for referral in occupational disease claims and eliminate the requirement that such physicians be "B" readers who are licensed in Kentucky and are board-certified pulmonary specialists; amend KRS 342.794 to delete the definition of "board-certified pulmonary specialist" and eliminate the requirement that physicians on the list of qualified "B" readers maintained by the commissioner include only those licensed in Kentucky and board-certified pulmonary specialists.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR POSTPARTUM BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE
(JENKINS, JONI L.)

AN ACT relating to Medicaid coverage for postpartum behavioral healthcare.

Amend KRS 205.592 to require Medicaid to cover behavioral health services for eligible pregnant women for 12 months postpartum; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or the Department for Medicaid Services to request federal authorization for a waiver if necessary.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

TAX AMNESTY
(FLEMING, KEN)

AN ACT relating to tax amnesty and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 131.400 to allow federal taxes, penalties, fees, or interest referred to the department from the federal government for collection purposes to be included within the tax amnesty program set to begin on October 1, 2022, and end on November 29, 2022; amend KRS 131.410, 131.420, 131.425, 131.440, and 131.445 to conform; amend KRS 131.435 to require the department and the Finance and Administration Cabinet to procure services necessary to implement the tax amnesty program as directed; repeal KRS 131.430; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

EMPLOYMENT LEAVE RELATED TO COVID-19
(GOOCH JR., JIM)

AN ACT relating to employment leave related to COVID-19.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to define "COVID-19" and require employers that provide paid leave to employees who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and are subsequently quarantined due to exposure to or diagnosis of COVID-19 shall also provide the same type of paid leave to employees who have not been vaccinated and are required to be quarantined due to exposure to or diagnosis of COVID-19; amend KRS 337.990 to create penalty.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

EARNED PAID SICK LEAVE
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

AN ACT relating to earned paid sick leave.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

HOME MODIFICATION TAX CREDIT
(PRUNTY, MELINDA GIBBONS)

AN ACT relating to the home modification tax credit.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to allow an income tax credit for qualified home modification expenses incurred by an individual equal to the actual cost of the home modifications, up to $7,500 per taxpayer per year; require reporting by the Department of Revenue; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the tax credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Department of Revenue to report information to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

TELEHEALTH
(DUPLESSIS, JIM)

AN ACT relating to telehealth.

Amend KRS 211.336 to bar professional licensure boards from prohibiting the delivery of telehealth services to residents of Kentucky who are temporarily located outside of Kentucky by health service providers credentialed in Kentucky; bar professional licensure boards from prohibiting the delivery of telehealth services to nonresidents of Kentucky who are temporarily located in Kentucky by health service providers credentialed in the person's state of residence; and bar health care providers from being required to be physically present in their credentialing state to provide telehealth services to a person who is a resident of the same state.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

PLASTIC WASTE
(MARZIAN, MARY LOU)

AN ACT relating to plastic waste.

Amend KRS 224.50-585 to establish definitions; prohibit the intentional release of more than 25 plastic balloons; establish a ban on plastic, single-use carryout bags by July 1, 2027; establish a ban on the provision of single-use plastic straws and Styrofoam food and beverage containers by retail food and beverage establishments by July 1, 2025; establish civil penalty of $100 per day for violation of bans.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

TAXATION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
(MARZIAN, MARY LOU)

AN ACT relating to taxation.

Amend KRS 138.140 to create an additional cigarette surtax of six dollars, and to increase the rates on other tobacco and vaping products as of August 1, 2022; amend KRS 138.143 to impose floor stock taxes as of July 31, 2022.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS
(SANTORO, SAL)

AN ACT relating to electrical inspections.

Amend KRS 227.460 to allow the electrical contractor to choose an inspection conducted by a Transportation Cabinet inspector or a local inspector for electrical work on highway projects not related to buildings for human occupancy performed beyond the service disconnect within the public right of way.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMAS
(JOHNSON, DJ)

AN ACT relating to High School Equivalency Diplomas.

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HFA 1, HFA 2, and HFA 3t

NATURAL GAS TRANSMISSION PIPELINE LOCATION NOTIFICATION
(JOHNSON, DJ)

AN ACT relating to natural gas transmission pipeline location notification.

Create a new section of KRS 100.273 to 100.292 to define "natural gas transmission pipeline," "operator", and "person"; limit the application of the section to cities and counties that have adopted the provisions of KRS Chapter 100 and to preliminary development plans filed on or after the effective date of the Act; establish notification requirements for developers that are locating developments within 660 feet of natural gas transmission pipelines; require a notified pipeline operator to provide pipeline location information to the developer; require the developer to include language on the final plat filed with the planning commission stating that the developer has utilized reasonable means to notify the pipeline operator and verify the pipeline location; require planning commissions to gather raw National Pipeline Mapping System geospatial data within 60 days of the effective date of the Act; exempt planning commissions from liability for development approval if it is based on the geospatial information they obtain; require pipeline operators to file the names of their registered agents with planning commissions of jurisdiction no later than August 15, 2022; prohibit planning commissions from issuing final approval for developments until the requirements of the Act have been satisfied; exempt planning commissions from liability for development approval if it is based on the information required to be submitted under the Act; provide that the Act shall not exempt developers or operators from the requirements of the Underground Facility Damage Protection Act of 1994, KRS 367.4901 to 367.4917.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
(BRIDGES, RANDY)

AN ACT relating to identity documents.

Amend KRS 186.412 to require the Transportation Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to establish procedures and forms to allow an individual without a fixed, permanent address to submit a form signed by a shelter, health care facility, or other social service agency attesting to the applicant's residence for the purpose of issuance of a renewal operator's license or an initial or renewal personal ID card; amend KRS 186.4122 to allow a homeless minor over the age of 16 to apply for a personal identification card without a parent or guardian signature, and extend the term of a personal ID issued to any homeless individual who is a citizen or permanent resident from one to three years; amend KRS 186.4123 to conform; amend KRS 186.531 to set the price of a personal identification card for an individual without a fixed, permanent address at $5, allow the Transportation Cabinet to enter into billing arrangements with social service agencies for payment of client's fees.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT 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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

TAXATION
(WILLNER, LISA)

AN ACT relating to taxation.

Amend KRS 132.020 to freeze the state property tax rate and eliminate the tax rate reduction for qualified heavy equipment; amend KRS 136.291, 136.500, 136.505, and 136.506 to reinstate the bank franchise tax and exempt financial institutions from corporation income tax and LLET; amend KRS 138.130 to define vapor products and include vapor products in the definition of tobacco products; amend KRS 138.132, 138.135, 138.195, and 138.197 to remove references to vapor products; amend KRS 138.140 to increase the tax on cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, and tobacco products; to remove the vapor products tax; to remove the discount for modified-risk tobacco products; amend KRS 138.143 to require a floor stock tax; amend KRS 138.510 to impose specific surtax amounts on horse racing wagers and to require the revenue generated from the surtaxes to be deposited into the general fund; amend KRS 139.010 to remove boat ramp fees from the list of fees not considered to be taxable admissions; amend KRS 139.200 to remove the tax on small animal veterinary services and to make other various services taxable; amend KRS 139.470 to remove the exemption of gross receipts from the sale of semi-trailers and trailers and to include the new taxable services in the de minimis rule; amend KRS 139.480 to remove the exemption for various types of properties; amend KRS 140.130 to impose an estate tax; amend KRS 141.010 to define married and unmarried individuals and allow a single column return and a single calculation of adjusted gross income with differing thresholds for married and unmarried individuals; amend KRS 141.019 to require a dollar-for-dollar reduction to the retirement income exclusion; to limit the itemized deduction amount for all itemized deductions except for the charitable contribution deduction; to ignore the special rules for capital gains invested in opportunity zones; amend KRS 141.020 to establish graduated tax rate brackets and a phase-out based on income level; amend KRS 141.081 to increase the standard deduction; amend KRS 141.066 to expand the family size tax credit; amend KRS 141.040 to increase the tax rate to 7%; amend KRS 141.0401 to lower the threshold amounts for determining the tax amount owed; amend KRS 141.120 to reinstate the three-factor apportionment formula and include a throw-back rule; amend KRS 141.039 to eliminate the deferred tax deduction; amend KRS 141.201 to sunset the election for consolidated reporting; amend KRS 141.202 to alter the filing requirement basis from waters-edge to world-wide; amend KRS 141.383 to reduce the annual cap; amend KRS 141.433 to sunset the new markets tax credit; amend KRS 142.303 to eliminate the cap on calculation of gross receipts; amend KRS 138.146, 139.260, and 154.61-020 to conform.

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1/4/2022 - Introduced

CONSUMER PROTECTION IN PHARMACY RELATED TRADE PRACTICES
(SHELDON, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to consumer protection through regulation of pharmacy-related trade practices.

Create new sections of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to establish definitions for pharmacy-related insurance practices; amend KRS 304.17A-164 to prohibit insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, and other administrators of pharmacy benefits from imposing certain requirements on health plan insureds; create new sections of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to require pharmacy benefit managers to establish reasonably adequate and accessible pharmacy networks; require pharmacy benefit managers to file, and the insurance commissioner to review, an annual report describing pharmacy networks; provide that information and data acquired by the Department of Insurance shall be considered proprietary and not subject to disclosure under KRS 61.870 to 61.884; establish requirements for certain contracts between a pharmacy or pharmacist and a pharmacy benefit manager; establish prohibited practices for pharmacy benefit managers; establish certain requirements for insurers and pharmacy benefit managers contracting for the provision of pharmacy benefit management services; prohibit administrators from offering any incentive or discount for use of an affiliated pharmacy benefit manager; establish a Pharmacy Benefits Management Advisory Council; create a new section of Subtitle 99 of KRS Chapter 304 to authorize the insurance commissioner to order reimbursement to persons who incurred a monetary loss as a result of a violation of provisions of legislation; amend KRS 304.9-054 to make technical changes; authorize the promulgation of administrative regulations; require pharmacy benefit managers to report certain information to the insurance commissioner; provide that certain reported information shall not be subject to disclosure under KRS 61.870 to 61.884; amend KRS 304.17A-708, 304.17A-712, and 304.17A-714 to conform; create a new section of Subtitle 17C of KRS Chapter 304 to apply provisions of legislation to limited health service benefit plans, including limited health service contracts; create a new section of Subtitle 38A of KRS Chapter 304 to apply provisions of legislation to limited health service organizations; amend 18A.225 to require the state employee health plan to comply with provisions of legislation; amend KRS 367.828 to establish certain requirements for health discount plans that purport to offer discounts, or access to discounts, on prescription drugs; provide that provisions of this Act shall be severable; require the insurance commissioner to promulgate regulations to implement the Act on or before January 1, 2023; EFFECTIVE, in part, January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2022 - Introduced

LEAVE FROM EMPLOYMENT
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to leave from employment.

Amend KRS 337.415, relating to court-ordered appearances by employees, to prohibit employers from discharging or retaliating against an employee who is a crime victim when the employee takes leave to attend proceedings associated with a crime; require an employee to give an employer reasonable notice to take leave when practicable; provide guidelines for use of paid leave; require the employer to maintain confidentiality of records and communication with employee crime victim; create a private right of action for improper discharge, discrimination, retaliation, and failing to maintain confidentiality; define terms; amend KRS 337.990 to establish penalties in the case of violation by employer.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2022 - Introduced

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to occupational safety and health.

Amend KRS 338.062 to permit more stringent safety and health administrative regulations than the corresponding federal standard if those administrative regulations are being re-promulgated and were in effect on or before July 1, 2021.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2022 - Introduced

JAILS
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to jails.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to provide that the state pay a per diem, to include additional fees that may be applicable under KRS 532.100(7), for the amount of time an inmate serves in a jail or other local correctional facility when the inmate is convicted of a felony and the sentence in whole or in part includes the amount of time served prior to conviction.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

EXPUNGEMENT
(HUFF, THOMAS)

AN ACT relating to expungement.

Amend KRS 431.073 to reduce fees and waiting period for felony expungement; amend KRS 431.076 to reduce the waiting period for expungement of record of acquitted or dismissed charge; amend KRS 431.078 to reduce fees and waiting period for misdemeanor, violation, and infraction expungement; repeal KRS 431.0795.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2022 - Introduced

EXERCISE OF A PERSON’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to legal actions concerning the exercise of a person's constitutional rights.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 454 to provide definitions and establish procedures for dismissing legal actions filed in response to a party's exercise of free speech, right to petition, or right to association; allow for an immediate appeal as a matter of right; allow for costs to be awarded to the moving party if dismissal is granted; allow for costs to be awarded to responding party if the motion was found to be frivolous or filed with the intent to delay; provide that this Act may be cited as the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2022 - Introduced

CANNABIS
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to cannabis.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2022 - Introduced

NEW SECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF KENTUCKY RELATING TO POSSESSION OF CANNABIS
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT proposing to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to the possession of cannabis.

Propose to create a new section of the Kentucky Constitution to guarantee the right of an individual 21 years of age or older to possess, use, buy or sell one ounce or less of cannabis and to cultivate, harvest, and store up to 5 cannabis plants for personal use; and for the production, processing, and sale of cannabis and cannabis-derived products to be controlled by the General Assembly; specify the question to be printed on the ballot; direct the Secretary of State to publish the proposed amendment in a newspaper of general circulation; direct the Secretary of State to certify the proposed amendment to the county clerk of each county.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/5/2022 - Introduced

EARLY LITERACY EDUCATION
(TIPTON, JAMES)

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/20/2022 - House Appropriations & Revenue (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

COMPLIANCE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW
(BECHLER, LYNN)

AN ACT relating to compliance with state and federal law.

Amend KRS 65.133 to require local law enforcement agencies and Kentucky State Police to enforce all laws; create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to define terms, including "sanctuary" and "sanctuary policy"; prohibit local governments from adopting sanctuary policies; establish hearing procedures for determination of sanctuary status; provide for the withholding of state funding from sanctuaries; create new sections of KRS Chapter 164 to prohibit postsecondary educational institutions from enrolling, employing, or contracting with illegal aliens; require postsecondary educational institutions to keep records of immigration status; provide for the withholding of state funding from postsecondary educational institutions that enroll, employ, or contract with illegal aliens; limit who may be considered a Kentucky resident for in-state tuition purposes; EFFECTIVE in part January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/6/2022 - Introduced

SEWER CHARGES IMPOSED BY SANITATION DISTRICTS
(FISCHER, JOSEPH M.)

AN ACT relating to sewer charges imposed by sanitation districts.

Amend KRS 220.510 to prohibit a sanitation district from imposing any fee, tax, surcharge, or other charge for the provision of service to a property unless the property is connected to a sanitary sewer owned or maintained by the sanitation district, there is an approved plan to connect the property to a sanitary sewer owned or maintained by the sanitation district within five years, the property discharges storm water to a storm sewer or storm water improvement owned or operated by the sanitation district, the sanitation district's storm sewer controls storm water that flows to the property, or the person responsible for the charge has contracted with the sanitation district to provide the service; amend KRS 220.515 to conform; allow the Act to be cited as the Ensuring Fair Sewer Charges Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/6/2022 - Introduced

CPA LICENSURE
(BANTA, KIM)

AN ACT relating to CPA licensure.

Amend KRS 325.240 to allow the State Board of Accountancy to support scholarship programs that assist students enrolled in a Kentucky-based college or university; give current members of the board, its agents, and employees immunity from suit for an official act or acts performed in good faith; amend KRS 325.280 to allow CPAs from other states who did not obtain a license in their home state within five years of passing the CPA exam to get a Kentucky license.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2022 - (H) WITHDRAWN

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."

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education (H)

SOIL CONSERVATION
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to soil conservation and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 262 to establish a Healthy Soils Program and a Healthy Soils Program fund in the Department for Natural Resources, Division of Conservation; require the department to provide technical advice and assistance and to assist with soil health assessments and soil health plans; require the commissioner to approve applications for grants and other types of financial assistance under the Healthy Soils Program; authorize the department to promulgate administrative regulations to implement the Healthy Soils Program and the Healthy Soils Program fund; amend KRS 146.100 to require the director of the Division of Conservation to have experience in healthy soil practices; amend KRS 224.71-110 to require the Agriculture Water Quality Authority to promote soil restoration and include an organic agriculture organization among appointments to the authority and add healthy soil practices as a committee; amend KRS 262.010 to define "healthy soil practices," "soil health," "soil health assessment, "and "watershed health"; amend KRS 262.020 to add restoration, biological diversity, watershed health, and healthy soil practices to the purpose of soil and water conservation districts; amend KRS 262.748 and 262.778 to conform; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/6/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/7/2022 - Introduced

TRANSPORTATION CABINET APPROPRIATIONS
(PETRIE, JASON)

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

The Transportation Cabinet Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to General Administration and Support: 2021-2022: $1,119,600, 2022-2023: $83,373,900, 2023-2024: $84,567,900; appropriate to Aviation: 2021-2022: $108,100, 2022-2023: $34,947,000, 2023-2024: $31,502,600; appropriate to Debt Service: 2022-2023: $134,925,100, 2023-2024: $136,700,700; appropriate to Highways: 2021-2022: $220,806,300, 2022-2023: $2,468,155,300, 2023-2024: $2,287,084,700; appropriate to Public Transportation: 2021-2022: $117,000, 2022-2023: $46,986,500, 2023-2024: $42,970,600; appropriate to Revenue Sharing: 2021-2022: $214,500, 2022-2023: $422,570,900, 2023-2024: $414,668,100; appropriate to Vehicle Regulation: 2021-2022: $683,200, 2022-2023: $66,976,600, 2023-2024: $68,987,900; not included in the appropriation amounts are capital project amounts as follows: 2021-2022: $3,000,000, 2022-2023: $43,643,000, 2023-2024: $16,850,000; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, Transportation Cabinet Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/20/2022 - received in Senate

JUDICIAL BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT making appropriations for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the Judicial Branch of the government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its various officers, boards, commissions, subdivisions, and other state-supported activities.

The Judicial Branch Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to Court of Justice: 2021-2022: $11,765,500, 2022-2023: $436,597,100, $440,802,800, 2023-2024: $449,669,900; appropriate to Judicial Retirement System: 2021-2022: $18,800, 2022-2023: $5,711,800, 2023-2024: $6,037,300; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, Budget Reduction or Surplus Expenditure Plan; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2022 - Introduced

AGE REQUIREMENT OF SERVING ALCOHOL
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to the age requirement for serving alcoholic beverages.

Amend KRS 244.090 to lower the minimum server age of employees to 18 and to exclude persons under the age of 20 from bartending.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (H) recommitted to committee House Committee on Committees (H)

TAXATION OF RARE EARTH ELEMENTS
(GOOCH JR., JIM)

AN ACT relating to the taxation of rare earth elements.

Amend KRS 132.010 , relating to property taxation, to define "rare earth element"; amend KRS 132.820 and KRS 143A.010, relating to taxation of natural resources, to include rare earth elements; amend KRS 134.546 to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Natural Resources & Energy (H)

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/10/2022 - Introduced

TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS
(SANTORO, SAL)

AN ACT relating to transportation improvement districts.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 184 to establish transportation improvement districts (TIDs) organized by county governments; define terms; allow TIDs to be established by a city with a population of greater than 20,000, a single county, or up to three contiguous counties; establish board makeup and membership requirements for each type of TID; set forth TID duties and powers; set forth public meeting requirements for potential projects; require approval of the establishing body of a TID before any project can be started; allow TIDs to receive revenue from increment bonds as part of a local development area under KRS 65.7041 to 65.7083; set forth powers and procedures for TIDs to issue bonds for projects; allow the Transportation Cabinet to assist a TID in a demonstration project; amend KRS 65.7045 to include TIDs under the definition of "agency" for the purposes of establishing a local development area; amend KRS 416.670 to exempt property acquired for a TID project from the provisions of that statute.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2022 - Introduced

CPA LICENSURE
(BANTA, KIM)

AN ACT relating to CPA licensure.

Amend KRS 325.240 to allow the accountancy board to support scholarship programs at Kentucky colleges and universities; immunize former and current members of the board, its agents, and employees from suit for any discretionary good faith acts; amend KRS 325.280 to establish educational requirements for reciprocal licensure; direct international reciprocal licensure applicants to pass the uniform qualifying examination prepared by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/26/2022 - House Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (H), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

TEACHERS
(THOMAS, WALKER)

AN ACT relating to teachers and making an appropriation therefor.

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2022 - Introduced

HELATH CARE SERVICES AGENCIES
(RILEY, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to health care services agencies.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 216 to define and establish registration of health care services agencies; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations for registration; require health care services agencies to retain documentation of direct care staff credentials and establish other requirements; require quarterly reports to the cabinet; amend KRS 367.374 to add direct care staff services to emergency price gouging limitations; and amend KRS 45A.690, 216.785, 216.787, 216.789, 216.793, and 216B.020 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

TRANSPORTATION CABINET BUDGET
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

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

The Transportation Cabinet Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to General Administration and Support: 2021-2022: $102,500, 2022-2023: $152,295,700, 2023-2024: $113,802,100; appropriate to Aviation: 2021-2022: $8,700, 2022-2023: $56,980,200, 2023-2024: $47,434,200; appropriate to Debt Service: 2022-2023: $134,952,100, 2023-2024: $136,855,100; appropriate to Highways: 2021-2022: $238,912,000, 2022-2023: $2,655,783,000, 2023-2024: $2,358,874,300; appropriate to Public Transportation: 2021-2022: $7,100, 2022-2023: $97,260,300, 2023-2024: $95,212,300; appropriate to Revenue Sharing: 2022-2023: $372,580,800, 2023-2024: $364,617,700; appropriate to Vehicle Regulation: 2021-2022: $58,500, 2022-2023: $66,853,200, 2023-2024: $68,051,500; not included in the appropriation amounts are capital project amounts as follows: 2021-2022: $3,000,000, 2022-2023: $20,129,000, 2023-2024: $7,890,000; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, Funds Transfer; detail Part IV, Transportation Cabinet Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BUDGET
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

AN ACT making appropriations for the operations, maintenance, and support of the Legislative Branch of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Appropriate from the General Fund $2,221,900 for fiscal year 2021-2022, $82,043,900 for fiscal year 2022-2023, and $84,639,800 for fiscal year 2023-2024; appropriate from Restricted Funds $75,000 for fiscal year 2022-2023 and $175,000 for fiscal year 2023-2024; detail Part II, General Provisions; detail Part III, Budget Reduction or Surplus Expenditure Plan; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

JUDICIAL BRANCH BUDGET
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

AN ACT making appropriations for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the Judicial Branch of the government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its various officers, boards, commissions, subdivisions, and other state-supported activities.

The Judicial Branch Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to Court of Justice: 2021-2022: $11,765,500, 2022-2023: $489,784,300, 2023-2024: $495,509,400; appropriate to Judicial Retirement System: 2021-2022: $18,800, 2022-2023: $5,699,300, 2023-2024: $6,027,300; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, Budget Reduction or Surplus Expenditure Plan; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

CRIMINAL HISTORY OF JOB APPLICANTS
(BROWN JR., GEORGE A.)

AN ACT relating to criminal histories of job applicants.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

BROADBAND SERVICE
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to broadband service.

Amend KRS 154.15-010 to add definitions for "broadband service," "eligible entity," "unserved area," and "wholesale network access"; amend KRS 154.15-020 to require the Kentucky Communications Network Authority to offer eligible entities wholesale network access to the excess capacity on KentuckyWired only in unserved areas.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

RECYCLING
(WILLNER, LISA)

AN ACT relating to recycling and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of Subchapter 43 of KRS Chapter 224 to create a beverage container refundable deposit fee program; define terms; require beverage containers sold or offered for sale in the Commonwealth to have minimum refundable values of 10 cents; require that distributors only sell beverage containers in the Commonwealth that bear the minimum refundable value; require distributors to collect the minimum refundable value from the retailer at the time of sale; require retailers to include the minimum refundable value for a beverage container at the time of sale; exclude the minimum refundable value from local occupational and gross receipts tax; require retailers to provide or contract to provide redemption centers to collect beverage containers and redeem minimum refundable values; require that at least quarterly, distributors refund retailers or redemption operators for the amount of each minimum refundable deposit refunded and pay an additional 2-cent handling fee per beverage container; prohibit redemption centers from paying minimum refundable values for empty beverage containers that have already been redeemed, have been imported from another state, or do not bear the minimum refundable value; allow redemption centers to refuse to accept and pay minimum refundable deposits for containers that do not bear the minimum refundable deposit value or that have already been redeemed; allow redemption centers to refuse to accept and pay minimum refundable deposits for containers that are broken, dirty, or contain other substances; allow on-site redemption centers to refuse to accept more than 144 beverage containers per person per 24-hour period; allow off-site redemption centers to refuse to accept more than 288 beverage containers per person per 24-hour period; require the Energy and Environment Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations that set forth the operating and reporting requirements for redemption centers; every February 1, require distributors to pay unrefunded deposit amounts from the previous year to the Energy and Environment Cabinet for deposit in the Kentucky pride fund; allow redemption centers and distributors to retain any scrap value they receive for beverage containers they collect; amend KRS 67.750 and 139.470 to conform; amend KRS 224.43-505 to provide that the Kentucky pride fund receive excess unrefunded deposit amounts; provide that the unrefunded deposit amounts be used first for the implementation and administrative costs of Sections 1 to 4 of the Act, with excess amounts to be used by the Kentucky pride fund; direct the Energy and Environment Cabinet to submit a study of the feasibility of implementing a minimum recycled content requirement for certain single-use plastic products to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on or before November 1, 2022; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

LIABILITY AND WORKERS’ COMP. SELF-INSURANCE GROUP INVESTMENTS
(ROWLAND, BART)

AN ACT relating to liability and workers' compensation self-insurance group investments.

Amend KRS 304.48-090 and 304.50-055 to define "nationally recognized statistical rating organization" and establish permissible investments for liability self-insurance groups and workers' compensation self-insurance groups.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - Introduced

RURAL BUSINESS INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT
(HEATH, RICHARD)

AN ACT relating to the establishment of a tax credit to promote investments in Kentucky businesses.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 136 to establish the Kentucky Rural Jobs Act of 2022, allowing the Department of Revenue to begin accepting applications from entities seeking approval as a growth fund and allowing no more than $15 million dollars of insurance premiums tax credit to be awarded; amend KRS 131.190 to allow reporting of the tax credit to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue; provide that Sections 1 to 10 of this Act may be cited as the Kentucky Rural Jobs Act of 2022.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/20/2022 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

PEER TO PEER CAR SHARING
(ROWLAND, BART)

AN ACT relating to peer-to-peer car sharing.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 365 to establish definitions relating to peer-to-peer car sharing; establish insurance, disclosure, recordkeeping, verification, and equipment liability requirements for peer-to-peer car sharing programs; establish requirements for shared vehicle owners that receive an actual notice of safety recall on a shared vehicle; establish an exemption for peer-to-peer car sharing programs and shared vehicle owners from vicarious liability; create a new section of Subtitle 39 of KRS Chapter 304 to establish certain rights of insurers relating to accidents involving shared vehicles; establish certain requirements for insurers that issue policies covering shared vehicles; create a new section of Subtitle 14 of KRS Chapter 304 to provide peer-to-peer car sharing programs with an insurable interest in shared vehicles during the car sharing period; amend KRS 138.462 and 186.630 to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - Introduced

HOME INCARCERATION
(MASSEY, C. ED)

AN ACT relating to home incarceration.

Amend KRS 532.245 to allow defendants in the home incarceration program who did not participate in a global positioning monitoring system to receive credit for time served while on pretrial release.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

FELONY MEDIATION
(MASSEY, C. ED)

AN ACT relating to felony mediation.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 455 to promote felony mediation as a way to resolve felony criminal cases.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - Introduced

BAIL
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to bail.

Amend KRS 431.510 to make operating a charitable bail organization unlawful; define terms.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - Introduced

CONSOLIDATED LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
(NEMES, JASON)

AN ACT relating to consolidated local governments.

Amend KRS 67C.103 to remove outdated language regarding apportionment of legislative council seats, designate that the oversight committee to approve settlements or consent decrees, and to interview former officials or employees; amend KRS 67C.105 to limit mayor to two consecutive terms, post January 1, 2023; amend KRS 67C.111 to allow for the formation of new cities within a consolidated local government, prohibit formation in certain areas, establish criteria for approval of the new cities, allow annexation of territory by cities within the consolidated local government; amend KRS 67C.115 to define powers of the county attorney in a consolidated local government; amend KRS 67C.139 giving the legislative council 60 days to approve mayoral appointments; amend KRS 67C.143 to allow a member preferring a charge to participate in the discipline of legislative council members; amend KRS 67C.147 to require annual report concerning the urban services district expenditures; amend KRS 67C.301 to define "chief's designee"; amend KRS 67C.321 to allow chief of police designee to undertake certain portions of an investigation concerning allegations against a peace officer; amend KRS 67C.323 to conform; amend KRS 67C.325 to allow the chief's designee to receive information.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - Introduced

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - Introduced

PAYMENT OF INSURANCE PREMIUMS
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to the payment of insurance premiums and cost sharing on behalf of an insured.

Amend KRS 304.17A-255 to require health benefit plans to accept, and count toward the insured's contributions, premium and cost-sharing payments made on behalf of an insured from organizations that meet specified requirements; provide that Act applies to health benefit plans issued or renewed on or after effective date of Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - (H) SECOND READING, to Rules

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2022 - Introduced

ABORTIONS PERFORMED UPON A MINOR
(PRUNTY, MELINDA GIBBONS)

AN ACT relating to abortions performed upon a minor and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 311.732, relating to performance of an abortion upon a minor, to require the informed written consent of a parent or legal guardian to include a copy of that parent's or legal guardian's government-issued identification and parent's or legal guardian's documentation; require government-issued identification for the minor; require notification to other parent with joint or physical custody with exceptions; require the physician to keep a copy of the informed written consent for at least seven years; require the physician to execute an affidavit; require additional criteria and standards for when a court determines whether to allow a minor to self-consent to an abortion; require the court hearing to remain confidential and be held in a private, informal setting within the courthouse; require, in the case of a medical emergency, for the physician to notify the parent or legal guardian within 24 hours of the abortion; require report to the cabinet; amend KRS 311.595 to allow the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to suspend or revoke the license of any physician for violations; amend KRS 311.990 to establish criminal penalties for violations; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2022 - Introduced

TECHNOLOGY TRANSPARENCY
(PRUNTY, MELINDA GIBBONS)

AN ACT relating to technology transparency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 367 to define "social media Web site," " algorithm," and "shadowban"; prohibit social media Web sites from censoring religious or political speech, using algorithms to shadowban user's content, or frequently changing terms of use; require that social media Web sites provide notice to suspended users; clarify unprotected First Amendment speech that social media Web sites can censor; create a right of action; specify damages available to harmed social media users.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2022 - Introduced

CRIMINAL OFFENSES DURING AN EMERGENCY
(MASSEY, C. ED)

AN ACT relating to criminal offenses committed during a declared emergency.

Amend KRS 511.020, 511.030, and 511.040 to provide an enhanced penalty if the offense occurred during a declared emergency and within the area covered by the emergency declaration; amend KRS 514.030 to provide that the theft of property valued at $300 or more during a declared emergency and within the area covered by the emergency declaration is a Class D felony; amend KRS 514.110 to provide that receiving stolen property valued at $300 or more during a declared emergency and within the area covered by the emergency declaration is a Class D felony; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to require a 12-hour hold for any person charged with certain offenses; provide exceptions.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/20/2022 - Introduced

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to the community investment tax credit.

For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, but before January 1, 2027, create a new section in KRS Chapter 141 to establish the community investment credit for financial institutions making loans to a community development financial institution; establish the annual credit cap at $20 million; require the Department of Revenue to report tax credit data to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Legislative Research Commission to receive confidential data about the new tax credit from the Department of Revenue.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/20/2022 - Introduced

UTILITY RATES
(GOOCH JR., JIM)

AN ACT relating to utility rates.

Create new sections of KRS 278.010 to 278.450 to define "utility"; allow any utility that has received an order from the Public Service Commission making a general adjustment of the utility's base rate in the previous five years to file an application to adjust its base rate using a streamlined regulatory procedure; require the utility to file notice of its intent to file for a streamlined base rate adjustment between 30 to 60 days before filing its application; require the utility to file its application using a test period as defined in KRS 278.192; establish notice requirements for the filing of the application; require requests for intervention to be filed no later than 15 days after a utility files an application to use the streamlined regulatory procedure; establish intervenor requirements for requests for information and comments; allow applicant utilities to file responses to each intervenor's comments; establish public meeting requirements for taking public comments on a utility's application; require evidentiary hearings only if requested by the utility; require the Public Service Commission to review a utility's application to use the streamlined regulatory process within 120 days of its receipt and to order the utility to make the adjustments to its tariff rates to earn the authorized return on equity established in its most recent general rate case and to recover its historical cost of capital; allow any party to seek rehearing or review of the Public Service Commission's order; allow for net increases or decreases in certain listed items that were previously approved in the utility's last general rate adjustment to be adjusted to calculate a utility's revenue requirement; prohibit certain listed items from being adjusted in a streamlined rate proceeding; prohibit requesting a certificate of public convenience and necessity in a streamlined rate proceeding; allow a utility to terminate an approved streamlined rate proceeding by filing a general rate case; specify that the Public Service Commission's jurisdiction with regard to complaints or initiating proceedings on the reasonableness of a utility's rates is not limited; establish the purposes for which the Public Service Commission is required to allow recovery by a separate rate rider mechanism of capital, operational and maintenance costs, taxes, and a reasonable return for investment; prohibit a utility from seeking recovery under the section for anything that is recovered in their existing base rates; prohibit any recovery under the section unless the Public Service Commission deems the costs to be fair, just, and reasonable; repeal KRS 278.509.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - Introduced

URGING CONGRESS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FROM IRS BANK ACCOUNT REPORTING
(ROWLAND, BART)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the Congress of the United States to protect consumers and their financial institutions from harmful and intrusive Internal Revenue Service bank account reporting requirements.

Urge the United States Congress, and the Kentucky delegation to Congress, to reject proposals that would impose burdensome and intrusive IRS bank account reporting requirements on financial institutions.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day

ROAD PROJECTS
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

A JOINT RESOLUTION relating to road projects.

Provide that the General Assembly shall adopt the last four years of the six year road plan as a joint resolution.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - Introduced

SCHOOL COUNCILS
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to school councils.

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - floor amendment (1) filed

EARLY LITERACY EDUCATION
(WEST, STEPHEN)

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/20/2022 - received in House

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES
(ALVARADO, RALPH)

AN ACT relating to long-term care facilities.

Amend KRS 194A.700 to delete, amend, and add definitions; amend KRS 194A.703 to replace "client" with "resident" and to include requirements for living units in a dementia care unit; amend KRS 194A.705 to allow assisted living communities to provide additional services; amend KRS 194A.707 to change the administrative procedure process of assisted living communities, to add a biennial review process, and to change the certification process to a licensure process; amend KRS 194A.709 to remove the requirement of reporting to the Division of Health Care and to make technical language changes; amend KRS 194A.711 to revise the criteria to be met by residents in an assisted living community; amend KRS 194A.717 to include staffing needs pursuant to an assisted living community's service plan; amend KRS 194A.719 to require orientation education prior to independently working with residents; amend KRS 194A.727 to clarify which businesses can be licensed as an assisted living community; create multiple new sections of KRS 194A.700 to 194A.729 to provide requirements for the cabinet to consider when an applicant is seeking a license as an assisted living community with dementia care; for when a licensee chooses to voluntary relinquishment of a license as an assisted living community with dementia care; to list the responsibilities of an assisted living community with dementia care; to require continuing education training for assisted living managers of an assisted living community with dementia care; to require assisted living communities with dementia care to develop and implement additional policies; to provide staffing requirements for individuals employed in assisted living communities with dementia care; to include additional services an assisted living community with dementia care must provide; to list training requirements for staff working in dementia care units; to establish two categories of licensure for assisted living communities and to require assisted living communities to obtain a license from the cabinet to operate as a dementia care unit; to allow licensed personal care homes, under specific circumstances, to be licensed as an assisted living community or assisted living community with dementia care; to establish the rules for fines and violations of an assisted living community; amend KRS 216.510 and 216.535 to expand the definition of "long-term care facilities" to include assisted living communities; amend KRS 216.535 to amend the definition of "long-term care ombudsman" to exclude assisted living communities; amend KRS 216.530 to amend the inspection period for assisted living communities, personal care homes, and specialized personal care homes; amend KRS 216.557 to exclude assisted living communities from receiving citations as type A or type B violations; amend KRS 216.515, 216.560, 216.563, 216.565, 216.577, 216A.030, and 218A.180 to exclude assisted living communities; amend KRS 216.765 to require a specific medical examination in the admission into assisted living communities; amend KRS 216.573 to broaden the cabinet's power to institute injunctive proceedings; create a new section of KRS Chapter 216 to create new definitions; to establish rules for residence in a personal care home or a specialized personal care home; to allow a personal care home or specialized personal care to provide additional services in certain situations; to establish staffing requirements in personal care homes or specialized personal care homes; to require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to regulate an initial and biennial licensure review process and to establish additional procedures; and to allow the cabinet to request information and to conduct on-site visits; amend KRS 216B.015 to expand the definition of "health facility"; amend KRS 216B.155 to add the exemption of assisted living communities from specific standard requirements; amend KRS 216B.160 to allow a manager's designee in an assisted living community to conduct an ongoing assessment; amend various sections of KRS Chapter 194A and KRS 216.595 to make technical corrections and changes; repeal KRS 194A.723 and 194A.724.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/19/2022 - received in 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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

MINIMUM WAGES
(THOMAS, REGINALD)

AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.010 to increase the applicable threshold of employees of retail stores and service industries from $95,000 to $500,000 average annual gross volume of sales for the employer and to define" small employer" and "large employer"; amend KRS 337.275 to incrementally raise minimum wage for small and large employers to $12.00 an hour and $15.00 an hour respectively; include anti-preemption language permitting local governments to establish minimum wage ordinances in excess of the state minimum wage.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY
(WESTERFIELD, WHITNEY)

AN ACT relating to consumer data privacy.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 367 to establish consumer rights relating to personal data, including the rights to confirm whether data is being processed, to delete personal data provided by the consumer, to obtain a copy of the consumer's personal data that was previously provided, and to opt out of targeted advertising and the sale of data; create definitions for terms; require that persons controlling data establish an appeal process by which a consumer may appeal the controller's refusal to take action with respect to a request to exercise a right set forth in this Act; set forth the types of data and the persons or entities to which the provisions of the Act apply and do not apply; set forth requirements for persons or entities that control and process consumer data; require persons who control data to conduct data protection impact assessments; establish that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce, with the exception of a private right of action by which consumers can seek injunctive relief for specific violations; create a consumer privacy fund in the state treasury to be administered by the State Treasurer; amend KRS 367.240 to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL MONITORING SYSTEMS
(THOMAS, REGINALD)

AN ACT relating to traffic control signal monitoring systems and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 189 to define the terms "agency," "owner," "recorded images," and "traffic control signal monitoring system"; establish a civil penalty of $50 if a motor vehicle is recorded failing to obey the instructions of a traffic control device; set forth forms and procedures; outline defenses for citations for failing to obey a traffic control device; mandate that a person who refuses to pay the civil penalty and does not appear to contest the citation shall have the vehicle's registration suspended and to mandate that civil penalties shall not result in points against the violator's driving record; amend KRS 189.231 and KRS 189.990 to conform; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

REQUIRE THE DESTRUCTION OF CONFISCATED FIREARMS
(BERG, KAREN)

AN ACT relating to firearms.

Amend KRS 16.220 to require the destruction of confiscated firearms; amend various sections to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/4/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

REMOTE INSTRUCTION
(WISE, MAX)

AN ACT relating to education 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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/14/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

WATER RATES
(GIRDLER, RICK)

AN ACT relating to water rates.

Amend KRS 278.170 to allow a utility to grant free or reduced rate service to any commercial food production operation that produces food items intended for human consumption, subject to the Public Service Commission approval of the tariff.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/6/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources & Energy (S)

PRETRIAL RELEASE
(STORM, BRANDON J.)

AN ACT relating to pretrial release.

Amend KRS 431.066 and 431.520 to require that conditions of pretrial release for a person released on an unsecured bond be the least restrictive to reasonably mitigate the risk of flight or danger to others.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/6/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

EXPUNGEMENT
(HIGDON, JIMMY)

AN ACT relating to expungement.

Amend KRS 431.078 to specify time periods for eligibility of enhanceable offenses.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - (S) SECOND READING, to Rules

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PLASTIC WASTE
(HARPER ANGEL, DENISE)

AN ACT relating to plastic waste.

Amend KRS 224.50-585 to establish definitions; prohibit the intentional release of more than 25 plastic balloons; establish a ban on plastic, single-use carryout bags by July 1, 2027; establish a ban the provision of single-use plastic straws and Styrofoam food and beverage containers by retail food and beverage establishments by July 1, 2025; establish civil penalty of $100 per day for violation.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/8/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources & Energy (S)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT
(MEREDITH, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to local government procurement.

Amend KRS 45A.380 to specify additional food items that are exempted from competitive negotation requirements in certain circumstances; amend KRS 424.260 to specify additional food items that are exempted from the newspaper notice requirement for competitive bidding for local government procurement.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PUBLIC SAFETY
(CARROLL, DANNY)

AN ACT relating to public safety.

Amend KRS 500.080 to define "emergency services personnel," "firework," and "riot"; amend KRS 503.055 to allow a person to use defensive force; create a new section of KRS Chapter 532 to provide enhanced term of imprisonment for any defendant convicted of crimes committed during the course of a riot; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to restrict when a person shall be released after an arrest for a violation of an offense of during the course of a riot; amend KRS 508.025, 520.090, 525.015, and 525.140 to provide enhanced penalties for violations of these offenses during the course of a riot; create a new section of KRS Chapter 511 to create the crime of unlawful camping on property owned by the Commonwealth; amend KRS 508.025, 508.030, 525.020, 525.030, and 525.060 to provide additional elements; amend KRS 439.3401 to add violations of KRS 508.020 and 508.025 committed during the course of a riot to the definition of violent offender; amend KRS 532.032 to require restitution be ordered in all cases where a person committed a crime during the course of a riot; create a new section of KRS Chapter 15 to state legislative findings and declarations; amend KRS 411.100 to require gross negligence for a cause of action for property damaged by riotous or tumultuous assemblage of people that a local government could have prevented; amend KRS 61.912, 61.914, 61.168, 525.010, 532.100, and 525.200 to make conforming changes; state the Act may be cited as the Community and First Responder Protection Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

STATE PROCUREMENT
(MEREDITH, STEPHEN)

AN ACT relating to state procurement.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 45A to prohibit a contract being awarded to a bidder if the bidder was awarded the same or similar contract through the use of an executive agency lobbyist who was convicted of a crime related to the contract for five years after the conviction of the lobbyist; amend KRS 45A.340 to prohibit any person associated with an agency from participating in the procurement of a contract for one year after termination; make Section 1 apply to contracts entered into since January 1, 2017; RETROACTIVE.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/24/2022 - (S) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ SFA 1

RECOVERY OF PRIOR APPROPRIATIONS
(MCDANIEL, CHRISTIAN)

AN ACT relating to recovery of prior appropriations.

Require the recovery of $15,000,000 appropriated to the Cabinet for Economic Development in 2017 Ky. Acts ch. 176, secs. 1 and 3.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (S) SECOND READING, to Rules

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

DECEPTIVE LAWSUIT ADVERTISING
(ALVARADO, RALPH)

AN ACT relating to deceptive lawsuit advertising and solicitation practices.

Creates new sections of KRS Chapter 367 to regulate advertising for legal services.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/10/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

AGRICULTURAL LAND
(HORNBACK, PAUL)

AN ACT relating to agricultural land and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 132.454 to require a $100 per acre state conversion charge on land which has been converted from agricultural or horticultural to any other use and require the charge to be deposited into the agricultural enhancement fund; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - (S) SECOND READING, to Rules

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PHARMACY BENEFIT CLAIM VERIFICATION
(ALVARADO, RALPH)

AN ACT relating to pharmacy benefit claim verification and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 18A to require the secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet to contract with an independent entity to monitor all Public Employee Health Insurance Program pharmacy benefit claims; establish eligibility requirements for an entity seeking to contract with the cabinet to monitor pharmacy benefit claims; establish requirements for analyzing and monitoring claims; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to define terms; require the Department for Medicaid Services to contract with an independent entity to monitor all Medicaid pharmacy benefit claims; establish eligibility requirements for an entity seeking to contract with the department to monitor pharmacy benefit claims; establish requirements for analyzing and monitoring claims; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/18/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

MERCHANT ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITIES
(HORNBACK, PAUL)

AN ACT relating to merchant electric generating facilities and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 278.212 to prohibit an electrical interconnection with a merchant electric generating facility that either operates at an aggregate capacity in excess of 10 megawatts or occupies in aggregate 10 acres or more of land until the plans for the electrical interconnection have been filed with the Public Service Commission; amend KRS 278.216 to prohibit a utility from beginning construction on an electric generating facility that either operates at an aggregate capacity in excess of 10 megawatts or occupies in aggregate 10 acres or more of land without first obtaining a site compatibility certificate from the Public Service Commission; amend KRS 278.700 to change the definition of "merchant electric generating facility" to include facilities that occupy in aggregate 10 acres or more of land; change the definition of "commence to construct" so that site clearing and excavation work satisfy the commence to construct requirements; amend KRS 278.704 to establish setback requirements for solar merchant electric generating facilities of 50 feet from the property boundary of any nonparticipating adjoining property and 100 feet from a residence on any other property than the one on which the facility is to be located unless waived in writing; provide exceptions; require that before exercising an option to acquire any interest in real estate in a county that a merchant electric generating entity notify the heads of local government entities of jurisdiction; allow the local officials or the commission to request a public hearing on the proposed merchant electric generating project; require ongoing notification of changes to the project from the merchant electric generating entities to local officials; remove outdated language; amend KRS 278.706 to conform; amend KRS 278.708 to require the site assessment report submitted by a person proposing to construct a merchant electric generating facility to include a decommissioning plan to explain in detail how the facility and its components will be removed at the end of their useful lives; require the decommissioning plan to be reviewed as needed, but at least once every 5 years; establish minimum requirements for the decommissioning plan; amend KRS 278.710 to require the application for the construction certificate of a merchant utility generating facility to be denied until the applicant can provide documentation of compliance with all local planning and zoning requirements that existed on the date that the application was filed; include whether the proposed decommissioning plan is in the public interest as a criterion for application approval; authorize the merchant utility siting board to require the decommissioning plan to be amended to ensure that it is in the public interest; provide that the construction certificate holder and any of its successors in interest shall be required to comply on an ongoing basis with all conditions of its application approval, subject to enforcement in Franklin Circuit Court; require that prior to the commencement of construction, the holder of a construction certificate for a merchant electric generating facility shall furnish bond or other similar security to assure the decommissioning of the facility at the end of its useful life; establish the procedure for setting the bond amount; provide for review of the bond amount as needed but at least once every 5 years; provide which entities will be named as beneficiaries of the bond depending on the circumstances; require that the bond be forfeited unless the person responsible for completing the decommissioning plan begins work on the plan within 12 months of the date that the facility ceases to produce electricity for sale and completes the work within 18 months of that date; require that any forfeited bond amounts only be used to decommission facilities on the properties for which the bond was posted; require prior authorization for any transfer of control of a merchant electric generating facility; define "control" and the circumstances under which control will be considered to be transferred and the conditions for approval; require a decision to be made on the approval of the transfer of control within 90 days of the application, except that an additional 60 days may be taken for good cause shown; require that notice of an application for approval of transfer of control of a merchant electric generating facility be given to local government officials for where the facility is located; provide that the requirements of the Act shall apply to all new and current applicants for construction certificates for merchant electric generating facilities whose applications have not been approved prior to the effective date of the Act; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources & Energy (S)

WINE CORKAGE
(WEBB, ROBIN L.)

AN ACT relating to wine corkage.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 243 to authorize wine corkage in conjunction with a meal by a limited restaurant or NQ2 retail drink licensee; establish conditions to remove a bottle of opened wine from the premises; amend KRS 242.260 to exempt corkage from dry and moist territory violations; amend KRS 243.020, 243.034, and 243.084 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Licensing & Occupations (S)

JUVENILE JUSTICE
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

CONSUMER PROTECTION
(WHEELER, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to consumer protection.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 117 to define "candidate," "deplatform," "social media platform," and "user" and limit the power of social media platforms to remove candidates during elections; create fine for wrongful deplatforming; create a new section of KRS Chapter 367 to define terms; require that social media platforms share their requirements for deplatforming and provide an opt-out option for shadow banning and algorithm use; require antitrust measures to be taken if shadow banning practices are not in line with requirements; create a new section of KRS Chapter 367 providing limitations on any entity on the antitrust violator vendor list, providing how entities are placed on the antitrust violator vendor list, and providing how hearings and enforcement are to be executed for entities and affiliated parties; amend KRS 367.150 to place maintenance and duties relating to antitrust violator vendor list under the Department of Law.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

CHILDREN'S HEALTH
(MILLS, ROBBY)

AN ACT relating to children's health.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 311 to prohibit the provision of or referral for gender transition procedures to any child under the age of 18 years; define a violation as unprofessional conduct and acting recklessly for purposes of tort claims; permit an action on a violation to be taken by the parent or guardian of the child before the child attains the age of 18 years and by the child within 30 years of the child attaining the age of 18 years, with exceptions under which the time may be longer; require conditions for actions and damages; prohibit public funds to be used for the provision of or referral for gender transition procedures to a child under the age of 18 years; prohibit health care services provided under state, local, or county government to include gender transition procedures to a child under the age of 18 years; prohibit tax exemption for gender transition procedures; permit the Attorney General to bring action to enforce provisions; permit members of the General Assembly to intervene as a matter of right if these provisions are challenged; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to prohibit Medicaid coverage of gender transition procedures for a child under the age of 18 years; create a new section of KRS Chapter 304.17A to prohibit health benefit plan coverage for gender transition procedures for a child under the age of 18 years and any requirement for coverage of gender transition procedures; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/13/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/20/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education (S)

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION CARE
(ADAMS, JULIE RAQUE)

AN ACT relating to postpartum depression care.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to make information on postpartum depression and a postpartum assessment tool available on its Web site; require birthing centers and hospitals to provide postpartum information to women, fathers, and family members; require health care providers providing postnatal care to women and pediatric providers to invite women to complete a postpartum assessment tool.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

ESSENTIAL CAREGIVERS
(ADAMS, JULIE RAQUE)

AN ACT relating to essential caregivers and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 216 to establish the right to designate an essential caregiver to visit a resident in-person at long-term care facilities, assisted-living communities, and state mental hospitals; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations to establish conditions for essential caregiver visitation; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - (S) THIRD READING, passed 35-0

MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS IN SCHOOLS
(WISE, MAX)

AN ACT relating to mental health providers in schools.

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - Introduced

CRIMINAL JUSTICE IMPACT STATEMENTS
(NEAL, GERALD A.)

AN ACT relating to racial and ethnic community criminal justice and public safety impact statements.

Create new sections of KRS Chapters 6 and 15A to make legislative findings and require racial and ethnic community criminal justice and public safety impact statements for certain legislation and administrative regulations.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - Introduced

EMPLOYMENT FIRST COUNCIL
(CARROLL, DANNY)

AN ACT relating to the Employment First Council.

Create new sections in KRS Chapter 151B to establish the Employment First Council; amend KRS 12.020 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/21/2022 - Introduced