State Legislative Issues 2024

The KAS Science Policy Committee is actively monitoring bills introduced during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2024 session and identifying those that are of interest or concern to the science community. Summaries of bills we think are worth watching are listed below. You can click on a bill number to see complete legislative info, including sponsors, amendments, vote history, and the full text of the legislation.

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(Updated 02/21/24)

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Education

SB 1 (Stivers) - Woulds establish the endowed research fund to fund research consortiums between two or more public universities. The bill calls for five consortium accounts within the endowed research fund that shall each be assigned to a unique research consortium selected by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust would be one of five initial research consortiums.
Latest action: 02/12/24: to Education (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambers  


HB 2 (Miles) - Would propose a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to authorize the General Assembly to provide for a financial support for the education of students outside of the public school system. If the proposal passes the General Assembly, it will be decided on by Kentucky voters.
Latest action: 01/26/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambers  


SB 6 (Wilson) - Would provide that a student or employee of a public postsecondary education institution shall not be penalized, discriminated against, or receive any adverse treatment due to the individual's refusal to support or endorse any divisive concept; provide that a student or employee of a public postsecondary education institution shall not be required to endorse a specific ideology or political viewpoint to be eligible for hiring, contract renewal, tenure, promotion, or graduation and prohibit an institution from inquiring into the individual's political or social viewpoints; provide that any person aggrieved by a violation of this Act has a cause of action against the institution for damages and costs of no less than $1,000 and no more than $100,000 per violation; waive sovereign, governmental, and qualified immunity; require the job duties of any individual employed in a diversity, equity, and inclusion role to include the promotion of intellectual diversity; provide that nothing in the section shall be interpreted to infringe upon designated rights of an institution's ability to comply with state or federal law or accreditation standards; require each public postsecondary education institution to conduct a survey in 2025 and 2027 of the institution's students and employees to assess the campus climate with regard to diversity of thought and the respondents' comfort level in speaking freely on campus, regardless of political affiliation or ideology.
Latest action: 02/06/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


SB 8 (Wilson) - Would require members of the Kentucky Board of Education to be elected rather than appointed by the Governor.
Latest action: 01/11/24: to State & Local Government (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


SCR 46 (Southworth) - Would urge the United States Congress to amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to authorize the study of medical cannabis.
Latest action: 01/12/24: to Health Services (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambers  


HCR 60 (Truett) Would establish the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) Task Force to study various components of the SEEK formula and evaluate whether changes are necessary. 
Latest action: 02/07/24: 2nd reading, to Rules
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 74 (Kulkarni) - Establish the Kentucky Urban Farming Youth Initiative to promote farming to youth in urban counties in at least one urban University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service office beginning August 1, 2024, and others by August 1, 2025
Latest action: 01/02/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 162 (Tipton) - Dubbed the "Kentucky Numeracy Counts Act," this bill seeks to strengthen mathematics instruction, supports, and interventions. It would require schools to give the mathematics universal screener to all students in grades four through eight within the first 30 days of school beginning with the 2025-2026 school year. It would require the Department of Education to establish reading teacher academies or coaching models by September 1, 2025, if funds are available, and would require postsecondary institutions offering teacher preparation programs in elementary education and middle school mathematics education to include kindergarten through grade 12 instructional strategies and Department of Education identified mathematics resources; require the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) to develop and maintain a list of approved teacher preparation assessments; require the EPSB to develop an evaluation rubric for teacher candidates; require the EPSB to report elementary and middle school mathematics teacher preparation program data to an external evaluator; amend KRS 158.842 to change the composition of the Committee for Mathematics Achievement.
Latest action: 02/21/24: removed from floor, to Appropriations & Revenue (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 169 (Palumbo) - Would require local boards of education to maintain a portable automated external defibrillator in a public, readily accessible, well-marked location in all school buildings, including elementary school buildings, and at school-sanctioned athletic practices and competitions.
Latest action: 01/05/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 208 (Calloway) - Would let citizens vote on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Kentucky to authorize the General Assembly to provide for a portion of the educational costs of students outside of the public school system.
Latest action: 01/12/24: floor amendment (1) filed
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 228 (Tipton) - Would require the boards of each state university and the Kentucky Technical and Community College System to approve a performance and productivity evaluation process for all faculty members by January 1, 2025; require faculty evaluations be completed at least once every four years; permit removal of faculty for failure to meet performance and productivity requirements, regardless of status; permit a board to delegate appointment and removal of faculty to the college or university president; require that each board of regents of the six state comprehensive universities appoint a university president.
Latest action: 01/17/24: to Education (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 231 (Lawrence) - Would prohibit the Council on Postsecondary Education from raising tuition for a postsecondary education institution more than 5% a year for resident students and 7% a year for nonresident students. It would also provide a four-year tuition freeze for an enrolled resident student.
Latest action: 01/10/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 245 (Massaroni) - Would remove expected family income from the selection criteria for the teacher scholarship
Latest action: 01/17/24: to Education (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 330 (Willner) - Would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts with a person under 18 years of age.
Latest action: 01/22/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 377 (Banta) - Would establish the Teacher Recruitment Student Loan Forgiveness Pilot Program; define eligibility for the program to provide monetary awards for student loan repayment for eligible students who complete qualified teaching service. The bill would also establish the Student Teacher Stipend Program.
Latest action: 02/07/24: 2nd reading, to Rules
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  



Environment and Energy


HJR 29
(Doan) - Would appropriate $100,000 in General Fund moneys in fiscal year 2024-2025 to the Forest Stewardship Incentives Fund
Latest action: 01/03/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HCR 51 (Clines) - Would establish the Autism in Education Task Force; establish duties and membership; direct the task force to study autism supports and services provided to K-12 students by Kentucky public schools.
Latest action: 01/31/24: 2nd reading, to Rules
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


SB 59 (Boswell) - Would prohibit the state from enforcing or imposing fines and penalties for the killing of Cooper's hawks or red-tailed hawks. These are federally protected birds under the Migratory Bird Act.
Latest action: 01/04/24: to Natural Resources & Energy (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 70 (Kulkarni) - Would establish a Healthy Soils Program and a Healthy Soils Program fund in the Department for Natural Resources to provide technical advice and assistance and to assist with soil health assessments and soil health plans.
Latest action: 01/02/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 116 (Kulkarni and Bratcher) - Would establish a PFAS Working Group to research the effect that exposure to PFAS has on health outcomes in the Commonwealth; establish a reporting requirement for manufacturers that intentionally include PFAS in products manufactured for sale or distribution in the Commonwealth; establish a reporting requirement for PFAS releases in the Commonwealth by manufacturers that intentionally include PFAS in manufactured products.
Latest action: 01/03/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 130 (McPherson) - Would establish the procedure for the discontinuance of watershed conservancy district boards
Latest action: 02/08/24: to Committee on Committees (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  
 


HB 136 (Bauman) - Would prevent air pollution control in Louisville from penalizing facilities that self-disclose violations of federal air pollution regulations.
Latest action: 01/26/24: to State & Local Government (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  
 


SB 198 (Carroll) - Would establish the Kentucky Nuclear Energy Development Authority to serve as the nonregulatory, trusted state government agency on nuclear energy issues and to support and facilitate the development of the nuclear energy ecosystem across the Commonwealth. The authority would assist interested communities in understanding advanced nuclear opportunities, provide information to the public, develop the capacity for nuclear energy development in the Commonwealth, seek clarity on early nuclear site permitting, work with energy communities that have hosted nuclear-related or fossil fuel activities to assist in exploring nuclear energy opportunities, strengthen engagement with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, build the organizational capacity to convene a consortium of nuclear stakeholders to share best practices, engage with United States Department of Energy National Laboratories and private companies to develop technologies to reprocess or recycle spent nuclear fuel, and maintain awareness of potential events that could initiate or accelerate the development of new nuclear technologies in the Commonwealth
Latest action: 02/21/24: reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  
 


HB 224 (Maddox) - This legislation deals with free speech at postsecondary education institutions. Among its provisions, it would: require institutions to adopt a policy to not restrict off-campus speech; extend free speech protections to the public; provide that student religious and political organizations shall be afforded equal access to facilities; and provide that authority vested with a student organization to distribute student organization funding shall be contingent on viewpoint-neutral distribution of those funds.
Latest action: 01/10/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  
 


HB 302 (Raymond)  - Would propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to the environment that includes the statement that Kentuckians have a right to a healthy environment, clean air, pure water, and ecologically healthy habitats.
Latest action: 01/18/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 398 (Huff) - Would exclude from the electric vehicle power tax any electric vehicle power dealer with a charging station having a charging capacity of less than 50 kilowatts.
Latest action: 02/06/24: to Appropriations & Revenue (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  



Health


HB 10 (Moser) - Known as the "Momnibus" bill, this legislation seeks to improve maternal health by expanding access to prenatal, postnatal and mental health care.
Latest action: 02/09/24: 2nd reading, to Rules, with floor amendment to committee substitute
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 41 (Callaway) - Would prohibit prohibit monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization by a fully insured health benefit plan or self-insured plan issued or renewed to public employees; would prohibit a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school from accepting any monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization of any person; would prohibit a public or nonpublic postsecondary educational institution from accepting any monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization of any person; would prohibit the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or any related entity from providing any public funds for monetary or in-kind incentives for immunization of any person to any entity; would prohibit any public funds from being used to provide any monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any person; would prohibit any health facility or health care provider from accepting any funds for providing monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any person; would prohibit a health care insurer from accepting any funds for providing monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any person; would prohibit an employer from accepting any funds for providing monetary or in-kind incentives for the immunization of any employee.
Latest action: 01/02/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 48 (Rawlings) - Would recognize in state law an "inherent and absolute right" to refuse medical treatment.
Latest action: 01/02/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HCR 62 (Stevensen) - Would establish the Infant Mortality Task Force.
Latest action: 01/29/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 115 (Moser) - Would prohibit cost-sharing requirements for any covered diagnostic breast examination or supplemental breast examination.
Latest action: 02/06/24: to Committee on Committees (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 141 (Hart) - Would make water fluoridation programs optional by allowing the governing bodies of water systems subject to regulation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to decide whether they participate in water fluoridation programs
Latest action: 02/09/24: 2nd reading, to Rules
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 163 (Decker) - Would require blood establishments to test for COVID-19 antibodies, evidence of lipid nanoparticles, and spike protein; require the administrator of any blood establishment to inquire on the donor history questionnaire whether a donor has received a COVID-19 vaccine or mRNA vaccine; require a donor to provide the name of the manufacturer of the COVID-19 vaccine the donor received; establish deferral periods for donors who have received a live attenuated COVID-19 vaccine or for donors who do not know the manufacturer of the COVID-19 vaccine the donor received, and establish deferral periods for donors who have received a diagnosis of COVID-19 or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19; amend KRS 214.458 to require blood establishments to include on the label for blood collected the laboratory test results for COVID-19.
Latest action: 01/05/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 166 (Nemes) - Would encourage a health care provider to provide information regarding sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
Latest action: 02/07/24: to Committee on Committees (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 177 (Raymer) - Would prohibit the state, any political subdivision of the state, or any governmental agency from requiring a child to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Latest action: 01/08/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 273 (Tate) - Would require the Department for Medicaid Services and any managed care organization contracted to provide Medicaid benefits to provide comprehensive coverage for the treatment of obesity and inform Medicaid enrollees of the availability of the coverage.
Latest action: 01/16/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 323 (Frazier Gordon) - Would permit the Kentucky Fire Commission to establish a reimbursement program for cancer screenings for firefighters.
Latest action: 02/20/24: to Committee on Committees (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 339 (Roberts) - Would require certain health plans to provide coverage for medically necessary treatment of mental health and substance use disorder.
Latest action: 01/22/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  



State Budget


HB 1 (Petrie) - Would appropriate $1.74 billion from the state's budget reserve trust fund for one-time projects, including infrastructure investment and payments toward unfunded liabilities of state pension programs. 
Latest action: 02/06/24: to Appropriations & Revenue (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


HB 6 (Petrie) - This bill contains the two-year state budget proposal introduced by legislative leaders. It includes a 6 percent increase for SEEK, the state's main funding formula for schools. School districts would be encouraged to give raises to teachers and school personnel, but a specific amount is not mandated. The spending plan also includes $20 million in child care assistance*

Latest action: 02/06/24: to Appropriations & Revenue (S)

Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  

*There is a campaign underway to restore $18 million of swept funds back into the Ky Heritage Land Conservation Fund.
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HB 114 (Graham)- This legislation provides the state budget proposal from Gov. Andy Beshear. Highlights of the two-year spending plan include funding boosts to support universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds and help for child care providers, as well as an 11% pay raise for all public school employees. 
Latest action: 01/04/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


State Symbols

HB 378 (Gentry) - Would swap the designation of two state symbols so they would be scientifically correct: Coal would become the official rock of Kentucky and chalcedony agate would be the official mineral of the state..
Latest action: 02/07/24: to State Government (H)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambersLaw  


Technology


HCR 38
(Bray) - Would establish the Artificial Intelligence Task Force to study the impact of artificial intelligence on operation and procurement policies of Kentucky government agencies and consumer protection needed in private and public sectors. The Task Force would also provide recommendations on artificial intelligence systems that would enhance state government operations and legislative initiatives needed to provide consumer protection in the private and public sectors.
Latest action: 01/25/24: to Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor (S)
Introduced  Referred to committeeAwaiting vote in first chamberDelivered to second chamberReferred to committeeAwaiting vote in second chamberPassed both chambers