2020 Senate Bills

[For 2020 House bills click here]

Senate Bill Positions reviewed by KCC as of 1/17/2020. 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.

BillPositionPrioritySponsorsSummaryStatusHistory
SB4OpposeSen. Higdon +4Takes away Governor’s authority to appoint a Transportation Secretary, and requires the establishment of a state transportation board to determine priority for state transportation projects. KCC’s primary interest is the fact that the transportation sector is now the leading source of CO2 pollutants.Intro. in Senate, two readings and returned to Transport. on 1/13
SB16MonitorSen. EmbryModifies the definition of “waste disposal facility” to specify that all residual landfills are included in the process of local determination and remove the exception for private facilities that dispose of waste on their own private property. Removes the exception for private facilities that dispose of their own waste on their own property from the requirements to obtain approval from local governing body when a municipal solid waste disposal facility seeks to expand or construct a facility.Intro. in Senate. To Nat. Resources & Energy 1/8
SB17SupportSen. EmbryIncludes, as criminal littering, allowing unsafe amounts of leaves or mowed grass to remain on a highway. House version is HB15.Intro. in Senate. to Transp. on 1/8
SB18SupportSen. AlvaradoIncludes essential service personnel as an eligible class of persons who may request and cast an in-person or mail-in absentee ballot. Intro. in Senate, to State & Loc. Gov. on 1/8
SB19SupportSen. D. CarrollMore detailed bill than SB17 and HB15, but still includes, as criminal littering, dropping “unsafe amounts” of mowed grass on a highway and not immediately remove it.1/8 to Transp.
SB22SupportSen. EmbryAllows fiscal courts to license solid waste landfills and residual landfills and assess increased fees for accepting wastes outside of the waste planning area.1/8 to Nat. Resources & Energy
SB27SupportSen. TurnerRequires the Energy and Environment Cabinet to notify the Department of Workplace Standards of any applicant or permittee that may be subject to the performance bonding requirements and requires the commissioner of the Department of Workplace Standards to notify the Energy and Environment Cabinet of any employer engaged in the severance, preparation, or transportation of minerals that is not compliant with the performance bonding requirements. If not in compliance, prohibits the approval of mining permit applications, and allows the employees to more easily recover attorneys fees and damages.1/9 to Nat. Resources
SB43SupportSen. ThomasEarly voting access. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 117 to allow in-person early voting between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the three Saturdays preceding any primary, regular election, or special election; amend KRS 117.087, 117.165, 117.235, 117.995, and 118.035 to conform.1/8 to State & Loc. Gov.
SB44SupportSen. ThomasProvides for the establishment of designated voting locations by the county board of elections in counties with a population of 90,000 or more.1/8 to State & Loc. Gov.
SB48SupportSen. NealAmends 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.1/8 to State & Loc. Gov.
SB51Strong OpposeHigh PrioritySen. R. AlvaradoAlvarado’s annual tort reform bill. Proposes to amend Section 54 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow the General Assembly the power to limit noneconomic damages for injuries resulting in death or for injuries to persons or property. Will have a chilling effect on victim’s ability to recover damages for environmental harms.1/8 to State & Loc. Gov.
SB55MonitorSen. SmithCreates a six-member Blockchain Technology Working Group to examine the applicability of Blockchain technology for various utility sectors and report to the Governor and the LRC.1/13 To Banking & Insurance
SB61MonitorSen. Higdon +2Requires health benefit plan coverage of long-term antibiotic therapy for covered persons with Lyme disease.1/8 to Banking & Insurance
SB68Strong SupportHigh PrioritySen. Harper AngelPlastics ban bill. Prohibits the intentional release of more than 25 plastic balloons; establishes a ban on plastic, single-use carryout bags by July 1, 2025, and bans single-use plastic straws and Styrofoam food and beverage containers by retail food and beverage establishments by July 1, 2023.1/8 to Nat. Resources & Energy
SB78SupportSen. Meredith +2Direct the Transportation Cabinet to include a requirement for bicycle helmets for operators and passengers under the age of 12 in the bicycle standards and safety administrative regulations.1/13 to Transport.
SB81MonitorSen. Castlen + 15Prohibits a food product to labeled as “milk” unless it meets this definition of milk. Defines “milk” as the lacteal secretion, practically free of colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of a hooved mammals including cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats, yaks, deer, reindeer, moose, horses, and donkeys. 1/13 to Agriculture
SB86OpposeSen. WestAllow local government entities and special districts to void implementation of the water fluoridation programs administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.1/15 to State & Loc. Gov.
SB94MonitorSen. Hornback + 5Removes requirements for the sale of gasoline containing up to ten percent ethanol.1/17 to Agriculture