Day 18 of 30!
#KYGA19 is in the 2nd half with legislators running in high gear. Typically, the legislature begins later on Mondays as most members commute to Frankfort. Not so this week — eight committees are working today. The clock is running, critical issues have to get going.
Recently in the News
News Tip: Watch medical marijuana as support grows. It’s become a leading conversation as the movement has grown, but vote not set. Suspense building.
Article: Trump picks popular Kentuckian for UN post (We are cheering!)
Article: Teachers pensions — there’s a proposal in the works
Article: Tempers flare on a controversial project to bring government-owned broadband
Article: Passport claims state Medicaid cuts could push it to insolvency, but it’s complicated
Week in Review February 18-22
SB1: School safety | Expected to come to the House floor this week for a vote.
SB18: Pregnancy-related discrimination | Would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, ensuring greater levels of female participation in the labor force. This bill passed the Kentucky Senate 25-7 and will now be sent to the House.
SB85: Driving Under the Influence | Bill designed to strengthen the ignition interlock program and Kentucky DUI laws.
SB92: Sexual Violence Training | Would require EMTs to partake in training on sexual violence awareness. Adding to the educational standards of some of our first responders is extremely important, highlighted by the fact that the bill passed the Kentucky Senate 33-0.
SB253: Broadband Services KYWIRED | State would pay-off debt, sell assets. See article above.
HB175: Sports Wagering | Would legalize sports wagering on college and professional sporting events at KY Horse tracks, KY Speedway or through an app. HB175 will also allow online poker to be regulated through the KY Lottery. An estimated $20 million annually would be generated in tax revenue, likely dedicated to the pension debt.
HB354: Tax Form “Fix” | Major implications like removing 6% sales tax on charities. This issue is a priority for leadership in both chambers but the final details have been cumbersome, subject to a variety of opinions.
Here’s a look at what’s coming up
March 14-25 Veto Days
March 29 Last Day of Session