Bill Summaries

The following is a listing of all education-related bills for the 2020 Kentucky General Assembly. The organizational positions, if there are any, of JCTA and/or KEA are listed for each bill as follows: Support = an organizational opinion of support for the bill; Oppose = an organizational position of opposition to the bill; Track = we currently do not have an organizational position on the bill, but are watching it to see how it is modified during the legislative process. Positions on all bills, especially tracked bills, may change if the bill is modified during the legislative process.


House Bills

HB 7 Gaming Expansion filed by Rep. Gentry, would authorize casino gaming as a way to create new revenue. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 9 African and Native American History
filed by Rep. Attica Scott (and others) would require African history instruction in certain middle and high school world history and civilization courses and require Native American history in certain middle and high school United States history courses.
JCTA SUPPORTS this bill.

HB 14 College Tuition Benefits filed by Rep. Rob Rothenburger, would extend public college tuition waivers to spouses and children of emergency medical services personnel who have died or been rendered totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty, and also limit the total amount of waiver to a maximum of 128 credit hours of undergraduate instruction.  JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.      

HB 22 Corporal Punishment
filed by Rep. Steve Riley, would prohibit the use of corporal punishment in public schools. (Note: This is already the case in most districts by local board policy.)
JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 25 Charter Schools filed by Rep. Attica Scott (and a number of others) would repeal charter schools.
JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 30 Bullying filed by Rep. Josie Raymond, would expand the definition of “bullying” to include conduct that occurs at locations or events that are not school-sponsored, or that occur electronically (i.e.: social media or texting), if the conduct creates a hostile environment at school for the victim or disrupts the educational process. The bill would also require the code of conduct to include procedures for notifying the possible victim’s parents of the conduct, for restoring a sense of safety for a possible victim and assessing her/his needs for protection.
JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 32 Tax on Electronic Tobacco Products
filed by Rep. Jerry Miller, would begin taxing electronic tobacco products (e-cigarettes and vapor products) at the same rate as the current state tax on other tobacco products, cigarettes, etc. Currently, electronic products are not taxed by the state at all. This bill would have a positive fiscal impact on state revenues and reduce youth use of these products.
JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 34 Cameras on School Busses filed by Rep. Robert Goforth, would require each school district to install and maintain school bus stop-arm cameras on school buses by Aug. 1, 2023, with some exceptions, and would provide that 80% of fines collected from drivers caught by the cameras passing a school bus would be remitted to the school district.
JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 37 Arts Education filed by Rep. Hart, requires schools to offer all students instruction in visual and performing arts. JCTA and KEA are SUPPORT this bill.

HB 39 Minimum Wage filed by Rep. Hinkle, raises the minimum wage to $15 over the course of the next seven years. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 40 Wage Theft filed by Rep. McCool, creates the offense of wage theft and establishes penalties. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 41 Full Day Kindergarten filed by Rep. Josie Raymond would require full day kindergarten programs.
JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 50 School Management Audits filed by Rep. Donohue, changes the rules for school management audits, corrective action plans, and the criteria for placing a district under state management. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 58 Community and Technical College System filed by Rep. Thomas, creates a funding stream for matching community and technical college endowments. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 61 Passing a School Bus
filed by Rep. Regina Huff would revoke the license of any operator of a vehicle for a period of 90 days upon conviction of illegally passing a school or church bus. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 77 Prevailing Wage filed by Rep. Kulkarni, creates a prevailing wage law. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 87 FAFSA Requirement filed by Rep. Regina Huff, would require each high school senior to complete the FAFSA (federal financial aid form) in order to graduate, or have their parent submit a form stating they have chosen not to do so. A student would also receive a hardship waiver in accordance with local board policies. JCTA and KEA OPPOSE this bill.

HB 93 School Construction Projects filed by Massey, requires the Kentucky Board of Education to include “construction management at-risk” as a project delivery method option for school construction projects. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 96 High School Students Pursuing Military Careers filed by Rep. Massey, requires schools to offer the ASVAB to 10 – 12 graders and allows up to four excused absences for students to meet with their recruiters. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 101 Voter Preregistration filed by Rep. Tom Burch would permit a process of voter preregistration for persons at the minimum age of 16 years; each application for a motor vehicle driver’s license would be a simultaneous application for voter preregistration unless declined by the applicant. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 104 Beneficiary Change after Retirement filed by Rep. Wheatley, allows retirees to change / designate beneficiaries within 120 days after a qualifying event. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 121 Employment Schedules filed by Rep. Cantrell, requires employers to give employees a good-faith schedule of hours to be worked, to maintain a voluntary standby list of employees who wish to work additional hours, to post weekly schedules at least 7 days in advance, to provide certain rest periods for employees from being scheduled, allow employees to identify time limitations for scheduling work hours, requires compensation for employer changes to the schedule, to set forth unlawful practices, and to establish a penalty for violations. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 122 Leave from Employment for Crime Victims filed by Rep. Cantrell, protects employees who are victims of crimes from retaliation by their employers when they must take leave to attend legal proceedings associated with their crime. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 132 Bathroom Bill
filed by Rep. David Hale, is often called the “bathroom bill.” It would require students to only use bathroom/locker room facilities according the their sex at birth, and provide that school districts would be civilly liable to a student who encountered another student in such a location who had the opposite sex at birth if the school were found to have given that person permission to use the facilities or failed to take reasonable steps to prohibit the person from doing so. JCTA and KEA OPPOSE this bill.

HB 137 Sports Betting would allow the generation of new revenue through sports betting. This revenue would allow for increases to school funding. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill. Contact your legislator about this bill.

HB 146 KEES Scholarships filed by Rep. Freeland, would allow a student who attends an out of state high school or Department of Defense school due to a parent’s military transfer to earn a KEES award. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 165 Teacher Planning Time filed by Rep. Kathy Hinkle, would require teachers to be provided a minimum of 120 minutes per week for nonteaching (planning) activities, and would specify the certain types of teacher-directed activities to be completed during that time. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 169 Intellectual and Developmental Disbilities filed by Rep. Hart, establishes the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 176 Paid Parental Leave filed by Rep. Josie Raymond require employers with 50 or more employees to provide twelve weeks of paid parental leave for an employee who has been employed at least one year. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 181 Casino Gaming filed by Rep. Gentry, creates a constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 190 Response to Bullying
filed by Rep. Kevin Bratcher, would require that the code of conduct include appropriate staff reporting requirements of incidents of bullying, specify time requirements for investigation and response of incidents of bullying, and procedures for appeal and review of each incident of bullying to help ensure that appropriate responses are made to such incidence or complaints. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 194 Actuarial Analysis on Retirement Bills filed by Rep. Miller, establishes additional requirements for the completion of actuarial analysis on retirement bills pertaining to state-administer retirement systems. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 200 Class Size filed by Rep. Willner, reduces maximum class size by three. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 203 Juvenille Competency filed by Rep. Wiederstein, creates a minimum ages of criminal responsibility of 12 years of age. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 207 Kentucky Retirement Systems filed by Rep. Miller, housekeeping bill which applies the alternate death calculation to and reinstates the life annuity, 60 months certain, actuarial refund, and Social Security adjustment retirement options as written prior to 2009 legislation; establish a minimum salary increase of 10% over the prior years salary in order for employee anti-pension spiking measures to apply; removes requirement that Kentucky Retirement Systems’ board election ballots be returned to a Kentucky post office box, rather than out-of-state vendor; changes the period under which reemployment of retiree would void status as a volunteer from 24 months to 12 months consistent with other retired reemployed categories; removes requirement that failure to file statement of facts by member and employer will result in no benefits paid in order to conform language to other provisions in statute; uses as maximum the rate for employers participating in the County Employee Retirement System, a factor of 1.12 over the prior fiscal year’s contribution rate instead of language referencing projected dollars. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 220 School Board Training filed by Rep. Regina Huff, would provide that no charter school authorizer training would be required of any school board members unless and until that school board received a charter application. At that time, training may be required during the 60-day application review period. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 243 Religious Text Literacy Courses in Public Schools filed by Rep. McKenzie Cantrell, replaces existing religion classes with courses on the various religious texts of the many religions practiced in the Commonwealth.  JCTA and KEA have taken no position on this bill.

HB 245 Pension Income Exclusion filed by Rep. John Blanton, increases the pension income exclusion from $31,110 to $41,110.  JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill. 

HB 251 Public Employees Right to Organize filed by Rep. Kathy Hinkle, would enable collective bargaining and repeal Right to Work.

HB 263 Computer Science Education filed by Rep. Deanna Frazier, establishes the goal of increasing participation in computer science courses by underrepresented groups.   JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 272 Board of Education Employee Insurance filed by Rep. Steve Riley, authorizes each district board of education to determine the group insurance plan offered to its employees.   JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 278 ASVAB Test filed by Rep. Matthew Koch, requires the inclusion of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test as a measurement of post-secondary readiness for the state accountability system.  JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 281 Sexually Explicit Material on the Internet filed by Rep. Nancy Tate, requires KDE to develop informational materials on the potential harms of sexually explicit internet content, and requires each public school to distribute the materials to parents and guardians.  

HB 295 Physical Activity during the School Day filed by Rep. Maria Sorolis, requires at least 25 minutes of student physical activity each school day for students up to grade 8.  JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 296 Sexual Education filed by Rep. Lisa Willner, requires school districts to provide comprehensive sex education instruction to all public school students.  JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 301 Financial Literacy filed by Rep. Jim Duplessis, requires successful completion of a one-half credit course on financial literacy as a requirement for high school graduation.  JCTA and KEA OPPOSE this bill.

HB 340 Salary Supplement for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists filed by Rep. Huff, would call on districts to provide a yearly salary stipend to speech-language pathologists if funded by the state. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill. 

HB 350 Vouchers filed by Rep. C. McCoy establishes income tax credits for tuition assistance based on contributions made to qualified scholarship-granting organization, and requires the Kentucky Department of Education to publish a list on certified nonpublic schools and nonpublic schools seeking certification. JCTA and KEA OPPOSE this bill. Contact your legislator about this bill.

HB 351 Tabacco and E-Cigarette Tax filed by Rep. Steven Rudy, increases taxes on tobacco, vaping and limited liability entities.  JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.       

HB 352 Executive Branch Budget filed by Rep. Steven Rudy, is the Executive Branch Budget bill.  JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill and will be monitoring it closely throughout the session.  Contact your legislators and tell them to Put Education First in the Budget.

HB 353 Transportation Cabinet Budget filed by Rep. Steven Rudy, is the budget for the Transportation Cabinet.  JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.       

HB 355 Legislative Branch Budget filed by Rep. Steven Rudy, is the budget for the Legislative Branch of our government.  JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.   

HB 356 Judicial Branch Budget filed by Rep. Steven Rudy, is the budget for the Judicial Branch of our government.  JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 381 Funding for School Resource Officers and Counselors filed by Rep. Jeff Donahue, would establish the school resource officer and school counselor fund and create a new state property tax to be paid into that fund to help districts pay for the hiring of either officers and/or counselors. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 385 Vision Examinations filed by Rep. Sims, would require a vision examination upon a child’s enrollment in kindergarten, public school, Head Start or grade 6. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

HB 390 Adoption Leave filed by Reps Heavrin and Meade, would require employers to provide the same leave policies to adoptive parents and birth parents. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

HB 393 Dual Credit Scholarships filed by Rep. Tipton, would increase the dual credit tuition rate ceilng amount and add two career and technical education courses per year to the program. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.


Senate Bills

SB 1 Cooperation with ICE
relating to sanctuary city policies and formally titled the Federal Immigration Cooperation Act of 2020. The bill explicitly excluded school districts, school boards, and all district employees and contractors, including but not limited to school resource officers, from all aspects of this bill. This is important because federal constitutional provisions, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, already create special rules for schools on these issues. SB 1 therefore does NOT apply to schools in any way. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

SB 7 Site-Based Decision Making Councils
filed by Sen. J. Schickel and others, would reduce the number of teacher members on SBDM councils to two, give the local school board final authority over council decisions, weaken council authority over hiring decisions, and transfer authority of the council to the superintendent if the school is identified for comprehensive support and improvement. JCTA and KEA OPPOSE this bill. Contact your legislator about this bill.

SB 8 School Safety filed by Sen. Max Wise, clarifies the definition of “school resource officer”; allows the superintendent to specify any individual to serve as the district’s school safety coordinator; clarifies which facilities are required to have school resource officers and to require that school resource officers are armed with a firearm; specifies that the goal is to have at least one school counselor per public school and to have at least one school counselor or school-based mental health services provider for every 250 students; specifies that the commission of a special law enforcement officer employed as a school resource officer shall be for four years; specifies that the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training is to prepare an active shooter training video in consultation with the Department of Education.  This bill has passed and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

SB 14 Pension Income Exclusion
filed by Sen. CB Embry would increase the pension income exclusion from $31,110 to $41,110. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

SB 35 Investigating Abuse and Neglect
filed by Sen. Danny Carroll, would provide that upon having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused or neglected, school staff shall report that belief to proper outside authorities for their investigation and response, and that school staff shall not conduct an investigation before making the report to outside authorities. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

SB 42 Student IDs
filed by Sen. Denise Harper Angel, would require any student ID badge issued to a public middle or high school student to contain the contact information for national crisis hotlines specializing in domestic violence, sexual assault and suicide. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

SB 63 Virtual High Schools
filed by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, would allow local school boards to create and operate virtual high school completion programs, open only to adults 21 years of age or older. The bill is permissive, not mandatory, and does not allow for virtual programs for students under 21, which would be very concerning. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

SB 96 Drug-free Workplace filed by Sen. Perry Clark, requires public employers to have an appeal process for an employee who violates a drug-free policy using legal industrial products; requires an appeal process for those public employers who require drug testing. 

SB 101 Agreement to Award College Credit for Career Pathways filed by Sen. Wilson, would require the Council on Post-secondary Education to create a standardized credit articulation agreement for each approved high school career pathway, which would be required to be honored by all public colleges and universities. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill. 

SB 126 Charter School Authorizer Training Guidelines filed by Sen. Morgan McGarvey, establishes public charter school authorizer guidelines for local board of education.  JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill. 

SB 130 Civil Rights Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity filed by Sen. Morgan McGarvey, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill. 

SB 143 Moment of Silence filed by Sen. Wheeler, would require 1-2 minutes of silence or reflection at the start of each school day. JCTA and KEA are TRACKING this bill.

SB 145 Administrative Oversight of Gaming filed by Senators McGarvey and Raque Adams, would authorize the General Assembly to define, permit, oversee and regulate all forms of otherwise-permissible gaming. JCTA and KEA SUPPORT this bill.

SB 147 Interscholastic Extra-Curricular Activities for Home-Schooled Students filed by Sen. Westerfield, would establish criteria for participation in a public school interscholastic extracurricular activity by a home-schooled student. JCTA and KEA OPPOSE this bill.   


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