My Tracked Bills
Prepared by: David McFaddin
Report created on June 24, 2017
 
HB3PREVAILING WAGE (HOOVER J) AN ACT relating to prevailing wage and declaring an emergency.

Amend various KRS sections to delete prevailing wage provisions; abolish the Prevailing Wage Review Board; make conforming amendments; create new section of KRS Chapter 65 to prohibit local governments from requiring employers to pay prevailing wage to employees; repeal KRS 337.505, 337.510, 337.512, 337.520, 337.522, 337.524, 337.525, 337.530, 337.540, 337.548, and 337.550, relating to prevailing wages in public works; apply this repeal to public works projects for which bids have not yet been awarded as of the effective date of the Act; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/9/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Business & Corporate
 
HB10POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION GOVERNANCE (BRATCHER K) AN ACT relating to public postsecondary education governance and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 164.821 to reduce the number of members on the University of Louisville board of trustees from 17 to ten; identify those members; set qualifications and conditions for membership; set initial terms for members; specify how to determine proportional minority representation on the board; provide procedures for vacancies; amend KRS 164.830 to define a quorum for the transaction of business; prohibit compensation and provide for reimbursement; abolish the prior board and transfer all authority, functions, and responsibilities to the newly constituted board; specify that members appointed to serve pursuant to Executive Orders 2016-391 and 2016-512 shall continue to serve on the board as constituted under this Act; confirm Executive Order 2016-338 dated June 17, 2016; confirm Executive Order 2016-391 dated June 29, 2016; confirm Executive Order 2016-512 dated July 12, 2016; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/4/2017 - House State Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Categories:   Education
 
HB20KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP (JENKINS J) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky educational excellence scholarship.

Amend KRS 164.7871 to name the Kentucky educational excellence scholarship the "Arch Gleason Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship"; amend KRS 164.7874 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/6/2017 - received in Senate
 Categories:   Education
 
HB30PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (DONOHUE J) AN ACT relating to public procurement.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 45A to set forth findings of the General Assembly and establish policy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to promote the Kentucky and United States economies by requiring a preference for iron, steel, and manufactured goods produced in Kentucky and the United States; define "manufactured in Kentucky," "manufactured in the United States," "Kentucky," and "United States"; require 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 require compliance with the Kentucky Buy American Act.
 Current Status:   1/3/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 Categories:   Business & Corporate, State Government
 
HB36SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES (COUCH T) AN ACT relating to greater public awareness of taxes levied by school districts.

Amend KRS 157.440, 157.621, 160.470, 160.473, and 160.476 to expand the existing public hearing requirements for property taxes levied by school district boards of education to apply to all property tax rates rather than only rates exceeding the calculated compensating tax rate; require notice of the public hearings to be posted on the school district Web site in addition to the required newspaper advertisement.
 Current Status:   2/7/2017 - (H) WITHDRAWN
 Categories:   Education, Taxation
 
HB62KENTUCKY EDUCATION EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS (SCHAMORE D) AN ACT relating to Kentucky educational excellence scholarships and declaring an emergency

Create a new section of KRS 164.7871 to 164.7885 to provide KEES scholarships to students enrolled in a registered apprenticeship program; define student eligibility; direct the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to promulgate regulations for awarding the scholarships; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   1/3/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   
 
HB103EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES (MOFFETT P) AN ACT relating to educational opportunities and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 160 to describe the intent of the General Assembly and the purposes of authorizing public charter schools; identify charter school authorizers; define terms; describe the characteristics and the requirements of a charter school; identify student enrollment practices; allow participation by charter school students in extracurricular activities; identify charter school employee rights and retirement information; identify the authorizer application process; identify the requirements and the components of a charter school application; describe charter school renewal and revocation processes; identify a process to convert an existing school to a charter school; create a new section of KRS Chapter 157 to specify the charter school funding process; establish the public charter school facility revolving loan program and identify the use of the program; fund and identify uses of the fund; create a new section of KRS Chapter 162 to allow charter schools first right of refusal to purchase or lease closed or unused school facilities or school facilities for sale or lease; amend KRS 161.220 to include a teacher employed in a charter school in the state-sponsored retirement system; amend KRS 78.510 to include charter schools in the definition of "county" so as to include noncertified employees of public charter schools in the state-sponsored retirement system; amend KRS 156.108 to prohibit the approval of new districts of innovation; define opportunity schools and identify the Kentucky Board of Education's role in authorizing opportunity schools; amend KRS 160.107 to delete references to districts of innovation; identify the requirements for a school applying to become an opportunity school and delete all references to a district of innovation and replace with opportunity school; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   1/6/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   Education
 
HB106PUBLIC ACCOMODATIONS (NELSON R) AN ACT relating to public accommodations.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 12 to require the executive branch of state government to designate every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility it controls to only be used by persons based on their biological sex; create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to require cities, counties, urban-counties, consolidated local government, charter counties, and unified local governments to designate every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility it controls to only be used by persons based on their biological sex; create a new section of KRS Chapter 21A to require the Court of Justice to designate every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility it controls to only be used by persons based on their biological sex; create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to require a local board of education to designate every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility it controls to only be used by persons based on their biological sex; amend KRS 7.100 to require that the Legislative Research Commission designate every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility it controls to only be used by persons based on their biological sex; amend KRS 164A.575 to require governing boards of an institution of higher education to designate every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility they control to only used by persons based on their biological sex.
 Current Status:   2/7/2017 - (H) reassigned to committee House Judiciary
 Categories:   
 
HB126STUDENT RIGHTS (MORGAN W) AN ACT relating to student rights.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require public postsecondary education institution governing boards to adopt regulations defining a student code of conduct and the disciplinary process, and penalties for violations of the code; repeal KRS 164.370, which deals with the suspension or expulsion of students.
 Current Status:   1/6/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   Education
 
HB127FREEDOM OF STUDENT SPEECH (MORGAN W) AN ACT relating to freedom of student speech at public postsecondary education institutions.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to ensure that public postsecondary education institutions do not restrict the right to free expression on the institutions' campuses.
 Current Status:   1/6/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   Education
 
HB147POSTSECONDARY STUDENT VACCINATION (WUCHNER A) AN ACT relating to the vaccination of postsecondary students.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require students entering postsecondary education institutions to submit documentation of vaccination for diseases required by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; provide for religious exemption; provide that the cabinet is not required to pay for the vaccinations.
 Current Status:   2/16/2017 - (H) recommitted to committee House Appropriations & Revenue
 Categories:   Education, Health Care
 
HB152TEACHER CERTIFICATION (LINDER B) AN ACT relating to teacher certification.

Amend KRS 161.095 to include an option to maintain an initial regular provisional certificate by receiving positive performance evaluations and completing professional development requirements; add an option to maintain subsequent regular provisional certificates by completing professional development requirements and submitting evidence of continued character and fitness; allow a teacher to receive a one-year temporary provisional certificate to correct any deficiency in meeting the requirements under these options or to maintain certification by any other method available; amend KRS 161.123 to allow an experienced, out-of-state teacher to qualify for a regular provisional certificate if the teacher submits an application and holds a valid teaching certificate issued by a state that grants reciprocal privileges to holders of Kentucky teaching certificates.
 Current Status:   2/7/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   Education
 
HB173KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS (MILLER J) AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

Amend KRS 16.505 to require that lump-sum payments or nonrecurring payments provided to members of the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) shall, as determined by the board, be credited when earned or classified as a lump-sum bonus and averaged over the career of the member as it relates to "creditable compensation"; require that for members entering SPRS on or after September 1, 2008, compensatory time payments excluded from "creditable compensation" apply to lump-sum compensatory time payments; amend the definition of "final compensation" to utilize partial fiscal years in determining the final compensation of a member who began participating in SPRS on or after September 1, 2008, but prior to January 1, 2014, in situations where the member does not have three complete fiscal years of service; make technical amendments; amend KRS 16.582 to remove language which prohibits an injury or disease resulting from military service from being considered a disabling condition for hazardous members of Kentucky Retirement Systems; amend KRS 61.510 and 78.510 to utilize partial fiscal years in determining the final compensation of a member who began participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) and the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) on or after September 1, 2008, but prior to January 1, 2014, in situations where the member does not have the required three (hazardous) or five (nonhazardous) complete fiscal years of service; require that lump-sum payments or nonrecurring payments shall, as determined by the board, be credited when earned or classified as a lump-sum bonus and averaged over the career of the member as it relates to "creditable compensation"; provide that interim positions in KERS and probationary positions in CERS shall not be renewable by the employer for the same employee unless the employee has not been employed by the agency for 12 months; require that for members entering KERS or CERS on or after September 1, 2008, compensatory time payments excluded from "creditable compensation" shall apply to lump-sum compensatory time payments; make technical amendments; amend KRS 61.542 to remove the requirement that the estate be designated as beneficiary of a member's account when he or she requests a refund of contributions prior to retirement; provide that the member's estate shall be beneficiary of his or her account from Kentucky Retirement Systems if prior to retirement the member fails to designate a beneficiary or the beneficiary designation is found to be void; provide that a beneficiary may not be changed on or after the first day of the month in which a retired employee begins receiving retirement benefits; provide that reemployed retirees who establish a second retirement account will have their estate named beneficiary if they fail to designate a beneficiary for their new account; amend KRS 61.545 to remove provisions allowing a member who is simultaneously eligible for participation in more than one retirement system administered by Kentucky Retirement Systems to select participation in only one system; make conforming amendments; amend KRS 61.552 to conform to federal law the payment options available to members for purchasing service credit; remove service purchase provisions no longer applicable to current members; require agencies that fail to report employees to the retirement system to pay penalties and interest on employer contributions from the date the contributions should have been reported to the system; make technical amendments; amend KRS 61.555 to provide that the service credit that is granted without cost to employees who are called to active duty military deployment shall be limited to those whose rights to such benefits have not been terminated under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); require employees participating in the hybrid cash balance plan on or after January 1, 2014, who are called to active duty military deployment to pay their employee contributions if they are granted service credit, as required by USERRA, for the period of active duty deployment; require employers to make contributions for service credited to employees who are called to active duty military deployment as required by USERRA; make conforming amendments; amend KRS 61.557 to make technical amendments; amend KRS 61.560 to prevent retirees reemployed on or after September 1, 2008, from paying into the systems; make conforming amendments; amend KRS 61.590 to make technical changes; require a retiring employee to separate employment with all participating system employers; amend KRS 61.680 to provide for consolidation of accounts with other state-administered retirement systems only if the member retires simultaneously from all state-administered retirement systems or retires from the other state-administered retirement systems within one month of retiring from the systems administered by Kentucky Retirement Systems; make technical amendments; amend KRS 16.520, 61.525, 61.526, 61.5525, 61.592, 61.702, 78.540, 78.610, and 78.615 to make technical and conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   3/20/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Pension & Retirement System
 
HB177IDLING MOTOR VEHICLES (DECESARE J) AN ACT relating to idling motor vehicles.

Amend KRS 189.430 to allow motor vehicle engine idling for no longer than 15 minutes; require that the vehicle doors be locked while it is idling.
 Current Status:   2/21/2017 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Transportation
 Categories:   Transportation & Infrastructure
 
HB183ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (KOENIG A) AN ACT relating to alcoholic beverage control.

Amend KRS 241.010 to modify the definition of caterer and define local, urban-county, and state administrators, investigators, population, and primary source of supply; delete definition of field representative; set a minimum production threshold of 250 gallons per year for small farm wineries; amend KRS 241.015 and 241.030 to remove commissioner and administrator terms; amend KRS 241.020 to allow the board to issue advisory opinions and declaratory rulings on KRS Chapters 241 to 244 and related administrative regulations; amend KRS 241.060, 241.090, 243.025, 243.034, 243.035, 243.037, 243.042, 243.050, 243.060, 243.110, 243.160, 243.220, 243.360, 243.380, 243.390, 243.430, 243.440, 243.500, 243.530, 243.550, 243.620, 243.630, 243.640, 243.650, 243.660, 243.670, 244.060, 244.130, 244.150, 244.180, 244.190, 244.195, 244.200, 244.280, and 244.990 to update, expand, or modernize terms and phrasing; amend KRS 241.080 and 243.030 to allow both the distilled spirits and malt beverage administrators to approve and issue or deny licenses authorizing the traffic in all types of alcoholic beverages; repeal and reenact KRS 241.100 to require department officers and employees to comply with the Executive Branch Code of Ethics; amend KRS 241.110, 241.140, 241.150, 241.160, 241.170, 241.190, 241.200, 241.230, 241.250, and 241.260 to modify language regarding activities of and appeals from local alcoholic beverage administrators; amend KRS 242.030 to permit a local option election up to 150 days after the petition is filed; allow a local option election on the same day as a primary or general election day; amend KRS 242.123, 242.124, 242.1241, and 242.1244 to update local option elections for golf courses, small farm wineries, small farm winery Sunday sales, and restaurant sales, respectively; amend KRS 242.125 to enable a city or county to have dual moist and wet status; create a new section of KRS Chapter 243 to establish the details of a sampling license; amend KRS 243.020 to forbid a licensee from allowing a consumer to possess, give away, or drink alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises unless the alcoholic beverages were purchased from the licensee; amend KRS 243.030 to permit only the distilled spirits administrator to issue licenses that authorize traffic in distilled spirits and wine; modify fees for small farm wineries, small farm winery off-premises retail sites, special temporary licenses, and special temporary auction licenses; amend KRS 243.0305 to change a distiller's retail drink license to an NQ2 license; amend KRS 243.033 to merge rules on distilled spirits and wine with those on malt beverages; amend KRS 243.036 to allow nonprofits to receive a special temporary alcoholic beverage auction license; amend KRS 243.040 to remove the "brew-on-premises" license; amend KRS 243.045 to grant a transitional license the same privileges and restrictions as a permanent license; repeal and reenact KRS 243.070 to restructure the licensing fee list; amend KRS 243.082 to streamline NQ1 licensing language; amend KRS 243.084 to delete the 50-seat minimum for dining facilities receiving an NQ2 license; authorize an NQ2 license for a distiller or a business related to an entertainment destination center; amend KRS 243.086 to remove distillers from the list of entities that may receive an NQ3 license; amend KRS 243.090 and 243.450 to authorize denial of a license or license renewal if the licensee is a delinquent taxpayer; amend KRS 243.100 to forbid evasion of license disqualification by applying for a license through or under the name of a different person; amend KRS 243.130, 243.150, 243.155, and 243.157 to allow designated manufacturer employees to sample their employers' products for purposes of education, quality control, and product development; permit brewery malt beverage drink sales anywhere on the licensed premises, including sales to fill growlers; authorize a brewer to buy malt beverages from another brewer; allow sales at small farm wineries and their off-premises retail sites in territory that has allowed the sales through a precinct local option election; permit a small farm winery to manufacture, sample, and sell brandy; prohibit microbreweries in moist territory; repeal and reenact KRS 243.200 to set the conditions and privileges of a transporter's license; amend KRS 243.212 to delete the micro out-of-state distilled spirits and wine supplier's license; amend KRS 243.215 to limit a malt beverage supplier's license to import only from the primary source of supply; amend KRS 243.230, 243.240, 243.250, and 243.355 to change the privileges and restrictions for quota retail drink licenses and quota retail package licenses; amend KRS 243.470 to treat the board's administrative hearing on a license denial as a de novo review of the application; allow a refund of an applicant's license fee upon rejection; repeal and reenact KRS 243.490 to update license revocation and suspension language; amend KRS 243.520 to empower the department to summarily suspend a license if continued operation is a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare; amend KRS 243.540 to establish the procedures for a secured creditor or landlord to dispose of alcoholic beverages; amend KRS 243.560 to modify appellate procedures; amend KRS 243.895 to change size requirements for retailer alcohol warning signs; amend KRS 244.050 to delete sampling license language; amend KRS 244.080 to forbid alcoholic beverage sales to a person intoxicated on alcohol or drugs; amend KRS 244.085 to allow the board to determine the business types where minors may be present; amend KRS 244.090 to permit a nonquota retail malt beverage package licensee to employ persons 18 and over if supervised by someone 20 or older; amend KRS 244.110 to limit clear view entrance requirement to holders of a quota retail package license or quota retail drink license; amend KRS 244.167 to remove the definition of "primary source of supply"; amend KRS 244.240 and 244.590 to prohibit a retailer from requiring or demanding that certain manufacturers, wholesalers, or distributors violate statutory restrictions; amend KRS 244.260 to add container size restrictions for retail distilled spirits and wine package and drink licenses; amend KRS 244.290 to clarify how a locality may regulate the hours of sale and delivery of alcoholic beverages, including on Sundays, through local ordinances; amend KRS 244.440 and 244.585 to permit distribution, sale, or purchase rights to product names; amend KRS 244.461 and 244.500 to enable the use of retailer loyalty cards for alcoholic beverage discounts; amend KRS 244.480 to allow a licensee to sell or deliver malt beverages during the times permitted by local ordinance; amend KRS 15.380, 15.398, 83A.022, 186.560, 230.368, 242.022, 242.1242, 242.1292, 243.0341, 243.075, 243.170, 243.260, 243.590, and 244.230 to conform; repeal KRS 119.215, 241.075, 241.130, 241.180, 241.240, 242.127, 242.129, 242.400, 243.031, 243.072, 243.370, 243.460, 243.505, 243.510, 244.070, 244.087, 244.295, 244.310, 244.340, 244.350, and 244.360.
 Current Status:   3/21/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Liquor & Alcohol
 
HB195ADULT EDUCATION (TIPTON J) AN ACT relating to adult education.

Amend KRS 164.0064 to allow the Kentucky Adult Education Program to establish programs aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, which upon successful completion will result in the issuance of a High School Equivalency Diploma; require at least one program to include a test aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, to serve as a qualifying test, which upon passing will entitle students to receive a High School Equivalency Diploma; delete external diploma program; grandfather in previously recognized high school equivalency diplomas; forbid invalidation of issued High School Equivalency Diplomas due to changes in test selection; amend KRS 164.0062, 15.382, 15.3971, 15.540, 18A.201, 18A.204, 61.906, 95.951, 141.0205, 151B.131, 158.145, 158.146, 158.6455, 158.842, 159.010, 160.180, 161.011, 161.044, 164.0232, 164.0234, 164.7874, 164.7879, 194A.717, 197.045, 198B.712, 205.704, 237.120, 316.030, 317.450, 317A.050, 317B.025, 326.040, 342.730, 342.732, and 533.200 to conform.
 Current Status:   3/21/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education
 
HB197MILITARY EXPERIENCE ACADEMIC CREDIT (OVERLY S) AN ACT relating to academic credit for military experience.

Amend KRS 164.2951 to require the Council on Postsecondary Education to develop and implement a statewide policy for public postsecondary education institutions to provide academic credit for military service and training for active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, and National Guard as well as veterans of the Armed Forces.
 Current Status:   2/9/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   Education, Military Affairs
 
HB199EMERGENCY PERSONNEL (SCHAMORE D) AN ACT relating to emergency personnel.

Amend KRS 61.315 and 164.2841 to make the survivors of emergency medical services personnel and rescue squad members who are killed in the line of duty eligible for the state lump-sum death benefit and exemption of matriculation or tuition fees; amend KRS 164.2842 to include the spouse or child of permanently and totally disabled emergency medical services personnel in the exemption of matriculation or tuition fees.
 Current Status:   2/9/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 Categories:   
 
HB204DOCTORAL PROGRAMS (CARNEY J) AN ACT relating to advanced practice doctoral programs at comprehensive universities.

Amend KRS 164.295 to remove the maximum number of advanced practice doctoral programs that may be offered by the six comprehensive universities; require the Council on Postsecondary Education to review advanced practice doctorates consistent with its review schedule for all other academic programs; prohibit a comprehensive university from offering a terminal degree in veterinary medicine, chiropractic, or optometry or a primary degree in architecture.
 Current Status:   2/9/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   Education
 
HB205SKILLED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (CARNEY J) AN ACT relating to the development of a skilled workforce, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS 164.740 to 164.7891 to establish the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program to help students who have not earned a postsecondary degree attain an industry-recognized degree, certificate, or credential; define terms for the program including eligible program of study and participating institution; designate the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to administer the program and require the agency to promulgate regulations for the administration of the program; define student eligibility for the program; prescribe the scholarship amount calculation and maximum scholarship amount; require the authority to provide an annual report to the secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; establish the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarhsip Program fund; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/9/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   
 
HB206DUAL CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (CARNEY J) AN ACT relating to the dual credit scholarship program and making and appropriation therefor and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS 164.740 to 164.7891 to establish the Dual Credit Scholarship Program; define terms for the program, including "eligible high school student" and "participating institution"; designate the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to administer the program and require the agency to promulgate administrative regulations for the administration of the program; define student eligibility for the program; prescribe the scholarship amount calculation and maximum scholarship amount; require the authority to provide an annual report on the program; establish the Dual Credit Scholarship Program trust fund; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   4/10/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education
 
HB216TUITION PROGRAM TAX DEDUCTION (ROWLAND B) AN ACT relating to an income tax deduction for qualified tuition programs.

Amend KRS 141.010 to allow contributions to a qualified tuition program (a "529 Plan") of up to $4,000 to be excluded from adjusted gross income.
 Current Status:   2/9/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue
 Categories:   Education
 
HB238PROPRIETARY EDUCATION (PRATT P) AN ACT relating to proprietary education and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 165A.350 to allow the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education to condition proprietary school agent surety bonds to recover administrative costs, acquire and maintain student records, and indemnify students and their parents or guardians; permit indemnification when a student is unable to complete courses because the proprietary school ceased operations; amend KRS 165A.360 to authorize the commission to condition proprietary school surety bonds to recover administrative costs and acquire and maintain student records; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/27/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education
 
HB240PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION (GENTRY A) AN ACT relating to public construction.

Create a new section in KRS Chapter 343 to require contractors and subcontractors for public works estimated to cost over $1,000,000 to participate in applicable apprenticeship programs; prohibit members of public authorities from voting for the award of a public work contract estimated to cost over $1,000,000 unless the contractor participates in the applicable apprenticeship programs; amend KRS 343.010 to define "public authority" and "public works."
 Current Status:   2/9/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue
 Categories:   Construction
 
HB248PHYSICIAN PRECEPTOR TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM (MOSER K) AN ACT relating to the physician preceptor tax incentive program.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish an individual income tax credit for Kentucky-licensed physicians who as voluntary preceptors administer at least three core clinical rotations for certain medical students; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the credit; amend KRS 131.190 to require reporting of statistics; amend sections of KRS Chapters 131 and 141 to make conforming changes.
 Current Status:   2/9/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Appropriations & Revenue
 Categories:   Health Care, Taxation
 
HB249PUBLIC PROTECTION (MOORE T) AN ACT relating to public protection.

Amend KRS 527.070 to allow persons with valid concealed deadly weapons licenses or temporary permits to carry concealed weapons on public elementary and secondary school property; amend KRS 237.115 to allow persons with valid concealed deadly weapons licenses or temporary permits to carry concealed weapons on public post-secondary property and in buildings controlled by state and local government, except courtrooms and detention facilities; amend KRS 237.110 to allow persons with valid concealed deadly weapons licenses or temporary permits to carry concealed weapons in meetings of the General Assembly; make technical and conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   2/27/2017 - floor amendments (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6) filed
 Categories:   Public Safety
 
HB264POSTSECONDARY FINANCIAL AID (RAND R) AN ACT relating to postsecondary financial aid, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to establish the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program; direct the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to administer the program; define participating institution and student eligibility for the scholarship; prescribe the calculation of the scholarship amount; require participating institutions to submit information to the authority required for the administration of the program; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/13/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   Education
 
HB269CERTIFIED AND CLASSIFIED SCHOOL PERSONNEL (RILEY S) AN ACT relating to substitutes for certified and classified school personnel.

Amend KRS 160.380 to allow relatives who are currently ineligible for employment in a school district to serve as substitutes.
 Current Status:   3/20/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education
 
HB283PUBLIC RETIREMENT INFORMATION (MILLER J) AN ACT relating to the disclosure of public retirement information.

Amend KRS 61.661, 161.585, and 21.540 to require the disclosure of the retirement benefit information for individuals who are receiving combined annualized retirement benefits from the state-administered retirement systems exceeding twice Kentucky's annualized per capita personal income; required disclosure for each individual shall include their name, status, and projected or actual retirement benefit benefits from Kentucky Retirement Systems, Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System, Legislators' Retirement Plan, and the Judicial Retirement Plan; require information to be posted on the executive branch transparency Web site as provided by KRS 42.032; amend KRS 42.032 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/17/2017 - floor amendment (1) filed
 Categories:   Pension & Retirement System
 
HB303MATERNITY LEAVE (KAY II J) AN ACT relating to employment provisions for employees on maternity leave.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 337 to require employers with 50 or more employees to provide six weeks of paid leave for maternity leave for an employee who has been employed for at least one year; allow an employee to waive the paid maternity leave.
 Current Status:   2/14/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Economic Development & Workforce Investment
 Categories:   
 
HB304NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT (WUCHNER A) AN ACT relating to nurse licensure compact.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 314 to enact and enter into the Nurse Licensure Compact with all other jurisdictions that legally join in the compact; declare the purpose of the compact; define terms; recognize a multistate licensure privilege to practice for registered nurses or practical nurses; permit the Kentucky Board of Nursing to limit or revoke the multistate licensure privilege of any nurse to practice in Kentucky; establish application requirements; require reporting of any actions taken by the Kentucky Board of Nursing to the home state of the licensee; require compact states to participate in a coordinated licensure information system and provide for interchange of information; establish the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators; provide immunity for party states, officers, employees, or agents of a party state's nurse licensing board who act in accordance with the provisions of the compact; prohibit amendment of the compact unless the amendment has been enacted into the laws of all party states; provide for severability for any provision in the compact that is contrary to the constitution of any party state or of the United States or the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person, or circumstance; repeal KRS 314.470, which set forth the prior version of the Nurse Licensure Compact; EFFECTIVE December 31, 2018, or upon adoption of compact by 26 states, whichever is earlier.
 Current Status:   3/21/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Health Care
 
HB307STUDENT LEARNING (WUCHNER A) AN ACT relating to implementation of screening and interventions to improve student learning.

Amend KRS 158.305 to revise the definition of "dyslexia"; define "qualified screening tool"; require each school district to develop a policy related to its response-to-intervention system; require teacher preparation programs to include dyslexia and response-to-intervention components; require professional development for teachers on dyslexia and response-to-intervention components; require the Department of Education to establish a list of qualified screening tools; require school districts to administer a qualified screening tool to students at least once per year; describe the action to be taken by schools when a student shows characteristics of dyslexia; require the Department of Education to develop dyslexia resources for teachers.
 Current Status:   3/15/2017 - (S) SECOND READING, to Rules
 Categories:   Education
 
HB312STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (RILEY S) AN ACT relating to student financial assistance.

Amend KRS 164.7531 to end the Best in Class, Best in Care, and Best in Law programs by June 30, 2018; amend KRS 164.769 to allow teacher scholarship recipients who teach dual credit coursework in a high school to receive two semesters of teacher scholarship promissory note cancellation for each semester spent teaching.
 Current Status:   3/20/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education, Financial Institutions
 
HB355TAX CREDITS (KOENIG A) AN ACT relating to tax credits.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 198A to establish the Kentucky affordable housing credit, which applies to the income and insurance taxes, in an amount related to the amount of federal low-income housing tax credit; limit the total amount of all credits awarded during any year to the greater of 50 percent of the federal low-income housing tax credits awarded on qualified projects or $5,250,000; create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to allow the income tax credit; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the income tax credit; create a new section of KRS Chapter 136 to order the insurance tax credits; amend various statutes to conform.
 Current Status:   3/7/2017 - House Appropriations & Revenue, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Categories:   Taxation
 
HB374BACKGROUND CHECKS (WUCHNER A) AN ACT relating to federally mandated background checks and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 17.165 to define "criminal offense against a victim who is a minor"; require that all employers of applicants for initial employment in positions involving supervisory or disciplinary power over minors request conviction information from the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet or the Administrative Office of the Courts; prohibit hiring of such applicants if they were convicted of a violent crime, sex crime, or criminal offense against a minor victim, or have been found by a court to have abused or neglected a child; amend KRS 199.011 to add the definition for "rap back system"; amend KRS 199.462 to allow the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to register members of certified adoptive or foster homes into the rap back system; create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to define "child care staff member"; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to require child care staff members to submit to background checks; permit the cabinet to charge a fee for the check and require that the fee charged to the cabinet is no greater than the actual cost of the check; require the promulgation of administrative regulations; amend KRS 199.896 to require directors and employees of child-care centers with supervisory or disciplinary power over minors or in direct contact with minors to submit to background checks; amend KRS 199.8982 to require family child-care providers to submit to background checks; amend KRS 17.990 to conform; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/27/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Justice & the Courts
 
HB401KENTUCKY TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM (LINDER B) AN ACT relating to members of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System who are called to active military duty.

Amend KRS 161.168 to require the state to pay the employee contribution for all members of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System who are called to active military duty so that the member receives service credit in the system for the period of military deployment.
 Current Status:   3/7/2017 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate State and Local Government
 Categories:   Pension & Retirement System
 
HB402BACKGROUND CHECKS (BUNCH R) AN ACT relating to background checks.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to define "criminal offense against a minor," "sex crime," "violent offender," and "youth camp"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to specify the application of Sections 1 to 4 of this Act; create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to prohibit youth camps from employing, contracting, or utilizing as a volunteer a person who committed a sex crime, is a violent offender, or has abused or neglected a child, and to require criminal background checks; create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to delineate punishments for employing a prohibited individual; create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to allow a parent or guardian to request a background check of child abuse and neglect records; amend KRS 160.380 to require superintendents to run a name-based background check of child abuse and neglect records for employees.
 Current Status:   3/8/2017 - House Judiciary, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Categories:   Crime & Punishment
 
HB417CONCEALED CARRY (BENVENUTI R) AN ACT relating to interference with an authorized individual's right to concealed carry.

Amend KRS 237.137 to provide that it is a violation to prevent a person authorized to concealed carry from doing so on a permitted property; establish fines.
 Current Status:   4/11/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Guns
 
HB454SCHOOL CURRICULUM (SHELL J) AN ACT relating to school curriculum.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a local school district shall provide essential skills curriculum to students; require each student to attain essential skills to graduate; amend KRS 158.645 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 requiring the Kentucky Department of Education to develop an age-appropriate drug awareness and prevention program; require local school boards to ensure that students receive annual instruction in drug awareness and prevention.
 Current Status:   3/14/2017 - (S) Returned to Committee Senate Education
 Categories:   Education
 
HB481TUITION BENEFITS (HART M) AN ACT relating to tuition benefits.

Amend KRS 164.2841, relating to tuition benefits of survivors of law enforcement officers, firefighters, or volunteer firefighters who died, to stipulate that the child of the deceased is eligible for tuition if the child is over the age of 17 and under the age of 26, and that the child is eligible to receive up to 128 credit hours of undergraduate instruction; set out the same benefit structure for children eligible for tuition under KRS 61.621; amend KRS 164.2842, relating to tuition benefits of family members of law enforcement officers, firefighters, or volunteer firefighters who were permanently and totally disabled, to stipulate that the child of the totally and permanently disabled worker is eligible for tuition if the child is over the age of 17 and under the age of 26, and that the child is eligible to receive up to 128 credit hours of undergraduate instruction; set out the same benefit structure for children eligible for tuition under KRS 61.621.
 Current Status:   3/15/2017 - received in Senate
 Categories:   Education
 
HB501CITIES AND UNIVERSITIES (BECHLER L) AN ACT relating to cities and universities.

Amend KRS 65.133 to require local law enforcement agencies and Kentucky State Police to enforce immigration laws; define sanctuary and sanctuary policy; prohibit local governments from adopting sanctuary policies; establish hearing procedures for determination of sanctuary status; withhold state funding from sanctuaries; establish vicarious liability for local government officials of sanctuaries; prohibit post-secondary educational institutions from enrolling, employing, or contracting with illegal aliens; require post-secondary educational institutions to keep records of immigration status; withhold state funding from post-secondary educational institutions that enroll, employ, or contract with illegal aliens.
 Current Status:   2/21/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Judiciary
 Categories:   Higher Education
 
HB520CHARTER SCHOOLS (CARNEY J) AN ACT relating to charter schools and making an appropriation therefor.

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 160 to describe the intent of the General Assembly and the purposes of authorizing public charter schools; establish a public charter school project and identify public charter school authorizers; define terms; describe the characteristics and the requirements of a public charter school; identify the requirements and the components of a public charter school application; describe the responsibilities of public charter school authorizers; describe public charter school renewal and revocation processes; identify the components of a public charter school annual report; identify the requirements for student enrollment; create a new section of KRS Chapter 157 to identify funding practices for public charter schools; allow public charter schools to accept gifts and donations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 161 to identify employment conditions for public charter school staff; amend KRS 161.220 to include a qualified teacher employed by the board of directors of public charter schools in the state-sponsored retirement system; amend KRS 78.510 to include public charter schools in the definition of "county" so as to include noncertified employees of public charter schools in the state-sponsored retirement system; APPROPRIATION.
 Current Status:   3/21/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education
 
HB521EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD (CARNEY J) AN ACT relating to educational professional standards board.

Amend KRS 161.155 to allow the transfer of sick leave for a school district employee who changes employment to the Education Professional Standards Board.
 Current Status:   3/30/2017 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day
 Categories:   Education
 
HCR49PENSION BENEFITS (KAY II J) A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION reaffirming the Commonwealths commitment to maintaining pension benefits for state and local government employees, teachers, and retirees.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION reaffirming the Commonwealths commitment to maintaining pension benefits for state and local government employees, teachers, and retirees.
 Current Status:   2/13/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House State Government
 Categories:   
 
HCR114POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION (MAYFIELD D) Urge the Council on Postsecondary Education to develop and implement a statewide policy for public postsecondary education institutions to provide academic credit for military service and training for active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, and National Guard as well as veterans of the Armed Forces.

Urge the Council on Postsecondary Education to develop and implement a statewide policy for public postsecondary education institutions to provide academic credit for military service and training for active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, and National Guard as well as veterans of the Armed Forces.
 Current Status:   3/30/2017 - (H) Posted for Passage in Regular Orders of the Day
 Categories:   Education
 
SB1PUBLIC EDUCATION (WILSON M) AN ACT relating to public education and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 156.557 to require school districts to develop and implement a personnel evaluation system based on a statewide framework for teaching; prohibit the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) from imposing reporting requirements related to the system on local districts; require evaluations annually for teachers who have not attained continuing service status and every three years for teachers with continuing service status, principals, and assistant principals; prohibit evaluation results from being included in school accountability; amend KRS 156.160 to allow a foreign language course, career and technical education course, or a computer technology or programming course to meet the arts and humanities requirement for high school graduation; amend KRS 158.305 to require KDE to provide assistance in implementing a response-to-intervention system if requested by a local district; amend KRS 158.6453 to implement a process for reviewing academic standards and assessments; require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations for the administration of the process; delete program reviews and audits from the statewide assessment system; revise the statewide assessment requirements; prohibit the statewide assessment from including any standards not included in the board-approved standards; require a college admissions and placement exam to be given in the fall of grade 10 and spring of grade 11 and require KDE to pay for it; delete provisions regarding WorkKeys assessments; amend requirements for the annual school report card; require KDE to implement a standards review process for visual and performing arts, practical living skills, and foreign language and require KDE to provide recommendations to schools for including those programs, and a writing program, in their curriculum; direct KDE to develop a school profile report for schools to describe implementation of the mandated standards in the visual and performing arts, practical living skills, and foreign language; amend KRS 158.6455 to revise the accountability system; require school improvement results to look at growth over three years as compared to similar schools; include progress toward English proficiency, quality of school climate and safety, high school graduation rates, and postsecondary readiness in the accountability system; require each local workforce investment board to compile a list of industry-recognized certifications; require KDE to pay for the cost of initial assessments taken to achieve industry-recognized certifications; amend the criteria for schools and districts receiving consequences and assistance under administrative regulations promulgated by the Kentucky Board of Education; amend KRS 158.649 to revise dates regarding review and reporting of school improvement plans; amend KRS 158.782 to describe KDE's monitoring and review process for low- performing schools and change the criteria for the Kentucky Board of Education providing highly skilled education assistance to schools and districts; amend KRS 158.805 to allow Commonwealth school improvement funds to be used for personnel costs; amend KRS 158.840 to prohibit KDE from requiring intervention reporting except in certain circumstances; amend KRS 160.345 to allow an alternative principal selection process in any school district and delete language regarding principal replacement; amend KRS 160.346 to delete provisions relating to the low-performing school identification and intervention process; add provisions for identifying schools for targeted support and improvement and comprehensive support and improvement; describe intervention requirements for schools identified for targeted support and improvement; define and describe a turnaround audit and intervention process for schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement; require the Kentucky Board of Education to establish exit criteria for schools identified for targeted support and improvement and comprehensive support and improvement; require a school to enter an intervention process selected by the commissioner after three years without exiting comprehensive support and improvement status; delete provisions pertaining to the current school audit process and the current intervention options approved by the Kentucky Board of Education; amend various KRS sections to conform; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   4/10/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education
 
SB2RETIREMENT (BOWEN J) AN ACT relating to retirement and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 21.540 to require the Judicial Form Retirement System, which administers the Legislators' Retirement Plan and the Judicial Retirement Plan, to post descriptive and financial information to the system's Web site; amend KRS 61.645 to specify that investment fee and commission reporting requirements for the Kentucky Retirement Systems shall include profit sharing, carried interest, and partnership incentives; provide that the systems may not have to disclose contracts on a Web site if disclosure would result in competitive disadvantage but require those contracts to be released to the trustees, State Auditor, and the LRC Govt. Contract Review Committee; subject the systems to KRS Chapter 18A regarding personnel; subject hiring of executive director to Senate confirmation; make technical amendments; amend KRS 161.250 to specify that investment fee and commission reporting requirements for the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System must include profit sharing, carried interest, and partnership incentives; provide that the Teachers' Retirement System may not have to disclose contracts on a Web site if disclosure would result in competitive disadvantage, but require those contracts to be released to the trustees, State Auditor, and the LRC Govt. Contract Review Committee; amend KRS 161.340 to make hiring of executive secretary subject to Senate confirmation; amend various KRS sections to place all state retirement systems under Model Procurement Code regarding contracts and clarify ban on placement agents; amend KRS 7A.220 to increase the membership of the Public Pension Oversight Board; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/10/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Pension & Retirement System
 
SB12PUBLIC POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION GOVERNANCE (STIVERS R) AN ACT relating to public postsecondary education governance and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 258.095 to modify the definition of persons who would qualify as the "owner" of a dog for purposes of that chapter.
 Current Status:   1/9/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Higher Education, Public Employees
 
SB17EXPRESSION IN SCHOOLS (ROBINSON A) AN ACT relating to the expression of religious or political viewpoints in public schools and public post-secondary institutions.

Amend KRS 158.183 to permit students to voluntarily express religious or political viewpoints in school assignments free from discrimination; require local boards of education to ensure that the selection of student speakers is made in a viewpoint-neutral manner, the student's prepared remarks are not altered before delivery without student's consent, religious and political organizations are allowed equal access to public forums on the same basis as nonreligious and nonpolitical organizations, and no recognized religious or political student organization is discriminated against in the ordering of its internal affairs; allow students to display religious messages on items of clothing, access public school facilities during noninstructional time as a religious student organization, use school media to announce student religious meetings, and meet as a religious student group during noninstructional time and before and after school to the same extent as students undertaking such actions in a nonreligious manner; permit public schools to sponsor artistic or theatrical programs that advance students' knowledge of society's cultural and religious heritage; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to allow a teacher to teach about religion with the use of the Bible or other scripture without providing religious instruction, and to teach about religious holidays in a secular manner; amend KRS 158.186 to require annual notification to local school boards, school-based decision making councils, and certified employees of statutes pertaining to religious freedom and expression in schools; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require public postsecondary education institution governing boards to ensure that students are permitted to voluntarily express religious or political viewpoints in assignments free from discrimination, the selection of student speakers is made in a viewpoint-neutral manner, the student's prepared remarks are not altered before delivery without the student's consent, religious and political organizations are allowed equal access to public forums on the same basis as nonreligious and nonpolitical organizations, no recognized religious or political student organization is discriminated against in the ordering of its internal affairs, and there are no restrictions on speech that occurs outdoors on campus and is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, except for restrictions that are reasonable, justified without reference to speech content, narrowly tailored to serve governmental interest, and limited to provide alternative options for the communication of the information.
 Current Status:   3/16/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education, Religion
 
SB27KENTUCKY COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM (SCHICKEL J) AN ACT relating to a board of directors of a college within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Amend KRS 164.350 to require the board of directors of a community and technical college to approve biennial budget requests and to accept or reject donations of land or funds to the college; amend KRS 164.600 to change the terms of office for members of boards of directors; hold members of boards of directors harmless for proper actions and require that they be provided legal counsel upon request; require an outside agency or foundation associated with a college to notify the local board of directors of upcoming meetings, to conduct open meetings, to publicly disclose all financial documents, including donations and moneys raised and expended, and to prohibit the agency's or foundation's citizen members from having a conflict of interest or being a relative of a college employee.
 Current Status:   1/7/2017 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education
 Categories:   Education
 
SB58KENTUCKY COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM (SCHICKEL J) AN ACT relating to chief executive officers of colleges within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Amend KRS 164.350 to require the board of regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to develop an evaluation process to be used by the local board of directors to evaluate a college's chief executive officer; amend KRS 164.600 to require the local board of directors of a community or technical college to select and evaluate the college's chief executive officer.
 Current Status:   1/7/2017 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Education
 Categories:   Education
 
SB59PERSONAL INFORMATION SECURITY (WESTERFIELD W) AN ACT relating to the security of personal information.

Amend KRS 61.931 to include user name, e-mail address, and security questions with answers in the definition of "personal information" involved in a data security breach of information held by state and local government agencies; amend KRS 61.933 to allow a civil cause of action for actual damages, attorney's fees and court costs in Franklin Circuit Court against state and local government agencies who violate the investigation and notice procedures of KRS 61.931 to 61.934, waiving sovereign immunity; amend KRS 365.732, regarding data security breaches in businesses, to expand the definition of "breach of the security system" to include noncomputerized records as well as computerized records, records which are accessed as well as records which are acquired, and encrypted records when the key is also compromised; define "encryption" as meeting National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines; expand definition of "personally identifiable information" to mirror the definition of "personal information" in KRS 61.931; include third party agents who contract with information holders in the section's provisions; limit time frames for notice of breaches.
 Current Status:   1/7/2017 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Judiciary
 Categories:   
 
SB78TOBACCO USE (ALVARADO R) AN ACT prohibiting tobacco use on school property.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 438 to define terms; prohibit use of tobacco products by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities; require policies to be in place by the 2018-2019 school year; require smoke-free policies and signage be adopted; specify punishments for use of tobacco products; provide that existing bans are not impacted; repeal 438.050.
 Current Status:   2/21/2017 - (H) Referred to Committee House Education
 Categories:   Education, Tobacco
 
SB80TEACHER CERTIFICATION (WILSON M) AN ACT relating to the maintenance of teacher certification.

Amend KRS 161.095 to prohibit the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) from imposing conditions for a teacher to maintain his or her certification; amend KRS 161.1211 to prohibit the EPSB from requiring a Rank III teacher to obtain a Rank II or Rank I to maintain his or her certificate; and amend KRS 161.020 and 156.553 to conform.
 Current Status:   2/23/2017 - Senate Education, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Categories:   Education, Public Employees
 
SB93PHYSICIAN RECEPTOR TAX PROGRAM (ALVARADO R) AN ACT relating to the physician receptor tax incentive program.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to establish an individual income tax credit for Kentucky-licensed physicians who as voluntary preceptors administer at least three core clinical rotations for certain medical students; amend KRS 141.0205 to order the credit; amend KRS 131.190 to require reporting of statistics; amend sections of KRS Chapters 131 and 141 to make conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/7/2017 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Appropriations and Revenue
 Categories:   Health Care
 
SB104RETIREMENT BENEFITS (MCDANIEL C) AN ACT relating to prospective retirement benefits and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS 6.500 to 6.577 to provide that members of the Legislators' Retirement Plan who retire on or after January 1, 2018, shall be limited to a 10% growth in the creditable compensation earned during their last three years of service to the General Assembly or an employer participating in any of the other state-administered retirement systems, if that compensation is used to calculate their retirement benefits; provide that only creditable compensation earned on or after July 1, 2017, shall be subject to the creditable compensation growth limitations; exempt bona fide promotions or salary advancements from the compensation growth limitation; define "bona fide promotion or salary advancements" as a professional advancement in substantially the same line of work held by the member in the four years immediately prior to the three-year period or a change in employment position based upon training, education, or expertise; provide that the Judicial Form Retirement System shall refund contributions and interest on contributions for any reductions in creditable compensation; provide that the Judicial Form Retirement System shall determine what constitutes a bona fide promotion or salary advancement; create a new section of KRS 21.345 to 21.580 to provide that members of the Judicial Retirement Plan who retire on or after January 1, 2018, shall be limited to a 10% annual growth in the creditable compensation earned during their last 60 months of service if that compensation is used to calculate their retirement benefits; provide that only creditable compensation earned on or after July 1, 2017, shall be subject to the creditable compensation growth limitations; exempt bona fide promotions or salary advancements from the compensation growth limitation; define "bona fide promotion or salary advancements" as a professional advancement in substantially the same line of work held by the member in the four years immediately prior to the 60-month period or a change in employment position based upon training, education, or expertise; require the Judicial Form Retirement System to refund contributions and interest on contributions for any reductions in creditable compensation; provide that the Judicial Form Retirement System shall determine what constitutes a bona fide promotion or salary advancement; amend KRS 61.598 to provide that members of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, and the State Police Retirement System who retire on or after January 1, 2018, shall be limited to a 10% growth in the creditable compensation earned during their last five years of employment if that compensation is used to calculate their retirement benefits; provide that only creditable compensation earned on or after July 1, 2017, shall be subject to the creditable compensation growth limitations; exempt bona fide promotions or salary advancements, alternative sick leave payments, and lump-sum payments for compensatory time from the compensation growth limitation; exempt from the compensation growth limitation those years of compensation where in the immediately preceding fiscal year the member earned less than 12 months of service credit during the fiscal year, was paid worker's compensation benefits, was on leave without pay for any reason, earned increases directly attributable to overtime hours worked under a federal grant, grant pass-through, or similar program, or earned increases directly attributable to overtime performed during a state of emergency; provide that the Kentucky Retirement Systems shall refund employee contributions and interest on contributions for any reductions in creditable compensation provided by this section; provide that the Kentucky Retirement Systems shall determine what constitutes a bona fide promotion or salary advancement and allow the member to appeal a decision of the system to the board; remove provisions charging employers for creditable compensation growth greater than 10% during the employee's last five years of employment; create a new section of KRS 21.345 to 21.580 to permit a member of the Legislators' Retirement Plan or the Judicial Retirement Plan to opt out of the traditional defined benefit plan and elect to participate in the hybrid cash balance plan; provide that, on the member's effective election date, the value of the member's accumulated contributions, less any interest, shall be deposited into the member's hybrid cash balance account and be considered part of the member's accumulated account balance; provide that on the member's effective election date, an employer pay credit shall be applied to the member's accumulated account balance for each contributing month prior to the effective election date; require the Judicial Form Retirement System to provide the electing member with information detailing the consequences of the member's election; provide that a member shall not be eligible to make an election until a private letter ruling by the IRS is received; make the benefit election under this section irrevocable; amend KRS 21.402 to conform; create a new section of KRS 61.510 to 61.705 to permit a member of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, the County Employees Retirement System, or the State Police Retirement System to opt out of the traditional defined benefit plan and elect to participate in the hybrid cash balance plan; provide that, on the member's effective election date, the value of the member's accumulated contributions, less any interest, shall be deposited into the member's hybrid cash balance account and be considered part of the member's accumulated account balance; provide that on the member's effective election date, an employer pay credit shall be applied to the member's accumulated account balance for each contributing month prior to the effective election date; require the Kentucky Retirement Systems to provide the electing member with information detailing the consequences of the member's election; provide that a member shall not be eligible to make an election until a private letter ruling by the IRS is received; make the benefit election under this section irrevocable; amend KRS 6.525, 16.583, 16.645, 61.597 and 78.545 to make technical and conforming amendments; provide for severability among provisions of the Act; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/27/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Pension & Retirement System
 
SB106EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS (PARRETT D) AN ACT relating to educational programs.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require the Department of Education to develop and implement the Kentucky Financial Literacy Program; require a high school student to complete instruction in financial literacy prior to graduation; create a new section KRS Chapter 158 to require the Department of Education to develop and implement the Kentucky Civic Literacy Program; require a high school student to complete instruction in civic literacy prior to graduation.
 Current Status:   3/15/2017 - (S) recommitted to committee Senate Education
 Categories:   Education
 
SB107GUBERNATORIAL APPOINTMENTS (STIVERS R) AN ACT relating to gubernatorial appointments and declaring an emergency.

Amend KRS 63.080 to permit the Governor or other appointing authority to remove and replace certain board or council appointments to comply with statutory proportional representation requirements for the board or council and to permit the Governor to remove and replace appointments if a board or council is unable to perform its statutory duties; amend KRS 156.029, 164.011, 164.131, 164.180, 164.321, 164.350, 164.821, and 164.830 to conform; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/21/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Political, Public Employees, State Government
 
SB117ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION (WISE G) AN ACT relating to alternative certification.

Amend KRS 161.010 to include definitions for "provisional certificates," "professional certificates," and "college or university work of graduate grade"; amend KRS 161.048 to allow a veteran with a bachelor's degree in any area to be issued a provisional teaching certificate if other criteria are met; require a passing score on the GRE or its equivalent for certification of a person in a field other than education to teach in elementary, middle, or secondary programs; provide that after successful completion of the internship program candidates shall receive a professional certificate and be subject to the same renewal requirements as any other teacher with a professional certificate; amend KRS 161.095 to delete language that restricts continuing education related to maintaining a certificate.
 Current Status:   3/16/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Higher Education
 
SB119POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION (GIVENS D) AN ACT relating to post-secondary education contract spaces and an approration therefor and declaring an emergency.

Appropriate supplemental General Fund moneys in each year of the 2016-2018 fiscal biennium to the Council on Postsecondary Education to fully fund veterinary medicine and optometry slots; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   2/28/2017 - (H) reassigned to committee House Appropriations & Revenue
 Categories:   Higher Education
 
SB136TUITION FOR NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS (CARPENTER J) AN ACT relating to in-state tuition for Kentucky national guard members.

Amend KRS 164.2844 to require any active member of the Kentucky National Guard to be treated as a Kentucky resident for tuition purposes when enrolling in a Kentucky public postsecondary institution.
 Current Status:   3/27/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education, Military Affairs
 
SB147HIGHER EDUCATION (WILSON M) AN ACT relating to advanced practice doctoral programs at comprehensive universities.

Amend KRS 164.295 to remove the maximum number of advanced practice doctoral programs that may be offered by the six comprehensive universities; require the Council on Postsecondary Education to review advanced practice doctorates consistent with its review schedule for all other academic programs; prohibit a comprehensive university from offering a terminal degree in veterinary medicine, chiropractic, or optometry or a primary degree in architecture.
 Current Status:   3/21/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Higher Education
 
SB153POSTSECONDARY FUNDING (GIVENS D) AN ACT relating to postsecondary funding, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 establishing a comprehensive funding model for the allocation of state appropriations to public postsecondary institutions based on student success, course completion, and other components; establish the public university sector formula and the KCTCS sector formula in the model and require 100% of allocable resources to be distributed through the formulas; establish the funding parameters for each formula; direct the Council on Postsecondary Education to implement the funding model; include hold-harmless and stop-loss provisions in the formulas through 2021; require the Council on Postsecondary Education to establish a working group to review the model every three years; direct the Office of the State Budget Director to distribute the funds as determined by the model, including the performance funds appropriated in the 2016 budget bill; establish the Postsecondary Education Performance Fund for distribution of the funds allocated through the model; APPROPRIATION; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/21/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Higher Education
 
SB156AIRPORTS (HARRIS E) AN ACT relating to airports.

Amend KRS 183.090 to require the Department of Aviation to inspect and license only those airports that fall under the definition of a general aviation airport; amend KRS 183.011 to define "general aviation airport."
 Current Status:   3/8/2017 - (H) Returned to Committee House Transportation
 Categories:   
 
SB158HEALTHCARE (HORNBACK P) AN ACT relating to the prescriptive authority of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Amend KRS 314.011 to remove limitations on the prescriptive authority of advanced practice registered nurses promulgated in administrative regulations; eliminate the Kentucky Board of Nursing's Controlled Substances Formulary Development Committee; amend 314.042 to require an advanced practice registered nurse to obtain registration through the United States Drug Enforcement Agency before prescribing Schedule II through V controlled substances; eliminate the Collaborative Agreement for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse's Prescriptive Authority for Controlled Substances; eliminate requirements for those collaborative agreements and advanced practice registered nurses who hold them.
 Current Status:   2/13/2017 - (S) Referred to Committee Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations
 Categories:   Health Care
 
SB159PUBLIC SCHOOLS (CARPENTER J) AN ACT relating to civics education in public schools.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require all public high school students to pass a civics test in order to receive a regular diploma; direct the Kentucky Department of Education to prepare or approve the test with 100 questions drawn from the test administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to persons seeking to become naturalized citizens, and to disseminate the test to all public school districts; allow students the opportunity to retake the test as often as needed in order to pass; set the passing score at 60% of the total questions answered correctly; make these requirements subject to the accomodations for special needs students with individualized education programs as defined in KRS 158.281 or Section 504 Plans as defined in KRS 156.027.
 Current Status:   3/27/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Education
 
SB197DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (BOWEN J) AN ACT relating to the transfer of contract staff providing services to the Department of Criminal Justice Training and declaring an emergency.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 15A to transfer certain contract employees of Eastern Kentucky University who are engaged in providing instructional and support services to the Department of Criminal Justice Training to state employee status within the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet; require that all employees retain salaries and leave balances; require the employees to participate in KERS nonhazardous; amend KRS 18A.115 to transfer Eastern Kentucky University contract employees who are engaged in providing instructional and support services to the Department of Criminal Justice Training to the personnel system under KRS Chapter 18A; EMERGENCY.
 Current Status:   3/21/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Political
 
SB236PROTECTION OF CHILDREN (ADAMS J) AN ACT relating to the protection of children.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to permit a parent or legal guardian to request a background check of the child abuse and neglect registry records when employing a child care provider for his or her minor child; require the cabinet to make the request form available on its Web site; create language to require the signature of the individual child care provider consenting to a background check; amend KRS 160.380 to require that school superintendents conduct a background check of child abuse and neglect records maintained by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services when considering employment decisions; create new sections of KRS Chapter 211 to define terms, prohibit youth camps from employing or allowing the involvement of any individual who has been convicted of a criminal offense against a minor or a sex crime, who is a violent offender or has abused or neglected a child; require youth camps to obtain state and national criminal background checks of applicants, contractors, or volunteers; require documentation of records checks; provide for suspension of operating permits if a youth camp is not in compliance; establish a criminal penalty for knowingly employing certain offenders; amend KRS 160.157 to allow a private, parochial, or church school to conduct a background check of child abuse and neglect records maintained by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services when considering employment decisions; Section 1 to 2 of this Act are effective July 1, 2018.
 Current Status:   3/27/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Categories:   Children and Family Issues
 
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