2019 Senate Bills

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Senate Bill Positions reviewed by KCC as of 3/29/2019. Bills that are ranked as “Strong Support” or “Strong Oppose” will have the highest attention from KCC lobbyists for direct action. Bills ranked as “Monitor” means that we will continue to review these bills for any consequences that may not yet be fully apparent, but wish to inform the public that these issues are being debated due to their subject matter. If you wish to engage directly with KCC on any of the bills below, please email us.

This list with KCC recommendations is regularly sent to every legislator in the House and Senate during the session.


Bill Position Priority Sponsors Summary  Status  History
SB2 Strong Oppose R. Stivers , D. Thayer, S. West Allows for any state official or agency being sued to request a special judge to be appointed by the Chief Justice of Kentucky Supreme Court. This is in response to the Executive and Legislative branches’ actions being held unconstitutional by the Franklin Circuit Court over the past several years, even though they have held several of their actions to be constitutional. This is a blatant political bill that essentially allows state officials and state agencies to forum shop to increase their chances of passing unconstitutional bills. The House Committee Substitute (HCS1) now makes clear that people commenting or testifying on administrative regulations are NOT considered Executive Branch lobbyists subject to reporting requirements. Passed Senate 26-9 with Committee Substitute (1) and floor amendment (3)
Received in House. 3/1 to Judiciary (H). Given first reading and returned to Judiciary (H) on 3/4.
Senate Committee Substitute 1
Senate Floor Amendment 1
Senate Floor Amendment 2 Senate Floor Amendment 3
SB6 Monitor R. Stivers ,
W. Schroder, D. Thayer
Requires disclosure of executive agency lobbyist compensation and prohibits executive agency lobbyist compensation contingent on awarding of a government contract or based on a percentage of a government contract awarded. Passed Senate 36-0 with Committee Substitute (1) and committee amendment (1-title).Passed House 96-0 with Committee Substitute (1)

Senate concurred in House Committee Substitute (1)

Bill passed 37-0

Signed by Governor 3/25.


Senate Committee Substitute 1

Senate Committee Amendment 1

House Committee Substitute 1

House Floor Amendment 1

House Floor Amendment 2

SB11 Strong Oppose R. Alvarado, D. Carroll, S. Meredith, R. Mills,
D. Thayer
Amends the Kentucky Constitution to give power to the legislature to cap non-economic damages on the amount recovered for death or injuries to persons and property. This includes damages resulting from environmental harm and to public health. Alvarado’s latest attempt at tort reform. It failed to pass Senate last year. His medical tort reform passed two years ago was ruled unconstitutional by the Ky Supreme Court a few months ago. 1/9
State & Local Gov. (S)
SB16 Monitor J. Adams, C. Embry Establishes a rare disease advisory task force. Same bill as last year, without the amendments that changed health certificate of need licensing to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Last year’s bill was vetoed by Bevin as an “unnecessary” expansion of state bureaucracy. passed Senate 36-0 with floor amendment (1) Passed House 99-0. Signed by the Governor
on 3/19.
Senate Floor Amendment 1
SB19 Monitor  T. Buford Allows state parks to obtain liquor licenses in moist or dry counties under certain circumstances. 1/9 Lic. Occupation &
SB27 Strong Support R. Alvarado, D. Carroll, S. Meredith, R. Thomas Prohibits use of tobacco, alternative tobacco, and vaping products by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities by the 2020-2021 school year. 1/8 to Education (S)
SB28 Strong Support   R. Alvarado Requires the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet to send a copy of a notice of violation for a hazardous waste site or facility to the county/judge executive of the county or the chief executive officer of the urban-county government within which the site or facility is located. Specifies that notices of violation for hazardous waste sites or facilities are not prohibited from disclosure due to confidentiality. Passed Senate 37-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1) and committee amendment (1-title).

Passed House 100-0 with HCS (1)

Senate concurred in HCS(1)

Bill passed 37-0

Signed by Governor 3/25.



Senate Committee Substitute 1
Senate Committee Amendment 1
Senate Floor Amendment 1House Committee Substitute 1
SB32 Monitor S. Humphries Allows for a “water well drillers assistant” to be qualified to engage in the drilling, alteration, or repair of a water well under the supervision of a certified water well driller as long as the assistant is certified and can “lawfully” work in the U.S. Passed Senate 36-0
Passed House 97-2 on 2/26Delivered to Governor on 2/27. Signed by Governor on 3/11.
SB33 Support J. Schickel Kentucky’s employment discrimination laws currently do not allow employers to discriminate you for being a smoker. This bill would remove protections against employment discrimination based on an individual’s status as a smoker. 1/8 to  Judiciary (S)
SB34 Oppose D. Thayer, M. Wilson Restricts voter registration data from being accessed, modified, or altered by any individual member of the State Board of Election, including the Secretary of the State and his or her staff. Passed Senate 27-8 with Committee Substitute (1) and committee amendment (1-title). Now in House Elections & Const. Amend. 2/25 Senate Committee Substitute 1
Senate Committee Amendment 1
SB37 Monitor S. West Same as HB97 – makes fluoridation optional.  Info Here
to State & Loc. Gov. (S) 1/9
SB38 Monitor S. Meredith, D. Carroll Same as HB74 except different timeline and no term limits. 1/8 to State & Loc. Gov. (S)
SB48 Support R. Thomas Another voting rights bill. Proposes to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow sixteen and seventeen year old U.S. citizens to vote in school board and local elections. 1/8 to State & Loc. Gov. (S)
SB52 Support R. Thomas An Act relating to oaths. Amend KRS 6.072 to require witnesses appearing before a committee, interim committee, statutory committee, subcommittee, commission, or task force of the General Assembly to take an oath prior to giving testimony. Any person that knowingly provides false testimony will be subject to criminal liability. 1/8 to State & Loc. Gov. (S)
SB63 Support R. Thomas, G. Neal Allows for early voting and extends voting hours. Allows in-person early voting between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the three Saturdays preceding any primary, regular election, or special election. Extends voting hours for election day voting from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  1/10 to State & Loc. Gov. (S)
SB75 Oppose S. Meredith, D. Seum Amends the Ky. Constitution to abolish the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, to establish the President of the Senate as the first in line for gubernatorial succession, and to establish the Speaker of the House as the second in line beginning with the gubernatorial election in November 2023. Eliminates the Attorney General and the Auditor of Public Accounts constitutional duties regarding gubernatorial line of succession. Expands the Chief Justice constitutional obligations to preside over gubernatorial impeachment proceedings. 1/8 to State & Loc. Gov. (S)
SCR81 Strong Support R. Webb, W. Schroder Similar to HCR 56. Establishes a 17-member legislative task force to study small community public drinking water systems to create mechanisms for oversight and intervention so as to prevent the drinking system’s decline and failure and report to the LRC. Amendment adds wastewater and expands task force from 17 to 21 members. Passed Senate 33-0 with Committee Substitute (1) and committee amendment (1-title). Received in House, sent to Local Government, posted in committee on 3/1. Senate Committee Substitute 1
Senate Committee Amendment 1
SR82 Strong Support R. Webb Urges the Energy and Environment Cabinet and Public Service Commission to take action on the Martin County Water Crisis. Adopted by voice vote.
SB87 Support J. Higdon Proposes to amend Section 46 of the Constitution of Kentucky to require three readings on different days if the bill is not materially changed. The Ky Supreme Court essentially ruled that this is already required when it overturned the pension sewer bill. 1/11 in Senate, to State & Local Gov. 2/5
SB88 Monitor D. Thayer Moves the Agricultural Development Board and Ky. Ag. Finance Corporation to Dep. of Ag. Dissolves Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, and transfers records and responsibilities of Office of Ag Policy to the Dep. of Ag., including Kentucky Tobacco Settlement Trust Corporation responsibilities and records.  2/5 To Agriculture
SB90 Support G. Neal Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow persons convicted of a felony, other than sex offenses, violent offenses, or crimes against children, the right to vote. WITHDRAWN
SR90 Strong Oppose Humphries Similar to HR91, in support of delaying the decision to close the TVA Paradise power plant. Adopted by voice vote
SB91 Support G. Neal,
R. Thomas
Propose to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow persons convicted of a felony, other than felonies designated by the General Assembly, the right to vote. This version gives the legislature more flexibility. 2/5 to State & Local Gov.
SB93 Support M. McGarvey Proposes to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow persons convicted of a felony, other than sex offenses, violent offenses, or crimes against children, and the intentional killing of a human not done under the influence of extreme emotional disturbance for which there exists a reasonable explanation or excuse, the right to vote. 2/5 To State & Local Gov.
SB100 Strong Oppose B. Smith, M. Castlen SB 100 is the same bill as last year’s Senate Committee Substitute to  HB 227 except it increases an eligible electric generating facility’s rated capacity form 30 kW to 45 kW and clarifies grandfathering language to allow any eligible electric generating facility in service prior to any initial order by the PSC changing net metering rates to maintain the 1:1 ratio for 25 years. The bill allows the PSC to change the rate for electricity
generated by an eligible customer-generator that is fed back to the electric grid, but only allows the PSC to consider the costs of feeding back that electricity. The bill does not specifically allow the PSC to consider the benefits of net metering. The bill will subject customer generators to multiple rate cases with each utility anytime utilities attempt to change the net metering rate. The bill also changes net metering credits to “dollar value” potentially subjecting customer generators to income taxes to electricity sent to the grid, and potentially subjecting customer generators to FERC oversight. The bill changes the 1% soft cap on cumulative generating capacity to a 1% hard cap, meaning utilities that reach a cumulative generating capacity of 1% no longer have to offer net metering at all. The bills contains no phase out language (bill takes effect Jan 1, 2020), and no leasing language.
 Rushed through the Senate and also House Nat. Resources, Passed House 71-24 with House Floor Amendment 1. Senate has refused to concur with House Floor Amendment 1.

3/1 posted for passage for receding from House floor amendment (1)

House receded from floor amendment (1)

Bill passed

Signed by Governor on 3/26.

See more info on the KCC Alerts page on this bill.

House Floor Amendment 1
SB124 Monitor P. Hornback, D. Parrett Removes the reference to KRS 12.210 (hiring attorneys) relating to the hiring of the executive director of the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves and updates references to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, amends KRS 224.71-110 to update references to the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency. Extends the time period for a local soil and water conservation district to review a petition to create agricultural district from 60 days to 100 days. Passed Senate 36-0. Now in House Nat. Resources & Energy 2/26. Reported favorably in committee as a consent bill, posted for passage for 3/12.

3rd reading, passed 100-0.

Delivered to the Governor on 3/13

Signed by the Governor on 3/22.


SB129 Support P. Hornback, J. Carpenter, R. Girdler Requires all utility operators with underground facilities located in Kentucky to be members of the Kentucky Contact Center (KY 811) and establishes a phase-in period for mandatory membership. Provides that excavators will not be liable for damages to the underground facilities of KY 811 non-membersafter December 31, 2023. Posted for passage but passed over twice on 2/25 and 2/26. Recommitted to Senate Natural Resources.  Senate Floor Amendment 1
SB134 Strong Support    Adams, McGarvey, Alvarado, Thayer Extends voting hours to 6 a.m. prevailing time, to 8 p.m. prevailing time 2/7 to State & Local Gov.
 SB138 Oppose J. Schickel Would allow members of the General Assembly to accept campaign contributions from a legislative agent when the member is an officially recognized candidate for an elected office other than a seat in the General Assembly.  2/6 Introduced in Senate, 2/7 to State & Local Gov.
SB144 Support J. Adams Directs the Transportation Cabinet to include a requirement for bicycle helmets for operators and passengers under the age of 12. Same as HB280.  2/7 Introduced, 2/11 to Transportation


SB151 Support T. Buford Requires boat owners to keep a record of the dates and times that the boat utilized a sewage pump-out facility and requires each marina owner to keep a record of the vessels that used the marina’s sewage pump-out facilities. Allows for boat inspection of toilet and sewage facilities and increases penalties for violations. 2/11 to Nat. Resources & Energy
 SB159 Support G. Neal Proposes to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow persons convicted of a felony, other than sex offenses, violent offenses, or crimes against children, the right to vote. Also deletes language in the 1891 Constitution referring to persons as “idiots and insane persons.” 2/11 To State & Local Government
SB163 Oppose J. Carpenter, P. Hornback If an investor owned water or sewer utility acquires an existing water or sewer utility or its assets, including but not limited to city owned assets that provide water or sewer services, the acquiring utility’s next base rate application may seek to include in the rate base the entire value of all assets acquired as measured by the fair market value as of the date of the acquisition or by the purchase price paid by the acquiring utility, whichever is less. posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 26, 2019

passed over and retained in the Orders of the Day multiple times where it remained.

SB164 Strong Oppose B. Smith Repeal KRS 160.325, which requires every board of education to enroll in the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program. (The program has not been funded for several years now).  Passed Senate 36-1 Passed House 86-3

Signed by Governor on 3/26.

SB204 Oppose R. Girdler Makes it more difficult to hold companies liable for damages cost by asbestos. Same as HB362. 2/19 To Judiciary
SB209 Support M. McGarvey Allows small cities within Jefferson County to enact ordinances, regulations, and procedures that do not conflict with the use of property permitted by the comprehensive plan. These include nuisance abatement, business licensing, building permit processes, and code enforcement measures. 2/19 To State & Local Gov.
SB214 Oppose R. Stivers II Re-Districting. Changes the jurisdiction and venue for challenging legislative districts (re-districting) from Franklin Circuit Court to a panel of three Circuit Judges, and establishes procedures for selecting the panel and reviewing challenges. Passed Senate 28-8 with floor amendment (1).

Passed House 59-36.

Signed by Governor on 3/26.

Senate Floor Amendment 1
SB217 Oppose R. Stivers II An act relating to judicial review of administrative decisions. Requires a court to decide all questions of law in the judicial review of final orders rendered by state agencies without deference to the agency’s determination. Courts are generally already required to do this. 2/19 To Judiciary
SB218 Support B. Smith Requires the Department of Education to establish an anonymous reporting procedure for students to report concerns about vaping and other substances in schools. Establishes policies to investigate anonymous reports and encourages local school boards to provide awareness programs to teachers, students, and staff about vaping. Passed 33-3 with floor amendment (3)

Now in House Health & Family Services committee, Reported favorably, to rules with Committee Sub 1 on 3/14.

SFA 5House Committee Substitute 1
 SB229 Support R. Mills An act relating to abandoned and blighted property. Allows courts to appoint conservators to repair and maintain blighted or abandoned property and provides a process by which the costs of repair and maintenance can be recovered by the conservator.  To State & Loc. Gov., 2/19
SB230 Strong Support W. Schroder An act relating to open records. Although state and local government agencies are not required to accept open records request via email or fax, some still do. This bill would expressly allow the submission of an open records request by email or fax. Passed Senate 37-0. Passed House 98-0.

Delivered to Governor on 3/13.

Signed by Governor 3/25.

SB236 Support B. Smith Requires the Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a website and mobile app for anonymous reporting of litterers, authorizes the cabinet to send warning letters, directs all fines collected for littering to the charging agency, and will deduct license points for littering drivers. Passed Senate 35-1. Now in House Nat. Resources & Energy 3/4
SB238 Support M. McGarvey

D. Harper Angel

Proposes to amend Section 145 of the Kentucky Constitution to allow felons who have completed their sentences to vote, unless they have been convicted of intentional murder, a sexual crime, treason, or bribery in an election. To State & Loc. Government 2/19
SB239 Support J. Higdon Proposes to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow persons convicted of a felony other than a sex offense, a violent offense, or an offense against a child, the right to vote five years after completion of sentence.  To State & Loc. Government 2/19
SB251 Support M. McGarvey Expands absentee voting. To State & Loc. Gov.
 SB255 Strong Oppose   B. Smith An act relating to utility rates. Allows the Public Service Commission to implement alternative regulatory methods so that utilities may adjust their rates outside of a general rate case proceeding. Allows for the development of minimum filing requirements, establish procedures for consideration and denial of an alternative regulatory method, specifies what costs may be recovered as part of an alternative regulatory method (a reasonable return on construction and other capital expenditures and the reasonable operating expenses for any plant, equipment, property, or facility, including investments in infrastructure like renewable resources.) If the utility’s most recent general rate case was approved within five (5) calendar years of the filing of an application under this Act, the utility may request and the commission shall authorize a return on equity equal to that approved in the last general rate case. Allows a utility to file for approval of a rate plan that includes annual adjustments and reviews of its base rates based upon a general rate case methodology, if the utility has engaged in a general rate case within the last five calendar years. A utility may terminate an approved annual review plan only by filing a general rate case. If the utility requests a modifcation to the annual rate plan, the commission shall determine whether any proposed modification is reasonable and should be approved. Allows the Public Service Commission to employ outside experts and consultants in discharging their duties under the Act. Introduced in Senate. To Nat. Resources & Energy
SB256 Monitor B. Smith Public Service Commission clean up bill – clarifies that ordinary extensions of existing systems in the usual course of business are exempt from the requirement to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity prior to construction. Only requires environmental surcharge hearings upon request of a party. Specifies that the Public Service Commission has the authority to collect penalties and fines assessed or due. Passed Senate 37-0 with Committee Substitute (1) 

3/7 floor amendment (1) filed but defeated.

Passed House 83-16

Delivered to Governor on 3/13.

Signed by Governor 3/25.

Senate Committee Substitute 1

House Floor Amendment 1