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2020 Bill Tracking

The list below represents legislation that GLI is actively tracking in the 2020 sessions in Kentucky and Indiana. Inclusion on this list does NOT indicate GLI’s support, opposition, or neutrality on a specific bill or issue. To learn about GLI’s 2020 legislative priorities, read our 2020 State Agenda.  

This bill list was last updated on March 5, 2020, at 10:06am.

Click the hyperlinks to read more about the bill. The names next to the bill number indicate the bill’s primary sponsor or author: e.g., J. Higdon is Senator Jimmy Higdon. 


See all legislation filed in Kentucky here

Senate Bills

  • Senate Bill 1 (D. Carroll) prohibits government agencies and public institutions from enacting “sanctuary policies” and requires cooperation between Kentucky agencies and federal immigration enforcement agencies.
  • Senate Bill 4 (J. Higdon) codifies the state SHIFT program in statute to allocate funds for highway projects throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Senate Bill 7 (J. Schickel) makes changes to the rules and authority of local school councils.
  • Senate Bill 8 (M. Wise) updates the 2019 school safety bill.
  • Senate Bill 10 (R. Stivers) makes changes to the Kentucky Board of Education.
  • Senate Bill 13 (R. Thomas) and House Bill 39 (K. Hinkle) impose mandates on employers through required increases to the minimum wage.
  • Senate Bill 30 (S. Meredith) limits the number of managed care organization contracts in Kentucky to three.
  • Senate Bill 50 (M. Wise) requires the Department for Medicaid Services to directly administer pharmacy benefit programs.
  • Senate Bill 51 (R. Alvarado) amends the Kentucky Constitution to allow the General Assembly to place caps on noneconomic damages.
  • Senate Bill 55 (B. Smith) creates a Blockchain Working Group to study the applicability of blockchain technology to utility sectors in Kentucky.
  • Senate Bill 56 (R. Alvarado) brings Kentucky into compliance with recent changes to federal law related to the minimum purchase age for tobacco products.
  • Senate Bill 90 (S. Meredith) and House Bill 501 (N. Prunty) relate to medical care providers who decline to perform procedures that violate their conscience.
  • Senate Bill 94 (P. Hornback) removes requirements for the sale of gasoline containing up to 10 percent ethanol.
  • Senate Bill 95 (C. McDaniel) and House Bill 193 (J. Tipton) streamline sales tax exemption processes for construction contractors working with nonprofits and public agencies.
  • Senate Bill 98 (J. Schickel) removes smokers as a protected class in Kentucky.
  • Senate Bill 99 (J. Schickel) updates laws related to distillers, partnerships between distilleries and breweries, and local option elections.
  • Senate Bill 100 (S. Meredith) places limits on the amounts recoverable for medical costs in tort actions.
  • Senate Bill 101 (M. Wilson) standardizes agreements by which high school career pathway programs are recognized by public colleges and universities.
  • Senate Bill 110 (R. Alvarado) and House Bill 350 (C. McCoy) establish a scholarship tax credit program.
  • Senate Bill 114 (R. Mills) and House Bill 459 (R. Huff) set requirements on educational institutions related to athletics and gender identity.
  • Senate Bill 120 (J. Higdon) excludes from gross income student loan payments made by an employer.
  • Senate Bill 128 (J. Higdon) establishes performance-based incentives for jails.
  • Senate Bill 139 (R. Webb) raises the threshold to qualify for felony flagrant nonsupport.
  • Senate Bill 145 (M. McGarvey) amends the Kentucky Constitution to authorize the General Assembly to permit and regulate casino gaming.
  • Senate Bill 156 (J. Higdon) directs the Department of Education to develop a plan to transition all state-operated secondary vocational education centers to local school districts.
  • Senate Bill 158 (D. Givens) makes changes to the statewide school accountability system.
  • Senate Bill 173 (M. Castlen) encourages employment of workers who participate in employer-sponsored substance use disorder treatment.
  • Senate Bill 178 (R. Alvarado) regulates legal advertising.
  • Senate Bill 214 (S. West) and House Bill 448 (J. Tipton) set new standards and goals for early literacy.
  • Senate Bill 224 (M. McGarvey) makes changes to planning and zoning laws for cities within consolidated local governments.
  • Senate Bill 225 (R. Mills) establishes a process for rehabilitation abandoned and blighted properties.
  • Senate Bill 244 (M. Nemes) establishes a new apprenticeship fund.
  • Senate Bill 272 (M. McGarvey) allows a court to waive expungement fees for individuals determined to be indigent.
  • Senate Bill 275 (M. McGarvey) expands access to full-day preschool.
  • Senate Concurrent Resolution 111 (A. Kerr) establishes the Aerospace and Aviation Caucus within the Kentucky General Assembly.

House Bills

  • House Bill 1 (D. Meade) makes several changes to Kentucky’s public assistance programs.
  • House Bill 3 (C. McCoy) makes several changes to statutes related to legal liability and civil actions in the health care industry.
  • House Bill 7 and House Bill 181 (A. Gentry) authorize, regulate, and tax casino gaming.
  • House Bill 13 (J. Nemes) requires notice for relocating call centers.
  • House Bill 25 (A. Scott) seeks to repeal charter school legislation passed in 2017.
  • House Bill 32 (J. Miller) addresses youth nicotine usage by establishing tax parity across all nicotine products, including vaping products and e-cigarettes. 
  • House Bill 40 (B. McCool) creates a new offense of “wage theft” and establishes penalties for employers.
  • House Bill 44 (J. Gooch) defines “key infrastructure assets” and establishes penalties for interfering with them.
  • House Bill 51 (L. Bechler) places prohibitions on the adoption of “sanctuary policies” in Kentucky.
  • House Bill 69 (J. Miller) establishes new regulations and restrictions on the sale of vaping products.
  • House Bill 83 (R. Weiderstein) repeals Kentucky’s certificate of need laws.
  • House Bill 91 (D. Lewis) creates a tax credit program for employers that assist employees with paying off student loans.
  • House Bill 99 (D. Osborne) establishes a loan to the University of Louisville to protect jobs and support the acquisition of Jewish Hospital and related assets.
  • House Bill 132 (D. Hale) places restrictions on the use of school restrooms and locker rooms.
  • House Bill 136 (J. Nemes) permits and regulates medical marijuana.
  • House Bill 137 (A. Koenig) permits and regulates sports wagering.
  • House Bill 171 (J. DuPlessis) makes changes to the Kentucky Retirement Systems.
  • House Bill 180 (C. Stevenson) prohibits employers from establishing wait periods for offering healthcare benefits to employees.
  • House Bill 181 (A. Gentry) amends the Kentucky Constitution to allow the General Assembly to permit and regulate casino gaming.
  • House Bill 194 (J. Miller) establishes requirements related to the actuarial analysis of public pension legislation.
  • House Bill 195 (J. Miller) gives local governments the option to post required notices and advertisements online, saving cities and counties money.
  • House Bill 261 (S. Rudy) makes technical corrections to various tax statutes.
  • House Bill 284 (D. Lewis) makes improvements to Kentucky’s probation system by establishing a probation credit program.
  • House Bill 301 (J. DuPlessis) establishes financial literacy requirements for high school graduation.
  • House Bill 321 (S. Maddox) enacts restrictions and penalties related to surgeries and/or medications altering the sex of a minor.
  • House Bill 323 (J. DuPlessis) creates a phase-in system for new net-metering rates.
  • House Bill 325 (A. Bowling) expands Kentucky’s rehabilitation tax credit program.
  • House Bill 327 (K. Bratcher) makes improvements to Kentucky’s expungement laws.
  • House Bill 351 (S. Rudy) is the biennial revenue bill.
  • House Bill 352 (S. Rudy) is the biennial budget bill.
  • House Bill 354 (S. Rudy) is the biennial road plan bill.
  • House Bill 358 (M. Hart) exempts certain personal property from sales and use tax if purchased by providers of communications services.
  • House Bill 361 (D. Frazier) addresses jail overcrowding.
  • House Bill 368 (J. Tipton) removes requirement that a KEES recipient must not be a convicted felon.
  • House Bill 371 (R. Bridges) establishes an affordable housing tax credit program.
  • House Bill 374 (J. Nemes) clarifies discrepancies between state law and collective bargaining agreements.
  • House Bill 380 (J. Nemes) expands the voluntary environmental remediation tax credit program.
  • House Bill 390 (S. Heavrin) requires employers to provide the same leave policies to adoptive parents as they provide to birth parents.
  • House Bill 393 (J. Tipton) makes changes to dual credit scholarships.
  • House Bill 397 (J. Nemes) addresses misclassified workers.
  • House Bill 408 (J. Nemes) makes changes to the investment plans of Kentucky’s public pension systems.
  • House Bill 410 (D. Frazier) makes changes to Kentucky’s cash bail system.
  • House Bill 413 (J. Tipton) creates the Tax Expenditure Oversight Board.
  • House Bill 415 (A. Koenig) creates a framework to allow for the direct shipment of alcohol in Kentucky.
  • House Bill 419 (B. McCool) requires new data collections by the Council on Postsecondary Education.
  • House Bill 422 (J. Petrie) sets new requirements on legislative fiscal notes and tax expenditures.
  • House Bill 424 (C. Massey) would lower incarceration rates by raising the felony theft threshold.
  • House Bill 448 (B. Rowland) makes changes to the Workers’ Compensation Funding Commission on assessments and administration of claims.
  • House Bill 449 (M. Dossett) clarifies taxation from disaster response workers from out of state.
  • House Bill 454 (J. Nemes) requires the State Auditor to audit the contract procurement systems of the Department of Highways.
  • House Bill 470 (R. Rothenburger) would allow all classes of cities to levy a restaurant tax.
  • House Bill 475 (M. Meredith) would amend the state constitution to allow the General Assembly to enact reforms to city and county government taxation.
  • House Bill 481 (K. Moser) regulates legal advertising.
  • House Bill 488 (J. Tipton) sets new standards and goals for early literacy education in Kentucky.
  • House Bill 491 (B. Rowland) makes changes to the Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit program.
  • House Bill 510 (N. Tate) creates a new tax credit program to incentivize second-chance employment.
  • House Bill 553 (M. Hart) provides for a refund of tax paid to communications providers.
  • House Bill 563 (J. Petrie) would allow juries not to enhance punishment for a persistent felony offender.
  • House Bill 576 (J. Miller) makes changes to the Teachers’ Retirement System.
  • House Bill 580 (S. Santoro) increases funding for infrastructure and modernizes the road-aid formula.
  • House Bill 607 (K. King) makes changes to taxation on historical horse racing.
  • House Bill 636 (J. Tipton) would provide for full-Kindergarten throughout Kentucky.
  • House Concurrent Resolution 52 (J. Raymond) creates the Kentucky Preschool Program Task Force to study expanded access to pre-K educational opportunities.
  • House Joint Resolution 8 (T. Huff) directs the study of removing reformulated gasoline requirements in Jefferson County and surrounding areas.


See all legislation filed in Indiana here

Senate Bills

  • Senate Bill 1 (E. Charbonneau) brings Kentucky into compliance with recent changes to federal law related to the minimum purchase age for tobacco products.
  • Senate Bill 342 (R. Alting, M. Bohacek) and House Bill 1294 (K. Engleman) establish reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and establish guidelines for employers.