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Legislative Report June 29, 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. House Committee Substitute (1) The State/Executive Branch Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to General Government: 2021-2022: $925,391,000, 2022-2023: $2,349,809,300, 2023-2024: $1,863,025,000; appropriate to the Economic Development Cabinet: 2021-2022: $631,100, 2022-2023: $132,311,100, 2023-2024: $33,841,800; appropriate to the Department of Education: 2021-2022: $4,038,300, 2022-2023: $6,313,758,800, 2023-2024: $6,379,490,800; appropriate to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,302,200, 2022-2023: $229,303,000, 2023-2024: $231,102,800; appropriate to the Energy and Environment Cabinet: 2021-2022: $7,288,800, 2022-2023: $286,829,000, 2023-2024: $293,691,700; appropriate to the Finance and Administration Cabinet: 2021-2022: $144,212,800, 2022-2023: $973,840,400, 2023-2024: $983,730,600; appropriate to the Health and Family Services Cabinet: 2021-2022: $836,882,400, 2022-2023: $19,089,934,000, 2023-2024: $19,380,503,800; appropriate to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet: 2021-2022: $29,301,600, 2022-2023: $1,404,762,600, 2023-2024: $1,426,649,300; appropriate to the Labor Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,206,200, 2022-2023: $878,497,600, 2023-2024: $546,164,200; appropriate to the Personnel Cabinet: 2021-2022: $857,800, 2022-2023: $160,656,600, 2023-2024: $156,161,800; appropriate to Postsecondary Education: 2021-2022: $1,067,800, 2022-2023: $11,067,225,800, 2023-2024: $13,538,315,700; appropriate to the Public Protection Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,857,700, 2022-2023: $134,773,200, 2023-2024: $136,708,300; appropriate to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet: 2021-2022: $25,708,200, 2022-2023: $306,414,300, 2023-2024: $322,190,100; not included in the appropriation amounts are capital project amounts as follows: 2021-2022: $4,739,000, 2022-2023: $12,777,860,000, 2023-2024: $1,685,034,000; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION. Senate Committee Substitute (1) The State/Executive Branch Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to General Government: 2021-2022: $239,977,500, 2022-2023: $2,445,494,600, 2023-2024: $2,274,819,000; appropriate to the Economic Development Cabinet: 2021-2022: $631,100, 2022-2023: $93,681,600, 2023-2024: $33,890,100; appropriate to the Department of Education: 2021-2022: $878,000, 2022-2023: $43,360,800, 2023-2024: $43,583,100; appropriate to the Education and Labor Cabinet: 2021-2022: $8,508,400, 2022-2023: $825,152,400, 2023-2024: $778,864,600; appropriate to the Energy and Environment Cabinet: 2021-2022: $7,288,800, 2022-2023: $393,499,400, 2023-2024: $420,896,200; appropriate to the Finance and Administration Cabinet: 2021-2022: $147,931,200, 2022-2023: $986,801,300, 2023-2024: $1,007,003,200; appropriate to the Health and Family Services Cabinet: 2021-2022: $763,745,400, 2022-2023: $19,087,141,300, 2023-2024: $19,324,720,000; appropriate to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet: 2021-2022: $31,801,600, 2022-2023: $1,458,856,800, 2023-2024: $1,474,716,100; appropriate to the Personnel Cabinet: 2021-2022: $857,800, 2022-2023: $150,240,400, 2023-2024: $145,906,200; appropriate to Postsecondary Education: 2021-2022: $1,067,800, 2022-2023: $11,079,364,100, 2023-2024: $13,585,333,500; appropriate to the Public Protection Cabinet: 2021-2022: $4,857,700, 2022-2023: $317,164,500, 2023-2024: $141,803,700; appropriate to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet: 2021-2022: $125,708,200, 2022-2023: $320,285,800, 2023-2024: $576,918,000; appropriate to the Budget Reserve Trust Fund: 2022-2023: $250,000,000; not included in the appropriation amounts are capital project amounts as follows: 2021-2022: $16,739,000, 2022-2023: $12,262,048,000, 2023-2024: $2,752,444,000; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, State Salary/Compensation, Benefit, and Employment Policy; detail Part V, Funds Transfer; detail Part VI, General Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part VII, General Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part VIII, Road Fund Budget Reduction Plan; detail Part IX, Road Fund Surplus Expenditure Plan; detail Part X, Phase I Tobacco Settlement; and detail Part XI, Executive Branch Budget Summary; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(WEBBER, RUSSELL)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance.

Amend KRS 341.005 to define "enhanced federal benefits" and "state average unemployment rate"; amend KRS 341.100 to define "suitable work" under certain circumstances; amend KRS 341.270 and KRS 341.272 to reduce the minimum period of time for an employer to qualify for a lower contribution rate to four quarters; amend KRS 341.350 to require that eligible recipients engage in five work search activities per week during each week that he or she claims eligibility for benefits; amend KRS 341.380 to change the maximum benefit payable to a worker within a benefit year; create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 providing for a variable duration of unemployment insurance benefits, ranging from 12 weeks to 24 weeks, based upon the state average unemployment rate at the time of each individual's application for benefits except in certain situations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to allow an employer to notify the secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet about each worker who has declined suitable work or has failed to attend a first interview; amend KRS 341.370 to change the conditions under which a worker must be disqualified from receiving benefits during unemployment; create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to allow the General Assembly to end the Commonwealth's participation in any enhanced benefits program; create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to require the General Assembly's approval, which it may withdraw at any time, to participate in any enhanced federal benefits program; amend KRS 341.096 to define terms; create new sections of KRS Chapter 341 to allow employers to submit a plan for a shared work program to the secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet for approval; make employees eligible for shared work benefits if they are employed as members of an affected group, under an approved plan, are able to work, and their normal weekly hours are reduced at least ten percent but not more than forty percent; create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 explaining that the weekly shared work benefit amount shall be the product of the regular weekly unemployment compensation amount calculated in KRS 341.380 multiplied by the percentage of reduction of at least ten percent in the individual's usual weekly hours of work, and although an individual may be eligible for shared work benefits or regular benefits as appropriate, no individual shall be eligible for combined benefits in any benefit year in an amount greater than his or her maximum benefit as calculated under KRS Chapter 341.380 and no individual shall receive shared work benefits for more than 26 weeks; amend KRS 341.530, 341.080, 341.127, and 341.710 to conform; declare the provisions of this Act severable; allow the Act to be cited as the Unemployment Insurance Sustainability Act of 2022. House Committee Substitute (1) Retains original provisions; add language to Section 5 to clarify that the cabinet is to submit a report regarding the work search requirements to the Governor and the Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development and Workforce Investment; remove reference to the most recent employer in Section 7(2); remove reference to Kentucky Career Center in Section 9 in favor of original statutory reference to employment office; create a new section of KRS Chapter 341 to allow the cabinet to combine any reports required by KRS 341.127 and KRS 341.350 and submit them as one to the Governor and the Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development and Workforce Investment; add a new section of noncodified language to provide that the provisions of this Act shall not be construed to limit access for eligible claimants to Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits authorized under the Stafford Act; make technical changes. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; add language to Section 5 to clarify that claimants who are enrolled in an approved job training or certification program or have return or recall to work prospects within 16 weeks of filing a claim are exempt from work search requirements; add special effective date; technical changes.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/22/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 21)

WELFARE AND FAMILY SERVICES
(MEADE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to welfare and family services.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 205 to establish that the terms "cash assistance" and "public assistance" do not include foster care, kinship care, fictive kin care, or relative placement payments; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to conduct annual analysis of expenditures related to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; provide for the allocation of unobligated TANF funds; establish restrictions on the use of cash assistance benefits; require the cabinet to utilize a single electronic benefit transfer card for each recipient of cash assistance benefits; direct the cabinet to establish a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) transitional benefit alternative; direct the cabinet to request SNAP waivers to establish an Elderly Simplified Application Project and a Standard Medical Deduction and waive certain time limit exceptions; direct the cabinet to implement certified change reporting requirements for SNAP benefits; establish conditions under which the cabinet shall implement community engagement requirements for individuals in the expanded Medicaid population; establish a work group to develop a framework for the creations of a Basic Health Program as permitted under the Affordable Care Act; prescribe actions to be taken by the Department for Medicaid Services in the event that the department is subject to federal temporary maintenance of effort restrictions that limit the department's ability to disenroll individuals from the state's medical assistance program; prohibit the cabinet and the Department for Medicaid Services from being designated as a qualified health entity for the purpose of making presumptive eligibility determinations for the state's medical assistance program; establish hospitals' responsibilities related to presumptive eligibility determinations for the state's medical assistance program; require the state's medical assistance program to provide coverage for substance use disorder treatment for incarcerated individuals; to permit a custodial parent who has been disqualified from receiving cash assistance benefits to designate a protective payee to receive benefits on behalf of a dependent minor child; require the cabinet to report to the Public Assistance Oversight and Advisory Committee on implementation of certain sections of this Act; establish the Attorney General's jurisdiction to enforce KRS Chapter 205; amend KRS 6.940 to reestablish the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee as the Public Assistance Oversight and Advisory Committee; amend KRS 205.178 require enrollment and benefit tracking agencies associated with SNAP to receive and review information from the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Department of Revenue; require the cabinet to assign SNAP recipients to employment and training programs; require the cabinet to obtain authorization from the General Assembly before seeking certain SNAP waivers; amend KRS 205.200 to prohibit the use of categorical eligibility and self-attestation; require the cabinet to use only the most recent available income data when determining eligibility for public assistance; permit the cabinet to disqualify an individual from receiving public assistance benefits if that individual traffics electronic benefit transfer cards; amend KRS 205.231 to permit individuals who are disqualified from receiving public assistance benefits to appeal that determination; amend KRS 205.525 to require reporting to the Public Assistance Oversight and Advisory Committee; amend KRS 205.725 to require the cabinet to upon receipt of an application for public assistance to take action to assure that the responsible parent or parents provides support to a child; amend KRS 441.045 to require that a county jailer notify the cabinet when a county prisoner is incarcerated and when they are released; require the cabinet to provide information on the child care assistance program to the Public Assistance Oversight and Advisory Committee; require the cabinet to seek approval of a waiver to eliminate mandatory hospital presumptive eligibility and restrict presumptive eligibility to children and pregnant women; direct the cabinet to seek federal approval of any state plan amendment or waiver deemed necessary to implement any provision of this Act; direct the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet to establish job posting Web site for private businesses; direct the Legislative Oversight and Investigations Committee to conduct an in-depth analysis of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program; create the Basic Health Program Task Force to study and make recommendations on the development of a basic health program; outline task force membership; require the task force to meet at least 4 times during the 2022 interim; require the task force to submit recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2022; and provide for severability. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except delete provisions related to broad-based categorical eligibility; direct identified unobligated Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds to be allocated to a job placement assistance program instead of to prevention services for families at risk of entering the child welfare system; exempt certain programs from the requirement to utilize a single electronic benefit transfer card; delete language permitting the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to delay implementation of a Medicaid community engagement program; delete language requiring the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to apply for a waiver to limit Medicaid presumptive eligibility; delete language establishing standards for hospital determinations of presumptive eligibility and penalties for violations of those standards; establish the duties of qualified hospitals in making presumptive eligibility determinations; exempt certain applications from the prohibition on Medicaid self-attestation; direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services obtain information from the Victim Information and Notification Everyday Network; direct the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet to establish a job placement assistance program; delete section relating to county jails and requiring a jailer to provide notice to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services when a county prisoner is incarcerated or released; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to reapply for certain waivers, waiver amendments, and state plan amendments on an annual basis if the application is initially denied by the federal government; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to make Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training program activities available online; direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish a Benefits Cliff Task Force. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions except delete provisions related to the analysis of unobligated Temporary Assistance for Needy Family and Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program funds; delete provisions establishing restrictions on the use of cash assistance benefits; delete provisions requiring the use of a single benefit card for each public assistance beneficiary; delete provisions related to the allocation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance – Education funds; delete provisions requiring the use of certified change reporting requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance beneficiaries; delete provisions related to coordination between the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Victim Information and Notification Everyday network; delete provisions to reestablish the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee as the Public Assistance Oversight and Advisory Committee; delete the requirement that benefit enrollment and tracking agencies obtain and review information from the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Departme

  CURRENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 211)

REVENUE MEASURES
(PETRIE, JASON)

AN ACT relating to revenue measures and declaring an emergency.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
(MCCOY, CHAD)

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

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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

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

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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)

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROTECTION
(WILLNER, LISA)

AN ACT relating to youth mental health protection and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 210 define sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts, mental health professional, and public funds; to prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts with a person under 18 years of age or a person who is 18 years or older who is an adult as defined in KRS 209.020 or a ward as defined in KRS 387.510; require violations to be subject to board discipline; prohibit public funds from being used for sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts; create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to require the Department for Public Health to develop, produce, and disseminate educational materials regarding sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts; permit the cabinet to contract for the educational materials; add the short title "Youth Mental Health Protection Act"; EMERGENCY.

  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 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

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

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

AN ACT relating to immunization disclosure.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

BIOMETRIC DATA COLLECTION PRACTICES
(BRAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to biometric data collection practices.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 369 to define terms; require private entities to develop and comply with a retention and destruction schedule for biometric identifiers and information; prohibit private entities' collection, trade, and disclosure of biometric information with limited exceptions; create a standard of care for private entities collecting biometric information; create a civil cause of action for violations.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/28/2022 - (H) WITHDRAWN

REQUIRMENTS FOR SCHOOL FACILITIES
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

AN ACT relating to school facilities.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to student mental health.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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."
House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; change the definitions of "disposal," "solid waste management facility," "advanced recycling," "depolymerization," "post-use polymer," and "solvolysis"; provide that nothing in the Act shall be construed to create additional entities, equipment, or processes eligible to receive tax credits pursuant to KRS 141.390.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/31/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 45)

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

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

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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)

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

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

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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)

SCHOOL SECURITY
(BRATCHER, KEVIN D.)

AN ACT relating to school security.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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

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

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

3/25/2022 - (S) Passed Over and retained in the Orders of the Day

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

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

RETIREMENT
(MILLER, JERRY T.)

AN ACT relating to retirement.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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

3/30/2022 - received in Senate

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

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

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)

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

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

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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

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)

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

AN ACT relating to local school board meetings.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

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

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

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

3/10/2022 - Returned to Rules

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.
House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions and amend KRS 202A.0815 to make a technical change.

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3/25/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 32)

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)

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. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; permit certain physician assistants to apply for authorization to provide written certifications for the use of medicinal cannabis; define "cannabis consultation agreement"; permit state licensing boards to intervene in the event that a physician becomes impaired by the use of medicinal cannabis; permit state licensing boards and the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy to enforce administrative regulations promulgated pursuant to this Act; revise the membership of the Board of Physicians and Advisors; revise language related to fees for authorization to provide written certifications for the use of medicinal cannabis, to provide medicinal cannabis consultation services to cardholders, and to enter into cannabis consultation agreements; EFFECTIVE, IN PART, July 1, 2023; APPROPRIATION. House Floor Amendment (2) Retain original provisions; add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of approved medical conditions for which a medicinal cannabis practitioner may provide a written certification for the use of medicinal cannabis; APPROPRIATION. House Floor Amendment (5) Retain original provisions; amend immunity provisions related to the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy and pharmacists; replace nausea and vomiting with chronic nausea and cyclical vomiting on the list of approved medical conditions; make technical correction; effective January 1, 2023; APPROPRIATION. House Floor Amendment (10) Retain original provisions; require General Assembly approval of the list of medical conditions for which a medicinal cannabis practitioner may provide a patient with a written certification for the use of medicinal cannabis, effective January 1, 2023; APPROPRIATION.

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3/29/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

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.

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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.

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

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
(WEBBER, RUSSELL)

AN ACT relating to unemployment insurance, making an appropriation therefor, 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. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; appropriate Federal Fund moneys to the unemployment trust fund to restore the fund balance to pre-pandemic levels; suspend taxable wage base increase; RETROACTIVE; APPROPRIATION.

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3/24/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 29)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

POSTPARTUM MEDICAID COVERAGE
(CANTRELL, MCKENZIE)

AN ACT relating to postpartum Medicaid coverage.

Amend KRS 205.592 to extend Medicaid eligibility for certain new mothers for up to 12 months postpartum; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or the Department for Medicaid Services to seek a federal waiver or other approval if they determine that such waiver or approval is necessary. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 625.090 to establish a condition related to termination of parental rights; amend KRS 21A.190, 157.065, 194A.030, 194A.365, 199.665, 199.8943, 199.8983, 211.684, 605.120, 620.055, 620.320, and 620.345 to remove reference to the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee; amend KRS 200.575 to remove reference to the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee and replace it with Legislative Research Commission; repeal KRS 6.940, relating to the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee and KRS 6.943, relating to the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee; EFFECTIVE, in part, January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - floor amendment (3) and (5) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (4-title) filed to bill

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

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

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

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. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions of the bill; amend KRS 211.336 to remove agency for in-person service determination; create a new section of KRS 211.332 to 211.338 to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations to define "temporarily located" within 30 days of the effective date of this Act; permit filing of emergency regulation to meet the deadline; amend KRS 205.5591 to define "equivalent"; amend KRS 304.17A-138 to define "equivalent."

  CURRENT STATUS

3/31/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 68)

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

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
(JOHNSON, DJ)

AN ACT relating to alternative education.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PIPELINE LOCATION NOTIFICATION
(JOHNSON, DJ)

AN ACT relating to 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. House Floor Amendment (1) Add definition for "interstate hazardous liquid pipeline facility"; make interstate hazardous liquid pipeline facilities subject to the notification requirements of the Act; require pipeline operators to file the contact information for their points of contact instead of the names of their registered agents with planning commissions of jurisdiction; require pipeline operators to update the name and contact information for their points of contact with the planning commission if they change; specify that nothing in the section changes the application of KRS 65.2001 to 65.2006 to local governments.

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3/31/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 70)

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. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend Section 1 to allow use of the forms established by the cabinet to be used for application for a duplicate operator's license or personal identification card; amend Sections 2 and 3 to retain current procedures for proving residency for homeless individuals obtaining a personal identification card until June 30, 2024, after which time these individuals will use cabinet forms; amend Section 2 to keep the valid term of a personal identification card issued to an individual without an established and fixed nighttime residence of regular return at the current term of one year; Section 1 EFFECTIVE July 1, 2024.

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3/30/2022 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Transportation (S)

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.

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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.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

2/7/2022 - (H) WITHDRAWN

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

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.

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3/14/2022 - (H) Returned 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.

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1/5/2022 - Introduced

UNIFORM PUBLIC EXPRESSION PROTECTION ACT
(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. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except remove reference to claims involving damage to reputation. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions, except provide that if a hearing on a motion is delayed for good cause it shall be handled in an expedited manner; provide that either party may appeal an order of the court ruling on a motion under this act; provide that attorney fees and costs shall be awarded on an appeal of an order granting or denying a motion under this act; remove reference to a dismissal of a compulsory counterclaim.

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4/20/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 233)

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.

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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.

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1/5/2022 - Introduced

EARLY LITERACY EDUCATION
(TIPTON, JAMES)

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

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

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

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.

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1/6/2022 - Introduced

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."

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

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.

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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.

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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. Senate Committee Substitute (1)

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4/14/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 214)

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. House Committee Substitute (1) The Judicial Branch Budget: Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to Court of Justice: 2021-2022: $11,765,500, 2022-2023: $451,694,200, 2023-2024: $461,504,800; appropriate to Judicial Form Retirement System: 2021-2022: $18,800, 2022-2023: $5,725,300, 2023-2024: $6,050,800; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, Budget Reduction or Surplus Expenditure Plan; APPROPRIATION. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Detail Part I, Operating Budget; appropriate to Court of Justice: 2021-2022: $11,765,500, 2022-2023: $462,423,700, 2023-2024: $468,304,900; appropriate to Judicial Form Retirement System: 2021-2022: $18,800, 2022-2023: $5,725,300, 2023-2024: $6,050,800; detail Part II, Capital Projects Budget; detail Part III, General Provisions; detail Part IV, Budget Reduction or Surplus Expenditure Plan; APPROPRIATION. Senate Floor Amendment (1) Amend Salary Increase for Personnel provision to require a classification and compensation report.

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4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 162)

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.

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1/8/2022 - Introduced

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.

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3/14/2022 - (H) Returned 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.

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

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

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.

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4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 180)

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. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; add patients in hospitals to the definition of "direct care service"; add hospitals to the requirements for health care services agencies; add conditions to contract requirements related to liquidated damages, employment fees, or other compensation; prohibit health care services agencies from soliciting or recruiting current staff of assisted-living communities, long-term care facilities, or hospitals; require information disclosure by a health services agency if under investigation by the Attorney General; add public health emergency declaration under the Public Health Service Act.

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4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 99)

MOTOR VEHICLES
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to motor vehicles.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 186A to define "approved entity," "cabinet," "electronic title application and registration system," "fleet," and "title lien statement"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 186A to require the Transportation Cabinet to establish an electronic title application and registration system that allows submission of required forms and fees electronically; allow approved entities to access the system to facilitate title transfers, fleet registrations, and permanent fleet registrations; set application fees for approved entities at $150; require annual fees for approved entities; require the cabinet to contract with third party providers to provide software and network systems to facilitate transaction; allow agreements with third party providers to include a transaction fee that may be charged to vehicle buyers; require explicit buyer notification of fee; require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to set forth qualifications of approved entities and procedures for the system; repeal and reenact KRS 186A.195 to set forth procedures for the filing of title lien statements and the distribution of fees; amend KRS 186.045 to establish procedures for filing lien terminations on security interest perfected after the effective date of this Act; create a new section of KRS Chapter 281 to allow U-Drive-It certificate holders who become approved entities to use the electronic titling and registration system to apply for annual renewal of registration on their fleet or to pay the required fees and taxes to maintain permanent registration on their fleet; create a new section of KRS Chapter 186A to require the cabinet to establish procedures by which the owner of fleet vehicles may be issued permanent registration fleet plates; set forth requirement for vehicles, specifications of fleet plates; provide exemptions for fleet vehicles used as rental cars; set forth fees and penalties for failure to pay taxes and registration fees and failure to provide annual reconciliations to the cabinet; amend various sections of KRS Chapters 186 and 186A to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2024. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend Section 2 to allow dealers using the electronic system to file paperwork with either the county clerk of the county in which the purchaser resides or in which the dealer is located; amend Section 6 to make technical corrections by eliminating a reference to the Transportation Cabinet. House Floor Amendment (1) Include licensed manufactured home retailers among the entities allowed to become approved entities to use the electronic title application and registration system; make technical correction to conform. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; reduce the amount of nonapportioned commercial vehicles within the definition of "fleet" from 20 to 10; make technical changes; amend KRS 186A.060 to require an applicant for a motor vehicle title to provide his or her Kentucky operator's license number, personal identification card number, or Social Security number as part of the application process; require any vehicle owned by a licensed business to be titled using a federal employee identification number.

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3/17/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 18)

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.

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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.

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1/13/2022 - Introduced

BIENNIAL HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PLAN
(OSBORNE, DAVID W.)

AN ACT relating to road projects and declaring an emergency.

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

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1/18/2022 - 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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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

PEST AND WEED CONTROL
(POLLOCK, MICHAEL SARGE)

AN ACT relating to pest and weed control.

Amend KRS 217B.110 to authorize the Department of Agriculture to establish dates for pesticide licensing and registration renewals; amend KRS 249.420 and 249.430 to remove references to a Johnson grass eradication program; amend KRS 249.990 to conform; repeal KRS 249.180; 249.183; 249.187; 249.190; 249.195; and 249.991.

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4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 131)

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.

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3/30/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 62)

GRANT PROGRAM TO PROMOTE INVESTMENTS IN KENTUCKY BUSINESSES
(HEATH, RICHARD)

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

Create 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. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; create new sections of KRS Chapter 154, Subchapter 20, to establish the Kentucky Rural Jobs Act of 2022; allow the Cabinet for Economic Development to begin accepting applications from entities seeking approval as a growth fund; allow no more than $50 million of grants to be awarded as state matching capital for investments in growth businesses; establish the Rural Jobs Development Fund; appropriate $25 million in fiscal year 2021-2022 and $25 million in fiscal year 2022-2023 to the Rural Jobs Development Fund; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

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4/14/2022 - Bill fails in committee 5-4-1

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.

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4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 132)

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. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except permit the Supreme Court to set procedures; require annual report on felony mediation and report of adopted and proposed rules. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions; include definitions of sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence and abuse and dating violence and abuse; excluding cases of assault, stalking, and domestic violence and abuse and dating violence and abuse from felony mediation. Senate Committee Substitute (1)

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

BAIL
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to bail.

Amend KRS 431.510 to make operating a charitable bail organization unlawful; define terms. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; prohibit any charitable bail organization from posting bail in excess of $5,000; prohibit any charitable bail organization from posting bail for any offense of domestic violence and abuse or dating violence and abuse, and for any offense under a civil court order or warrant under KRS 222.430 to 222.437; establish that any bond ordered forfeited following a new criminal offense shall be distributed to the victim of the new offense; require publication of records and annual reporting to the General Assembly. House Floor Amendment (1) Retain original provisions; change the prohibition of any charitable bail organization from posting bail in excess of $5,000 to an amount of $5,000 or less; remove the requirement of publication of the names of individuals who have contributed funds to the organization.

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3/7/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary (S)

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. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 67C.111 to substitute "qualified voters" for "residents" in issues of new city formation; delete amendments to KRS 67C.105, 67C.301, 67C.321, 67C.323, and 67C.325 from the original bill. House Floor Amendment (4) Add new Section 2 providing for a 2 term limit for mayor, beginning January 1, 2023; specify that legislative council has 60 days to approve or disapprove the creation of a new city; add a new Section 5. retaining the original provisions and specify the presiding officer of the legislative council shall make all legislative council appointments to agencies, boards, and commissions. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except amend KRS 67C.111 to add effective date of July 15, 2024; add incorporation provisions for new cities; add new section creating the Louisville Metro Comprehensive Review Commission; direct a comprehensive study of the metro government model of local government; establish membership of commission; provide areas for review; establish reporting date of September 15, 2023.

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4/14/2022 - Delivered To Secretary Of State (Acts Ch. 201)

BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT
(REED, BRANDON)

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

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

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

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.

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3/29/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 49)

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.

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2/8/2022 - (H) WITHDRAWN

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.

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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.

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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.

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2/17/2022 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

PFAS CHEMICALS
(KULKARNI, NIMA)

AN ACT relating to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals.

Create a new section of Subchapter 10 of KRS Chapter 224 to define "PFAS chemicals"; require the Energy and Environment Cabinet on or before January 1, 2023, to promulgate administrative regulations establishing maximum PFAS chemical limits and monitoring requirements for drinking water provided by public and semi-public water systems and maximum PFAS chemical limits and monitoring requirements for discharges into the waters of the Commonwealth; require that maximum PFAS chemical limits be designed to protect public health and be updated; provide that nothing in the section interferes with the Energy and Environment Cabinet's responsibilities under the federal Water Pollution Control Act or the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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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

3/24/2022 - (H) WITHDRAWN

UTILITY RATES
(HATTON, ANGIE)

AN ACT relating to utility rates.

Amend KRS 278.030 to include rate affordability when determining fair, just, and reasonable utility rates; allow the Public Service Commission to review the affordability of a utility's rate if the utility has not requested a rate adjustment within the last five years; allow the commission to order a rate increase to prevent significant increases in a single period; require affordable, fair, just, and reasonable rates to balance the interests of the utility, its investors, and the ratepayer.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/11/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (H)

LICENSING PROTECTION FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
(MADDOX, SAVANNAH)

AN ACT relating to licensing protection for health care providers and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 311 to prohibit action against the license of a physician or physician assistant for a recommendation of medical treatment for COVID-19 including a prescription for a drug not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for COVID-19; create a new section of KRS Chapter 314 to prohibit action against the license of an advanced practice registered nurse for a recommendation of medical treatment for COVID-19, including a prescription for a drug not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for COVID-19; create a new section of KRS Chapter 315 to prohibit a pharmacist blocking or attempting to block a patient's access to a drug prescribed by a physician, physician assistant, or APRN on the basis that the United States Food and Drug Administration has not approved the drug as a treatment for COVID-19; prohibit action against the license of a pharmacist for dispensing a prescribed drug for the treatment of COVID-19 that has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for COVID-19.

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1/24/2022 - Introduced

WAGES
(JENKINS, JONI L.)

AN ACT relating to wages.

Amend KRS 337.010 to increase the applicable threshold of employees of retail stores and service industries from $95,000 to $500,000 average annual gross volume of sales for the employer; amend KRS 337.275 to raise the state minimum wage to $8.20 per hour on the effective date of the Act, $9.15 per hour on July 1, 2023, $10.10 per hour on July 1, 2024, $11 per hour on July 1, 2025, $12.05 per hour on July 1, 2026, $13.10 per hour on July 1, 2027, $13.95 per hour on July 1, 2028, and $15 per hour on July 1, 2029; raise the state minimum wage for tipped employees to $2.13 per hour on the effective date of the Act, $3.05 per hour on July 1, 2023, $3.95 per hour on July 1, 2024, and $4.90 per hour on July 1, 2025; include anti-preemption language permitting local governments to establish minimum wage ordinances in excess of the state minimum wage.

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1/25/2022 - Introduced

WATER FLUORIDATION PROGRAMS
(HART, MARK)

AN ACT relating to water fluoridation programs.

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

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1/25/2022 - Introduced

MISCLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES
(MINTER, PATTI)

AN ACT relating to misclassification of employees.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to provide a remedy for employees misclassified as independent contractors; amend KRS 337.010 to include definitions for "independent contractor" and "misclassified"; repeal KRS 336.137.

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1/25/2022 - Introduced

TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT CAUSE
(STEVENSON , PAMELA)

AN ACT relating to employment.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 337 to define terms and make the termination of employment without cause unlawful; establish amount that may be recovered for wrongful discharge; specify when the employers' internal procedures are to be used.

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1/25/2022 - Introduced

SCHOOL FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENTS
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to school fiscal impact statements.

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

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1/26/2022 - Introduced

PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS
(SCOTT, ATTICA)

AN ACT relating to public charter schools.

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

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1/27/2022 - Introduced

DATA CENTERS
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to data centers.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 139 to provide a sales and use tax exemption for data centers; establish reporting requirements for the exemption; define terms; amend KRS 131.190 to conform; EFFECTIVE, in part, August 1, 2022.

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2/28/2022 - floor amendment (1) filed

WAGES FOR EMPLOYMENT
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

AN ACT relating to wages for employment.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to make it a discriminatory employment action if an employer asks questions about previous salary or wages, relies on previous salary when setting a new salary, or refuses to hire if an applicant does not provide previous salary, except to allow a request for information voluntarily provided in response to an offer of employment; allow previous salary to be considered when required by law, when discovered while looking at other nonsalary information, and for public employee positions; require notice to be posted for employees; amend KRS 337.990 to assess a civil penalty for a violation.

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1/27/2022 - Introduced

RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION GRANTS
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to restaurant revitalization grants.

Amend KRS 141.019 and 141.039, relating to calculation of adjusted gross income and gross income, respectively, to allow the same tax treatment as permitted under Pub. L. No. 117-2, sec. 9673, as it relates to restaurant revitalization grants.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

MERCHANT ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITIES
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

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

Amend KRS 278.702 to provide that the terms of service for the ad hoc members of the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting end when the merchant electric generating facility for which they were appointed has been constructed and has begun generating electricity for sale; amend KRS 278.704 to include decommissioning requirements within the requirements over which local planning and zoning requirements shall have primacy; remove outdated language; amend KRS 278.706 to require that a decommissioning plan be included in an application for construction of a merchant electric generating facility; establish minimum requirements for a decommissioning plan; require as part of a decommission plan that a bond or similar security be secured to assure that the decommissioning plan is accomplished; establish requirements for how the bond is set and how the beneficiaries of the bond are to be determined; require that certain components of the decommissioning plan be incorporated into the construction certificate applicant's leases with landowners; amend KRS 278.710 to include whether the decommissioning plan complies with the requirements of the Act in the criteria for approval of a construction certificate for a merchant electric generating facility; require a person that has received a construction certificate for a merchant electric generating facility file with the board the copy of the bond or similar security no later than the date that construction commences for the facility; require that an updated copy of the bond or similar security be refiled at least once every five years thereafter; require notice to be filed with the board when the construction of the merchant electric generating facility is complete and has begun producing electricity for sale; require that notice be given of any transaction involving the sale or transfer of ownership of the facility to the board and local officials within five days of finalizing the transaction; require a person who has acquired a merchant electric generating facility to file with the board written consent to assume the obligations in the decommissioning plan for the facility and to adopt or replace the required decommissioning bond; amend KRS 278.718 to provide that an ordinance, permit, or license issued by a local government shall have primacy over the requirements of KRS 278.700 and Sections 2, 3, and 4 of this Act. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Delete all provisions; 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 and to conform; 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 extend the validity of a construction certificate for a merchant electric generating facility to three years; 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; require that no later than 180 days prior to filing its application for a construction certificate, a merchant electric generating entity shall notify the heads of local government entities of jurisdiction; allow the local officials or the board to request a public hearing on the proposed merchant electric generating project; require that upon filing its construction certificate application, the merchant electric generating facility shall inform local officials of changes to the project and shall post the changes to its Web site; 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; require the decommissioning plan to be reviewed as needed, but at least once every five years; establish minimum requirements for the decommissioning plan; amend KRS 278.710 to include whether the proposed decommissioning plan is complete and complies with state and local requirements as a criteria for application approval; 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; establish the procedure for setting the bond amount; require that the bond be uncancelable and that it always maintain an "A" rating as determined by A.M. Best; provide for review of the bond amount as needed but at least once every five years; provide which entities will be named as beneficiaries of the bond depending on the circumstances; require the Energy and Environment Cabinet to claim forfeited bonds and perform decommissioning if there is no other party willing or able to do so; exempt cities, counties, and the siting board from legal or financial liability to perform decommissioning; 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 and allow for extensions of those deadlines for good cause shown; require that any forfeited bond amounts only be used to decommission facilities on the properties for which the bond was posted; provide that after the application for a construction certificate for a merchant electric generating facility has been approved, the facility has been constructed, and it has begun generating electricity for sale, the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet shall ensure the facility's ongoing compliance with the requirements of KRS 278.700 to 278.716 and the conditions of its construction certificate approval, including updating its decommissioning plan and bond amounts at least once every five years; require a finding by the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet that an acquirer or transferee has a good environmental compliance history and will assume the obligations of the construction certificate prior to any transfer of control of a non-solar merchant electric generating facility; require the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet to make a transfer determination for a non-solar merchant electric generating facility within 90 days of its application and to issue findings with the determination; for solar merchant electric generating facilities wishing to transfer control: define "control"; require landowner and local government notification within 14 days of the transfer; require a notification and attestation to the Energy and Environment Cabinet of good environmental history and of having financial, technical, and managerial capacity to assume all responsibilities and obligations of the solar merchant facility, including carrying out the decommissioning plan and maintenance of the bond; create a new section of Subchapter 10 of KRS Chapter 224 to require the Energy and Environment Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations within 9

  CURRENT STATUS

3/14/2022 - received in House w/ Letter

DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
(MASSEY, C. ED)

AN ACT relating to the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 150 to require the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to conduct all procurements necessary for its performance pursuant to KRS Chapter 45A or pursuant to administrative regulations it promulgates; exempt procurements it makes for personal service contracts from the requirements of KRS 45A.695(2)(b); provide that the department's procurement procedures or administrative regulations be designed with the best interests of the Commonwealth, the department, and the public in mind; allow the department to conduct its own bidding and procurements or to utilize the services of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, or both; allow the commissioner of the department, in lieu of the secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, to declare an emergency for purchasing purposes; amend KRS 150.021 to provide that the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources be attached administratively to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet only for those limited functions and purposes expressly requested by the department; remove language making the powers conferred to the department by KRS Chapters 150 and 235 subject to KRS Chapters 42, 45, 45A, 56, and 64; require the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet to transfer to the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources all records, files, and documents associated with functions that the cabinet no longer performs for the department; exempt the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources from reorganization under KRS Chapter 12; amend KRS 150.022 to change references from wildlife districts to commission districts; make commission members' terms end on December 31 of the fourth calendar year following their appointments and until their successors are duly appointed and confirmed by the Senate; require that a member serve no more than two full terms, excluding any partial terms that a member may serve; require that a candidate to be a commission member have held hunting and fishing licenses for the previous five consecutive years; require that an appointment to the commission to replace a member whose term has expired be made no later than January 20 of the year following the year in which the term expired; require that the Governor and the Commissioner of Agriculture make alternating appointments to the commission based on the commission district, except the Governor shall always make the appointments for the first commission district; make conforming changes; amend KRS 150.061 to make the commissioner the appointing authority for the department for the purposes of KRS Chapter 18A and to conform; amend KRS 235.030 to provide that the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources be attached administratively to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet only for those limited functions and purposes expressly requested by the department; amend KRS 150.0241, 235.010, and 235.130 to conform; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/8/2022 - (H) WITHDRAWN

PUBLIC SAFETY
(SHELDON, STEVE)

AN ACT relating to public safety.

Amend KRS 500.080 to define "riot"; amend KRS 508.010, relating to assault in the first degree, to create a mandatory fine of $15,000 when the offense is committed during the course of a riot; amend KRS 508.025, relating to assault in the third degree, to create a mandatory fine of $5,000 and a minimum sentence of 30 days' incarceration, which is not subject to any form of early release; amend KRS 508.030 to provide that knowingly shining or aiming a laser towards the head of another person results in a Class A misdemeanor; amend KRS 511.060, 511.070, and 511.080 to make criminal trespass enhance one classification level when done to harass a person who is a law enforcement officer, active duty member of the military, judge, or elected or appointed government official; create a new section of KRS Chapter 512 to require the court to order full restitution in any conviction under KRS 512.020, 512.030, or 512.040; amend KRS 512.020 to create a mandatory fine of $5,000 when a person is convicted of criminal mischief in the first degree during the course of a riot; create a new section of KRS Chapter 525 to require the court to order full restitution in any conviction under KRS 525.020, 525.030, or 525.040; amend KRS 525.020, relating to riot in the first degree, to create a minimum sentence of 45 days' incarceration, which is not subject to any form of early release; amend KRS 525.030, relating to riot in the second degree, to create a minimum sentence of 30 days' incarceration, which is not subject to any form of early release; amend KRS 525.140 to make obstructing a highway a Class D felony when the obstruction blocks an emergency vehicle, emergency responder, or emergency exit; amend KRS 525.150 to make disrupting meetings and processions a Class A misdemeanor in all cases; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to require 12-hour hold for any person charged with certain offenses and allow exceptions; amend KRS 431.073 to exclude various Class D felonies from being expungeable; amend KRS 533.254 to require the court to order restitution in cases where a person is put on probation or given pretrial diversion; 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; repeal KRS 525.145, relating to disrupting meetings and processions in the first degree; amend various sections to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/28/2022 - Introduced

KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
(FREELAND, CHRIS)

AN ACT relating to Kentucky educational excellence scholarships.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
(BRANSCUM, JOSHUA)

AN ACT relating to local government.

Amend KRS 42.455 to delete requirements for a public hearing and notifications concerning public hearings by a local government receiving economic development funds; require local governments to provide for public input into the expenditure of public funds for economic development; amend KRS 91A.040 to change audit deadlines from February to March and reporting deadlines from March to April; increase exemption for city audit from $75,000 to $150,000; require that if a city claims the exemption for 4 years, an attestation of engagement must be prepared by either a CPA or the Auditor of Public Accounts; amend KRS 174.100 to delete requirement for a public hearing and substituting a requirement for a public meeting on the expenditure of road funds; establish criteria for such a public meeting. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend Section 1 to require that the local government expenditure of Local Government Economic Assistance Program funds be done only after a public hearing called and noticed under KRS 61.823(2) to (4), relating to emergency or special meetings; amend Section 3 to provide that before a local government expends state-derived tax revenues on specified transportation projects, that a public hearing called and noticed under KRS 61.823(2) to (4) be held.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 103)

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SMOKING
(KOENIG, ADAM)

AN ACT relating to employment discrimination based on smoking.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2022 - Introduced

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS
(FRAZIER GORDON, DEANNA)

AN ACT relating to administrative regulations.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 13A to direct state agencies to promulgate administrative regulations within the applicable 90 day deadline; compel agency appearance before the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee for failure to meet the deadline; allow the subcommittee to grant the agency one extension lasting 30 days; amend KRS 7.110 to allow the Legislative Research Commission to seek a contempt ruling from the Franklin Circuit Court against a noncompliant agency representative; amend KRS 13A.030 and 13A.290 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2022 - Introduced

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
(MILLER, CHARLES)

AN ACT relating to public procurement.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 45A to set forth findings of the General Assembly and establish a policy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to promote the Kentucky and United States economies by requiring a preference for iron, steel, aluminum, and manufactured goods produced in Kentucky and the United States; define "manufactured in Kentucky," "manufactured in the United States," and "United States"; require preference for iron, steel, aluminum, 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, aluminum, 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 require compliance.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/1/2022 - Introduced

MINING LICENSES
(HATTON, ANGIE)

AN ACT relating to mining licenses and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 351 to require any owner, operator, lessee, or licensee of a coal mine holding a license under KRS 337.200 that has been doing business in the Commonwealth for fewer than 5 consecutive years to submit a certification from the commissioner of the Department of Workplace Standards that the licensee is compliant with or exempt from these performance bonding requirements of KRS 337.200; amend KRS 351.175 to require any coal mine licensee applicant to submit a certification from the commissioner of the Department of Workplace Standards that the applicant is compliant with or exempt from the performance bonding requirement of KRS 337.200; require the department to revoke any license if the department receives notification that the licensee is neither compliant nor exempt from the performance bonding requirements of KRS 337.200; amend KRS 337.200 to require the commissioner of the Department of Workplace Standards to notify the Department for Natural Resources of any employer engaged in the severance, preparation, or transportation of minerals that is not compliant with the performance bonding requirements; amend KRS 337.994 to require that all penalties collected for violations of KRS 337.200 be paid to employees injured by the employer's failure to post the performance bond; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/1/2022 - Introduced

TAXATION
(HATTON, ANGIE)

AN ACT relating to taxation.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 to make definitions and require a 4-year period for all new tax expenditures enacted after the effective date of this Act; create a new section of KRS Chapter 6 to require the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue to evaluate tax expenditures and make recommendations to the General Assembly during each odd-numbered year; amend KRS 154.12-2035 to include additional tax incentives within the current reports required by the Cabinet for Economic Development; amend KRS 131.030 to require reporting by the Department of Revenue to the Cabinet for Economic Development; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the data to be reported by the Department of Revenue; create a new section of KRS Chapter 230 to require reporting by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission; create a new section of KRS Chapter 139 to establish a refund process for the new and expanded industry exemption; amend KRS 139.480 to allow the refund process for the new and expanded industry exemption; amend KRS 141.434 to require reporting on the New Markets Development Program tax credit by the Department of Revenue to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue; amend KRS 139.470 and 139.481 to conform; EFFECTIVE, in part, August 1, 2022.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/1/2022 - Introduced

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ORDINANCES
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to the authority of local governments to establish ordinances concerning minimum wages and paid leave.

Amend KRS 65.016 to grant local governments the authority to adopt and enforce ordinances that require employers in their jurisdiction to provide paid leave to employees and set a higher minimum wage than state and federal rates.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/1/2022 - Introduced

MINIMUM WAGE FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to minimum wage for essential workers and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 337.010 to define "essential employee"; amend KRS 337.275 to set a minimum wage for essential employees; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2022 - floor amendment (1) filed

MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to Medicare supplement insurance.

Amend KRS 304.14-520 to prohibit an insurer from denying, or conditioning the effectiveness of, a Medicare supplement policy, or discriminating in price, based on the age, gender, health status, claims experience, receipt of health care, or medical condition of an applicant or a person covered under the policy; prohibit the policy from containing a waiting period or pre-existing condition limitation or exclusion; require applications to be accepted, and policies issued, at all times throughout the year; provide that the Act applies to Medicare supplement policies issued, or renewed in this state on or after the effective date of the Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/25/2022 - (H) recommitted to committee House Banking & Insurance (H)

UTILITY EASEMENTS
(SMITH, TOM)

AN ACT relating to utility easements.

Amend KRS 278.230 to require the commission to require utilities, except electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, under its jurisdiction to maintain an up-to-date database of utility easements and rights of way for its customers; direct that the commission shall determine how the information is to be maintained and requested; direct that records shall be updated every five years.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/2/2022 - Introduced

PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to public construction projects.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 82 to define "city," "project labor agreement," and "public construction project"; permit a city to establish a mandatory preference for awarding public construction project contracts to unions through a negotiated project labor agreement; permit cities to negotiate wages that are higher than the state or federal minimum wage as a condition of the project labor agreement; repeal KRS 65.016, which prohibits local governments from requiring an employer to pay a certain wage or fringe benefit other than as determined by the employer.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/2/2022 - Introduced

PREVAILING WAGE
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to prevailing wage.

Create a new section in KRS Chapter 337 to define "city," "prevailing wage," "prevailing wage rate," and "public works project"; permit a city to enact prevailing wage ordinances; repeal KRS 65.016.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/2/2022 - Introduced

LIMITED LIABILITY ENTITY TAX
(HALE, DAVID)

AN ACT relating to limited liability entity tax.

Amend KRS 141.0401 to align Kentucky's definition of "cost of goods sold" with the Internal Revenue Code and any guidelines issued by the Internal Revenue Service related to cost of goods sold.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PROPERTY TAXATION
(DIXON, JONATHAN)

AN ACT relating to property taxation.

Amend KRS 132.020 and 132.200 to exclude aircraft not used in the business of transporting persons or property for compensation or hire from tangible property tax state and local rates; create a new section of KRS 132 to exempt aircraft not used in the business of transporting persons or property for compensation or hire; apply to property assessed on or after January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

RESOURCES FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
(SMITH, TOM)

AN ACT relating to resources for local development.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to define "county"; grant any city or county the right to levy a restaurant tax not to exceed three percent of retail sales; require the revenue to be distributed between the tourist convention commission and taxing jurisdiction; specify uses; exempt restaurants subject to the restaurant tax from certain occupational license fees; mandate first-time tax rate levies and rate changes take effect at the beginning of a calendar month; amend 91A.400 to sunset the levy of a restaurant tax under this section; require distribution of at least 25 percent of revenues generated to the tourist and convention commission; specify uses; exempt restaurants subject to the tax from certain local occupational license fees; amend KRS 67.938, 91A.390, 91.200, 92.281, and 92.300 to conform; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/21/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)

MOTOR FUEL STANDARDS
(FISTER, DANIEL)

AN ACT relating to motor fuel standards.

Amend KRS 363.900 to change the definitions of "ASTM International," "diesel," and "retail facility"; define "gasoline-oxygenate blend"; amend KRS 363.902 to specify inspection and testing programs for motor fuels intended for sale from a retail facility; amend KRS 363.904 to specify vapor pressure limits for gasoline-oxygenate blends; permit the department to designate tests or specifications when no ASTM International standards exist; require all shipments of motor fuel to meet standards and specifications required in administrative regulations; amend KRS 363.906 to require a license to operate a retail motor fuel facility; increase the license fee to $75 per retail facility; set the annual license expiration on January 31 of the following calendar year; amend KRS 363.9055 to conform; APPROPRIATION. Senate Committee Amendment (1) Amend KRS 363.9055 to replace an outdated ASTM standard specification number.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 112)

PUBLIC POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
(LAWRENCE, WILLIAM)

AN ACT relating to public postsecondary education institutions.

Amend KRS 164.020 to prohibit the Council on Postsecondary Education from raising tuition for a postsecondary education institution more than 5% a year for resident students and 7% a year for nonresident students; provide a 4-year tuition freeze for an enrolled resident students; require an institution to notify a student before expiration of a tuition freeze; require any increase to tuition or fees to be approved before March 1 of the proceeding school year; amend KRS 164.131 to add 2 additional full-time student members to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, including 1 graduate student; remove language regarding initial appointments; amend KRS 164.821 to add a second faculty member to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees; add 2 additional full-time student members to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, including 1 graduate student; remove language regarding initial appointments; amend KRS 164.321 to add a second faculty member to the boards of regents of comprehensive universities; add 2 additional full-time student members to the boards of regents, including 1 full-time graduate student; remove language regarding initial appointments; provide that the bill may be cited as the Kentucky Student Tuition Protection and Accountability Act, provide that the; EFFECTIVE.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/3/2022 - Introduced

OPEN MEETINGS
(DIXON, JONATHAN)

AN ACT relating to open meetings.

Amend KRS 61.810, relating to exceptions for open meetings for any public agency, to include within the exceptions any state or local law, in addition to laws under KRS Chapter 45A or 56, where a group is established to select a successful bidder for an award of a local contract;amend KRS 61.826, relating to video teleconferencing, to require any public agency to provide specific information regarding where any member of the media or public may view the meeting electronically; require the identification of a primary physical location of the video teleconference where all members of the public agency who are participating may be seen and heard, if the public agency provides a physical location for the meeting, or where two or more members of the public agency are attending a video teleconference meeting from the same physical location; require all public agency members who participate in a video teleconference to remain on camera all the time business is being discussed; amend KRS 83A.150, relating to cities operating under a city manager form of government, to allow the city board to meet in closed session no more than two times a year to conduct a performance evaluation of the city manager; stipulate that the board must follow KRS 61.815, and that the records of the meeting are subject to the Open Records Act. House Floor Amendment (1) Amend Section 2 to require notice pursuant to KRS 61.823 and subsection (2)(b) to (d) if a regular meeting is changed to a video conference on the same date and time as originally scheduled, without declaring it a special meeting.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/25/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 37)

PEACE OFFICER CERTIFICATION
(DECKER, JENNIFER)

AN ACT relating to peace officer certification.

Amend KRS 15.382 to prohibit anyone who has been convicted of various misdemeanor offenses and inchoate offenses under KRS Chapter 510 from being certified as a peace officer; amend KRS 15.386 to prohibit peace officers who have been convicted of various misdemeanor offenses and inchoate offenses under KRS Chapter 510 from returning to active certification from inactive status; amend KRS 15.391 to provide that a peace officer's certification shall be revoked if he or she pleads guilty to, is convicted of, or enters an Alford plea to various misdemeanor offenses and inchoate offenses under KRS Chapter 510.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/3/2022 - Introduced

ARPA APPROPRIATIONS
(PETRIE, JASON)

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

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to paid parental leave.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 18A to provide an employee of the Commonwealth of Kentucky a paid leave of absence of 12 weeks for the birth or adoption of a child; establish requirements; amend KRS 18A.025 and 18A.110 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2022 - floor amendment (1) filed

CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to the Child Care Assistance Program.

Amend KRS 199.894 to define "Child Care and Development Fund" and "Child Care Assistance Program"; create a new section of KRS 199.892 to 199.896 to establish eligibility requirements for the Child Care Assistance Program.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2022 - Introduced

ELECTRIC GRID RELIABILITY AND RESILIENCY
(GOOCH JR., JIM)

AN ACT relating to ensuring the reliability and resiliency of the electric grid.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 278 to define terms; require the Public Service Commission to develop rules and procedures to ensure that the Commonwealth's electric grid is reliable and resilient; establish standards; require intermittent power to provide firming power up to its average output level during periods of peak net load; provide that the minimum reserve margin shall be a primary consideration when retiring or adding electric generation; require the Public Service Commission to coordinate with regional transmission organizations to develop consistent policies.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2022 - Introduced

NEW SECTION OF KENTUCKY CONSTITUTION RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

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

Propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky establishing a right of the people to have a healthy environment, including a right to clean air, pure water, and ecologically healthy habitats; declare the Commonwealth's natural resources, among them its air, water, flora, fauna, climate, and public lands, are the common property of all people, including generations yet to come; establish that as trustee of the environment and its natural resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all people; provide ballot language; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2022 - Introduced

PRESCHOOL EDUCATION
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to preschool education.

Amend KRS 157.3175 to require school districts provide a full-day preschool program for at-risk three and four year olds; define at-risk; require that preschool for three-year-old children continue to be funded through a grant process and preschool programs for four-year-old children be funded under KRS 157.310 to 157.440; require preschool programs to operate on the school district calendar; require transportation be provided; amend KRS 158.031 to include preschool programs for four-year-old children in the primary school program; amend KRS 157.320 to remove the definition of "kindergarten full-time equivalent in pupil average daily attendance"; amend KRS 157.360 to remove a reference to the kindergarten full-time equivalent; amend KRS 158.030 to include a preschool program for four-year-old children in the definition of "common school"; remove language allowing kindergarten to operate for less than six hours on a school day.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/9/2022 - Introduced

KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP
(SANTORO, SAL)

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

2/9/2022 - Introduced

AMEND SECTION 181 OF KENTUCKY CONSTITUTION RELATING TO LOCAL REVENUE OPTIONS
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

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

Propose to amend Section 181 of the Constitution of Kentucky to permit the General Assembly to authorize a county, city, town, or municipal corporation to assess and collect local taxes and fees that are not otherwise in conflict with the Constitution; provide ballot question with proposed amendment; submit to voters for ratification or rejection. House Floor Amendment (1) Remove franchise fees; specify that license fees include license fees on franchises.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

LOCAL TAXATION
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to local taxation.

Amend KRS 67.083 to allow a fiscal court of any county to levy all taxes not in conflict with the Constitution, provided that the fee or tax is allowed by the statutes of this state; amend KRS 92.281 to allow cities of all classes to levy all taxes not in conflict with the Constitution, provided that the fee or tax is allowed by the statutes of this state; amend KRS 610.350 to allow certain local government bodies to levy taxes within constitutional limitations, provided that the tax is allowed by the statutes of this state; amend KRS 83.520 to allow the legislative body of a city of the first class to levy all taxes, provided that the taxes are allowed by the statutes of this state; amend KRS 65.760 to allow local governments to levy certain taxes, provided that the taxes are allowed by the statutes of this state; create a new section of KRS Chapter 92 to prohibit municipal corporations that are authorized to levy and collect taxes or fees from levying the tax or fee unless the tax or fee is allowed by the statutes of this state; EFFECTIVE only upon the ratification by voters of an amendment to Section 181 of the Kentucky Constitution. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 67A.070 to allow urban-county governments to levy all taxes not in conflict with the Constitution, provided that the fee or tax is allowed by the statutes of this state; amend KRS 67C.101 to allow consolidated local governments to levy all taxes not in conflict with the Constitution, provided that the fee or tax is allowed by the statutes of this state.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (S)

SOLID WASTE
(PRUNTY, MELINDA GIBBONS)

AN ACT relating to solid waste.

Amend KRS 224.40-310 to list all the types of facilities under the definition of "waste disposal facility"; prohibit issuance of a permit to construct or expand a waste disposal facility that will result in substantial additional capacity absent submission of notice of intent to be licensed to the fiscal court of the county in which the facility is or will be located; prescribe time frame.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/10/2022 - Introduced

PUBLIC UTILITIES
(WILLNER, LISA)

AN ACT relating to public utilities.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 278 to create winter and summer temperature standards for disconnection of service by retail electric and gas utilities; require resumption of disconnection only after a 72-hour period from the temperature standard; establish a certificate of need for persons who are at risk if utility service is disconnected that can be provided by a physician, physician assistant, community-based service organization, or faith-based service organization; prohibit disconnection of service on holidays and weekends and before 8 am and after 5 pm on weekdays; allow for reconnection of service for partial payment with a payment plan; require waiver of termination fees, reconnection fees, and late fees for customers having obtained a certificate of need; require utility to make reasonable effort towards reestablishing service for a customer terminated after having obtained a certificate of need but no more than 24 hours after repayment is commenced; require separate, written notice 14 days prior to a disconnection to residential household; require that notice be distinguishable from the regular billing notices; establish font size and typeset for notice and other material to be printed on the notice; require a hardship reconnection order for persons at risk who have had service terminated by the utility after meeting specific repayment requirements; require the commission to issue an order setting forth any applicable rules and procedures.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/10/2022 - Introduced

CONSTRUCTION BIDS
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to construction bids.

Amend KRS 45A.494 to include a bidding preference of five percent for bidders who certify that 25 percent of their workforce have completed or are in the process of completing a registered apprenticeship and to include a bidding preference of five percent for bidders who certify that 70 percent of their workforce resides either in Kentucky or within 50 miles of the work site; amend KRS 176.082 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to offer online courses to fulfill the technical education requirements of registered apprenticeship programs.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/10/2022 - Introduced

NATURAL RESOURCES SEVERANCE TAX
(NEMES, JASON)

AN ACT relating to the natural resources severance and processing tax.

Amend KRS 143A.010 to redefine "processing" to include the act of loading or unloading limestone that has not otherwise been severed or treated in the Commonwealth; amend KRS 143A.035 to allow a credit for substantially identical severance or processing taxes paid to another state or political subdivision thereof; provide that a taxpayer may not claim a total amount of credit that exceeds the taxpayer's tax liability; allow the Department of Revenue to report tax credit information to the Legislative Research Commission; amend KRS 131.190 to authorize the release of information from the Department of Revenue; EFFECTIVE August 1, 2022.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/10/2022 - Introduced

VEGETATION MAINTENANCE
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to vegetation maintenance.

Create new sections of KRS 278.010 to 278.450 to establish definitions; require electric utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission to have a vegetation management plan approved by the commission; require vegetation maintenance to be performed in conformance with ANSI standards endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture; make exception for standards under declared emergency or in situation of cleanup from storm damage; require different notice requirements to the public and property owners; impose penalty for failure of a utility to comply with vegetation maintenance plan requirements; require public hearings; establish homeowner rights with respect to vegetation maintenance; require the utility develop a brochure for homeowner rights and have the information available on its Web site; allow for civil action for unauthorized tree pruning or removal; allow for damages for unauthorized tree removal or pruning; require written consent to remove more than 25 percent of tree canopy; allow for a temporary cessation of work if property owner objects to vegetation maintenance; and prescribe time frames for notice and response.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/17/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

EDUCATION
(LOCKETT, MATT)

AN ACT relating to education and declaring an emergency.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

2/11/2022 - Introduced

NONRECOURSE CONSUMER LEGAL FUNDING
(BLANTON, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to nonrecourse consumer legal funding.

Establish Subtitle 12 of KRS Chapter 304 and create sections thereof to define terms; prohibit engaging in the business of nonrecourse consumer legal funding transactions without a license; establish licensing requirements; provide that nonrecourse consumer legal funding transactions are not loans and exempt from statute relating to interest; establish requirements for nonrecourse consumer legal funding transaction contracts; prohibit certain actions by nonrecourse consumer legal funding companies; provide for attorney communications and responsibilities; establish penalties; provide that the new subtitle on nonrecourse consumer legal funding shall not restrict the powers or duties of the Attorney General; amend KRS 286.4-410, 360.010, and 372.060 to conform.

  CURRENT STATUS

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

FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION
(PRUNTY, MELINDA GIBBONS)

AN ACT relating to freedom from discrimination.

Create a new range in KRS Chapter 446 to define terms; establish protections from governmental discrimination against any person or organization for sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions regarding the sex of individuals who may enter into marriage; establish administrative and civil remedies for violations.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/14/2022 - Introduced

EMPLOYEE CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
(HEAVRIN, SAMARA)

AN ACT relating to employee child-care assistance, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Create a new sections of KRS Chapter 199 to create the Employee Child-Care Assistance Partnership program; define terms; obligate the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to administer the program; establish reporting requirements; establish a fund for the program; authorize the cabinet to administer the fund; direct the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to effectuate the program; establish program requirements for employers and employees; establish requirements for both permissive and mandatory termination of the program contract; permit the Cabinet for Economic Development to condition program requirements on participation in this program; amend KRS 199.990 to include a penalty; cite as the Employee Child-Care Assistance Partnership; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original proisions; make technical changes so that the title of the program reads "Employee Child Care Assistance Program"; clarify the state match requirements in Section 5; remove the appropriation; EMERGENCY. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except create a two-week grace period after a party decides to terminate a contract under Section 7; permit the Cabinet for Economic Development to coordinate with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to incorporate this program into agreements with employers seeking economic development incentives; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 184)

SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
(MCCOY, CHAD)

AN ACT relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 241.010 to define "barrel-aged and batched cocktails," "private selection event," and "private selection package" and to redefine "consumer" and "vintage distilled spirit"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 243 to establish a "limited nonquota package license" that allows designated alcoholic beverage drink licensees to sell vintage distilled spirits and private selection packages; amend KRS 243.027 to authorize a manufacturer to ship samples to persons or entities engaged in private selection events; indicate that the shipped sample quantity limits apply to each separate recipient; amend KRS 243.029 to require a direct shipper licensee to include all applicable taxes in the selling price for alcoholic beverages; include sales tax as a separate item on the customer's invoice; amend KRS 243.030 to set a $300 annual fee for a limited nonquota package license and for an off-premises retail sales outlet license; amend KRS 243.0305 to allow a distiller to conduct private selection events and sell private selection packages at retail; set package and sample limits for sales at fairs, festivals, and other similar types of events; permit distillers to purchase jointly branded souvenir packages from microbreweries; restrict a distiller to only one off-premises retail site for each of its licensed premises; amend KRS 243.110 to make a limited nonquota package license compatible with listed drink licenses; amend KRS 243.232 to authorize a limited nonquota package license holder to sell vintage distilled spirits; amend KRS 243.240 to exclude private selection package sales from the normal quota retail package license restrictions; amend KRS 243.260 to issue a special temporary license for farmers markets; amend KRS 243.884 to exempt most private selection package sales from the wholesale tax; amend KRS 244.240 to exclude a distiller selling private selection packages or supplying barrels for barred-aged and batched cocktails from the interlocking interests prohibition; amend KRS 244.260 to permit a retailer to keep distilled spirits or wine in a container for preparing barred-aged and batched cocktails; align distilled spirit container limits with the largest applicable federal standard of fill size; amend KRS 243.034 and 243.0341 to conform. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; include microbreweries with a quota retail drink or quota retail package license in the selection and sale process for private selection packages; EMERGENCY. House Floor Amendment (2) Amend KRS 241.010 to define "vintage distilled spirits seller"; restrict a limited nonquota package license holder to sales of only private selection packages; require a distillery to make at least 70% of its annual private selection packages available for purchase by wholesalers; limit souvenir packages sold exclusively to distillery visitors to three liters per person per day; allow a vintage distilled spirits seller to sell up to 24 vintage distilled spirits packages in a 12 month period; establish reporting standards for licensees who purchase vintage distilled spirits; amend KRS 243.240 to allow a quota retail package license holder to sell packages and provide samples of distilled spirits and wine at fairs and festivals in wet territory; limit sales to those fairs and festivals held in the same county as the license holder's licensed premises; calculate the wholesale price of distillery sales at 70% of the retail price if an actual wholesale price is unavailable.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/29/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 39)

SALES AND USE TAX
(HATTON, ANGIE)

AN ACT relating to sales and use tax.

Amend various sections in KRS Chapter 139 to reduce the sales and use tax to 5% for one year.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2022 - Introduced

STREAM AND WETLAND MITIGATION
(MILLER, JERRY T.)

AN ACT relating to stream and wetland mitigation, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 150 to establish definitions; authorize the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to make acquisitions for compensatory mitigation projects; clarify who holds interests in the property for acquisition types, including alternative delivery procurement; allow for the acquisition price of interests to be greater than appraised value when using comparable sales comparison or market approach appraisal methods; allow for a limited use of condemnation of mineral estates when there is a severance of the surface and subsurface; allow the department to procure construction contracting for compensatory mitigation projects using alternative delivery including design-build, design-bid-build, and full delivery compensatory mitigation and exempt the department from requirements of KRS Chapters 45 and 45A; allow for procurement of mitigation credits from an existing mitigation bank with restrictions; establish the requirements for full delivery compensatory mitigation including contract, procurement requirements, method of remittance on work, protests and appeals; establish the departments powers and prerogatives with implementing the in-lieu fee program for compensatory mitigation projects; require all vendors and any foreign entities to be in good standing and in compliance with unemployment and workers compensation requirements; set penalty for violations; amend KRS 45.750 to add compensatory mitigation credit purchases to the definition of "capital construction item" and include credit purchases and use of full delivery mitigation to the definition of "capital project"; and add definitions; exempt real estate purchased for compensatory mitigation projects or purchase of compensatory mitigation credits from the provisions of KRS 45.760 to 45.810; amend KRS 45.777 to exempt sale or transfer of title or interests in real property from requirements to deposit receipts into the general fund; amend KRS 45.760 to add expenditure of funds for compensatory mitigation to the automatic authorization when project is not listed in branch budget bill and transfer to the allotment account and exceed the 15 percent limitation; require the notation of the payout for the allotment to be transmitted to the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee; and exempt projects or equipment purchases from the limitations before being authorized; amend KRS 45A.030 to include compensatory mitigation projects and credits to the definitional exception of chief purchasing officer, construction, procurement and add additional definitions; amend KRS 45A.045 to exempt the Department of Fish and Wildlife from the requirement to have Finance and Administration Cabinet make all acquisitions and be the chief purchasing officer for the department; amend KRS 45A.050 to vest the Department of Fish and Wildlife with the rights, powers, and duties and authority for procurement; amend KRS 45A.425 to authorize the Department of Fish and Wildlife to dispose of surplus property and declare a completed compensatory mitigation property as surplus property; amend KRS 150.024 to clarify the right of eminent domain is limited and restricted when the acquisition is made for a compensatory mitigation project; and amend KRS 150.255 to clarify that compensatory mitigation projects must be approved by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the department and adding purchase of compensatory mitigation credits to the use of funds; express when remittance may be made on a contract even if it is outside of the procurement methodology; clarify that the department coordinates all aspects of a compensatory mitigation project and when the project vests under a full delivery compensatory mitigation project; amend KRS 382.850 to allow the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources or a mitigation bank to acquire conservation easements and protect the land where there is a severance of a mineral estate and surface and establish a penalty if the surface is disturbed by subsequent exercise of mining activity; establish procedure for enforcement; and add definitions; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/9/2022 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue (H)

REGULATION OF CANNABIS
(ROBERTS, RACHEL)

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

Establish KRS Chapter 245, relating to cannabis, to administer its cultivation, processing, transportation, sale, use, taxation, and licensing; define terms; establish the Cannabis Control Board and its membership, procedures, powers, and duties; direct the board to promulgate administrative regulations for the administration and enforcement of the chapter; set up advisory committees appointed by the board; create the Department of Cannabis Control within the Public Protection Cabinet for the daily oversight of cannabis operations and to provide administrative support for the board; establish various one-year business licenses under the chapter; grant administrative hearings under KRS Chapter 13B to appeal a license denial or revocation; forbid an employer from discriminating against applicants or employees who use cannabis outside of working hours as long as the use does not affect job performance; prohibit a person under 21 from purchasing, possessing, consuming, or using cannabis; establish a revolving account called the "cannabis fund" to collect cannabis licensing fees, fines, excise taxes, and any other funds; form the Social Impact Council as a public agency authorized to distribute moneys from the cannabis fund; set council membership, procedures, powers, and duties; create new sections of KRS Chapter 138 to define terms; impose an excise tax set by the Cannabis Control Board on the first sale or transfer of harvested cannabis; establish excise tax reporting, collection, and liability; amend KRS 139.472 to exempt medical cannabis and accessories from sales and use taxes; create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to authorize local governments to levy up to a 5% license fee on the gross receipts of a retailer or microbusiness; allow overlapping local governments to agree to levy a combined license fee, with set fee amounts absent an agreement; amend KRS 2.015 to require a person to be 21 or older to purchase cannabis and its products and accessories; create new sections of KRS 218A and amend KRS 218A.1421, 218A.1422, 218A.1423, and 218A.500 to exempt licensed cannabis activities from criminal marijuana offenses; create a new section of KRS Chapter 431 to allow a person to petition the court to expunge the person's misdemeanor marijuana offenses; amend KRS 431.079 to exclude the expungement petition from the certification of eligibility requirement; amend KRS 131.1815 to notify the Cannabis Control Board if a cannabis licensee is a delinquent taxpayer; amend KRS 600.020 to include cannabis offenses in the list of juvenile status offenses; amend KRS 12.020 to add the governmental entities created in KRS Chapter 245 to the list of executive branch government bodies; set initial terms for members of the Cannabis Control Board and Social Impact Council; apply the excise tax beginning on July 1, 2023, and allow cannabis sales beginning on July 1, 2024; Section 31 of Act RETROACTIVE; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/17/2022 - Introduced

PUBLICATION PROCEDURES FOR LOCAL ENTITIES
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT relating to publication procedures for local entities.

Amend KRS 424.145 by changing the definition of local government to remove the population restriction on counties, and governmental entities within counties, permitted to utilize alternative Internet publication.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/17/2022 - Introduced

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to community health workers.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require Medicaid reimbursement for certain services provided by certified community health workers; create new sections of KRS Chapter 309 to establish community health worker certification; amend KRS 205.6497 to require the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program to reimburse certain services provided by certified community health workers. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; except delete provision related to the employment of community health workers by Medicaid managed care organizations and the accounting of incurred costs.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/7/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 86)

LAND SURVEYOR LICENSURE
(KOCH, MATTHEW)

AN ACT relating to land surveyor licensure.

Amend KRS 322.045 to allow a person to qualify for licensure as a land surveyor if he or she has graduated from a two-year board-approved program and has obtained a minimum of six years of progressive experience in land surveying, with four of those years under the direct supervision of a practicing land surveyor; allow graduates of two-year board-approved programs to be eligible to take the Fundamentals of Land Surveying Examination after two years of progressive experience in land surveying and the Principles and Practice of Land Surveying Examination after six years of progressive experience in land surveying; eliminate the board's responsibility to promulgate administrative regulations that establish requirements for consideration of experience gained before entering the graduate programs approved by the board.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/17/2022 - Introduced

EDUCATORS
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to educators.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

2/17/2022 - Introduced

DECONTAMINATION TAX CREDIT
(FREELAND, CHRIS)

AN ACT relating to the decontamination tax credit.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to define terms for the section and establish the decontamination tax credit; make credit available for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, but before January 1, 2032; declare credit to be refundable and to be applied against taxes imposed by KRS 141.020 or 141.040 and 141.0401; make credit equal to the amount of expenditures made by the taxpayer for the remediation of the contaminated property but not to exceed $30,000,000; allow 25% of the credit to be taken in one taxable year and to be taken for a period of no more than 4 taxable years; create a new section of Subchapter 1 of KRS Chapter 224 to provide establishment of the application and approval process through the Energy and Environment Cabinet; permit applications to be submitted on or after January 1, 2022; amend KRS 141.0205 to provide for ordering of the refundable tax credit; amend KRS 131.190 to allow the Department of Revenue to report on this tax credit pursuant to the reporting requirements in Section 1 of this Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2022 - Introduced

VOLUNTARY ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION TAX CREDIT
(NEMES, JASON)

AN ACT relating to the voluntary environmental remediation tax credit.

Amend KRS 141.418 to expand the voluntary environmental remediation tax credit for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, but before January 1, 2026, and to allow a refundable credit for these taxable years; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the refundable credit; amend KRS 131.190 to require reporting.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/22/2022 - Introduced

ELECTRIC VEHICLES
(DUPLESSIS, JIM)

AN ACT relating to electric vehicles and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 138 to define terms; establish an excise tax on electric vehicle power dealers for power distributed to electric vehicles; set initial base of three cents per kilowatt hour; subject tax to annual adjustment; require annual notification to electric vehicle power dealers of the adjusted rate of the excise tax on electric vehicle power for each upcoming fiscal year and annual notification to county clerks of the adjusted rate of highway user fees for electric and hybrid vehicles; provide a mechanism for annual adjustment of the excise tax based on changes in the National Highway Construction Cost Index 2.0; allow the taxes to increase no more than ten percent or decrease no more than two percent from one year to the next, subject to the statutory minimums; create a new section of KRS Chapter 186 to establish base electric and hybrid vehicle road usage fees for electric and hybrid vehicles; require collection of the fees at the time of initial registration and upon renewal; require the fees to be adjusted in the same manner as for electric vehicle power excise taxes; require the fee be transferred to the road fund; amend KRS 186.010 to define "electric vehicle" and "hybrid vehicle"; amend KRS 186.050 to require payment of the highway user fees for electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles at the time of registration or renewal; provide that the Act may be cited as the EV Vehicle Road Usage Tax Act; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2022 - Introduced

ETHICS AND DIVERSITY WITHIN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION
(CALLOWAY, JOSH)

AN ACT relating to the exercise of ethics and diversity within the medical profession.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 344 to define terms; prohibit discrimination against medical care providers who decline to perform procedures that violate their conscience; grant providers the right not to participate in or pay for services that violate their conscience; exempt providers from liability for exercising these rights; establish a civil cause of action for persons injured by violations of these provisions.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2022 - Introduced

HEALTHCARE WORKERS
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

"AN ACT relating to healthcare workers and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to establish the Healthcare Worker Loan Relief Program for qualifying healthcare workers; establish the guidelines for operating the program; create the healthcare worker loan relief fund; APPROPRIATION. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions, except remove the appropriations of $2,000,000 for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and $2,000,000 for the 2023-2024 fiscal year; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/20/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 226)

MEDICINAL CANNABIS
(STEVENSON, CHERLYNN)

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

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 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 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; 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, 218A.1423, and 218A.500 to conform; amend KRS 12.020 to reestablish the Department for Alcoholic Beverage Control as the Department for Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control; amend KRS 12.252, 15.300, 15.380, 15.398, 15.420, 15A.340, 61.592, 62.160, 131.1815, 211.285, 241.010, 241.015, 241.030, 243.025, 243.0307, 243.038, 243.090, 243.360, 438.310, 438.311, 438.313, 438.315, 438.317, 438.320, 438.325, 438.330, 438.337, and 438.340 to conform; some sections EFFECTIVE July 1, 2023; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/24/2022 - Introduced

CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY
(PRATT, PHILLIP)

AN ACT relating to consumer data privacy.

Creates new sections of KRS Chapter 367 to establish consumer rights relating to personal data, including the rights to confirm whether data is being processed, to delete personal data provided by the consumer, to obtain a copy of the consumer's personal data that was previously provided, and to opt out of targeted advertising and the sale of data; define terms; set forth the types of data and the persons or entities to which the statutory provisions and do not apply; set forth requirements for persons or entities that control and process consumer data; establish that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce the consumer data privacy rights; create a consumer privacy fund in the State Treasury to be administered by the Office of the Attorney General; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/24/2022 - Introduced

JAIL FEES
(MEREDITH, MICHAEL)

AN ACT relating to jails.

Amend KRS 441.265 to require a prisoner in a county jail to begin paying fees from the prisoner's booking date; require a jail to reimburse and waive fees if a prisoner is not convicted of any charges; require the Department of Corrections to annually adjust the maximum room and board fee of $50 per day based on changes in the Consumer Price Index; set procedure by which automatic deductions from a prisoner's canteen account may be made by the jail.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 188)

WATER RESOURCES
(GOOCH JR., JIM)

AN ACT relating to water resources.

Amend KRS 151.100 to define terms; amend KRS 151.110 to make technical corrections; amend KRS 151.112 to allow the Energy and Environment Cabinet to request technical assistance from any agency or organization to carry out its duties; make technical corrections; amend KRS 151.116 to direct the Energy and Environment Cabinet to consult with the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority in developing administrative regulations; amend KRS 151.120 to make a technical correction; amend KRS 151.125 to direct the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet to adopt minimum standards for floodplain management; replace instances of “certificate of inspection” with “inspection report”; amend KRS 151.220 to permit the Energy and Environment Cabinet to accept and use cooperate agreements; amend KRS 151.250 to prohibit buildings, barriers, or obstructions in floodplains or floodways without approval and a permit from the Energy and Environment Cabinet; allow the Energy and Environment Cabinet to require approval prior to construction related to agricultural operations that impact the base flood of a stream; make technical corrections; amend KRS 151.260 to direct the Energy and Environment Cabinet to notify construction permit applicants within 20 working days for a floodplain permit and 45 working days for a dam permit; allow the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet to establish administrative regulations requiring some dam owners to develop and maintain emergency action plans; amend KRS 151.293 to replace instances of “certificate of inspection” with “inspection report”; replace the “United States Weather Service” with the “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration”; make technical corrections; amend KRS 151.310 to prohibit encroachment on the reservoir area of any dam in Kentucky; amend KRS 151.600 to direct the Energy and Environment Cabinet to administer National Flood Insurance Program related activities; make technical corrections; repeal KRS 151.230. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 224.20-110 to prohibit air pollution standards and emissions limits promulgated in administrative regulations related to agricultural operations that are more stringent than standards and limits enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/14/2022 - (S) Passed Over and retained in the Orders of the Day

WORKERS' COMPENSATION
(GENTRY, ALAN)

AN ACT relating to workers' compensation.

Amend KRS 342.610 to exclude certain levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in the blood from the presumption that an injury was caused by the introduction of certain substances into the employee's body.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/25/2022 - Introduced

TEACHERS
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to teachers.

Amend KRS 158.060 to require teachers be compensated for noninstructional planning time within their school day during which they are required to supervise or instruct students.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/25/2022 - Introduced

GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

AN ACT relating to governmental agencies, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to establish the Kentucky Center for Cannabis Research at the University of Kentucky; define the role, mission, and responsibilities of the center; establish the university's duties related to the center; APPROPRIATION. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; provide that funding for the Kentucky Center for Cannabis Research at the University of Kentucky shall be excluded from the postsecondary education performance model; require the university and the center to apply for federal Drug Enforcement Agency registration as a marijuana grower; direct the center to develop an application for individuals to participate in cannabis related research; APPROPRIATION. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 42 to require data to be transmitted to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue or the House and Senate Standing Committees on Appropriations and Revenue; establish a working group containing employees from the Legislative Research Commission, the Commonwealth Office of Technology, and the Department of Revenue to accomplish an efficient and effective delivery of data in a format is easily accessible, adaptable, and usable; require monthly meetings of the employee working group; amend KRS 132.590 to cap the total compensation for the office of the property valuation administrator in an urban-county government at $420,000 per year; create a new section of KRS Chapter 210 to define new terms; establish the mobile crisis services fund within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; establish requirements a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) must adhere to in order to apply for a loan; require the cabinet to determine the terms and conditions of each loan, review, and adjudicate applications, monitor performance of each CMHC, and report to the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare, and Family Services; require that the fund created be a trust and agency account; require moneys in the fund to be administered by the cabinet; provide that moneys remaining in the fund will accrue to the fund; amend KRS 262.330 to include heavy or specialized equipment acquired by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission with the types of equipment that the board of a conservation district may make available or lease to landowners and occupiers within the district; amend KRS 262.610 to allow a conservation district to apply jointly with a person residing in the district to the Soil and Water Conservation Commission to acquire heavy or specialized equipment; prohibit the joint application by conservation districts and persons for the acquisition of infrastructure; include references to leasing fees from lessees in a conservation district when determining an amortization schedule for equipment acquired from the Soil and Water Conservation Commission; amend KRS 262.660 to require the Soil and Water Conservation Commission on or before January 1, 2023, to promulgate administrative regulations that shall at a minimum set forth the form and manner in which a person and a conservation district may jointly request the acquisition of heavy or specialized equipment, the terms of loans for heavy or specialized equipment that the commission makes available to districts for lease to persons within those districts, and the terms of the lease agreements between districts and persons in those districts for use of the heavy or specialized equipment; create the Commonwealth West Healthcare Workforce Innovation Center to provide healthcare educational pathways to address the healthcare worker shortage; direct the center to be operated through a partnership of public and private organizations; direct the General Assembly to provide start-up funds to be administered through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System; direct KCTCS to provide reports to LRC; appropriate $1,500,000 in ARPA funds to Learning and Results Services for science curriculums using Plasma Games STEM and Chemistry education tool; appropriate $150,000 in general fund money to the Rough River Business & Tourism Association; appropriate $5,000,000 in ARPA funds to the Kentucky Center for the Arts; appropriate $4,000,000 in fiscal year 2022 - 2023 to the School Facilities Construction Commission for Rockcastle County schools to build a middle school; appropriate $1,000,000 in general fund moneys in fiscal years 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 to the Justice Administration budget unit to support Operation UNITE; appropriate $105,000,000 of General Fund moneys in each fiscal year of the 2022-2024 biennium to the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority to be applied to the unfunded pension liability of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Nonhazardous pension fund; amend various provisions of HB1/VO; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/26/2022 - BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE; (Acts Ch. 239)

SPORTS WAGERING
(KOENIG, ADAM)

AN ACT relating to wagering and making an appropriation therefor.

Establish KRS Chapter 239A and create new sections to define “adjusted gross revenue,” “beginner,” “cabinet, “confidential information,” “entry fee,” “fantasy contest,” “fantasy contest operator," “fantasy contest participant," “highly experienced player,” “immediate family,” “location percentage,” “net poker revenue,” “online poker,” “person,” “principal stockholder,” “rake,” “registered fantasy contest operator,” “script,” “secretary,” and “wager”; establish requirements for registration as a fantasy contest operator; require the Public Protection Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations for the operation of fantasy contests; establish the wagering administration fund and direct the uses of that fund; require an annual audit of fantasy contest registrants; establish requirements for fantasy contest procedures; require any person offering online poker in the Commonwealth to have a license from the cabinet and require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations prescribing requirements for licensure including geolocation software, age verification, and security and accounting standards; amend KRS 230.210 to define "sports wagering"; create new sections of KRS Chapter 230 to require the racing commission to institute a system of sports wagering at tracks; limit the types of events upon which wagers may be placed; amend KRS 230.215 to declare the intent to allow citizens to enjoy sports wagering and allow the racing commission to promulgate administrative regulations prescribing conditions under which sports wagering is to be conducted; amend KRS 230.225, 230.240, and 230.260 to include sports wagering; create a new section of KRS Chapter 230 to establish sports wagering licensure requirements; amend KRS 230.320 to conform; amend KRS 230.361 to include sports wagering; amend KRS 230.3615 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to define “adjusted gross income” and impose a tax on sports wagering; amend KRS 230.362, 230.363, 230.364, 230.365, 230.366, 230.369, 230.371, 230.372, 230.373, 230.374, and 230.750 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 230 to prohibit participants from wagering on events in which they participate and to prohibit tampering with the outcome of a sporting event; amend KRS 230.990 to provide penalties for participants who wager on sporting events or tamper with the outcome of a sporting event; amend KRS 243.500 to exempt sports wagering and online poker; amend KRS 525.090 to exempt sports wagering; amend KRS 528.010 to exempt fantasy contests, sports wagering, and online poker and the devices used in the conduct of those forms of wagering; amend KRS 528.020, 528.070, and 528.080 to exempt fantasy contests, sports wagering, and online poker; create a noncodified section to assert that the provisions of the Act are severable; APPROPRIATION. House Floor Amendment (1) Make the tax rate imposed on online sports wagering apply to the adjusted gross revenue on all online sports wagers.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - floor amendments (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)(8)(9) (10)(11)(12)(13)(14)(15)(16) and (17) filed

PARI-MUTUAL WAGERING
(KOENIG, ADAM)

AN ACT relating to pari-mutuel wagering and making an appropriation therefor.

Amend KRS 138.510 to change the tax rate beginning August 1, 2022 on all tracks conducting pari-mutuel wagering, tracks conducting telephone account wagering, tracks participating as receiving tracks in intertrack wagering, and all tracks participating as receiving tracks displaying simulcasts and conducting interstate wagering thereon to 1.5 percent of all money wagered and to specify deductions from the revenue generated; amend KRS 138.513 to impose a tax beginning August 1, 2022 on all advance deposit account wagering licensees of 1.5 percent of all amounts wagered through the licensee by Kentucky residents; amend KRS 139.200 to exempt admission at tracks licensed under KRS Chapter 230 from the admission tax; amend KRS 137.190, 138.224, 138.226, 138.270, 138.344, 138.655, 138.675, 138.990, and 230.240 to conform; amend KRS 230.260 to require the racing commission to promulgate administrative regulations to establish a self-exclusion list and exempt the list from open records requirements, require historical horse racing machines to clearly display wagering information and clearly designate a method by which a player can make a choice in their wager; amend KRS 230.360 to conform; amend KRS 230.3615 to require breaks to be calculated to the penny; amend 230.378 and 230.380 to conform; amend KRS 230.400 to remove restrictions on races that may receive purse supplements; amend KRS 230.550 to include equine industry programs at the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky, and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in the fund; amend KRS 230.750 to require breaks to be calculated to the penny; amend KRS 230.770 to remove restriction on the standardbred development fund limiting it to races that admit only Kentucky-bred horses; amend KRS 230.781 and 230.783 to conform; repeal KRS 138.480, 138.490, and 230.555. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; reinstate the racing commission's ability to designate races that will receive purse supplements from the Kentucky Thoroughbred development fund; restore the restriction on the use of money from the Kentucky standardbred development fund to races that admit only Kentucky-bred standardbred horses. House Floor Amendment (2) Increase the annual pari-mutuel excise tax funds deposited for the Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville from $650,000 to $850,000; APPROPRIATION. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; create new sections in KRS Chapters 68, 91, and 92 to define "historic horse race" and "racetrack extension"; permit occupational license fees levied by cities and counties to pertain to racetrack extensions; amend KRS 137.190 and 230.360 to conform; amend KRS 138.510 to require the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to provide the Department of Revenue all necessary information to distribute funds for the Kentucky standardbred development fund from the contracts filed with the commission; proportionately lower the distribution percentages for revenues on the excise tax for simulcast wagering; increase the trigger amount for the Thoroughbred development fund to $45,000,000; amend KRS 230.240 to remove the racing commission's requirement to promulgate administrative regulations on historical racing machines; amend KRS 230.3615 and 230.750 to require breaks on historical horse racing to be made and calculated to the penny or retained in the pari-mutuel pools; amend KRS 230.781 and 230.783 to make technical corrections; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 124)

REGULATION OF GAME MACHINES
(TIMONEY, KILLIAN)

AN ACT relating to the regulation of game machines.

Amend KRS 528.010 to exclude contests or gaming authorized under KRS Chapters 154A, 230, and 238 from the definition of "gambling"; exclude devices authorized in KRS Chapters 154A, 230, and 238 from the definition of "gambling device"; authorize the Kentucky State Police to establish a task force dedicated to removing gambling devices not authorized by law and direct Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to promulgate regulations regarding the task force. Senate Floor Amendment (3) Amend KRS 528.010, relating to gambling and gambling devices, to delete new exemptions added for gaming and gaming devices authorized under KRS Chapters 154A, 230, and 238; exclude devices used for eSports competitions from the definition of gambling device; define "skill" and "skill game"; exempt games with prizes of $50 or less from the definition of skill game; include skill games in the definitions of "gambling" and "gambling device."

  CURRENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - received in House w/ Letter

ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES
(KOENIG, ADAM)

AN ACT relating to entertainment activities, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Establish KRS Chapter 239 and create new sections relating to fantasy contests and online poker; define terms; establish requirements for fantasy contest procedures and for registration as a fantasy contest operator; require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations for the operation of fantasy contests; establish the wagering administration fund and direct the uses of that fund; require an annual audit of fantasy contest registrants; require any person offering online poker in the Commonwealth to have a license from the cabinet and require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations prescribing requirements for licensure; establish KRS Chapter 239A and create new sections to establish the Kentucky problem gambling assistance fund as a revolving account; describe the authorized purposes for the use of fund moneys; establish the Kentucky Problem Gambling Assistance Board to administer, organize, invest, and distribute money from the fund; set board regulatory powers, membership, procedures, powers, and duties; direct the board to invest moneys from the fund in a manner to maintain it in perpetuity; create new sections of KRS Chapter 230 to require the racing commission to institute a system of sports wagering at tracks; limit the types of events upon which wagers may be placed; establish sports wagering licensure requirements; prohibit participants from wagering on events in which they participate and from tampering with the outcome of a sporting event; amend KRS 230.210 to define "sports wagering"; amend KRS 230.215 to declare the intent to allow citizens to enjoy sports wagering and allow the racing commission to promulgate administrative regulations prescribing conditions under which sports wagering is to be conducted; amend KRS 230.225 and 230.240 to include sports wagering; amend KRS 230.260 to allow gambling addicts to self-report so they may be banned from gaming facilities; amend KRS 230.3615 and 230.750 to require breaks to be calculated to the penny; amend KRS 230.400 to expand the types of eligible claiming races; amend KRS 230.550 to include equine industry programs at the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in the equine industry fund; amend KRS 230.770 to remove the limit on the standardbred development fund that authorized only Kentucky-bred horses; amend KRS 230.990 to penalize participants who wager on sporting events or tamper with the outcome of a sporting event; create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to define “adjusted gross income” and impose a tax on sports wagering; amend KRS 138.510 to change the tax rate beginning August 1, 2022, on all tracks conducting pari-mutuel wagering, tracks conducting telephone account wagering, tracks participating as receiving tracks in intertrack wagering, and all tracks participating as receiving tracks displaying simulcasts and conducting interstate wagering thereon to 1.5 percent of all money wagered; designate deductions from the revenue generated; amend KRS 138.513 to impose a tax beginning August 1, 2022, on all advance deposit account wagering licensees of 1.5 percent of all amounts wagered through the licensee by Kentucky residents; amend KRS 243.500 to exempt sports wagering and online poker; amend KRS 525.090 to exempt sports wagering; create a new section of KRS Chapter 528 to require the Kentucky State Police to establish a task force to remove illegal gambling devices; direct the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to govern the task force; amend KRS 528.010 to exempt devices authorized under KRS Chapters 154A, 230, 238, and 239 from gambling prohibitions; amend KRS 528.020, 528.070, and 528.080 to exempt fantasy contests, sports wagering, and online poker; amend KRS 137.190, 138.224, 138.226, 138.270, 138.344, 138.655, 138.675, 138.990, 139.200, 230.320, 230.360, 230.361, 230.362, 230.363, 230.364, 230.365, 230.366, 230.369, 230.371, 230.372, 230.373, 230.374, 230.378, 230.380, 230.781, and 230.783 to conform; appropriate $225,000,000 from the general fund in fiscal year 2022-2023 to the Kentucky problem gambling assistance fund; repeal KRS 138.480, 138.490, and 230.555; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/14/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (H)

STILLAGE MANAGEMENT TAX CREDIT
(POLLOCK, MICHAEL SARGE)

AN ACT relating to a tax credit for stillage management.

Create new sections of Subchapter 20 of KRS Chapter 154 to establish a stillage management tax credit for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, but before January 1, 2027; establish the Stillage Management Board consisting of 13 voting and two nonvoting members; provide that the board is responsible for approval of the applications from stillage managers and reporting this to the Department of Revenue for processing of the return and tax credit; create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish the stillage management tax credit and reporting requirements for the Department of Revenue; amend KRS 141.0205 to provide the ordering of tax credits; amend KRS 131.190 to require reporting by the Department of Revenue; amend KRS 141.4242 to sunset the ethanol tax credit; provide that the last taxable year for the credit is prior to January 1, 2023; amend KRS 141.4244 to sunset the cellulosic tax credit; provide that the last taxable year for the credit is prior to January 1, 2023; amend KRS 141.389 to allow a refundable portion of the distilled spirits tax credit for distillers installing system to transform stillage material into a value-added product for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/28/2022 - Introduced

SCHOOL POPULATION CHANGES
(TIPTON, JAMES)

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

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PILOT PROGRAM
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to a college and career readiness pilot program and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a two-year pilot program to allow a student to retake the college admissions exam or a series of career readiness assessments in the fall of grade 12; require the Kentucky Department of Education to pay for the cost of the assessments; require the Kentucky Department of Education to report on the program by November 1, 2024; APPROPRIATION.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/28/2022 - Introduced

COAL-DERIVED CARBON
(MCCOOL, BOBBY)

AN ACT relating to coal-derived carbon and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 152 to define "CAER"; require CAER to establish a research, development, and demonstration program for carbon engineering solutions to enable new uses for coal-derived carbon; require CAER submit annual report to the Legislative Research Commission on the progress and results of the program; define eligible company; require CAER to act jointly with an eligible company to study the feasibility of the commercialization of coal fly ash and coal-derived carbon products; to file a report with the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2022, detailing the results of the study; require that on or before January 1, 2023, CAER shall partner with an eligible company to commence a two-year pilot program for the purpose of accelerating the commercial deployment of coal ash; appropriate $10,000,000 from the General Fund for fiscal year 2022-2023 to accomplish the pilot program; appropriate $10,000,000 from the General Fund for fiscal year 2022-2023 to establish the program created in Section 1 of the Act and to carry out the study on the feasibility of commercialization of coal fly ash and coal-derived carbon products; establish the short title as the "Coal Fly Ash Act of 2022"; APPROPRIATION.

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2/28/2022 - Introduced

REVENUE MEASURES
(RUDY, STEVEN)

AN ACT relating to revenue measures.

Amend KRS 171.397 to increase the maximum credit a taxpayer may claim to $120,000 for owner-occupied residential property and $10 million with regard to all other property and to allow the tax credit to be transferred to financial institutions that are now taxed under the income tax statutes, instead of the bank franchise tax. Senate Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; amend KRS 138.146 to increase the compensation allowed to any licensed wholesaler beginning August 1, 2022; amend 2022 RS HB 8/EN to require the reduction conditions to be calculated for fiscal year 2020-2021 and fiscal year 2021-2022 by September 1, 2022; delay the implementation of the electric vehicle charging fee and the electric vehicle ownership fee to January 1, 2024; update the Internal Revenue Code reference date without any exceptions; make technical corrections to the effective dates for the Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/25/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 238)

EMPLOYEE RIGHT OF ACTION
(HART, MARK)

AN ACT relating to employee right of action and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section in KRS Chapter 367 to define terms; create a cause of action brought by an employee against a private or public employer if an employee suffers an adverse reaction to a vaccination received pursuant to an employer vaccination policy; require damages; waive sovereign immunity; cite as the Citizen Health Mandate Protection Act; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/28/2022 - Introduced

WRONGFUL CONVICTION COMPENSATION
(NEMES, JASON)

AN ACT relating to wrongful conviction compensation and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to establish a cause of action for a person who was wrongfully convicted of a felony in the Commonwealth; create a new section of KRS Chapter 23A to establish a new 10 dollar fee to be assessed in Circuit Court criminal cases; create a new section of KRS Chapter 24A to establish a new 10 dollar fee to be assessed in District Court criminal cases; create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to establish the wrongful conviction compensation fund; amend KRS 141.019 to exclude funds received from the wrongful conviction compensation fund from adjusted gross income.

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2/28/2022 - Introduced

SCHOOL FUNDING
(TIPTON, JAMES)

AN ACT relating to school funding.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

EDUCATION
(LEWIS, SCOTT )

AN ACT relating to education.

Amend KRS 156.690 to insert gender-neutral language.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BENEFITS CLIFF
(DIXON, JONATHAN)

AN ACT relating to the public assistance benefits cliff.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 205 to direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish a basic health program and to develop a benefits cliff calculator; direct the cabinet to establish and operate a Community Jobs Initiative pilot program; require the cabinet to seek federal approval if they determine that such approval is necessary; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to develop a proposal for the establishment of a benefits cliff calculator and online job posting database; create the Benefits Cliff Task Force to review the impact of the public assistance benefits cliff on labor force participation, employment, wages, and benefit duration and usage in the Commonwealth; and to develop public policy recommendations to support working families in transitioning off of public assistance into gainful employment and self-sufficiency; require task force to meet at least monthly during the 2022 interim; require task force to submit findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2022.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/8/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 174)

LIMITED LIABILITY ENTITY TAX
(FLANNERY, PATRICK)

AN ACT relating to the limited liability entity tax.

Amend KRS 141.0401 to prevent entities doing business in Kentucky with gross receipts of less than $100,000 from paying the limited liability entity tax for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

TRICHLOROETHYLENE
(DOTSON, RYAN)

AN ACT relating to trichloroethylene.

Create a new section of subchapter 20 of KRS Chapter 224 to define terms; require that beginning June 1, 2023, owners or operators of facilities permitted as air contaminant sources shall not use trichloroethylene (TCE) subject to exceptions and time extensions for small businesses; allow the permitting agency to require additional information and impose additional restrictions based on impacts from nearby sources or background concentrations; require that any replacement chemical for TCE be less toxic to human health, as approved by the secretary for the Energy and Environment Cabinet; allow for mandatory and permissive exceptions to the TCE prohibitions based on certain criteria; require the Energy and Environment Cabinet promulgate administrative regulations on or before January 1, 2023 to carry out the requirements of the section, including establishing health risk limits for TCE concentrations in the air and drinking water; create a new section of KRS Chapter 338 to require that after January 1, 2023, employers at workplaces where employees may be exposed to TCE post warnings about the dangers of TCE exposure.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

TESTING FOR LEAD CONTENT
(RAYMOND, JOSIE)

AN ACT relating to testing for lead content prior to a home sale or rental and making an appropriation therefor.

Create a new section of KRS 382 to require a seller of residential property conduct and pay for a tests to determine lead content as a condition of sale; create a new section of KRS 211 to establish a lead mitigation and control fund; create a new section of KRS 383 to require a landlord to conduct lead testing and inform tenants of results; amend KRS 324.360 to add additional disclosures to the seller's disclosure of conditions form.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

ALCOHOL TAXES
(MCCOY, CHAD)

AN ACT relating to alcohol taxes.

Amend KRS 243.720 to increase the distilled spirits threshold to 14 percent or less of alcohol by volume to be taxed at a rate of 25 cents per gallon.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT RELATING TO BAIL
(NEMES, JASON)

AN ACT proposing an amendment to Section 16 of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to bail.

Propose to amend Section 16 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow holding a person after arrest without bail when a judge finds, following a hearing, that the person may flee or poses an imminent danger to self or to others; provide ballot question with proposed amendment; submit to voters for ratification or rejection.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

RATEPAYER PROTECTION TASK FORCE
(GOOCH JR., JIM)

AN ACT establishing the Ratepayer Protection Task Force.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 278 to require the Public Service Commission to open an administrative case to initiate an investigation to reduce the volatility of fuel adjustment clause charges on electric utility bills within 90 days of the effective date of the Act; require the Public Service Commission to promulgate administrative regulations to implement any changes it has prescribed to reduce the volatility of fuel adjustment clause charges on electric utility bills within 60 days of issuing an order in the administrative case. House Committee Substitute (1) Delete original provisions; establish the Ratepayer Protection Task Force to examine utility issues relating to fuel adjustment clause volatility, securitization of regulatory assets, and premature retirement of electric generating facilities; establish task force membership; require the task force to meet at least three times during the 2022 Interim and submit its findings, recommendations, or a memorandum to the Legislative Research Commission no later than December 1, 2022; allow the Legislative Research Commission to alternatively assign the duties of the task force to an interim joint committee or subcommittee thereof of and to designate a study completion date.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Natural Resources & Energy (S)

RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENT WINE AND DISTILLED SPIRITS LICENSES
(MCCOY, CHAD)

AN ACT relating to retail food establishment wine and distilled spirits licenses.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 243 to authorize a retail food establishment wine and distilled spirits license; limit the license to the owner or lessee of a retail food store or combination retail food store and food service establishment; amend KRS 243.030, 243.060, and 243.070 to set a $500 annual state and local fee for a retail food establishment wine and distilled spirits license; amend KRS 243.0307 to allow a retail food establishment wine and distilled spirits license holder to also hold a sampling license.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

COVID-19 LIABILITY
(MASSEY, C. ED)

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

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 411 to define terms; provide COVID-19 liability protection to public educational institutions when complying with recommended guidelines; establish four-year limitation of action; apply to actions commenced on or after March 6, 2020; EMERGENCY.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/1/2022 - Introduced

HEALTHCARE WORKERS SUPPLY TASK FORCE
(MOSER, KIMBERLY POORE)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION relating to the establishment of a task force to complete a study to identify strategies for maintaining an adequate supply of healthcare workers in the Commonwealth.

Create a task force to examine the healthcare worker shortage and study methods for increasing and retaining the healthcare workforce; require task force to create a report on its findings; require membership to be set by LRC, with four members from each chamber, of which three will be from the majority party and one from the minority party; require co-chairs to be appointed by LRC, one from each chamber. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; direct the task force to recommend measures that ensure the support and development of educational and certificate opportunities, assess Kentucky's healthcare degree and certification programs for appropriate scale, and identify existing healthcare programs that need help in fulfilling their mission; change references to "inner-city" to "urban"; make technical changes.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/13/2022 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Health & Welfare (S)

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

LOUISVILLE TASK FORCE
(JENKINS, JONI L.)

A RESOLUTION urging the mayor of Louisville and the Metro Council to form a task force that receives input from all stakeholders, including business and community leaders, to provide any recommendations regarding the statutory framework of the consolidated local government form.

Urge the mayor of Louisville and the Metro Council serving in 2023 to form a task force that receives input from all stakeholders, including business and community leaders, to provide any recommendations regarding the statutory framework of the consolidated local government form.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/8/2022 - (H) Referred to Committee House Local Government (H)

EDUCATION
(SCHICKEL, JOHN)

AN ACT relating to education and declaring an emergency.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

EARLY LITERACY EDUCATION
(WEST, STEPHEN)

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

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

NURSING
(MILLS, ROBBY)

AN ACT relating to nursing and declaring an emergency.

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

  CURRENT STATUS

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

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES
(ALVARADO, RALPH)

AN ACT relating to long-term care facilities.

Senate Committee Substitute (1) 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 secured dementia care unit; amend KRS 194A.705 to require assisted living communities to provide each resident with access to specific services according to the lease agreement, allow assisted living communities to provide additional services, list permitted services for which a resident may arrange or contract, and require assisted living communities to complete and provide to residents the service plans and any other topics the assisted living communities determine to be necessary; amend KRS 194A.707 to change the administrative procedure process of assisted living communities, to add a re-licensure review process, to change the certification process to a licensure process, to change the statute that will govern the conduct of hearings upon appeals, to amend the guidelines on on-site visits, to set guidelines on revocation of licensure, and to require the cabinet to make findings from licensure reviews available to the public; 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 and to require an assisted living community to create a policy for when emergency evacuation may be necessary; amend KRS 194A.719 to require orientation education prior to independently working with residents; amend KRS 194A.727 to indicate which businesses can be licensed as an assisted living community; create 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 relinquish 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 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 guidelines 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 216.515 to indicate that only residents of a long-term care facility licensed under KRS Chapter 216B whose rights are deprived shall have a cause of action; 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 216.560, 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 allow residents to arrange for additional services; to establish staffing requirements in personal care homes or specialized personal care homes and to require a policy for when emergency evacuation may be necessary; to require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to regulate an initial and re-licensure review process and to establish additional procedures; and to allow the cabinet to request information, to conduct on-site visits, and to set guidelines on on-site visits; amend KRS 216B.015 to expand the definition of "health facility"; 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.

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3/18/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; (Acts Ch. 20)

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.

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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.

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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.

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2/15/2022 - Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S), (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

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.

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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.

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

REMOTE INSTRUCTION
(WISE, MAX)

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

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

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

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.

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2/9/2022 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Appropriations & Revenue (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.

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3/17/2022 - (S) recommitted 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. Senate Floor Amendment (1) Increases to 10 years, the time for eligibility for expungement of misdemeanors subject to enhancement to a felony. Senate Floor Amendment (2) Increase to 10 years the time period for which the applicant's criminal record must be clear for eligibility for expungement of misdemeanors subject to enhancement to a felony. House Committee Substitute (1) Retain original provisions; amend KRS 431.073 to reduce fees and the 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.

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4/14/2022 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day; w/ HCS 1 and HFA 1

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 substi