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- Juvenile justice bill moves to state House. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/12/juvenile-justice-bill-moves-to-state-house/ ]
- Historical horse racing bill heads to governor’s desk. Click to read more [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/12/historical-horse-racing-bill-heads-to-governors-desk/ ] .
- Legislation to improve early literacy moves forward. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/11/legislation-to-improve-early-literacy-moves-forward/ ]
- Committee passes bills dealing with water permitting and underground excavation. Click to read more [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/11/committee-passes-bills-dealing-with-water-permitting-and-underground-excavation/ ] .
- Large coalition sends strong message to lawmakers calling for action on increasing infrastructure investment in 2021. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/10/large-coalition-sends-strong-message-to-lawmakers-calling-for-action-on-increasing-infrastructure-investment-in-2021/ ]
- Legislation seeking to improve the criminal justice system moves to state Senate. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/10/legislation-seeking-to-improve-the-criminal-justice-system-moves-to-state-senate/ ]
- Bill focused on addressing racial disparities passes unanimously through Senate committee. Click to read more [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/10/bill-focused-on-addressing-racial-disparities-passes-unanimously-through-senate-committee/ ] .
- Op-Ed: Protect Historical Horse Racing to Protect Local Jobs & Economic Growth. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/10/op-ed-protect-historical-horse-racing-to-protect-local-jobs-economic-growth/ ]
- Historic Horse Racing bill passes full Senate and House committee, moves to final legislative step. Click to read more [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/10/historic-horse-racing-bill-passes-full-senate-and-house-committee-moves-to-final-legislative-step/ ] .
- Bill to ensure communities focus on prevention, treatment, and recovery moves to the Kentucky state Senate. Click to read more [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/bill-to-ensure-communities-focus-on-prevention-treatment-and-recovery-moves-to-the-kentucky-state-senate/ ] .
- To-go alcoholic beverages could become permanent past pandemic if Kentucky lawmakers pass bill. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/to-go-alcoholic-beverages-could-become-permanent-past-pandemic-if-kentucky-lawmakers-pass-bill/ ]
- Kentucky unemployment insurance office violated law in midst of pandemic, report from state auditor says. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/kentucky-unemployment-insurance-office-violated-law-in-midst-of-pandemic-report-from-state-auditor-says/ ]
- COVID-19 liability protections for businesses, schools, and others takes first step through legislative process. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/covid-19-liability-protections-for-businesses-schools-and-others-takes-first-step-through-legislative-process/ ]
- Making forgiven paycheck protection loan expenses deductible clears first legislative hurdle. Click to read more [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/making-forgiven-paycheck-protection-loan-expenses-deductible-clears-first-legislative-hurdle/ ] .
- Bill to allow those with previous mistakes access to education scholarship dollars passes through committee. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/bill-to-allow-those-with-previous-mistakes-access-to-education-scholarship-dollars-passes-through-committee/ ]
- Kentucky Chamber releases first of new quarterly economic reports in partnership with University of Kentucky. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/kentucky-chamber-releases-first-of-new-quarterly-economic-reports-in-partnership-with-university-of-kentucky/ ]
- Fraudulent claim letters being sent to Kentuckians about unemployment insurance benefits. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/08/fraudulent-letters-being-sent-to-kentuckians-about-unemployment-insurance-benefits/ ]
- Op-Ed: Liability Protection for Kentuckians Can’t Wait. Click to read more. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/08/op-ed-liability-protection-for-kentuckians-cant-wait/ ]
FROM THE CAPITOL
HISTORICAL HORSE RACING
A top priority of the Kentucky Chamber is now headed to the governor’s desk following a lengthy discussion in the House Thursday night.
Legislation to again allow historical horse racing in Kentucky cleared its final legislative hurdle with a 55-38 vote in the House.
Senate Bill 120, sponsored by Senator John Schickel, will allow historical horse racing operations to continue at the state’s licensed horse tracks. The legislation is in response to a Kentucky Supreme Court decision made in September of 2020 that threatened the legality of historic horse racing in Kentucky. Learn more and read a quote from the Kentucky Chamber here. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/12/historical-horse-racing-bill-heads-to-governors-desk/ ]
COVID-19 LIABILITY PROTECTIONS
Another top priority of the Chamber, providing liability protections for businesses, schools, and individuals in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, took its first step as it passed through the Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee Tuesday.
Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, would provide premises-based protections for businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals who have reopened and are following recommended guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. Stivers said the bill has a committee substitute that would make the liability protections apply specifically only to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on The Bottom Line. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/covid-19-liability-protections-for-businesses-schools-and-others-takes-first-step-through-legislative-process/ ]
KENTUCKY CHAMBER AND OTHER GROUPS CALL ON LEGISLATURE TO INVEST INFRASTRUCTURE With the bill filing deadline fast approaching, a large group of organizations released a statement Wednesday strongly urging action on increasing funding for roads and bridges during the 2021 session. Read the statement and find the list of groups that have signed on here. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/10/large-coalition-sends-strong-message-to-lawmakers-calling-for-action-on-increasing-infrastructure-investment-in-2021/ ]
LEGISLATION ABOUT PPP LOANS AND TAX DEDUCTIONS As many Kentucky businesses have receive loans to help them pay employees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, that income for a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan has been deemed non-taxable at the federal level.
House Bill 278, sponsored by Rep. Patrick Flannery, would allow small businesses and self-employed individuals in Kentucky who have received a forgivable PPP loan to deduct expenses paid with the loan. Read more about the bill on The Bottom Line. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/making-forgiven-paycheck-protection-loan-expenses-deductible-clears-first-legislative-hurdle/ ]
BILLS TO ADDRESS CORRECTIONS COSTS AND REMOVING BARRIERS FOR TREATMENT, RECOVERY, AND REENTRY Many bills focused on addressing the state’s struggles with corrections and substance use disorder moved forward this week.
The House passed House Bill 7 (Recovery Ready communities [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/bill-to-ensure-communities-focus-on-prevention-treatment-and-recovery-moves-to-the-kentucky-state-senate/ ] , sponsored by Rep. Adam Bowling) and House Bill 126 (felony theft threshold, sponsored by Rep. Ed Massey) [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/10/legislation-seeking-to-improve-the-criminal-justice-system-moves-to-state-senate/ ] this week, moving the bills to the state Senate.
And in an effort to give Kentuckians a second chance after a previous conviction, legislation to expand access to Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship (KEES) money passed out of the House Education Committee unanimously Tuesday. House Bill 25, sponsored by Rep. Killian Timoney, removes the requirement that an eligible high school student and eligible postsecondary student not be a convicted felon for KEES eligibility. [ https://kychamberbottomline.com/2021/02/09/bill-to-allow-those-with-previous-mistakes-access-to-education-scholarship-dollars-passes-through-committee/ ]
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- LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR (HB 4 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb4.html ] ) Eliminates existing dates by which the General Assembly must adjourn in any regular session and gives legislature the authority to extend the length of its legislative sessions by up to 10 days upon the vote of a 3/5 majority. Passed full House. Currently in Senate State & Local Government Committee.
- RECOVERY READY COMMUNITIES (HB 7 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb7.html ] ) Establishes an advisory council to develop a framework for a Recovery Ready Community certification in response to substance use disorders. In Senate Judiciary Committee.
- RETIREMENT SYSTEM CALCULATION (HB 8 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb8.html ] ) Changes the Kentucky Employees Retirement System's nonhazardous unfunded liability payment from a value that is paid as a percent of pay on each employee to a set dollar amount (level dollar). Received in Senate.
- BENEFIT MANDATES (HB 32 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb32.html ] , HB 33 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb33.html ] , HB 34 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb34.html ] , HB 35 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb35.html ] , HB 40 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb40.html ] ) Requires changes to wages, paid leave, and other benefits.
- PREVAILING WAGE (HB 55 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb55.html ] ) Creates a prevailing wage law for all public works projects.
- WORKERS' COMPENSATION (HB 59 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb59.html ] ) Establishes lifetime medical benefits for workers' comp claims. Introduced in House
- EXEMPTIONS FOR DISASTER RESPONSE EMPLOYEES (HB 84 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb84.html ] ) Provides tax relief for disaster response employees and disaster response entities. Awaits vote on House floor.
- FELONY THEFT (HB 126 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb126.html ] ) Increases the felony theft / fraud thresholds to $1,000. Received in Senate.
- COVID-19 RELIEF (HB 191 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb191.html ] ) Establishes COVID-19 relief programs. Assigned to House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
- EXECUTIVE BUDGET (HB 192 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb192.html ] ) Executive branch budget. Free Conference Committee formed.
- KYTC BUDGET (HB 193 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb193.html ] ) Transportation Cabinet budget. Free Conference Committee formed.
- LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BUDGET (HB 194 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb194.html ] ) Legislative branch budget. Free conference committee formed.
- JUDICIAL BRANCH BUDGET (HB 195 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb195.html ] ) Judicial branch budget. Free conference committee formed.
- ADOPTION LEAVE (HB 210 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb210.html ] ) Requires employers that provide leave for birth parents to provide the same leave for an adoptive parent. Passed House Economic Development and Workforce Investment.
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REPORTING (HB 211 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb211.html ] ) Requires the Economic Development Cabinet to include information on the size and racial composition of program recipients. Introduced in House.
- CHILD AND MATERNAL REPORTING (HB 212 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb212.html ] ) Requires the child and maternal fatality annual report to include a demographic analysis by race, income, and geography. Assigned to House Health and Family Services Committee. Awaits passage on House floor.
- STATE EMPLOYEE REPORTING (HB 213 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb213.html ] ) Requires the Personnel Cabinet to include state employee demographic information by program cabinet and department in the annual report. Introduced in House.
- SPORTS WAGERING (HB 241 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb241.html ] ) egalizes fantasy sports contests, sports wagering, and online poker in the Commonwealth. Introduced in House.
- TEACHERS RETIREMENT REFORM (HB 258 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb258.html ] ) Reforms the teachers' retirement system to include a combination of a defined benefit and supplemental benefit for new members after Jan. 1 2022. Assigned to State and Local Government Committee.
- PPP TAX DEDUCTION (HB 278 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb278.html ] ) Conforms with federal law to allow deductions paid with proceeds from a forgiven loan under the Paycheck Protection Program. Passed House Committee.
- WORKERS' COMPENSATION (HB 282 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb282.html ] ) Eliminates the requirement that physicians that perform evaluations in occupational disease claims be 'B' readers who are licensed in Kentucky and are board-certified pulmonary specialists. Introduced in House.
- TAX CREDIT (HB 333 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb333.html ] ) Establishes the growth fund tax credit. Introduced in House.
- BROADBAND (HB 348 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb348.html ] ) Creates the Office of Innovation in the Department of Agriculture to oversee the broadband deployment fund.
- MINIMUM WAGE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS (HB 358 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb358.html ] ) allows local governments to pass an ordinance setting employees' minimum wages at a rate higher than the state minimum wage for employers located within that government's jurisdiction. Introduced in House.
- COMMISSION/ COMMITTEE ON RACE (HB 364 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb364.html ] / SB 10 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb10.html ] ) Creates a Commission on Race and Access to Opportunity. HB 364 Passed House State Government Committee; SB 10 Awaits Passage by Senate.
- DATA CENTERS (HB 372 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb372.html ] ) Establishes a data center tax credit. Introduced to House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
- FLAGRANT NONSUPPORT (HB 402 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb402.html ] ) Increases the amount qualifying for flagrant nonsupport from $1,000 to $5,000. Passed House Committee.
- UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (HB 406 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb406.html ] ) Expands eligibility for UI benefits and increases the taxable wage base. Introduced in House.
- UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (HB 413 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb413.html ] ) Suspends taxable wage base and holds the 2020 tax schedule for 2021 and 2022 and requires all benefits paid due to a declared emergency come from a pooled account and not individual employers reserve accounts. Awaits passage on House floor.
- DIRECT SHIPMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES (HB 415 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb415.html ] ) Clarifies requirements to hold direct shipper license and allows the usage of a third party to fulfill orders. Passed House Committee.
- SALES AND USE TAXES (HB 417 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb417.html ] ) provides for a refund of sales and use taxes paid to providers of communications service, Internet access, and multichannel video programming services. Introduced in House.
- TEACHER RETIREMENT (HB 436 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb436.html ] ) Provide that the TRS board of trustees shall not be subject to reorganization by a Governor. Introduced in House.
- YOUTH ATHLETICS (HB 471 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb471.html ] / SB 106 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb106.html ] ) Establishes rules requiring schools that participate in interscholastic athletics to designate all athletic teams, activities, and sports based upon the biological sex of the students eligible to participate. Introduced in House. Introduced to Senate Education Committee.
- PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING (HB 481 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb481.html ] ) makes the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission subject to Executive Branch Ethics Committee requirements, raises tax on historical horse racing, and restricts wagering at simulcast facilities to pari-mutuel wagering on simulcasting. Introduced in House.
- CALL CENTERS (HB 488 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb488.html ] ) requires employers intending to relocate a call center from Kentucky to a foreign country to notify the secretary of the Labor Cabinet at least 120 days prior to such relocation and requires the secretary to compile a list of employers that have relocated a call center to a foreign country. Introduced in House.
- UNEMPLOYMENT FORGIVENESS (HCR 22 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hcr22.html ] ) Calls on Congress to forgive Kentucky's Federal UI loan balance and suspend loan repayment penalties in the event of nonpayment. Introduced in House.
- LIABILITY PROTECTIONS DURING A DECLARED EMERGENCY (SB 5 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb5.html ] ) Provides liability protection for owners of premises during a declared emergency and provides governmental immunity for those providing essential services during an emergency. Awaits vote on Senate floor.
- UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS (SB 7 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb7.html ] ) adds language to set waiver of overpayment criteria, allocation of CARES Act money, waiver application deadlines, require program integrity provisions, and make an appropriation by allocating CARES money to UI trust fund. Assigned to House Economic Development, Tourism and Labor committee.
- CAPS ON NONECONOMIC DAMAGES (SB 17 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb17.html ] ) Constitutional amendment to allow the GA to set caps on noneconomic damages from lawsuits. Assigned to Senate State and Local Government Committee.
- JUVENILE JUSTICE (SB 36 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb36.html ] ) Returns discretion to local prosecutors and local judges in local communities, instead of creating automatic transfers of minors in certain cases from District to Circuit Court. Passed Senate.
- RECOVERY MEDICAL COSTS IN TORT ACTIONS (SB 54 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb54.html ] ) Limit the amounts that are recoverable for medical costs in tort actions. Awaits action in Judiciary committee.
- ALCOHOL TAKEOUT AND DELIVERY (SB 67 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb67.html ] ) Allow alcohol to be purchased to go or for delivery in conjunction with a meal. Awaits passage on Senate floor.
- DISTILLING LICENSING (SB 68 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb68.html ] ) Makes changes to distilling licenses. Awaits passage on Senate floor.
- EMPLOYEE AGE RESTRICTION ON ALCOHOL (SB 69 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb69.html ] ) Makes changes to employee age restrictions for employers that sell alcohol. Assigned to Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee.
- BLIGHTED PROPERTY (SB 105 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb105.html ] ) Makes changes related to rehabilitation of an abandoned or blighted property. Assigned to Senate State and Local Government Committee.
- HISTORIC HORSE RACING (SB 120 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb120.html ] ) Clarifies language to ensure historic horse racing is included in the legal definition of parimutuel wagering, in order to protect the status quo of operations currently at racetracks. Delivered to Governor.
- PAYCHECK PROTECTION (SB 142 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb142.html ] ) Provides that the withholding of an employee's dues shall cease upon receipt of a written request from the employee. Assigned to Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee.
- DRUG FREE WORKPLACE (SB 144 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb144.html ] ) Creates an appeal process for public employees who violate a drug free workplace policy. Introduced in Senate.
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE IMPACT (SB 155 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb155.html ] ) Requires racial and ethnic community criminal justice and public safety impact statements for certain legislation and administrative regulations. Introduced in Senate.
- WORKERS' COMPENSATION (SB 157 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb157.html ] ) Provides that contractors shall not be liable for payment of compensation to subcontractors with no employees. Assigned to Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee.
- KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP (HB 25 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb25.html ] ) Removes the requirement that an eligible high school student and eligible postsecondary student not be a convicted felon for KEES eligibility purposes. Passed by the House Education Committee.
- DUAL CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS (HB 153 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb153.html ] / HB 383 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb383.html ] ) Adds two career and technical education courses per year to the Dual Credit Scholarship. Introduced in House.
- KENTUCKY BOARD OF EDUCATION (HB 178 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb178.html ] ) Requires the same representation of political parties and racial diversity as the state’s university boards on the state board of education and prevents the board from being reorganized every four years after an election. Introduced in House.
- FAFSA REQUIREMENT (HB 253 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb253.html ] ) Makes completion of the FAFSA a high school graduation requirement. Introduced in House.
- EARLY LITERACY (HB 270 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb270.html ] /SB 115 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb115.html ] ) Expands evidence-based reading intervention supports to help ensure grade-level literacy before a student reaches fourth grade. SB 115 was passed by the Senate Education Committee.
- EARLY ENTRY INITIATIVE (HB 271 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb271.html ] /SB 114 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb114.html ] ) Pilot program to increase national board-certified teachers.
- EXPAND KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP (HB 338 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb338.html ] ) Expand KEES eligible institutions in Kentucky.
- TAX DEDUCTION (HB 354 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb354.html ] ) Allow an exclusion of amounts contributed to a qualified tuition programs.
- PRESCHOOL WORKGROUP (HCR 31 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hcr31.html ] ) Establishes the Kentucky Preschool Program Task Force to study preschool programs.
- SUPERINTENDENT SCREENING (SB 77 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb77.html ] ) Require greater minority representation on a screening committee in a school district with a minority student population of 50% or greater. Passed Senate.
- SEEK (SB 107 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb107.html ] ) When a district's state per pupil SEEK amount is less than the district's 1991-1992 state per pupil amount, the district's state portion per pupil SEEK amount be increased by the difference between the 91-92 amount and the current calculation.
- FUNDING FORMULA (SB 135 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb135.html ] ) Adjusts the parameters used for postsecondary education performance based funding model. Passed by the Senate Education Committee.
- CHILD CARE (SB 148 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb148.html ] ) Restricts regulations a local governments can impose on certified family child care home. Prescribes what regulations the Cabinet for Health and Family Services may promulgate regarding child care centers during an emergency. assed by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
- PROHIBITING REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS (HB 36 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb36.html ] ) Prohibits the required immunization of any person by any state agency or instrumentality. Introduced in House.
- MENTAL HEALTH PARITY REQUIREMENTS (HB 50 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb50.html ] ) Defines “classification of benefits” and “nonquantitative treatment limitation” and modifies mental health parity requirements by requiring parity coverage for nonquantitative treatment limitations and medical necessity criteria. Received in Senate
- EXEMPTIONS FOR DISASTER RESPONSE BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES (HB 84 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb84.html ] ) Provides exemptions for disaster response employees and disaster response entities from income tax beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2025.Introduced to Appropriations and Revenue. Awaits passage on House floor.
- TAXATION OF TOBACCO VAPOR PRODUCTS (HB 85 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb85.html ] ) Applies the vapor products tax (passed last year) to an open vaping system when the actual price includes both the components and the liquid solution; also applies the tax to the liquid solution when it is sold separately. Introduced to Appropriations and Revenue.
- CAP ON COST-SHARING REQUIREMENTS FOR PRESCRIPTION INSULIN (HB 95 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb95.html ] ) cap the cost-sharing requirements for prescription insulin at $30 per 30 day supply; amend statutes to require the Kentucky Employee Health Plan to comply. Passed by Health and Family Services committee.
- PROHIBITING VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENTS (HB 101 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb101.html ] ) prohibit a public or private postsecondary educational institution from requiring a student to receive any vaccination for disease unless the student is participating in an educational program that involves the delivery of health care services. Introduced in House.
- ADDICTION TREATMENT (HB 102 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb102.html ] /SB 51 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb51.html ] ) prohibit insurers from requiring or using certain utilization reviews for certain prescription drugs used to treat alcohol or opioid use disorder; require insurers to report the number and type of providers prescribing medication for addiction treatment. SB 51 passed by Health and Welfare Committee.
- MEDICINAL CANNABIS (HB 136 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb136.html ] / SB 92 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb92.html ] ) creates a medicinal cannabis program under the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and requires the ABC to implement and regulate the medicinal cannabis program; also establishes process for attaining a medicinal cannabis card and establishes restrictions on possession and use of medicinal cannabis by cardholders. Introduced in House.
- TELEHEALTH (HB 140 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb140.html ] ) Establishes minimum standards for telehealth under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS); reestablishes requirement of CHFS and MCO’s to study the impact of telehealth on the state’s health care delivery system; prohibits certain practices in telehealth. Awaits passage on House floor.
- REGULATION OF TOBACCO AND VAPOR PRODUCTS (HB 147 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb147.html ] / SB 81 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb81.html ] ) Permits city or county governments to impose restrictions or requirements on the use, display, sale, and distribution of tobacco products or vapor products that are stricter than those imposed under state law. Introduced in both chambers.
- PHARMACY BENEFITS IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM (HB 177 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb177.html ] ) Requires the Department for Medicaid Services to establish and implement a preferred drug list, reimbursement methodologies, and dispensing fees for Medicaid managed care organizations and the state pharmacy benefit manager within 30 days after the effective date of this Act. Introduced to Health and Family Services committee.
- PHARMACY BENEFITS IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM (HB 222 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb222.html ] ) Requires the Department for Medicaid Services to contract with an independent entity to monitor all Medicaid pharmacy benefit claims; establish eligibility requirements for an entity seeking to contract with the department to monitor pharmacy benefit claims; establish requirements for analyzing and monitoring claims. Passed by Health and Family Services committee.
- VACCINATIONS: (SB 8 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb8.html ] ) Provides exemptions from mandatory vaccines based on conscientiously held beliefs. Passed Senate, received in House.
- OUT OF NETWORK BILLING (SB 19 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb19.html ] ) Requires the commissioner of insurance to establish a database of billed health care service charges; require an insurer to reimburse for unanticipated out-of-network care; prohibit balance billing from a provider who has been reimbursed as required; provide for an independent dispute resolution program to review reimbursements provided for unanticipated out-of-network care. Introduced in Senate.
- PATIENT PROTECTION (SB 20 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb20.html ] ) Takes steps to stop deceptive lawsuit advertising that fails to warn patients it is dangerous to stop taking prescribed medication before consulting with a physician. Assigned to Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee.
- MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT (SB 21 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb21.html ] ) Permits voluntary transport to a hospital or psychiatric facility with authorization of the originating and receiving hospital or facility and a patient's signed written agreement to be voluntarily transported and to not be physically removed during transport. Passed full Senate, received in House.
- VACCINATION REQUIREMENT (SB 37 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb37.html ] / SB 98 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb98.html ] ) Prohibits an employer from requiring vaccination of an employee. Both assigned to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
- SURGICAL SMOKE (SB 38 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb38.html ] ) Directs the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations requiring the use of a smoke evacuation system during any surgical procedure that is likely to produce surgical smoke. Passed full Senate, received in House.
- INSURANCE PREMIUMS (SB 44 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb44.html ] ) Requires health benefit plans to accept, and count towards the insured's contributions, premium and cost-sharing payments made on behalf of an insured from state or federal government programs, Indian or tribal organizations, and certain tax-exempt organizations. Assigned to Senate Banking & Insurance Committee.
- PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (SB 45 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb45.html ] ) Redefines "cost-sharing" and define "generic alternative," "health plan," "insured," and "person"; prohibit an insurer or pharmacy benefit manager from excluding any cost-sharing amount paid by or on behalf of an insured when calculating the insured's contribution to any applicable cost-sharing requirement. Assigned to Senate Banking & Insurance Committee.
- COPAYMENTS BY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS (SB 55 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb55.html ] ) Prohibits the cabinet or a managed care organization contracted to provide services from instituting copayments, cost-sharing, or similar charges to be paid by any medical assistance recipients, their spouses, or parents, for any assistance provided pursuant KRS Chapter 205, federal law, or any federal Medicaid waiver. Awaits passage on House floor.
- MEDICAID MANAGED CARE CONTRACTS (SB 56 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb56.html ] ) Limits the number of state-managed care organization (MCO) contracts to operate the Medicaid program to three. Passed by Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
- DIRECT CARE STAFF (SB 61 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb61.html ] ) Defines "direct-care staff member," "Facilities or programs," and "recipient;" requires direct-care staff who provide care for a client with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia within the client's home to receive initial and ongoing training that is approved by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Passed Senate, received in House.
- PNEUMOCONIOSIS FUND (SB 141 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb141.html ] ) Provides guidelines for distribution of funds remaining in the Kentucky coal workers’ pneumoconiosis fund.
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
- UTILITY RATES (HB 127 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb127.html ] ) Requires the Public Service Commission to consider affordability when setting rates.
- MINING PERMITS (HB 137 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb137.html ] ) Requires performance bonding for mine permits.
- UTILITY SERVICE (HB 207 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb207.html ] ) Prohibits a local government entity from taking action that has the purpose or effect of impairing a consumer's ability to use a utility service.
- UNDERGROUND UTILITIES (HB 303 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb303.html ] ) Increases public safety by protecting underground utility facilities. Passed House Committee.
- MIXING ZONES (HB 386 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb386.html ] ) requires that mixing zones for bioaccumulative chemicals of concern established on or before September 8, 2004, remain in effect until explicitly extinguished by the Energy and Environment Cabinet. Passed House Committee
- UTILITY ACQUISITION (HB 465 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb465.html ] ) Bolsters existing precedent to provide a local option for addressing water and wastewater challenges through partnership with the private sector.
- ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION (HB 489 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/hb489.html ] ) Expands the voluntary environmental remediation tax credit. Introduced in House.
- PNEUMOCONIOSIS FUND (SB 141 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb141.html ] ) Provides guidelines for distribution of funds remaining in the Kentucky coal workers’ pneumoconiosis fund. Passed Senate Committee.
- UNDERGROUND UTILITY (SB 172 [ https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb172.html ] ) Includes exempted activities in the process of ceasing operations when damage occurs to an underground facility and notification of appropriate authorities.